TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 27TH, 2022

Police in New Castle say three people are under arrest following a drug raid yesterday.  Suspected heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, and a handgun were recovered from a Hamilton Street home according to investigators.  Local police worked with the Lawrence County Special Operations Unit and the state Attorney General’s Office to plan and execute the raid.  All three people found inside the home are facing drug-related charges.

One person is dead following a crash between a pickup and a dump truck in Butler County Tuesday morning.  According to reports, the crash happened on I-79 in Jackson Township between Portersville and Zelienople. 62 year old Eric Rhulman of Atantic, Pa., was southbound on the interstate when struck the dump truck. He was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he died a short time later. Police are investigating the cause of the accident. 

Beaver County police are looking for a suspect they say took a vehicle from a Center Township gas station.  The incident happened at a Sunoco on Pleasant Drive last Friday.  Authorities say a thin, white male in dark clothes with a red backpack asked the car’s owner and another individual for money before getting the vehicle and driving away.  Police are asking citizens to consider the man armed and dangerous and to contact police with any further information.

State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint and DUI enforcement this weekend. The checkpoint and enforcement will be conducted on roadways determined to be problematic with DUI offenses in order to safeguard motorists traveling through Lawrence County. The enforcement will take place starting on Friday lasting through Sunday.

The State House passed a bill yesterday that would cut the state’s corporate net income tax. The bill would cut the Corporate rate from 9.99 percent to 8.99 percent with the opportunity for additional cuts if the state has a budget surplus of more than $500 million. The bill’s prime sponsor calls it a “measured approach that rewards growth.” But opponents voiced support for Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to reduce the CNIT to 5.99 percent in 2027.

A Chippewa robbery suspect is in custody today after having been arrested in Ohio.  Police serving an arrest warrant Tuesday at a Boardman apartment complex say the suspect at first refused to come outside and instead hid in a basement.  Nearby schools were placed on lockdown during the standoff.  After about thirty minutes, police were able to talk the man into coming out and surrendering peacefully.

Pennsylvania’s Legislative Black Caucus is offering a scholarship to students of color, but the April 30th deadline to apply is fast approaching. House Leaders say eligible students of color can receive up to a thousand dollars to put towards their education. The funding is available for any graduating high school senior or current undergrad college students.  Only the first 100 applications will be processed.

Two new members of the state House Democratic Caucus are now voting on legislation. Representative Aerion Andrew Abney and Representative Martell Covington, both of Allegheny County have joined the caucus. They were sworn into office Tuesday after winning their home districts during special elections earlier this month.

Western Pennsylvania lottery players again tonight will have their chance to join the ranks of the biggest winners in Powerball history.  The estimated jackpot for tonight’s drawing stands at 454-million dollars.  It has been more than ten weeks since someone has matched the winning numbers to collect the top prize in the multi-state lottery.  Tonight’s drawing will happen just before 11 p.m.