TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 21ST, 2022

Pennsylvania State Police arrested a man they said stole over $4,900 in clothing from the Grove City Premium Outlets. Police said that the incident occurred on March 6 at 6 p.m. 50 year old Allen Grier of Akron is in the Mercer County Jail on retail theft charges. WKBN-TV reports Grier stole from outlets that included Nike, Old Navy, Famous Footwear, and Puma. Grier has a preliminary hearing scheduled for today.

The number of reported COVID cases has decreased over the past week. State health officials said Sunday that since a week ago, there were about four hundred fewer cases reported from Monday the 14th through Thursday the 17th.  The just over five-thousand total new COVID cases reported was  a decline of about 22 percent from the previous week. The state also says hospitalizations are down about 13-percent.

With the completion of legislative budget hearings last week, negotiations between the Wolf Administration and state lawmakers can now begin. Citing new projections from Independent Fiscal Office Senator David Argall raised concerns that Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal would lead to deficits in future fiscal years requiring large tax increases. But Budget Secretary Gregory Thall indicated that as long as sales tax revenue continues to grow there won’t be a need for those types of tax increases

A federal judge is denying a change of venue request from attorneys representing accused Tree of Life Shooter, Robert Bowers.  Lawyers filed the motion arguing media coverage of the shooting prevents Bowers from have a fair trial.  Judge Robert Colville says media coverage has lessened over the more than three years since the attacks and no location change is necessary.  Bowers is accused of killing eleven people at the synagogue in October of 2018.

An executive with the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Association is concerned about a lack of doctors to treat the disease.  Clay Jacobs says the state  is seeing a shortage of dementia-care doctors and workers as the rate of Alzheimer’s continues to rise.  Right now, 280-thousand Pennsylvanians are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Within three years, that number is expected to grow by more than 14-percent.

Casino revenues in the State of Pennsylvania took a hit in the month of February.  New numbers out from state officials show that numbers were down by more than 17-million dollars last month when compared to January.  Still, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says that casinos in the Keystone State generated more than 375-million in revenue in February.  That includes roughly 28-million at Rivers Casino in Allegheny County, 11.8-million at Hollywood Casino in Washington County and 9.1-million at Live! Casino Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County.  

Black bears are starting to come out of their winter hibernation and officials are warning folks about their spring habits. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials say the bears may be irritable as a result of hunger so it’s best to tie down trash cans, remove pet food and bird feeders, too, if necessary. Officials warn that once a black bear finds easy access to food, it could lead to damage to houses,, cars and other property.

Large trucks no longer have to display weigh class stickers on their inside of the windshields in the state. PennDot has revealed they’ve stopped requiring that as a convenience to customers, as well as part of streamlining efforts. PennDot officials say law enforcement officers can always view a driver’s current registration card to determine the vehicle’s registered weight, if needed. One state trucking organization says the change will benefit owners of over a million-and-a-half trucks.

State Police in Beaver County report a one vehicle accident in Darlington Township. According to police 28 year old Alex Bobin was traveling on Taggart Road near the Ohio State line when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Police said Bobin left the scene of the accident and contacting state police the next day to report the crash. Bobin who was not injured was cited by police.

Idlewild amusement park is looking to fill seven-hundred positions ahead of this summer’s season.  The park is seeking workers for various positions including ride operations and lifeguards.  Managers are hosting a job fair at the park from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th.