TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 26TH, 2022

The primary race for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat is officially heading for a recount.  The state’s top election official said yesterday that the margin between former hedge fund CEO David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz is tight enough to trigger a statewide recount.  Trump-backed Oz leads McCormick by about 900 votes.  The race isn’t expected to be decided until next month.

Fire crews say that one person died in an accident involving a car and a tractor-trailer Wednesday near Slippery Rock Township.  The big rig was left on its side following the crash.  The cause of the accident has not been revealed.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is warning residents that many of their utility bills will soon rise. The increase set for June 1st could see price hikes that range from between six and 45 percent,  depending on their electric utility.   The commission is urging residents to carefully review their electric bills to understand the rates they will be paying. They also say customers can explore the PUC’s official electric shopping website for details on competitive offers.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Center Township. According to police 38 year old Daniel Schnur of Butler was traveling on North Duffy Road when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Schnur was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment.

Two Beaver County teens have been charged with attempted homicide following a stabbing incident that took place back on May 20th.  The Beaver County times reports 16 year old Giovanni Crivelli, of Freedom, and  18 year old James Parker Miskulin of Rochester, face additional charges. The victim was taken to UPMC Presbyterian University Hospital and is still in intensive care after receiving multiple surgeries for life-threatening injuries and is currently on life support. Both teens remain in Jail on 500 thousand dollars bond.

Caregivers from across the state  have come to the state capitol to lobby lawmakers to fight for proper funding for long-term care facilities. They say without more money, some  potential residents could be turned away from nursing homes.  Administrators say, due to the pandemic, supplies have skyrocketed. The caregivers say the situation could affect anyone’s loved one who needs help.

A state lawmaker wants to ban the use of cellphones in public schools statewide.  State Representative Anthony DeLuca has introduced legislation that would prevent students from using their cellphones while at school.  DeLuca says preventing the use of phones in classes would allow students to focus and learn better.  Earlier this month, Penn Hills School District said a similar policy banning the use of cellphones in school will go into effect next school year.

The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee has voted along party lines to advance a bill that would prohibit transgender women and girls from competing on female teams in interscholastic sports. House Bill 972 was voted on Tuesday in the senate after having passed the state House in April along similar partisan lines. The legislation would force transgender people to compete in school sports as male athletes.  The measure now goes to the  full Senate for consideration. Governor Tom Wolf has vowed to veto the bill, should it pass.

The annual Memorial Day seat belt enforcement campaign is now underway in Pennsylvania. The Department of Transportation and its law enforcement partners are reminding motorists to buckle up in connection with the “Click It or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization. It started last Monday and runs through June 5th.  Hundreds of municipal law enforcement agencies and other states are also taking part in the campaign.