TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 29TH, 2022

A Pennsylvania State Trooper was shot last night in Aliquippa. According to State Police in Beaver County the incident started when officers on patrol along Franklin Avenue observed a disturbance outside the Franklin Mini-Mart.  Troopers approached a man who ran into the store and then fought with officers. During the fight, the man, identified as 41-year-old Damian Bradford, shot one of the Troopers in the leg. Bradford was taken into custody. It’s unclear what charges he will face. The trooper was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.

The New Castle News is reporting a Beaver County woman is in a Youngstown trauma hospital after she reportedly fell from a moving car on Route 422 in Union Township. Police did not release the identity of the woman and are unsure if the woman was pushed out of the vehicle or jumped out on her own or fell out of the vehicle. The woman suffered multiple injuries.  The investigation is ongoing.

 A retired Catholic priest is facing allegations that he sexually abused a young man in Butler County.  Pennsylvania State Police report the victim, now 19-years-of-age, came forward earlier this month to accuse Father Perry Malacaman of abusing him a number of times over a 5-year period beginning about 10 years ago.  Malacaman, who now lives in West Virginia, has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16, corruption of minors and indecent assault.

Governor Tom Wolf is filing a lawsuit against the state’s General Assembly.  Governor Wolf says the suit is over what he called the Republican-led General Assembly’s “unconstitutional attempt to ban abortion in Pennsylvania. Wolf says legislators tried to get around his veto by loading proposed constitutional amendments into Senate Bill 106, which he said they “rammed through” during budget negotiations.  He says abortion will remain legal in Pennsylvania as long as he is governor.

Lottery players throughout Western Pennsylvania are making big plans for what they’ll do if their numbers come through in tonight’s Mega Millions game.  Twenty-nine consecutive drawings have come and gone without a top-prize winner leading to tonight’s estimated jackpot of one-point-one-billion dollars.  Numbers will be drawn at 11 p.m.

A Sharon man who was out of jail on bail for rape and assault charges in Mercer County was arrested in New Castle this week on drug and gun charges. According to the Sharon Herald 27 year old Louis Brewer Jr., was staying at the home of 40 year old Nicole Costea of Friendship street when Costea’s house was raided by police. During the raid police found two loaded and ready-to-fire handguns, suspected narcotics and $200 cash. Brewer was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 150 thousand dollars bond. Costea was arraigned on drug charges and was taken to the Lawrence County Jail on 30 thousand dollars bond.

A grant is coming from the federal government to help elderly people who use the Find My Ride online tool for public transportation. The governor’s office says the 750-thousand dollar grant from the Federal Transit Administration will help provide medical transportation for Medicaid-eligible residents who don’t have access to a car. Over eight-thousand people have applied for benefits to transit agencies over the past year.

JetBlue Airways has announced plans to purchase Spirit Airlines in a deal that would create the nation’s 5th largest airline.  Thursday’s announcement of the deal came one day after a plan by Frontier Airlines to purchase Spirit fell through.  JetBlue is valuing Spirit at 3.8-billion dollars in the planned merger with hopes that the two can begin operations as a single airline in early 2025.  JetBlue and Spirit both offer service out of Pittsburgh International Airport.