TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 20TH, 2022

New Castle City Police continue to investigate a shooting from yesterday at a home on East Street. One person was shot and the condition of the victim was not released. No other details are yet available.

A new database is coming online soon that will provide enhanced transparency for customers for vehicle state inspections.  The new tool from PennDot will show which vehicle inspection stations, inspectors, dealers, and issuing agents are under suspension for infractions of state regulations and laws, as well as contact violations.  The database can be viewed at  dmv dot pa dot gov slash vehicle services slash inspections. 

The State Senate has passed a pair of bills to cut the corporate tax rate in Pennsylvania. Supporters of the bills say at 9.99 percent, Pennsylvania’s Corporate Net Income Tax rate puts thestate at a competitive disadvantage and must be reduced. But opponents argue the tax-cutting strategies being proposed are not the best way to accomplish this. But Governor Tom Wolf has said he’s optimistic with various proposals being considered an agreement can be reached to cut the Corporate Net Income Tax rate

City Police in New Castle have filed Criminal charges against a 16-year-old juvenile in reference to an assault on another 16-year-old juvenile which took place outside of Gaston Park back on June 3rd.  According to the departments Facebook page the victim in this case sustained serious head and foot fractures and injuries as a result of the assault.  Charges of Aggravated Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Simple Assault and Harassment are being filed against the 16-year-old juvenile.

State Police  in Mercer County are investigating a pornographic video of a minor that had circulated around Lakeview High School in Stoneboro.  WFMJ-TV reports  a video depicting a minor in a “state of nudity” was taken and transmitted to other students throughout the school.  Investigation led police to two juveniles, one 14 and another 15 who were both placed under arrest and charged with Transmission of Sexually Explicit Images by a Minor. It is unknown whether or not the juvenile in the video was a student at the school.

North Hills School District leaders are holding a town hall to discuss the future of their Indians mascot.  The session is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the North Hills High School auditorium.  The district says the meeting is meant to gather input from the public, with a decision on the name to be considered by board members at a later time.

While the actual holiday has fallen on a Sunday this year, many places will be observing Juneteenth on Monday, June 20th.   The U.S. Post Office will be closed as will banks and federal government offices. However, jurisdiction falls on cities and local governments on whether they’ll remain open.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says vaccine administrators can start providing the COVID-19 vaccine to young children starting as early as Tuesday, June 21st. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved a Moderna and Pfizer vaccine for children as young as six months old Saturday. The decision came after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the vaccines for emergency use the day before.     

Over two million power company customers will get back more than 64-million-dollars in tax savings to consumers. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has approved plans for five power companies to do so. Pennsylvania Power Company, West Penn Power Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, Metropolitan Edison Company, and Peoples Gas company are all returning tax cuts to customers, thanks to the federal Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017.