TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 10TH, 2022

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating a hit and run accident in New Castle. According to police the accident took place in the 200 block of Fern Street, when the driver of vehicle was traveling west when they struck a pedestrian and fled the scene. The pedestrian Jordan Peak of New Castle was taken to UPMC Jameson Hospital for treatment. Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact state police.

State leaders from both parties are proposing ways to provide some relief from gas prices. Both Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman have called for temporary cuts in gas taxes. Currently, those sit at more than 57 cents for the state and a little over 18 cents in federal taxes. Others say that lost tax revenue would erode efforts to improve roads and bridges.

A Portersville man has been charged by State Police in Butler County with possessing child pornography. Police said Cecil Shuck faces 36 counts of possession of child pornography. State police investigators seized a USB thumb drive from Shuck’s residence  that contained the images of nude children. The investigation is ongoing.

In Mercer County, PennDOT is putting traffic restrictions in place for a Springfield Township bridge.  Inspectors recently discovered that the Route 208 span going over Johnston Run is suffering from deterioration and officials yesterday announced that crossing trucks will be limited on the bridge to one-at-a-time until repairs can be made.  The bridge, built in 1935, is used by an estimated 39-hundred vehicles per day.

Two lawmakers from Pennsylvania say they’ve been deeply touched by what they’ve observed at the Polish border with Ukraine. U.S. Representative Susan Wild, and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick have been part of a congressional delegation to the area to check out the situation first-hand. Representative Wild tells ‘The Morning Call’ it was an astonishing sight to see people welcoming total strangers. She also says everyone in the delegation now agrees that a relief passage is urgently needed to help the Ukrainian people.  

A new Fox News Poll is showing that former hedge fund exec David McCormick is pulling ahead of celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz. The poll found McCormick with 24 percent of the GOP primary vote compared to Oz’s 15 percent for Pennsylvania’s Senate primary. All other republican candidates polled in the single digits. The survey was conducted with nearly a thousand Pennsylvania Republicans responding.

A case that deals with the way schools are funded in Pennsylvania may finally be wrapping up in Commonwealth Court.  At issue is whether state spending for schools is adequate and equal for underprivileged students.  The case was first filed almost seven years ago.  Attorneys are expected to finish up the trial portion of the lawsuit on Thursday, but a final ruling isn’t expected until at least summer.    

Over eight-thousand people are supporting a petition to end a controversial PennDOT plan to add tolls to nine highways including the I-79 bridge near Bridgeville.  Petition organizer Peter Linko says rising fuel costs have likely added to people’s opposition to the plan.  Linko says he hopes the change-dot-org initiative will reach ten-thousand signatures before next week.  PennDOT officials say the toll is necessary to widen the interstate and eventually replace the bridge.

A former medical practice office manager who stole nearly 600-thousand dollars from the business is going to jail.  Sandra Jo Doak pleaded guilty last August to federal charges of mail fraud and filing false tax returns.  Investigators say that Doak’s embezzlement from the Indiana County practice began in 2013 and lasted for a period of several years.  She was sentenced yesterday to 42 months in federal prison and was ordered to make restitution.