TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 28TH, 2022

A New Castle man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident Sunday morning in Scott Township. State Police in Lawrence County report 21 year old Joshua Stoner was southbound on Grange Hal Road when he lost control and traveled off the road an struck a utility pole. Stoner was taken to Grove City Hospital for treatment.

U.S. Attorney Cindy Chung and the FBI announced a grand jury indictment alleging federal hate crimes against two former employees of a Beaver County care facility. 28 year old Zachary Dinell formerly of Feedom and 31 year old Tyler Smith of New Brighton allegedly targeted disabled residents at McGuire Memorial in New Brighton. They are accused of punching, kicking and attacking disabled residents. Dinell is currently in a state prison in Greene County. Smith is on unsecured bond, and will be arraigned Monday in federal court.

A Butler County man accused in a weekend stabbing is in custody today.  According to police, Kenneth Snyder Jr. stabbed another man multiple times on Saturday before barricading himself inside a Freeport Road home.  The suspect reportedly threatened to kill officers before they were able to apprehend him.  Snyder has been charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats.  The stabbing victim was last reported to be in stable condition.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry has released its preliminary numbers on employment and unemployment for February 2022.  The state’s unemployment rate was down .3% over the month to 5.1% in February, marking the 22nd consecutive month without an unemployment rate increase. The U.S. unemployment rate was down .2% to 3.8% in February. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 2.2% below its February 2021 level and the national rate was down 2.4% over the year.

State Police in Mercer County report a portion of Interstate 80 westbound was closed yesterday following an accident near the Ohio line.  One lane remained open while the accident was cleared . Police say at least one person was taken to the hospital.

The mask mandate is officially history at the University of Pittsburgh.  School officials say students, staffers and guests no longer need to wear face coverings inside of university buildings as of today.  Masks do continue to be required for those riding university shuttle buses and for those visiting university healthcare centers.

A Butler County church is praying for an end to violence in Ukraine.  Saint Peter’s Church in Evans City held a multi-denominational prayer service yesterday evening.  Pastor Brandon James says the service was meant to show support for the Ukrainian people.  Money collected yesterday is being donated to Lutheran Disaster Response.

A group of gamers at Robert Morris University are raising money to support the people of Ukraine.  Top Secret Colonials held their annual 24-hour gaming marathon at the school over the weekend.  Proceeds from the event are going to World Central Kitchen to provide hot meals to Ukrainian refugees.  Top Secret Colonials say this is the 17th year for the charity marathon.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council’s traveling recycling bin is making a stop in the Pittsburgh area.  The bin will be placed at Harrison Hills Park in Natrona Heights from Saturday April second through the seventh.  Residents can drop off empty and rinsed recyclable glass bottles, jars and jugs.  The bin will then move on to the City of Hermitage in Mercer County.