TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 8TH, 2022

State health officials say Pennsylvania’s first probable case of  Monkeypox has been identified in a Philadelphia resident. A news release from the city’s Department of Public Health says an investigation has been launched into how the person was exposed and if anyone else was exposed after that. They add that Monkeypox, which is spread through direct contact, it is far less contagious than COVID-19 and is not believed to be a significant threat to the general population.

State police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in Wilmington Township. According to police 44 year old Sefanie Montgomery of Sharon pulled from the intersection of Johnston Road and route 158 into the path of a vehicle operated by 51 year old Peter Malloy of Pittsburgh. Montgomery was taken to UPMC Jameson Hospital for treatment. A passenger in the Malloy vehicle sustained minor injuries.

Two new commercials about John Fetterman are now running in different markets in Pennsylvania, but some political supporters are afraid he won’t campaign again in person for maybe another month.  Fetterman, who is lieutenant governor and the democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, suffered a stroke in May. His wife told CNN Monday that he “deserves a month break to come back as strong as ever,” and said she thinks he can return by July.

People who have been victims of serious crimes have rallied at the State Capitol to get lawmakers’ attention to give them more support. The group on Tuesday called for passage of the Safer Pennsylvania Act, which would – among other things, increase crime survivors’ access to find new housing and employment as well as compensation. The group was joined by state legislative leaders and President Biden’s daughter Ashley Biden, who is a social worker and leads a justice center in Delaware.

State political contribution records show over 308-million-dollars have been donated to Pennsylvania campaigns last year. Figures tabulated for 2021 donations to state candidates and political action committees also show the ten largest donors gave more than 22-million. The data compiled by Ballotpedia shows billionaire Jeffrey Yass contributed 13-million-dollars to select campaigns.  

The state Senate has passed a controversial legislation dubbed the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.” The measure passed Tuesday on a 30-20 party-line vote with all but one Democrat opposing the bill.  It would prohibit eligibility for women who are transgender to play women’s sports in the state.  The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

Federal prosecutors report a Washington County man has admitted to his role in distributing cocaine in Western PA.  Marcus Brown pleaded guilty to charges last week that he was involved in an operation to deal the drug in Washington, Allegheny and Fayette Counties in 2020.  Sentencing has been scheduled for September and he faces the possibility of life in prison.

State Representative Matthew Dowling says that he is seeking treatment for alcohol abuse.  Tuesday’s statement from the Republican politician comes as he faces possible DUI charges after an accident this past Saturday in Fayette County.  Police say Dowling rear-ended another vehicle twice in South Union Township.  No injuries were reported.  Dowling advises that he has struggled mentally and physically and has been abusing alcohol as a consequence since being discharged from a hospital in January.  He had been hospitalized for nearly three months after being injured in an October 2021 vehicle accident.