TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 18TH, 2022

State troopers in Ohio said a New Castle man has been killed after a single-vehicle crash in Poland Township Wednesday evening. WFMJ-TV is reporting Troopers have identified the victim as 44-year-old Jason Houston.  The crash happened around 5:45 p.m. on Route 224 near Quarry Road near Lowellville when Houston traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a small embankment along with a driveway post and overturned. Houston was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Pennsylvania leaders are discussing ways to implement and fund a new electric car- charging station network in the state. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the network plan last year at a cost of about five billion dollars. State officials say Pennsylvania will be getting just under 26-million in federal dollars for electric voltage infrastructure.  PennDOT is hosting host a public meeting on the issue, as well. 

A Wilkins Township man charged with the sexual exploitation of children is under arrest.  Fifty-nine-year-old Frank Derzak is accused of sexually assaulting a young family friend on multiple occasions.  Derzak was arrested Wednesday night in Butler County. 

A new Monmouth University Poll has the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary race at a virtual three-way tie.  According to the newly released poll, Dr. Mehmet Oz paced the field with 22 percent, followed by Dave McCormick at 19 percent and Kathy Barnette at 18 percent.  Those numbers put Oz, McCormick, and Barnette all within the poll’s margin of error to gain the party’s nomination.  Carla Sands finished with nine percent in the poll, while Jeff Bartos garnered seven percent support.

According to the latest date from Triple-A the average price of a gallon of gas in Pennsylvania is four-dollars-and-23-cents, up three-cents from last week and ten-cents above the national average. In Lawrence County the average price is at 4.18 a gallon while drivers in Mercer County are paying 4.20.

The Sharon Herald is reporting a Farrell man was sentenced in Mercer County Couty this week in connection with a shooting from September. 18 year old Hezekiah L. King was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in state prison after he pleaded no contest in March to a felony count of robbery during which a man was shot and injured. The sentence will be followed by 12 months probation.

Governor Tom Wolf has joined Jewish leaders to denounce anti-Semitism.  The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition invited him to take part in their 38th annual remembrance ceremony for the Holocaust on Wednesday at the state capitol.  The ceremony included the recognition of Holocaust survivors, as well as the children and grandchildren of survivors.   According to state police data, hate crimes have increased dramatically in Pennsylvania over the past two years. 

A Butler County man is facing charges for allegedly stabbing his father.  Adams Township Police say Rickard Myers admitted to trying to kill his father and says his dad did nothing to provoke him.  Arrest records show Myers stabbed his father in the back.  He is charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and other charges.  His father is expected to recover.

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton and state Senator Katie Muth have introduced legislation that would create a statewide system for tracking rape kits.  The medical collections are used as evidence in rape cases to confirm the account of what happened to a victim. McClinton and Muth are trying to get their legislation out of committee and released for votes. If it becomes law, victims will be able to track their evidence and know what’s happening with their cases. 

Officials with the Powerball lottery say that one ticket purchased for last night’s drawing matched the winning numbers.  The winning ticket, worth an estimated 473-million dollars, was sold in Arizona.