TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 23RD, 2022

One person was taken to the hospital following a wrong way crash on Interstate 376 in Shenango Township Friday night. Pennsylvania State Police report 41 year old Nicole Kelyman of Conneautville was traveling west in the eastbound lane of 376 when she collided with a vehicle operated by 52 year old Grant Kirk of Cheswick Pa. Kelyman was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. Kirk suffered minor injuries. Police said the highway was closed for about an hour.

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is out of the hospital.  The Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate was released on Sunday from a Lancaster hospital just over a week after suffering a stroke and less than a week since doctors gave him a pacemaker.  Fetterman says he will be following doctor’s orders in the next few days by resting at home.

Votes are still being counted in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. The race is too close to call and is likely headed for a statewide recount to decide the winner of the contest between Dr. Mehmet Oz and hedge fund CEO David McCormick. Oz led McCormick by 1,079 votes, or 0.08 percentage points, as of 5 p.m. Friday.  The race is close enough to trigger Pennsylvania’s automatic recount law, with the separation between the candidates inside the law’s 0.5% margin. The Associated Press will not declare a winner in the race until the likely recount is complete.

The Federal Trade Commission is warning mothers about scams involving baby formula.  Officials say some individuals are collecting large sums of money for products that never arrive.  The FTC says buyers should only trust reputable websites, and suggests checking reviews before making any purchases.  They say sellers that demand cash transfers or payment in gift cards are likely scammers.

Employment is improving in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth’s  unemployment rate was down a tenth of a percentage point to 4.8%. 23,000 jobs were added in Pa. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 3.6%, down almost two and a half percent in the past year.

Western Pennsylvania consumers and others around the country are being encouraged to check the shelves in their kitchen for jars of Jif peanut butter.  A number of Jif products are included in a voluntary recall announced on Friday.  The FDA and the CDC are investigating reports of a multi-state outbreak of sickness due to salmonella traced back to peanut butter manufactured at a facility in Lexington Kentucky.  Folks who have Jif on hand and want to know if their jar is included in the recall can go to www.fda.gov/safety.

A new study released by federal highway officials shows a marked increase in traffic deaths in the state last year. Pennsylvania saw a little over 12-hundred traffic deaths in 2021, up more than nine percent from the year before.  The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration also says pedestrian fatalities were up 13 percent. Also, motorcyclist and bicyclist fatalities were up nine and five percent, respectively.

An Aliquippa man was taken to the hospital after his crashed his motorcycle in Beaver County. State Police report 28 year old Brent Pigman lost control of his motorcycle of Route 18 in Hanover Township. Pigman was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Pennsylvania State Police are reminding motorists about the move over law as we approach the start of the busy summer driving season. The Move Over law requires that as motorists approach an emergency scene on the side of a highway they move over one lane from the scene, but if they cannot to slow down to not more than 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. The law now requires motorists to also move over for disabled vehicles on the side of the road as long as they provide displays including the vehicle’s hazard lights and caution signs.