TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 4TH, 2022

The Lawrence County Commissioners Tuesday approved settlement and release agreements with Lawrence County Jail Warden Brian Covert and Deputy Warden Jason Hilton. The Ellwood City Ledger reports both Covert and Hilton do not admit any wrongdoing or liability by entering into the agreements, and have agreed to the terms of the settlement to resolve any and all matters in the dispute. The two were put on paid administrative leave back in November after an investigation found reported mistreatment and negligence against officers at the jail by the pair.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Washington Township. According to police 64 year old Raymond Glenn of New Castle was westbound on Lake road when his vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment. Glenn was taken to UPMC Jameson Hospital for treatment.

Shenango Township Police say a man who stole items from cars has been identified. According to the departments facebook page  Police are reporting that a man was captured on surveillance cameras going through vehicles near Old Butler Road at 4 a.m. Tuesday. Police say the man’s description fits that of a suspect in several thefts from vehicles on March 31 and April 1 in the township. Police posted the images on Facebook. No other details have yet been released.

Governor Tom Wolf says no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the future of abortion nationwide, the procedure will remain legal in Pennsylvania. A draft opinion of the high court’s decision on a challenge to Roe versus Wade indicated the court will vote to at least partially overturn the landmark decision.  Governor Wolf says it would still be up to each state to pass a law banning abortion and he would veto — quote — any anti-choice legislation that lands on his desk.  

  Nearly three years after the deadliest anti-semitic attack on U.S. soil, the congregation of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh has unveiled plans for a new design. The synagogue building has been vacant since Oct. 27, 2018 when a shooter killed 11 worshipers. The Pittsburgh Business Times reports congregational leaders say the new Tree of Life will serve as a museum and national center to work toward ending hostility against Jews.  

A state committee has decided shot cocks should not be installed for high school games.  Members of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s basketball committee  voted to reject the recommendation after reviewing responses to a survey of schools across the state.  The vote was narrow — almost 51 percent opposes a shot clock while a little more than 49 percent supports the idea.  The proposal now goes before the full board for a final decision. 

A Jackson Center man escaped injury following a one vehicle accident in Union Township. State Police report 44 year old Jeremiah Law was traveling east on route 422 when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a fence and then struck a tree. Police said Law fled the scene. No injuries were reported.

The high cost of gas is leaving some people in the region wondering if they can still afford to drive on their planned vacations. Triple-A say the cost of gas went up 15 cents per gallon in the last week. Many campers are among those who are said to be reconsidering their plans and also people who’d wanted to go to regional attractions. Instead, folks are saying they might have to use their holiday time as a “staycation” and simply stick closer to home.