TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 5TH, 2022

Two people have been arrested in connection with a shooting in Aliquippa Friday night. According to State Police 25 year old Trevaughn McCoy and 29 year old Davonte Williams both of Aliquippa, were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, recklessly endangerment and a firearms violation. Police said McCoy allegedly shot another man 29 year old Richard Lowe also of Alliquippa.  Williams and another man then shot McCoy. Both Lowe and McCoy were taken to the hospital for treatment after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. The investigation is ongoing.

A Slippery Rock man was taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident Sunday morning in Butler County. State Police report 23 year old Stephen Heller lost control of his motorcycle in Center Township and struck a mailbox. Heller was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. Police said Heller was charged with driving under the influence.

 State lawmakers are expected to return to the Capitol Wednesday to wrap up the 2022-23 budget package. The official deadline to get it done passed on Thursday night, which marked the end of the fiscal year. More work is expected to be done this week on partisan disputes that have created an impasse on a formal spending plan. The House of Representatives announced on Monday its members will reconvene Wednesday afternoon.  The Senate also is expected to return to session Wednesday.

State Representative Matt Dowling is stepping down.  The Republican announced on Friday that he plans to retire at the end of his term and will remove his name from November’s ballot.  Dowling has been charged with DUI after rear-ending another vehicle in South Union in Fayette County last month.  Dowling represents Fayette and Somerset counties.   

A proposal to seize illegal dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles has moved a step closer to becoming law after the state House approved the measure Friday.  Senate Bill 1183 has incited strong debate on both sides of the issue. Opponents say it’s an example of government overreach. Supporters say it will more strongly discourage reckless driving that endangers pedestrians and motorists. Since it was previously amended in the House, the bill returns to the Senate for a vote on concurrence. If concurred, the measure would go to Governor Tom Wolf for his signature. 

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that would make it illegal to run away from police. There are currently laws on the books that make it illegal to drive off from police but not about fleeing on foot. Senate Bill 814, this would change that.  The bill has made its way through the House committee by a 15-9 vote; it now moves to the full House for consideration.

Property tax and rent rebates have begun to be issued for hundreds of thousands of older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities across Pennsylvania. The funds are being distributed through the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.  The maximum standard rebate is 650-dollars but certain homeowners can get as much as 975-dollars.  

Fossil fuel power plants in Pennsylvania now formally must comply with a new state rule on carbon effects. Governor Tom Wolf’s climate rule went into effect this past Friday that makes the state’s coal and natural gas-fired power plants pay for each ton of carbon dioxide they release. The new mandate makes the plants start tracing and capping their emissions, as well, in an attempt to cut greenhouse gas pollution. 

Insiders expect the U.S. Senate race between Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman to be one of the most expensive ever in the state in terms of political advertising.  A Post-Gazette survey of various political advertisers found that Democratic and Republican organizations have already booked at least 67-million-dollars in advertising spots for the November election. Political analysts think ads in Oz-Fetterman race could rival the 164-million dollars that Senator Pat Toomey spent in 2016.

Pennsylvania lottery players are lining up today to purchase tickets for tonight’s MegaMillions drawing.  With no winner in more than two months, the game’s top prize is now an estimated 370-million dollars.  Numbers will be drawn at 11 o’clock tonight.