TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 9TH, 2022

Official tallies from the statewide recount for the republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania have been released. The formal results Wednesday show celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz narrowly defeating former hedge fund CEO David McCormick.  State election officials say Oz won by 951 votes out of more than one-point-three million cast in the May 17th primary election. The official count results have come several days after McCormick conceded the race. 

Average gasoline prices are now above five dollars per gallon across Pennsylvania.  Some stations in the Pittsburgh area saw prices around five dollars and nine cents for the second consecutive day yesterday.  Triple A, reports the average for Lawrence County is at 5.00 a gallon while in Mercer County the price is at 5.01 a gallon.  

State Police in Mercer County have arrested a 17 year old Greenville boy in connection with committing indecent assault against three teenage girls.  Reports said that the incident happened at the Mercer County Career Center on May 20. the victims include a 15-year-old from Mercer, a 17-year-old from Mercer, and a 16 -year -old from Grove City.  Reports said that the Career Center contacted State Police. The incident is under investigation.

Nursing home employees are rallying for more Medicaid payouts by the Pennsylvania government.  A group of workers gathered for a demonstration outside the Beaver County courthouse yesterday.  They say low Medicaid reimbursements to their employers are causing staff shortages and decreased quality of care for patients.  The group cites a recent study by LeadingAge PA that shows nursing homes in Pennsylvania are under-funded through Medicaid by over one-billion dollars.

Lawrence County programs to treat child victims of sexual or physical abuse are receiving $200,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato also announced another 51 thousand dollars will go to enhance adult probation and parole services. The 200 thousand in funding to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County will help expand available services and reduce treatment waiting times.

A group of activists is asking for the state to remove some candidates’ names from the November voting ballots. They demonstrated at the state capitol Wednesday calling on the Secretary of the Commonwealth to remove republican governor candidate Doug Mastriano and Congressman Scott Perry from the November ballot. They say the duo’s alleged involvement in the insurrection should disqualify them from elected office.

A bill has passed the state senate that would let police in many areas confiscate illegally operated all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes. Proponents say it would help stop swarms bikers and ATV drivers from scaring motorists and ignoring traffic laws. The bill would make the vehicles subject to the state’s asset forfeiture law and give police a variety of options to keep them off the streets, including destruction. The measure now heads to the state House for consideration.

In federal court Wednesday, a U.S. District Judge ruled that accused Tree of Life shooter Robert Bowers does not need to appear in court to answer questions about his attorneys’ actions before trial.  Prosecutors last month asked that Bowers be ordered to appear so that he could confirm his awareness of his lawyers’ maneuvers.  Bowers has not made a physical appearance in federal court as motions have been offered and argued and the government had said they want to lessen the chance that Bowers will be successful in any appeal attempt.

A West Virginia man is heading to prison after being convicted on charges he tried to meet up with a minor for sex.  Forty-four-year-old Jason Lynn of the Wheeling area, drove to Pittsburgh in May of 2019 to connect with a 13-year-old child that he had been communicating with on a social media app.  In reality, the person that Lynn had been messaging with online was an adult FBI agent.  He was arrested on arrival in Pittsburgh and later convicted.  He was sentenced Tuesday to nine years behind bars.