TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 2ND, 2022

Today is the deadline for Pennsylvanians to register to vote in the state primary May 17th.  Applications may be completed online or at the voter registration office where the applicant lives.  It’s recommended an applicant have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or equivalent identification available when registering in-person.   

Police in New Castle say a teen is facing charges after an alleged shooting and escape attempt.  The 17-year-old suspect led police on a vehicle chase after being spotted Friday afternoon and was taken into custody along Moravia Street, according to investigators.  Officers say the juvenile broke a set of leg restraints and tried to run when he was transported to the New Castle police station.  He is currently being held at a juvenile detention facility.

Legislators have left the state capitol for a three-week recess and many are also seeking to defend their seats as lawmakers. They won’t meet again until Monday the 23rd of May. Key issues they face upon their return include reaching a budget deal with Governor Tom Wolf, tax cuts for corporations and how to use the remaining nearly two and a half billion dollars in federal American Rescue Plan money.

Two people were taken to the hospital following an accident in Wilmington Township. State Police report 56 year old Maureen Salman of New Castle pulled from the intersection of route 208 and Old Mercer Road, into the path of a vehicle operated by 21 Hannah Bossinger of Chicora. Both drivers were taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.

Police in Beaver Falls are searching for a New Castle man who they said fired shots Thursday at a vehicle. 20 year old Gage Smith is accused of firing several shots from a moving vehicle, striking multiple vehicles. The alleged incident took place in the 600 block of 13th street. Police said no one was hurt.  According to the Ellwood City Ledger Smith is charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, along with several other charges.

State Police in Beaver County report a New Galilee man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident. Police said 74 year old William Wall was southbound on interstate-79 in Brighton Township when he lost control on the wet roadway and slid into an embankment causing it to roll over. Wall was taken to the Heritage Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Westmoreland Fairgrounds leaders say they are expecting up to 20-thousand people at a rally this week featuring former President Donald Trump and U.S. senate candidate Doctor Mehmet Oz.  The event is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Friday.  Security arrangements and other preparations are now underway at the Mount Pleasant Township property.  This will be the first event for Trump in Westmoreland County since a campaign stop in 2020.

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is back in jail for an alleged probation violation. She’s facing new DUI charges after she allegedly crashed her car into another vehicle in Scranton in March. The charge puts her in violation of her probation from when she was convicted of perjury and official oppression in 2016.   A Montgomery County spokeswoman confirmed Kane was taken into custody Friday at a facility outside of Philadelphia.

State representative Rob Matzie of Beaver County announced Three grants totaling nearly $440,000 will help Beaver County communities continue successful recycling programs. The Recycling Development and Implementation grants include $350,000 to Beaver County, $70,000 to Aliquippa City, and nearly $20,000 to Rochester Township.  Matzie said “Recycling programs are energy-savers, job-creators and sensible ways to preserve the resources we hold dear and Securing this funding is going to keep these programs running for the residents and small businesses that benefit from them.”