TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 21ST, 2022

A New Castle man pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearm laws.  33 year old Angel Cruz II pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm.  Cruz sold two firearms to a confidential informant during a controlled-buy operation in exchange for one thousand dollars. Cruz, who has a felony conviction for robbery, is prohibited from the possession of firearms and ammunition.  Cruz faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on November 18th.

Democratic Senate nominee and current Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman says he’s having a few residual problems since his stroke in May. But he tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he is “100 percent able to run fully and to win” against the GOP’s Mehmet Oz. The 52-year-old says he’s working with a speech therapist and that he wouldn’t be running if he thought he couldn’t endure the campaign trail. Political researchers say Fetterman is leading in polls against Oz.

An anticipated toll hike for the Pennsylvania Turnpike reportedly has been delayed while the board names a new chairman and reorganizes. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission elected Philadelphia attorney, Wadud Ahmad as its new chair Tuesday for the five-member governing body. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the annual consideration to raise tolls has been delayed while the board changes are implemented.

Pennsylvania State Police say falling asleep at the wheel was the cause of a crash in Mercer County.  The crash happened before 4 o’clock in the morning on July 6th on I-80 in Shenango Township.  Police say a woman from Arizona fell asleep and drove off the road.  They say she overcorrected, crossing over both lanes and hit a ditch suffering a minor injury.

The Washington County Coroner’s Office is reporting one-hundred-six overdose deaths in 2021.  That number makes last year the second-highest on record for overdose fatalities in the county.  Reports show 82 percent of those instances were related to fentanyl.  The highest number of recorded overdose deaths came in 2016, at one-hundred-nine.

During this heat wave the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission says there are ways to can stay cool while saving on electric bills at the same time. The PUC says closing off unused rooms, adjusting air vents, raising thermostats on air conditioners, using fans and cooking outdoors are among the steps people take to save on their energy bills as they try to keep cool. Officials says these measures cannot only save consumers money, but also help to lower the strain on the power grid and keep everyone’s lights on.

President Biden is set to make another visit to his home state today. A statement from the White House says he’ll visit Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre to discuss the Safer Communities Act and gun violence.  The White House has not released any additional details of his visit. 

KDKA-TV is reporting the Beaver County coroner’s office was called to the scene of a motorcycle crash in Hopewell Township last night. The crash was in the area of Brodhead Road and Cherry Way near the Hopewell Shopping Center in Hopewell Township. The call came in around 9 p.m. on Wednesday. No other details were released.

Pittsburgh is making a list of the most educated cities in the United States.  Personal finance firm, WalletHub, places Steel City at number 33 in a recently-released survey.  Data considered for the rankings includes percentage of adults over 25 with a bachelor’s degree or higher, public school ratings, and measured gender education gap.  Ann Arbor, Michigan topped the list, with San Jose and Washington D.C. rounding out the top three.