TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 7TH, 2022

Police in Mercer County have filed homicide charges in connection with an accident that killed a motorcyclist back in November in Jefferson Township. The Sharon Herald reports 68 year old James Eaton was charged in connection in the death of 56 year old Rod Dickey of Mercer. The accident took place on route 62 when Eaton crossed the center line and struck the motorcycle. Dickey was first taken to Sharon Regional Hospital then was lifeflighted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where in later died from his injuries. Eaton is free on bond.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second time Wolf has tested positive for COVID-19 since December of 2020.  Wolf announced that he had COVID-19 through a tweet yesterday  where he said, “This evening, I tested positive for COVID. My symptoms are mild. I’m grateful that I recently got my second vaccine booster.I will be isolating at home according to CDC guidance.”

State Representative Rob Matzie is introducing legislation to expand the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  The Beaver County rep says he wants to require the state to use all of the federal dollars provided for LIHEAP each year.  The proposed bill package would also open the program year-round, providing assistance with both heating and cooling.  Another initiative would add legislative appointees to the LIHEAP Advisory Council.

A Farrell man pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. 39 year old Darwin Green , pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Robert J. Colville.  In July of 2019 police executed a search warrant on Green’s residence and recovered a semi-automatic rifle, a Ruger semi-automatic pistol, ammunition, and magazines.  Green had been convicted in October 2013 of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony that prohibited him from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Sentencing has been set for September 29th.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says it has come up with a way to give drivers a way to pay toll payments with cash.  The state agency has partnered with the KUBRA Cash Payment Network to provide the service.  Customers can select the “pay” option when accessing their account online or via the PA TOLL PAY app.  After generating a pay slip, the customer can then stop at one of the displayed retail locations to make a toll payment in cash.

State Police have charged a Wampum man in connection with a recent burglary. 38 year old Walter Guffey was taken into custody and taken to the Lawrence County Jail. He faces burglary charges. Police said the incident took place at a residence in Slippery Rock Township. According to police more charges are to follow with another suspect believed to have been involved with the break – in.

The J.M. Smucker Company is offering coupons to replace recalled Jif peanut butter.  Several products, including creamy, crunchy, natural, and reduced fat varieties of the spread have been pulled from shelves over possible salmonella contamination.  The company’s website now has a form with instructions on submitting product codes and UPC numbers for replacement vouchers.  For more information, and to access the form, visit Jif-dot-com.

Freeport Mayor James Swartz Junior is stepping down from his position.  His resignation was met with a standing ovation from those attending last night’s borough council meeting.  Swartz says leaving the office will relieve some stress for him, having served as a councilman and mayor over the last 38 years.  Council President Clint Warnick is serving as acting mayor until a replacement is appointed.

A West Virginia man is facing a weapons charge after a gun was detected at the Pittsburgh International Airport.  Transportation Security Administration officials spotted the gun in the man’s carry on bag yesterday.  The .22-caliber revolver was loaded with five bullets.  It’s the tenth gun detected at the airport’s security checkpoints this year. 

Three people were taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Butler County. State Police report 43 year old John McRae of Franklin failed to stop at the intersection of North Road and Unionville Road and struck a vehicle operated by 61 year old Lori Bishop of Butler. McRae was taken to Butler Memorial for a treatment while Bishop was flown to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment. A passenger in the McRae vehicle was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital with serious injuries.