TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 20TH, 2022

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting a Louisiana man is charged with criminal homicide in connection with a shooting in March of last year in Big Beaver Borough. 31 year old Raul  Manuel Rivera-Arroyo is charged in connection in the death of 26-year-old Rolando Contreras, of Moon Township.  He’s charged with homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide along with a number of other charges. The shooting took place at a home on Shenango Road in Big Beaver.

Pennsylvania casinos are celebrating a year of record-breaking revenue.  Numbers released this week by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board show that over 5-billion dollars in combined revenue was generated between July 1st of 2021 and June 30th of 2022.  That’s more than a billion more than was generated in the previous fiscal year.  The total includes over 379-million for Rivers Casino in Allegheny County, an estimated 110-million for the LIVE Casino in Westmoreland County and just over 245-million for the Hollywood Casino in Washington County.

School leaders and first responders in Beaver County are training on how to respond to an active shooter.  Officials gathered for an eight-hour session with law enforcement panelists yesterday.  Discussions centered on developing, and practicing, a shared response plan between school leaders and police was a large portion of the meeting’s focus.  Another seminar is planned at the Community College of Beaver County next Tuesday.

Police in Mercer County report a Grove City man was the victim of a recent scam. The victim told police he thought a family member was in an auto accident where a pregnant female was injured and need money to get out of jail. Police said the victim gave a male suspect nine thousand dollars in cash. The investigation is ongoing.  

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says he wants to allow “hero pay” bonuses to help retain police officers. He says the 135-million-dollar Local Law Enforcement Support Grant Program can be funded n the recently authorized state budget. It would allow police forces in the state to grant 12-hundred-dollar retention and sign-on bonuses for cops who work in understaffed areas. The bonuses are for current in-service officers who are in good standing. 

The Wolf administration says its disappointed that the governor’s plan to pay state residents two-thousand-dollars isn’t going to happen. A spokesperson for Governor Wolf says the stimulus checks were not included in the recently passed state budget that included COVID funds from the federal government.  A deal between Wolf and the republican-led legislature found uses in 20 other programs for the more than two-billion-dollars in remaining COVID money.

A Portersville man was taken to the hospital following an accident that took place earlier this month in Perry Township. State Police in Lawrence County report 66 year old Lawrence Durnell was traveling on Mountville Road when he swerved to miss a deer and traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. Durnell was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.  

Results of a new survey released this week by aviation analysis company FlightAware rank the major U.S. airports with the highest percentage of recent flight cancelations.  In the survey covering the period between May 28th and July 13th, 3.7-percent of fights scheduled to depart out of Pittsburgh International Airport were canceled.  That number is tied for the 5th worst among major U.S. airports.

Sheetz is hosting a giveaway in celebration of National Hot Dog Day today.  Anyone who makes a purchase on the company’s app can get two free hot dogs through Friday.  The offer is limited to one use per customer.

State Police in Lawrence County report two people were injured following an accident in Hickory Township. According to police 29 year old Billy Jackson of Sharon was traveling on route 108 when he attempted to pass a vehicle operated by 54 James Magliocca of New Castle, and struck the vehicle when Magliocca tried to turn. Jackson then struck a parked vehicle. Both drivers were treated at the scene.