TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 26TH, 2022

A former resident of Ambridge was sentenced in federal court to 8 years’ in prison and 10 years’ supervised release on his conviction of Receipt and Attempted Receipt of Material Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. 31 year old Kevin Lude was also ordered to pay nearly 73 thousand dollars in restitution to 22 victims in the case. Federal authorities said Lude knowingly received and attempted to receive sexual videos and photos of minors from August to September 2019.

The PA Senate Aging and Youth Committee has approved a measure which mandates the reporting of any infant born in PA with an addiction to opioids.  Senate Bill 936 would ensure the coordination of reporting through the Department of Health, which would track the information and break it down by county in an effort to be more aggressive in combating the opioid epidemic.  The CDC has reported that nearly one in five pregnant women fill an opioid medication prescription during pregnancy and a child is born with neonatal abstinence syndrome every 25 minutes.  The bill now goes to the full PA Senate.

A woman is hospitalized after a multi-vehicle accident in Butler yesterday morning.  The accident occurred about eleven a-m yesterday at the intersection of South Eberhart Road and Evans City Road.  The woman suffered a chest injury in the crash.  Three vehicles were involved and traffic was delayed while crews cleared the scene.  The accident remains under investigation.

Nurses from across Pennsylvania are demanding lawmakers pass the Patient Safety Act to help with staffing shortages caused by the COVID pandemic.  The Patient Safety Act would set staffing standards by limiting the number of patients assigned to a nurse depending on the amount of care needed.  During a recent hearing, republican Representative Kathy Rapp of Warren reportedly had said the act would not get a vote in the Pennsylvania House Health Committee.   

State Health officials say over the past three days, there have been more than six-thousand people hospitalized with new cases of COVID. Of those, just under a thousand have been placed in intensive care. There have also been just under 200 deaths over the past three days, beginning last Friday.  In all, over 36-thousand additional cases of COVID-19 were reported in Pennsylvania from January 21st to January 23rd.

A bill sponsored by a republican representative from York that would repeal a Pennsylvania union law has been advanced in the state House. The Labor and Industry Committee on Tuesday approved House Bill 2042 sponsored by republican Representative Kate Klunk. It would repeal Pennsylvania law regarding fair share fees that public sector unions charge nonmembers. The bill also would require annual notification of public employees who are not union members that they are not required to pay any money to the union unless they agree to do so, as well as their right to decide for themselves whether to join the union. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

Officials this week are reminding residents that those in need of economic assistance with home energy bills can seek aid through a state program.  With funding from the American Rescue Plan, Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan is accepting applications for financial help through May 6th.  More info can be found at www.compass.state.pa.us.

State Police in Beaver County report a one vehicle accident that took place on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that sent a woman to the hospital. According to police 56 year old Lisa Iafe of Cranberry Township lost control of her vehicle on the snowy road and first struck a snow bank. Iafe then went airborne over a guiderail and rolled over twice. She was taken UPMC Passavant in Cranberry for treatment.

Pennsylvania lottery players will have another chance to win one of the biggest Mega Millions jackpots in recent memory.  No winning tickets were sold for last night’s drawing.  The jackpot for Friday’s drawing now stands at 421-million dollars.