TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 14TH, 2022

State Police in Lawrence County are investigation an accident that took place yesterday morning in Wilmington Township. Police said a car traveled through the intersection of Old Mercer and Fayette New Wilmington Road and struck a house. The driver fled the scene. No injuries were reported police. State Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 724-598-2211.

A Volant man is the latest victim in a phone scam. State Police said the victim received a phone call from an unknown number and withdrew cash and bought gift cards. The victim then gave the caller the gift card numbers valued at over 34 hundred dollars. The incident took place earlier this month.

Authorities are describing a Beaver County home that caught fire over the weekend as a total loss.  Ten fire companies responded to the Market Street blaze that crews believe began in the basement.  One firefighter was injured while tackling the inferno and there has been no word on their condition.  No other injuries were reported.

Applications are being accepted for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The application deadline is May 6th, but Acting PA Consumer Advocate Patrick Cicero is asking the Department of Human Services to extend that deadline to August 31st. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of electricity in Pennsylvania has gone up an estimated 9 percent, 20 percent for natural gas. This year LIHEAP has provided more than 322-thousand cash grants andanother 53-thousand crisis grants to Pennsylvanians struggling to heat their homes.

Dates are set for upcoming job fairs at the Kennywood, Sandcastle Waterpark, and Idlewild & SoakZone theme parks.  Recruiters plan to bring in more than 2-thousand people to staff the parks this year.  A hiring event for positions at Kennywood and Sandcastle, originally planned for this past weekend was postponed due to weather and will now take place at Kennywood this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Idlewild will host a job fair on March 26th for positions at Idlewild & SoakZone.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is working to inspire more women to get into fishing.  The agency is hosting virtual fly fishing education courses for women.  Registration for a course on Tuesday is full but another session is scheduled for April sixth.  For more information or to register visit fish-and-boat-dot-com.

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a man who was fatally injured Saturday while using a snow blower.  Forty-nine-year-old Brian Hyde was working outside a Westmoreland County home when a passing motorist lost control of their pickup truck and hit him.  Hyde was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. No charges have been filed.

Following three weeks of budget hearings, House Appropriations  committee chair Stan Saylor still has concerns about the flat funding of several departments beyond the next fiscal year which he says is to make the governor’s budget appear to work on paper.. But the committee’s Democratic chair Matt Bradford says the governor’s budget proposal provides a road map for lawmakers and the governor to make good long term investments.

NCAA tournament action is coming to Pittsburgh this week.  First and second round games will be hosted at PPG Paints Arena on Friday and Sunday.  Ohio State, Villanova, Illinois and Houston all look to avoid being upset in opening round action.