TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 22ND, 2022

New Castle City Police have made an arrested in connection with a shooting that took place on June 13th. 25 year old Stephen Brown of New Castle is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, along with a firearm violation. The New Castle News reports police charged Brown with shooting a man in an apartment in the 700 block of Mabel Street. The man was flown to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. Brown was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 500 thousand dollars bond.

State Police in Lawrence County report a Bessemer man was seriously hurt following a motorcycle accident in Mahoning Township. Police said the 49 year old man was traveling north on Hillsville Road when he traveled off the roadway struck a ditch then slid on the roadway. The man was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. Police said the man’s injuries were not life threatening.

State House Republicans are blocking a proposal to prevent people 18 to 21 from possessing so-called assault-style rifles.  Earlier they changed the bill into a constitutional amendment to allow anyone to carry concealed guns.  The legislation was meant to prevent anyone under 21 from buying, possessing or transporting assault-style guns.  Constitutional carry is widely supported by the Legislature’s Republicans.

The House State Government Committee will meet soon to review a bill that would move up Pennsylvania’s presidential primary election date by several weeks.  Senate Bill 428, which would move primary election day to the third Tuesday of March, unanimously passed in the state senate in December. The bill’s sponsors believe states that vote earlier can have an influence on which candidates remain in the primary race.

The Public Utility Commission has voted to approve nearly one-million dollars in penalties to be paid by Columbia Gas following a 2019 home explosion.  The blast on Park Lane in Washington County left five people injured and damage throughout the neighborhood.  Columbia Gas admits it made mistakes in the installation of new natural gas lines in the area and, specifically, in not properly addressing the gas flow to the home that eventually exploded. 

A Portersville man was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Butler County. State Police report 27 year old Koltan Cahill was north bound on Interstate 79 when he rear-ended a vehicle operated by Harun Rashid of Buffalo, New York. Police said Cahill then lost control and struck a guard rail. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

Pennsylvania State Senator Sharif Street is the new leader of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and is its first ever black chairman.  The announcement is a result of a 174-to-138 vote on Saturday. The 48-year-old Philadelphian was first elected to office in the party as vice-chair in 2018. He’s been a state senator for five years.     

A Commonwealth Court judge has allowed Pennsylvania medical marijuana companies to resume selling vaping devices. They  were taken off the shelves in a February recall.   Commonwealth Court Judge Michael J. Wojcik says that he granted a preliminary injunction overturning the recall because the companies involved were likely to win a permanent injunction. He also says the groups would suffer immediate and irreparable harm without it.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gas in Western Pennsylvania is down two cents this week to 5.00 a gallon. In New Castle and Sharon drivers are paying 4.99 a gallon. The national average for a gallon of gas fell below $5 this week. The primary cause is the tumbling cost of oil, which fell from $122 to around $110 per barrel due to fears of a global recession and its associated economic slowdown. A year ago the average price was at 3.24 a gallon.