TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 20TH, 2022

Vote counting continues in the race for the GOP primary results for the U.S. Senate seat. Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick are still in a gray area for being declared the winner as mail-in, provisional, overseas, and military absentee ballots for the Republican nomination are still being tabulated. The results are all but certain to go to a mandatory recount, with the candidates separated by just point one [[ .01 ]] percent.

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating a recent theft case. Police said the victim is a 69 year old female from Enon Valley. The victim told police someone used her debit card without her consent at an ATM and withdrew over 500 dollars. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Power was restored to more than 7,900 homes and businesses in Mercer County who were previously without electricity late Thursday morning.  According to FirstEnergy’s online outage map, as of 11:30 yesterday morning 7,944 customers lost power in scattered areas throughout the county. That number translates to more than 15% of the county without electricity. Power was restored to all outages around 1 p.m.

Pennsylvania State Police are  searching for any information regarding an April shooting in Wayne Township.  Police said at approximately 2:15am  April 23, they responded to a report of disorderly conduct. Police said  an unknown individual, in an unknown vehicle, possibly a pickup with a loud exhaust, drove through the area of Chewton-Wurtemburg Road, and arbitrarily fired shots , into a wooded area near residences. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police.

Washington County prosecutors on Thursday said they will seek the death penalty for a man they say killed his infant son.  Thirty-year-old Joshua George has been charged with criminal homicide in the December 2021 death of the young boy.  Authorities say the child died of blunt force trauma to the head and that the defendant had been the only person caring for the boy at the time the injury was sustained.

The Wolf Administration continues its fight for workers and a higher minimum wage. Labor and Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier says PA’s stagnant minimum wage allows for the exploitation of workers. The Wolf Administration is pushing for passage of legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour with a path to $15 by 2028. Berrier says a higher minimum wage would benefit both workers and businesses.

PennDOT is working to make sure key travel corridors across the commonwealth have the electric vehicle infrastructure and charging stations needed by electric vehicle drivers. PennDOT is also looking at emergency and evacuation routes to ensure they have what’s required to support electric vehicle drivers. PennDOT is also teaming up with Temple University to develop a model electric vehicle ordinance which municipalities can use as they plan for ev’s in their communities.

Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania totaled 426 million dollars for the month of April, an increase of 14 1/4 percent compared to April 2021. Casinos accounted for the greatest share, bringing more than 308 million from in-person players, and another 76 million online. The largest total came from Parx Casino in Bucks County which brought in 35 million dollars last month, but the largest increase compared to April of last year comes from Live Casino Pittsburgh, which improved its take by just under 30 percent.

The average price of gas in Pennsylvania is now at 4.72 a gallon. In Lawrence County the average price is at 4.68 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 4.69. The national average is at 4.59 a gallon.