TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 22ND, 2022

The New Castle News is reporting a Volant man has been charged in connection with a fatal traffic accident from 2021. 22 year old Russell Cyphert is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, three counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, along with a host of other charges. 17 year old Dylan Emery was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Cyphert that crashed into several trees along Brent Road near Old Mercer Road in Springfield Township. Cyphert, who was in court Monday was placed in the Mercer County Jail after he was unable to post bond. His preliminary hearing is set for August 1st.

President Biden did not get to visit his home state Thursday. A statement from the White House says he tested positive for COVID-19 came shortly before he was set to leave for  Pennsylvania.   He was supposed to appear at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre to deliver remarks about the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to further reduce gun crime.  There’s been no word yet on if or when the trip will be rescheduled.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Jackson Township. According to police 20 year old Josiah Shaffer of Fombell was southbound on Interstate 79 when he lost control of his vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck several trees. Police said Shaffer, who was citied, suffered minor injuries.

A measure that would have taken the state taxes from casino table games and pumped them into property tax relief will not come to pass. Supports say the intention was for the money to help highly-taxed homeowners. State officials say that late in the budget negotiations, lawmakers agreed to repeal the provision and keep the money from table games going into the General Fund.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirms just over 20-thousand news positive COVID cases over the past week. State officials say that amounts to a little under 29-hundred new cases ever per day. Also, there were 98 new deaths for the week.

The Sharon Regional Medical Center is asking people to donate blood.  Hospital officials say blood supplies in the area are critically low.  Medical officials say the months of June, July and August are considered to be the peak trauma season for hospital emergency departments.  Just three percent of people donate blood regularly.

The Pennsylvania Treasury plans to divert unclaimed funds from last year’s first round of ARPA payments to other Pennsylvania municipalities. State Treasurer Stacy Garrity says about 75 towns and cities  didn’t apply for the American Rescue Plan Act’s local recovery funds last year. She says funds they would have received are now being distributed to the thousands others which did apply and received funding in round one. More than a million and a half dollars is now being sent to those areas. 

The Penn State Board of Trustees’ finance committee has recommended increasing tuition for state resident undergraduates. The increase would be for five percent at the University Park campus and two percent at Commonwealth campuses. Tuition would not increase for many state residents and out-of-state undergrads with household incomes of 75-thousand dollars or less. The vote will take place today.

Major structural beams are being delivered to the new Fern Hollow Bridge site beginning next week.  Two one-hundred-ton steel sections are making their way in from Blair County on Monday.  Nicole Haney, with PennDOT, says 21 of the one-hundred-50-foot-long supports are needed for the project.  Rolling road closures and a police escort are planned daily, through August fifth, as the pieces are transported.

Lottery players are lining up today to get their tickets for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing and a chance at winning the 9th largest lottery prize in U.S. history.  With no winner in months, the estimated top prize tonight is 660-million dollars.  Winning numbers will be drawn at 11 p.m.