TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 1ST, 2022

New Castle City Firemen were called to an apartment fire on Halco Drive Wednesday afternoon. The New Castle News reports fire broke out on the second floor of an apartment just four o’clock. The was heavy smoke and fire damage to the apartment. One woman was displaced because of the fire. No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.

Ninth district State Representative Chris Sainato announced that New manufacturing jobs are coming to Lawrence County. Bunting Inc. has revealed plans to expand operations to New Castle.  Sainato said the company plans to open an aluminum extrusion mill will create 79 jobs.  Bunting’s purchase of a 333,980-square-foot building on 24.3 acres at 930 Cass St. will allow the company to enter the aluminum extrusion market and produce goods for the building, construction, automotive and transportation sectors.

Governor Tom Wolf’s administration says the state will receive one-million-dollars to help recovery houses treating those dealing with addiction.  Officials say the money will come from the SUPPORT Act through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.   Drug and Alcohol Program Secretary Jen Smith said the funding will provide resources for recovery housing owners to meet licensing requirements and expand the state’s network of safe recovery environments.  Grants will become available in July.     

Lawrence County Commissioner Chairman Morgan Boyd says it looks like the county could have a deficit of over $321,000 by the end of 2022, and a deficit of over $1 million in 2023. The Ellwood City Ledger reports Boyd pointed to the rising inflation costs, as well as other factors, county revenues have not increased. He said the county has emergency reserve funds, but would still result in a deficit at the years end.

Rescue crews are searching for the driver of a car that crashed into a dam in Butler County early Thursday morning.  The car was found flipped onto its roof in the Oneida Valley Reservoir in Oakland Township and was later pulled out by first responders.  Motorists are asked to avoid the area of Route 38 between Hohn Farm Road and Pine Tract Road. 

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is not commenting on how he will vote after meeting with U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.  Toomey met with Judge Jackson yesterday in his office for an interview but did not say how he would vote on her confirmation.  Toomey said Judge Jackson was smart with an impressive academic and professional background, but he remained concerned if she could serve as a neutral umpire of the law.  The Senate is expected to vote on her confirmation as soon as next week.

A new poll shows Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund leader David McCormick neck and neck in the May 17th U.S. Senate primary. The survey, conducted in part by Emerson College,  showed Oz finished first with a 14-point-four-percent approval followed by McCormick at 14-point-three percent. The poll also noted that over 50 percent of voters surveyed say they are undecided.  

Construction is continuing on a new landside terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport.  The nearly one-point-four-billion dollar project will eliminate the tram and much of the costly baggage handling system currently in use.  Airport Authority Executive Vice President Paul Hoback says that translates into significant savings in maintenance cost moving forward.  Construction is expected to be completed by 2025.

A Westmoreland County man will spend five-to-ten years in prison after being convicted of having sex with an underage girl.  Twenty-six-year-old Tyler Smith of Ligonier accepted a deal with prosecutors yesterday on charges including statutory sexual assault.  Smith will be eligible for parole after five years.