News Live 365: March 9th, 2022

Free home test kits for COVID-19 will be distributed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in Meadville from 9:30AM to 1PM today. Four tests will be distributed per person over 14 years of age who arrives at Parkside Commons on 847 North Main Street; the old Middle School on the north side of Diamond Park and across the street from the library in Meadville; face masks are required.

PennDOT announced the regional winner of the fifth annual Innovations Challenge. The Innovations Challenge gives senior high school students the opportunity to apply their problem solving skills in finding solutions to real world transportation issues. District 1’s winning team is from Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in Erie; team members include Zoe Barron, Isabella Zewes (Zeewee), and Pasya Kashindi and are mentored by James Fleming. 

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court heard oral arguments over the fate of mail-in voting Tuesday, March 8th. Mail-in voting was approved by unanimous consent in 2019, but a recent Commonwealth Court ruling declared it required a constitutional amendment. There is no word on when the high court will make a ruling.

Two Mercer County residents were taken to Grove City Hospital after a freak traffic accident on Sunday, March 6th. Shortly before 11AM the two men were traveling north along Sandy Lake Greenville Road through Sandy Lake Township when a tree collapsed onto the road and landed directly on top of the hood of their vehicle. Both men were taken to the hospital for evaluation and authorities have charged the driver for being unlicensed.

Some Pennsylvania lawmakers are urging Governor Wolf to send stockpiled COVID-19 supplies to Ukraine. Several members of the legislature, mainly republicans, have sent a letter to the governor asking him to order an inventory of the commonwealth’s stockpiles of PPE and then send a portion of those stockpiles to Ukraine. Pennsylvania has already issued sanctions against Russia for their aggression, including ending the sale of beverages by Russian based companies at wine and spirits stores and divesting almost $300 million of money from the Public School Employees Retirement System.

In Mercer County, a woman was airlifted to a hospital after being rescued by good samaritans from a flaming car. Nickola Brown collided with a tree while traveling along Greenville Sandy Lake Road in Mercer County on Saturday, March 5th; she was pulled from her car by pedestrians that were walking through the area after it started to catch fire. Crash scene investigators say Nickola admitted she was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash and was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Ohio for treatment of possible severe injuries.

The Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary that was reported in Crawford County in late February. Sometime between January 28th and February 23rd one or more actors broke into a detached garage on a property along Newton Road in Troy Township and removed a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower, a Stihl and Craftsman brand chainsaw, an electric powered air compressor, and more. Anybody with information is asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Corry; (814)663-2043.

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, has joined with a coalition of Attorneys General from eight other states to investigate whether the social media platform TikTok has violated consumer protection laws.

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court will allow the commonwealth’s mail-in voting law to remain in effect until it makes a decision on a lower court ruling that overturns the law. Republican lawmakers who wrote the law and passed it through unanimous consent now want it gone and oral arguments in the case are scheduled for next week.

A 30 year old Erie man was caught in the act while burglarizing a home in Erie County’s Summit Township. The property owner was watching the crime unfold on CCTV when they called police and officers arrived on scene to observe Justin Rowry moving around the premises, switching lights on and off; he surrendered to authorities when they revealed themselves.

A large number of stopped school bus violations have already been reported this year which prompted this reminder from the Pennsylvania State Police: Pennsylvania Law requires all drivers to stop no less than 10 feet away from a school bus that has flashing signals and its red stop sign extended; drivers are to remain stopped until the bus has turned off its sign and flashing lights and all children entering or exiting the bus have reached a place of safety. Violating this law carries a stiff penalty in Pennsylvania and even a first time violation carries a 60 day suspension of driving privileges, a $250 fine, and five points toward your license. Drivers should also obey the slower posted speed limits in school zones.