TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 1ST, 2022

State Police are investigating the death of a man Sunday morning in Mercer County.  The motorist identified as Daniel Leinen had stopped on I-80 just before 5 a.m. to change his driver’s side rear tire. Reports say that as he was performing the roadside work, he was struck and killed by a passing vehicle. Leinen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say the personal information of thousands of Allegheny Health Network patients is at risk following a data breach.  The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports an employee’s account became compromised after opening a phishing email on May 31st.  Medical histories, social security numbers, and financial information could be included.  AHN says affected individuals have been notified through the mail.  

State Police in Butler County report one person was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital following a motorcycle accident in Muddy Creek Township. According to police 32 year old Spencer Repka of East Auroua, New York, lost control on Interstate 79 and was thrown from the vehicle. Repka, who suffered serious injuries, was flown to UMPC Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.

Governor Tom Wolf recently signed an executive order allowing out-of-state residents to seek reproductive health care services in Pennsylvania without fear of prosecution. In a statement, he said it’s important to make sure victims of domestic violence can seek reproductive health care services. The executive order also affirms the governor will decline any request received from another state that’s pursuing anyone through an arrest warrant, unless the charges are also criminal offenses under Pennsylvania law.

The Mon Incline closes today in order for it to undergo updates to its mechanical controls and electrical systems.  Pittsburgh Regional Transit says the railway will remain out of service through mid-November.  Upgrades will also be made during the closure to the incline’s upper and lower passenger stations.

If you need help for your unemployment compensation claim, you can now go to a state office and speak to someone in person. The state says the service is available at about 60 PA CareerLink centers for UC claimants who don’t have proper internet access, technical skills or for people with limited-English proficiency. The U.S. Department of Labor recently made the service possible through a seven-million-dollar grant.  

Officials say the state’s new child tax credit program will help support Pennsylvania’s working families. They say the credits, modeled after the federal program, will ensure access to high-quality early childhood education. The state’s  care tax credit program is for working families with children in daycare who already qualify for the federal program. Residents can claim the credit when filing state taxes starting in tax year 2023. 

U.S. Senator Bob Casey wants websites to be more user-friendly for seniors and people who are disabled. In a hearing late last week in Washington, the democratic lawmaker said many people with disabilities face big  barriers when trying to access federal government technology. He says the websites and apps are increasingly important resources for health care, employment and education. Some 40 percent of adults aged 65 years and older have a disability.

Eight people are reported as injured following an accident Saturday during a fundraiser to benefit local breast cancer patients.  Multiple motorcycle riders crashed along White Cloud Road in Allegheny Township during the annual Riding for the Cure event.  Police report one rider lost control on a curve leading to a chain-reaction that took other riders down as well.  There has been no word on the condition of the fallen riders.  Organizers say that more than 200 people had signed up to participate in this year’s ride.