TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 8TH, 2022

State lawmakers have given final approval to a new budget for the next fiscal year. Supporters of the 42-billion-dollar plan say it’s a high mark in legislating because it significantly increases funding for education and mental health services. The basic education increase is almost 750-million and an increase of nearly 100-million-dollars has been allocated to address the state’s mental health crises.

U.S. Postal Service customers in Western Pennsylvania and around the country will see an increase in prices this weekend.  Effective Sunday, First Class Forever stamps and the cost of sending a 1-ounce domestic letter will go from 58 cents to 60 cents.  Postcard stamp prices and the cost of media mail will also increase as will the prices for features like signature confirmation, return receipt, registered mail and certified mail. 

New Castle City Police are searching for a Youngstown man wanted in connection with a shooting. The New Castle News reports 29 year old Maurice Corey Clinkscale allegedly assaulted a woman in a vehicle outside of a car wash on the city’s West Side and firing a gun at her. The incident took place back in May.  He is charged with aggravated assault, criminal attempt of robbery of a motor vehicle along with a number of other charges.  Clinkscale had been convicted of a felony in Ohio in 2018, which prohibits him from carrying a gun in Pennsylvania

A Beaver Falls man pleaded guilty to possessing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.  40 year old Shawn Tedrow pleaded guilty to one count before United States District in Pittsburgh. Authorities said Tedrow, who was on parole from a prior conviction for indecent assault, was found in possession of hundreds of videos and digital photographs depicting the sexual exploitation of minors, many who were under 12 years old. Sentencing is set for November. Tedrow faces up to 20 years in prison a fine of 250 thousand dollars or both.

A new law recently signed by Governor Tom Wolf changes the definition of a veteran in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 849 changes the wordings related to employment preference for veterans who have been discharged because of a medical disability.  The full bill can be read online and will take effect in 60 days.

Pittsburgh International Airport will get 20-million in federal funding to help build a new terminal.  The new 700-thousand-square-foot landside terminal will be built next to the existing airside terminal.  The money is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  Overall the project is expected to cost nearly one-and-a-half-billion dollars. 

Sentencing has been ordered for a Pittsburgh man who spoke online about having sexually abused a child.  David Saban pleaded guilty in November of last year to child porn charges.  The FBI reportedly found the images while investigating Saban who had told the sexual abuse story on the internet to an undercover agent.  The bureau says they do not know if the subject truly physically abused anyone.  Saban was sentenced this week to 17 years in federal prison.

State Police in Butler County report a man was taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident. According to police 25 year old Thomas Frame of Butler was traveling north on Chicora Road in Oakland Township when he lost control of his motorcycle and laid it on it’s side. Frame was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The state Senate of Pennsylvania has passed a bill that will keep the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation from imposing new tolls on existing state bridges.  Last year, PennDOT had proposed the more than two-billion-dollar plan and said the nine chosen bridges should be tolled to pay for repairs and maintenance. Republican Senator Wayne Langerholc Junior introduced Senate Bill 382 in February with the goal of bringing the plan to an end. That measure passed Thursday and now goes to Governor Wolf for his signature.

Legislation further benefiting victims of crime has been approved by the state Senate. The bill would ensure crime victims have the ability to assert their own rights in court. Senator Camera Bartolotta says the bill would also require that crime victims receive basic information about their rights and services available to them. (CUT 4) The bill is part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative also designed to reduce prison and probation costs and improve public safety.