TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 17TH, 2022

New Castle City police are investigating a fatal shooting from Sunday night. According to the Department’s Facebook page 20-year-old Miles Roberson was shot in the chest three times at around 11 p.m. along the 800 block Bonzo Street.  Officers attempted emergency first aid on Roberson but he passed away from his injuries.  A 21 year old male was arrested at the scene.  Police say the shooting is still an active investigation to determine the circumstances of the shooting. They are working with the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office on the case.

Gas prices are continuing to climb in the region and are close to breaking all-time records. Triple A says the average prices for a gallon of gas in Pennsylvania is four-dollars and 62-cents as of Monday. That breaks the record set on Friday of four-dollars and 58-cents. In Lawrence County the average price is at 4.61 a gallon while drivers in Mercer County are paying 4.60.

Primary voters around the state are going to the polls today to cast their ballots in some high-profile races.  Voter will choose party candidates to stand for Governor, Congress and the U.S. Senate.  Contests for the State House and State Senate are also on the ballot along with a host of local issues.  Polls are open today from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Current Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is not giving up on his campaign for U.S. Senate despite suffering a stroke on Friday. He said in a statement tweeted from his hospital room in Lancaster that he will make a full recovery and is carrying on with his campaign. However, he’s not  expected to appear at his election night party on Tuesday. In the eight-second video, he also encouraged Pennsylvanians to vote.

In Butler County, a man has been sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison for a brutal attack on his ex-fiance.  Dean Law learned his fate yesterday after pleading no contest to charges including attempted first-degree murder.  Police responding to reports of a woman being attacked in June of 2020 arrived to find the victim with an ax sticking out of her head.  The victim was left blind in one eye but survived the incident.

Three lawyers are suing the City of Pittsburgh over the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse.  Attorneys Jason Matzus, Pete Giglione, and Rich Talarico filed separate suits against the city yesterday.  They are requesting that an Allegheny County judge force city officials to name the companies and individuals responsible for conducting maintenance and inspections on the bridge.  The lawyers are representing three different individuals involved in the collapse.

Pennsylvania has more than two million dollars in unused American Rescue Plan dollars that must be used by the end of 2024. Governor Tom Wolf would like to use that money to give to residents who are experiencing hard times due to the pandemic. Part of his plan includes the 500-million dollars of what he’s calling the Pennsylvania Opportunity Program, which would provide direct payments for households with incomes of 80-thousand-dollars or less. The idea has been referred to the Finance Committee of both the state house and the senate as of last week.

A recently released PennDOT report on statewide traffic fatalities found they were up among young drivers last year. Fatal crashes involving 16 and 17-year old drivers in PA increased from 26 in 2020 to 45 in 2021. PennDOT says factors which contributed to these crashes include distractions, driving too fast for conditions, improper or careless turning and driver inexperience. PennDOT encourages parents to have a positive influence on their teen drivers by practicing safe driving habits.