TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 24TH, 2022

A Grove City man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident early Saturday morning in Slippery Rock Township. State Police report 33 year old Brady Jones was traveling east on Big Run Road when he failed to stop at the intersection of Frew Mill and struck a utility pole. Brady was taken to UMPC Jameson Hospital for treatment.

State police are searching for a 19-year-old man they say is connected to the shooting last Tuesday night at the Clearview Mall in Butler County.  The suspect is identified as Damian Blystone.  He’s wanted on a variety of charges including making terroristic threats, assault, and drug and gun charges.  Investigators say there had been a confrontation between Blystone and another man — 24-year-old Carlos Gonzalez Carril.  Carril is charged with attempted homicide and assault.

After a 10-day journey, which included different weather delays, the 294-ton, 213 feet “superload” made its final stop Saturday at Alaron Nuclear Services in Wampum. The Ellwood City Ledger reports the superload, which is an empty steel tank, began its journey January 12th  from West Milton, N.Y., and went 400 miles through the state, into Hubbard, Ohio, and traveled from Hubbard to Wampum on Saturday.

Governor Tom Wolf says his administration will award another eight-million-dollars in grant funding to help schools increase the safety of students and staff.  The Governor announced Friday that the money will go to competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to over 300 local education agencies. Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato announced 167 thousand dollars will pay for security equipment and personnel at schools in the New Castle, Mohawk, and Shenango area school districts and the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center.

Lawmakers are set to discuss legislation this coming week to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania through a constitutional amendment. Republican State Representative Natalie Mihalek of Allegheny introduced House Bill 2272 Friday to privatize state-run liquor stores through a constitutional amendment that cannot be vetoed. The General Assembly passed legislation in 2016 to privatize the sale of wine and spirits, but the legislation was vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf.  Pennsylvania reportedly is one of only two states with a government monopoly on liquor sales.

A proposed victims’ rights amendment known as Marsy’s Law that appeared as a question on election ballots in November of 2019 has been deemed unconstitutional. In a 6-1 majority ruling, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania says due to the format in which it was presented, it was not a valid question. That ruling also means the citizens’ votes in favor Marsy’s law are invalid. Though an unofficial count showed that about 74 percent of voters were in favor of Marsy’s Law, the ruling means that those votes will now officially remain uncounted and uncertified.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is looking for a new payment processor.  The commission is looking to partner with a new firm to expand payment options for users.  Turnpike officials began reviewing proposals for new systems in November as the current contract with customer service company Transcore is expiring.  The turnpike also has plans to launch a system next month allowing motorists to pay toll bills at retail stores.

A corporate bookmaker that has operations in Australia has been awarded a sports wagering and interactive gaming operator license by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. PointsBet Holdings will offer online sports betting and online casino products in Pennsylvania. Officials say it will operate through a joint partnership agreement with Penn National Gaming and will become the exclusive sports betting partner of NBC Sports in Pennsylvania. The company has operations in Australia, the United States, Canada and Ireland.

Family and friends of a Beaver County man who was killed when he stopped to help another motorist will be remembered in a private celebration of life memorial this Saturday.  State police say they’re waiting for autopsy results in the death of 42-year-old Timothy Baclit [[ BACK-lit ]].  Baclit was an Army veteran and father who was killed when he fell off an overpass on I-376 in Hopewell December 5th after he stopped to help another driver.  A GoFundMe account has raised almost 57-thousand dollars for his three sons.