TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 11TH, 2022

A worker is injured after a crane collapsed yesterday at Danzer Veneer in Darlington Township.  According to dispatchers the employee was flown by Stat MedEvac to a Pittsburgh hospital when the falling crane hit them in the head. The incident happened around 10:45 yesterday morning.  No updates on the condition of the worker are available at this time.

A Colorado man who was stopped by police in Greenville in October of 2020 was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 51 year old Steve Garduno was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh yesterday. Garduno was charged with possession with the intent to distribute 350 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine. The Greenville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the conviction and sentence in this case.

Six fire departments in the Lawrence County area will receive a total of $105,000 in grants for training, equipment and other critical resources. Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato said the grants will supply necessary resources to area fire departments that have been operating under tight budgets and severe staff shortages. The grants come from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is offered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. 

Police in Center Township say a phone scammer has stolen from an elderly woman.  Police say a caller posed as an Xfinity cable employee and talked the woman into providing credit card information and a copy of her driver’s license, and into downloading an app on her phone giving them access to it.  To date the scammers have purchased seven-hundred-50 dollars in gift cards using her accounts.  Police believe there are likely other victims of this scam.

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics ranks Pennsylvania in the lower half of U.S. states with the highest life expectancy.  According to the report, Pennsylvania ranks 28th with an average life expectancy of 78-point-three-years, with Keystone State men living to 75-point-seven-years-old and women reaching 80-point-nine-years-old.  Hawaii ranked first the country with an average lifespan of 80-point-nine-years, with Mississippi coming in last at 74-point-four-years.  The NCHS looked at data from 2019 and did not update its report to reflect any changes in life expectancy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suspect in a Washington County road rage incident is being held on 250-thousand dollars bond.  Police report that 33-year-old Dean Dapra Jr fired multiple shots at another vehicle Wednesday night in Peters Township.  Dapra, whose 9-year-old daughter was with him in his vehicle at the time, says that the other driver had cut him off in traffic.  No injuries were reported.  Dapra is facing a list of charges including aggravated assault and has a court appearance scheduled for later this month.

A Fayette County attorney accused of misappropriating client funds of nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars is this week admitting guilt.  John Eddy pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of wire fraud in the case.  Federal investigators say that Eddy took the money from trust accounts that had been established to protect clients. The maximum sentence on the wire fraud conviction is 20 years in prison.

A new bill introduced by state Rep. Rob Matzie of Beaver County,would protect nursing home residents and staff from sexual assaults by establishing care and reporting requirements when a registered sex offender is admitted. Right now Matzie said when a registered sexual offender is admitted to a Pennsylvania nursing home, the home is not required to disclose this to other residents or staff – or to develop any special plans to ensure their safety. House Bill 2341 Matzie said would change that saying bill would put essential protections in place.