TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 16TH, 2022

WFMJ-TV is reporting a New Castle man died on Wednesday after he was found under 12 to 15 feet of water in a pond on Keno Road in Washington Township.  The man has been identified as 55-year-old Kevin Eggleston .  Lawrence County Coroner RJ Johnson said Eggleston was out at the pond swimming with a few of his friends when they eventually lost sight of him.  Eggleston’s friends called 911 and local fire departments showed up on scene with a team of divers, who located him, under 12 to 15 feet of water and recovered him. 

Police filed charges Wednesday against two men in connection with a shooting Tuesday night at Dollar General in Sharon. According to the Sharon Herald , two Youngstown, Ohio men exchanged gunfire in the parking lot, with their children, ages 5 and 1, nearby. One of the men was the ex-boyfriend of a woman who was at the store with her current boyfriend, who was shot several times in his legs. No one else was injured. 30 year old Jordan Burnett the ex-boyfriend faces a number of charges including attempted homicide.  38 year old Edward Jermaine Thomas, the current boyfriend is charges with aggravated assault along with a number of firearms violations.

Many groups have converged on the state capitol to let lawmakers know how to spend a nearly 15-million-dollar state surplus. The money comes from a federal COVID funds and increased tax revenues. Stakeholders’ groups would like to see the money invested in initiatives such as  education, a minimum wage boost and addressing poverty. The state budget deadline is June 30th but officials reportedly have about a year and half to spend the remaining COVID funds.

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey is expressing optimism the Senate will pass some sort of gun legislation this year.  Yesterday, Toomey said there’s a better than 50-percent chance a bill will be passed this year. Toomey was among ten Republicans who agreed in principle to the framework for bipartisan measures on guns following the Texas school shooting.

State Police in Mercer County arrested a West Virginia man on drug charges following a traffic stop on Tuesday. According to police 63 year old Robert Holibaugh was pulled over on Interstate 80 in Wolf Creek Township. After obtaining a search warrant police found cocaine, marijuana along with ketemine. Holibaugh faces a number of drug charges and was arraigned and placed in the Mercer County Jail 500 thousand dollars bond.

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman’s campaign for the U.S. Senate has a new leader.  Fetterman’s team announced yesterday Brendan McPhillips is coming on board as campaign manager.  McPhillips was the Pennsylvania state director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020.  Fetterman will face Trump-backed celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz in November’s election.  

Results of a Suffolk University / USA Today poll released this week show Democratic Lt. Governor John Fetterman leads Republican Mehmet Oz 46 to 37-percent in the race for the U.S. Senate.  The race for governor appears to be a tighter contest with Democratic State Attorney General Josh Shapiro holding a lead of less than 2-percent over Republican State Senator Doug Mastriano 44-percent to 40.2-percent.

The state House has passed legislation that would let disability placards be renewed by mail. Once the online renewal would be complete, a printable temporary placard would be available until a permanent one is sent by PennDOT. HB 2337 now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

Vice President Kamala Harris is planning a Pittsburgh stop tomorrow.  The Post-Gazette reports Harris is discussing drinking water infrastructure upgrades in the city.  Secretary of Housing And Urban Development Marcia Fudge and EPA Administrator Michael Regan will also be in attendance.  The location of the visit has not yet been released.