TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 24TH, 2022

A Lawrence County man turned himself in after a nine-hour standoff at his home in Mahoning Township Monday.  State Police say the standoff started at 8:30 a.m. and lasted all the way until 5:30 p.m. at a home just off Benjamin Franklin Highway on Route 422. Police say the standoff resulted from the suspect allegedly making threats on social media. Officers showed up to the house to serve a mental health warrant.  The man refused to come out. The standoff ended peacefully around 5:30. No other details were released.

Gas prices are up across Pennsylvania ahead of Memorial Day weekend.  Triple-A reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular gas is four-dollars-and-77-cents.  That’s about a 14-cent increase from a week ago and 57-cents more than a month ago.  It’s also a dollar-61-cents more than this time last year. In Lawrence County the average price is at 4.70 a gallon while motorists is Mercer County are paying 4.69 a gallon.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed H-B 2507 that would purge deceased voters from the rolls. The bill will allow for the use of information provided by the Election Registration Information Center (ERIC) to update the information; current law did not allow  ERIC information to be used. ERIC is run by a nonprofit organization that helps states make their voter rolls as accurate as possible.  House Bill 2507 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The campaign of U.S. Senate candidate David McCormick has filed a request that the state require Pennsylvania counties to count primary mail-in ballots that are lacking a handwritten date on the return envelope.  That request comes as outstanding ballots continue to be counted in his race against Mehmet Oz for the Republican nomination for Senate.  More than 600 additional votes were added to the count yesterday. At last report, Dr. Oz was continuing to lead the race but now by less than 1-thousand votes out of more than 1.3-million cast.

A bill that’s been introduced in the state house would allow second-class townships to increase their ambulance taxes. If H-B 2601 becomes law, townships could increase their levy from point five mills to one point five mills for emergency services. The extra money would go toward  training personnel and providing for worker compensation. If the tax would be greater than one-point-five mills, the increase would need to be approved by the voters of the township.

A Wexford man is facing a citation after carrying a loaded handgun in his bag through a security checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport yesterday.  Allegheny County police say the weapon has been confiscated.  Passengers can face federal fines of up to ten-thousand dollars for bringing guns through airport security.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh also recommends that county sheriffs revoke concealed carry privileges for individuals who violate TSA weapons restrictions.

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been sentenced for violating her parole due to her being  arrested for driving drunk. She was on probation after serving time for leaking grand jury material and lying about it when in March of this year, she was arrested for drunk driving.  On Monday, she was sentenced to two months to a year of jail time. She was given credit for time served and was to be paroled to a residential treatment center for alcohol use.

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating a recent incident where a County resident claimed that they fell victim to a case of fraud.  Police report a Slippery Rock Township resident said that they were defrauded of approximately $650 around April 19th of this year. Officials did not say how the suspect or suspects were able to obtain the victim’s personal information or their money.  Police have not identified any suspects.