TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 27TH, 2022

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in New Castle. According to police, 27 year old Nicole Sallmen was traveling south on the Columbus Interbelt when she failed to stop at a blinking red light and struck a vehicle operated by 28 year old Mark Manos of New Castle. Both drivers were taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.

State police report an Aliquippa man in a stolen vehicle Monday night led them on a pursuit in which the suspect reached speeds of 120-miles-per-hour.  Officers first observed and tried to stop the suspect vehicle in Hopewell Township but say its 18-year-old driver instead took off and at one point was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-376.  Troopers used stop sticks to eventually bring the chase to a halt.  Suspect Michael Brown is facing a list of charges including fleeing and eluding and receiving stolen property.

Prosecutors report a Butler County man will spend the next 5 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges he used an Airsoft pistol in a pair of robberies.  Matt Milliron of West Deer, used the weapon to rob a Family Dollar store last July and a Butler County bank last August.  No injuries were reported in either case.  Milliron’s sentence, ordered yesterday, was part a deal he made with the government for pleading guilty.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced an eight-million-dollar agreement with Wawa to resolve a December 2019 data breach. AG Shapiro says the breach compromised nearly 34-million payment cards that were used across all Wawa stores. Shapiro and eight other attorneys general investigated the breach. Pennsylvania will collect more than two-and-a-half-million dollars through the settlement, the third largest one behind Target and The Home Depot. 

  U.S. Senator Bob Casey says campaigning for an elected office shouldn’t disqualify people who are disabled from receiving their federal benefits. In a statement Tuesday, the democratic senator says his measure also would provide local governments with limited funding to support local elected officials who have disabilities

The Federal Aviation Administration is providing the Pittsburgh International Airport with a sizable grant to help fund a taxiway extension.  The three-point-two-million dollar award will cover about 75-percent of the cost of extending Taxiway A to a new cargo building.  That building, planned to open in 2024, is part of the airport’s cargo facilities expansion.  The federal grant comes as part of the FAA’s airport improvement program.

 A decision about whether Pennsylvania’s method of funding public education meets the state constitutional requirement that lawmakers provide “a thorough and efficient system” is in the hands of a state judge.  Arguments wrapped up yesterday.  . Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer didn’t indicate when she’ll rule but said lawyers have left her with a massive record to review.  The plaintiffs are six districts, several parents, the state conference of the NAACP and the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools.

No one matched the numbers needed to claim the grand prize jackpot in last night’s 830-million dollar Mega Millions drawing.  The estimated top prize for this Friday’s drawing is now more than 1-billion dollars. 

A provision in the state’s new budget will allow for 25-million-dollars for a new child tax credit program. The governor’s office says the Child and Dependent Care Enhancement Program is modeled after a federal program that benefits parents with children in daycare.  The state child care tax credit is for 30 percent of the federally approved expense. It’s estimated that nearly 221-thousand state families will benefit from the refundable credit. 

Doctor Oz’s campaign says he would support legislation for federal same-sex marriage protections. His communications director said in a statement Tuesday that the GOP Pennsylvania Senate candidate believes same sex couples should have the same freedom to get married as straight couples.