TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 16TH, 2022

Pennsylvania senate candidate and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman says he suffered a stroke Friday. In a statement Sunday, he said he’s receiving care at the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster and will continue in the race for Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. Senate contest. CNN reports Fetterman is the favorite to win.

New Castle police are searching for the driver of an ATV that fled the scene of an accident Saturday night.  According to police, the vehicle’s operator was illegally driving on a city street when he crashed on Highland Avenue.  A female passenger on the ATV was hurt in the crash. 

There are now only seven republican candidates running for governor in Pennsylvania. Melissa Hart, the former congresswoman from western Pennsylvania, had ended her campaign. Hart’s announcement Friday came one day after Jake Corman made the same move, saying his resignation provides an opportunity for voters to get behind Republican Lou Barletta for governor. The Pennsylvania primary election is Tuesday.

Health officials say COVID-19 cases are on the rise once again in Pennsylvania.  There were nearly 22,000 new cases of coronavirus in the last week in Pennsylvania with a daily average of about 3,111. Pennsylvania has recorded nearly two-million-850-thousand COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. There have also been over 44-thousand-800 COVID-related deaths in the commonwealth since the outbreak began.

State police say a man is in custody after trying to hit a trooper with his vehicle.  58 year old John Barlow of Grove City is now charged with attempted homicide.  Authorities say Barlow drove at an officer as he was serving an arrest warrant in Mercer County yesterday morning.  Barlow was able to evade police after driving his vehicle off-road, but was arrested a short time later at Slippery Rock Campground. He’s currently in the Mercer County Jail.

An Ellwood City man was taken to the hospital after he crashed his motorcycle earlier this month. Pennsylvania State Police report 58-year-old Todd Kelosky was riding his motorcycle on River Road in Wayne Township just after 9pm on May 5th when his motorcycle struck a muddy ditch. Kelosky, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and later fled the scene.   First responders were later called to his residence and transported him to a local hospital for treatment of various head injuries. No other details were given.

Family and colleagues are mourning the loss of former state Senator Jim Ferlo.  Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa announced his passing yesterday at the age of 70.  Costa calls Ferlo an advocate for working people and the LGBTQ community after he served as the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania Senate.  He also sat on Pittsburgh City Council for 15 years, serving as council

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in North Beaver Township. 34 year old Cody Schubert of Enon Valley was northbound on Mt. Jackson Road when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a guard rail. Schubert was taken to St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Youngstown for treatment.

A new long-term road closure will cause significant detours for motorists traveling in New Sewickley Township and Freedom. The Ellwood City Ledger reports road crews will begin to enter the final phases of the Freedom Road Upgrade Project along Freedom-Crider Road starting today. The long-term detours  will restrict access to the roadway from Route 989 to the intersection with Crows Run Road through late September.  The entire 21.75 million dollar project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2024.