TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 19TH, 2022

A recount appears on the horizon in the contest for Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination.  According to the latest numbers Dave McCormick and Dr. Oz are separated by about one-tenth of one-percent.  Votes remain to be counted in Lancaster County where a printing error has led to a delay and in Allegheny where 33 precincts have yet to fully report.

Pennsylvania State Police report that a man who barricaded himself in a Mercer County apartment Wednesday had threatened to “kill” a man in a neighboring apartment, and wanted to commit “suicide by cop.” State Police identified the man who barricaded himself as 33 year old Michael Scott of Clarks Mills.  Scott eventually surrendered and was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, terroristic threats, and being a person not to possess firearms. No one was hurt.

Pennsylvania households can now order eight more free at-home coronavirus tests. The White House approved the move on Tuesday, hoping to give residents across the country a better supply of rapid tests ahead of possible summer and fall surges.  The Centers for Disease Control said as of Tuesday, Pennsylvania is one of the states in the Northeast  that has  reached high community levels of transmission. The tests are available at covid dot gov slash tests.

A summer attraction is set to open gates this weekend.  Operators say Sandcastle Water Park is back with a list of improvements.  Park managers are planning a full schedule of events, with concerts and a day of craft brews in the pipeline for the upcoming season.  Sandcastle is opening Saturday, with more information available at sandcastle-water-park-dot-com.

Two people were taken to the hospital following an accident in North Beaver Township. State Police report the accident took place on stateline road at the intersection with Columbiana Road. Drivers, 54 year old Sarah Davis of Salem Ohio, and 18 year old Katherine Kish of New Middletown Ohio were taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boardman for treatment.  

An Ellport has died from injuries he suffered earlier this month after he crashed his motorcycle. . 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.  He died from his injuries back on May 8th.

A Westmoreland County man is jailed today on allegations that he raped and sexually assaulted a child.  State police report they first became aware of the claims against 33-year-old Brandon Hoffer after they had been called into Pennsylvania’s abuse hotline.  In an interview with the 6-year-old victim, the child described multiple incidents of abuse including one previously described by the caller.  Authorities say Hoffer has admitted to assaulting the victim.  Hoffer is facing 26 felony and misdemeanor charges.  

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman will soon resume his job duties after acquiring a pacemaker Tuesday.  Tuesday was also the day he won the democratic party’s primary election as a candidate for U.S. Senate. Under state law, Senate Chair Pro Tempore Jake Corman had temporarily assumed the role of Vice Governor since last Friday, when Fetterman suffered a stroke.  Corman had been authorized to serve as lieutenant governor until May 23rd .