TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 25TH, 2022

State Police in Mercer County report a Mercer man faces a number of charges following a traffic stop in Lackawanock Township. Police said officers were dispatched to I-80 near route 19 in reference to a vehicle traveling eastbound all over the roadway. Police say the vehicle reportedly struck a semi truck, a guard rail and construction signs. The suspect driving the vehicle was  identified as Chad Miklo.  Police found a four-year-old boy in the vehicle who reportedly suffered minor injuries.  Miklo will be charged with endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangering another person, OVI and multiple other traffic offenses.

The nation today is reflecting on the lives of 19 children and two adults lost in an elementary school shooting Tuesday in Uvalde  [[  yoo-VAHL-DAY  ]]  Texas. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags lowered to half-staff at and on all government facilities, public buildings and grounds until sunset Saturday.  The move is i conjunction with an order from President Biden that federal flags be lowered to half-staff out of respect for the victims.

COVID-19 case are rising again at the highest rate in two months.  On Monday, state officials say Pennsylvania recorded nearly 22-hundred new cases, the largest increase since late February. The officials add that the state’s rolling seven-day average is at almost 16-hundred cases – that’s up from just over 13-hundred last week. 

A Mercer County mother charged for her alleged role in unrest at the U.S. Capitol is asking a federal judge to end restrictions while she awaits trial.  Rachel Powell says an electronic location monitoring ankle bracelet and curfew are harming her family life.  The Sandy Lake woman is mother to eight children.  Prosecutors claim Powell used a bullhorn to instruct others on how to gain control of the Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Pennsylvania state tourism officials say road trips will be up about seven percent for this holiday weekend. That’s in spite of rising gas prices. They believe that the cost of gas to fill your tank isn’t mattering quite so much because the cost to fly has also increased substantially. Arrivalist, a national company that tracks road trips based on GPS data, says nationally road travel will increase about eight percent for the weekend.

Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Sean McKenzie is now in federal custody.  McKenzie had been charged with multiple child pornography offenses in Fayette County but when he showed up to a preliminary hearing yesterday, he was arrested by federal officers.  Local charges were dismissed as a new federal case begins on multiple counts of possession and producing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Authorities are investigating the vandalism of a memorial in Beaver County.  Reports say the Beaver County Veterans Memorial in Clay Park was spray painted on Sunday.  A cash reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. 

 A bill is being promoted in the State House that would raise awareness of hate crimes against people who are Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Representative Patty Kim says House Bill 1917 would allow teachers to have curriculum about people from that part of the world that would help students understand about their lives and who they are. The legislation was introduced last year but hasn’t come up for a vote in the House yet. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The death of an unidentified woman in Mercer County is being investigated by State Police. The body was found in a ditch along Sharon Bedford Road in Shenango Township in Mercer County yesterday afternoon. Police are asking anyone with information on the woman to contact them.