TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 11TH, 2022

One man is dead and another is injured following a Sunday morning shooting in Aliquippa.  State police report the incident appears to have involved people in multiple vehicles shooting at each other.  The injured survivor was last reported to be in stable condition at a local hospital.  Anyone with additional information on the shooting is asked to call police.

A bill setting up an Amber Alert-type system to find drivers involved in serious hit-and-run accidents has been advanced by the Senate Law and Justice Committee. It would create a Hit-and-Run Advisory Alert system in which auto repair shops would be notified to be on the lookout for vehicles involved in hit-and-run accidents which result in serious injury or death. Under the bill an auto repair shop which knowingly fails to report a vehicle which matches the description of one involved in a serious hit-and-run could be charged with a third degree misdemeanor.

Advocacy groups in Pennsylvania say investing federal coronavirus aid directly to working families would help the state’s economy continue to recover from the pandemic. State officials say Pennsylvania still has over two billion dollars to spend of more than seven-billion-dollars it received through the American Rescue Plan. Some lawmakers’ strategies would give one-time rebate checks to low-income renters and homeowners, low-to-moderate-income families, and individuals or small businesses. Many republicans, though, have advised saving the relief aid for future use.

Several people were taken to the hospital following an accident in Hopewell Township on Saturday. State Police in Beaver County report the accident took place on Interstate 376 and involved three vehicles. One driver, 64 year old Delbert Howze  of Aliquppa, had to be extricated from his vehicle and was taken to Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital for treatment. A passenger in another vehicle 47 year old Kimberly Harman of Aliquippa and another passenger in the same vehicle were also taken to Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital.

A new scholarship program will soon be available to state college students.  The 200-million-dollar Nellie Bly proposal will allow Pennsylvania to give the scholarships to students in both community colleges and state universities. The funding is geared toward students who are pursuing careers that are needed during pandemic times such studies in healthcare, education, and public service.

Tonight’s estimated Powerball jackpot stands at 288-million dollars.  Lottery players and around the country were kept in suspense Saturday night when the game’s most recent numbers drawing was delayed by about five hours.  Officials say the unusual delay was triggered when one participating state required additional time to complete their security procedures before the numbers could be pulled.  When the numbers were eventually drawn, the event was streamed LIVE online.  No big winner in that drawing has led to the rise in the jackpot for tonight.

A Republican state lawmaker says his marijuana banking bill in the Pennsylvania Senate is gaining more support. Senator John DiSanto says many cannabis businesses deal only in cash because of federal regulations, so his bill would let banks do business not only with dispensaries but also with testing and research labs that grow marijuana for medicinal purposes in the state. He hopes the full Senate will vote on the bill by the end of the month. 

Many republican candidates for governor are now focusing on the importance of the natural gas industry in the state. Political watchdogs say the issue has taken on new urgency because of the invasion of Ukraine. Some candidates are saying more needs to be done in order to get natural gas processed. Pennsylvania is the second leading producer of natural gas in the country, behind Texas.  

Authorities are working to learn the identity of a victim found dead over the weekend near the Ohio River.  A kayaker discovered the remains late Saturday afternoon and notified police and other first responders about its location on shore near the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood.  The cause of death has not yet been determined.