TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 2ND, 2022

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Dr. Mehmet Oz continues to question the whereabouts of his opponent.  Dr. Oz posted to social media yesterday that it’s been 80 days since Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman’s last campaign event.  Fetterman has given one interview since suffering a stroke days before the May primary.  He told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette he’s physically able to run and win in November.

Police in Greenville have arrested a suspect in connection with stealing catalytic converters from a car dealership. WKBN-TV reports police arrested 32 year old Nicholas Brown after police posted a video of Brown on Facebook . The video showed Brown driving away from Phil Godfrey Ford. The public helped identify Brown as the suspect. Police took him into custody on Sunday. Brown is now in Mercer County Jail on an unrelated warrant.

State police in Mercer County report a 17 year old boy from Greenville was flown to a Youngstown Hospital following a one vehicle accident in Green Township. Police said the 17 year old was traveling south on West Jamestown Road when he traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. He was flown to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for treatment.

The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Advisory Board has new leadership. A gathering of the board late last week was the first with its new chair Dr. Denise Johnson, who is also acting secretary of the Department of Health.  Johnson, a former western Pennsylvania doctor and chief medical officer, had been a member of the advisory board as physician general. She became chair when Keara Klinepeter left the post earlier this year.

State election officials say three third-party candidates have filed to run for office in Pennsylvania for the November 8th general election ballot. Candidates from the Libertarian Party, the Green Party and the Keystone party all have provided officials with enough signatures to run for governor and the U.S. Senate. Political watchdogs say the third-party candidates could make a difference in the final voting outcome for the major party candidates.  

Western Pennsylvania fire departments are warning residents of con artists trying to scam them out of their money.  Residents have reported receiving text messages from someone claiming to be selling t-shirts as part of a fundraising effort for their local fire department.  Those messages come with a link where people wanting to help out their local first responders are asked to provide payment information. Fire companies including Aliquippa and others say they have nothing to do with a t-shirt sale and are encouraging people who receive the messages to just delete them.

State officials say residents who are part of certain low-income energy assistance programs will soon be getting more money from the state. The supplemental payments apply to Pennsylvanians who take part in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  The payments will be sent to the eligible household to help pay any current bills to their utility providers.  Most homes will receive a 250-dollar cash supplement.

According to this Week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania is down nine cents this week to 4.50 a gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 4.44 a gallon while in Sharon the price is at 4.49 a gallon. The national average is $4.21, down 14 cents from last week. This week’s average is 63 cents less than a month ago, but $1.04 more than a year ago.

State officials say litter on Pennsylvania roads is costing taxpayers millions.  Cheryl Moon-Sirianni with PennDOT says the agency spends around 14-million dollars annually to remove trash.  The continuing litter problem is prompting the launch of a new public media campaign.  Announced yesterday, the PA Fights Dirty initiative is part of Governor Wolf’s Litter Action Plan.