TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 12TH, 2022

A Mercer County man is facing charges for allegedly attacking a Sandy Lake Township official.  Pennsylvania State Police say Donald Rager started an argument with a township supervisor late Friday afternoon.  PSP says the argument became physical and Rager punched the supervisor in the face.  Rager is charged with simple assault and harassment.

Police are identifying a baby who died in a Beaver County pool Sunday.  Authorities say the child was 18-month-old Graham Allgyer.  Chippewa Township police responded to the home on Braun Road and performed CPR on the boy, but were unable to resuscitate him.  The Beaver County Coroner has ruled his death an accidental drowning.

The Slippery Rock University community is in mourning with the passing of the school’s women’s basketball coach.  The university yesterday announced the sudden passing of Bobby McGraw.  McGraw, a Marine Corp veteran and former state trooper, was in his eighth season as the team’s head coach.  No cause of death was given.

Governor Tom Wolf has signed a measure that would give nursing homes 20 percent more funding for Medicaid reimbursements. The governor’s office says the 300-million-dollars could be used to increase worker salaries, which would hopefully result in stabilizing nursing homes’ finances and improve the quality of care.  The measure also provides for a slight increase in direct care hours – up to nearly three hours per day per patient. 

A Farrell man is facing charges following a police chase from Brookfield, Ohio, into Sharon.  Police say they stopped Robert Russell for a headlight violation on State Route 82 last Wednesday night.  Officers say when they found what they believe was drugs in the car, they tried to remove Russell but he took off in the car, eventually getting out and running into Sharon.  Sharon and Brookfield officers caught him and took him to the Mercer County Jail for extradition to Trumbull County, Ohio on charges of failure to comply, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence.

Governor Tom Wolf is touting his administration’s work to help the state’s public schools.  Governor Wolf posted to social media yesterday that when he took office cuts by the previous administration left schools struggling.  Wolf says he prioritized reversing the cuts.  He says since 2015, he has increased public education funding at all levels by a historic three-million-700-thousand dollars.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of a gallon of gas in Western Pennsylvania is five cents lower to week at 4.82 a gallon. In New Castle this price is at 4.87 a gallon while driver in Sharon are paying 4.79. Pump prices declined across the country again, with the national average falling another 12 cents since last week to $4.67. A year ago the price was at 3.29 a gallon

Lottery players have set their sights high for tonight’s MegaMillions lottery drawing.  With no jackpot winner in nearly three months, the top prize tonight is an estimated 440-million dollars.  Winning numbers will be drawn at 11 p.m..

Pennsylvania lawmakers have agreed to give counties 45-million-dollars in new election funding as part of the state budget. Opponents to the grant money, though,  say the strings attached to the deal would outweigh the benefits. They say they would be forced to accept requirements, which would include the way ballots are counted. Currently, county governments fund their own election offices.  

State Police in Lawrence County report two Ohio men were taken to the hospital following an accident in Neshannock Township early yesterday morning. According to police 33 year old Antonio Lanum of Euclid Ohio, was eastbound on Interstate 376 when he lost control and struck a guard rail. Lanum and a passenger also from Euclid, were both taken to UPMC Horizon for treatment.