TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 18TH, 2022

An Aliquippa woman is facing charges in connection to a weekend shooting.  Police report that Katrina Mills shot a man early Saturday morning at a location on Franklin Avenue.  There has been no word on the victim’s condition.  Mills has been charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

Supporters say a new state law will keep convicted drunk or drugged drivers off the streets longer. The law will potentially require someone convicted of a third DUI offense to serve consecutive sentences for separate counts, instead of serving the sentences at the same time. It also  increases the grading of offenses for someone convicted of a fourth DUI if they are caught with drugs or record a high blood alcohol content. The new law takes effect in November.

State Police in Butler County report two people were taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident Saturday in Summit Township. According to police 40 Nathan Book of Slippery Rock was eastbound of Route 422 when he lost control and laid the motorcycle down throwing Book and a passenger off the motorcycle. Book and his passenger were both taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment.

The 2022-23 budget passed recently includes a significant new bipartisan investment in conservation, outdoor recreation, clean water, and preservation.  It includes 100-million-dollars for an Outdoor Recreation Program for state parks and forest infrastructure and conservation projects. Officials say the overall designation of 696-million-dollars in federal recovery funds is the largest new investment in several decades.

A Monaca man faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug charges. 50 year old Cadee Akins Sr., also faces 10 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and distribution of cocaine across Beaver County and the Pittsburgh region.  Federal authorites say Akins had been in possession of 5 kilograms of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base at the time of his arrest.  The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General were credited for leading the investigation into Akins.

A new study is linking suicides with concussions. The research led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine finds that high school students with a history of depression have a higher chance of attempting suicide if they’ve had a concussion. Other researchers have said teens are most likely to get a concussion from playing sports, assaults, car accidents, falls or accidentally being struck by an obstacle.  

A law has now been put into place in Pennsylvania that allows pharmacists to give young kids vaccines. The measure signed into law last week will let  pharmacists give shots to children as young as five for vaccines for COVID and the flu. Supporters say the idea affords convenience for parents who otherwise might not get their kids inoculated. But some doctors argue the convenience might keep parents from bringing them into doctors’ offices for regular checkups.

Travel Club, Triple A, is offering free window etching to help deter vehicle thefts.  The process uses an acid solution to permanently mark a vehicle’s VIN number in the glass, making it less desirable to thieves.  Jim Garrity with Triple A says chop shops will likely pass on a car if it not possible to alter the VIN number, making it worthless to anyone who might steal it. 

 Cannabis-related businesses are getting some help from new laws enacted last week. HB 331 was one of 40 laws signed by Governor Wolf. It allows  authorized banks and credit unions to provide services for legitimate cannabis-related businesses and their business associates. The bill also authorizes insurance providers to work with cannabis-related businesses.