TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 23RD, 2022

A New Castle woman was sentenced to prison for illegally storing guns and drugs in her home. 46 year old Deia Eggleston pleaded guilty back in February. According to a news release Eggleston was sentenced to 46 months in prison with a three-year term of supervised release. Eggleston was connected to a cocaine distribution drug trafficking organization in New Castle that also included Dondi Searcy, Jr., also of New Castle.  The New Castle Police department assisted in the investigation.

WFMJ-TV is reporting a man is in serious condition after being struck by a car while riding a 4-wheeler. The accident happened around 5 p.m. Wednesday in front of a home on the 1200 block of route 388 in Shenango Township.  A man in his 60s was driving the ATV during the crash. He was thrown from the 4-wheeler and landed on the road, causing a major head injury. The ATV driver was flown by STAT-Medevac to the hospital. Police in Shenango Township continue the investigation.

10th District State Representative Aaron Bernstine wants Penn State to provide the location of the Joe Paterno statue before the university receives its annual state funding.  The statue of Paterno was removed from its place in front of Beaver Stadium in the summer of 2012 following reports that the coach and other university figures had covered up allegations of sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky.  Bernstine wants the university to divulge the monument’s whereabouts and has attached an amendment to the school’s funding bill calling for them to reveal the location in order to get the money.

State Police in Beaver County report a one vehicle accident in Center Township. Police report 39 year old Oleg Nikolev of Pittsburgh was traveling on Interstate 376 when he traveled through the median and smashed into a guard rail. Nikolev was taken to the Beaver Medical Center for treatment.

Kennywood, Sandcastle and Idlewild amusement parks are preparing to go cashless.  Park management says that guests will be able to use credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay to cover costs at food stands, restaurants, gift shops and gaming outlets.  Guests carrying cash will be able to use kiosks placed around the parks to purchase prepaid cards at no charges.  The cashless policy will go into effect next Tuesday at Kennywood and Sandcastle and next Wednesday at Idlewild and SoakZone.

Lottery players in Western Pennsylvania still have a chance at the really big bucks.  Tomorrow night’s MegaMillions lottery jackpot now stands at an estimated 312-million dollars.  It has been more than two months since someone won the big prize in the multi-state lottery game.  Winning numbers will be drawn tomorrow night at 11.

A bill that would eliminate a county residency requirement for Pennsylvania’s partisan poll watchers has been approved by the House State Government Committee on Wednesday. The measure would allow poll watchers to have a  clear view of the pre-canvassing and counting of ballots. All the opponents to the bill were Democrats, who raised concerns that the idea would lead to voter and poll worker intimidation. Supporters say the measure is needed to restore confidence in state elections. 

The Pennsylvania Education Association is throwing its influence behind Lt. Governor John Fetterman’s run for the U.S. Senate. The  state’s largest teachers’ union  has nearly 180-thousand active and retired school teachers and staffers. The support of the state union also brings with it an endorsement from the National Education Association. That group has said it’ll donate money to Fetterman’s campaign and help with canvassing.