TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 4TH, 2022

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting a correctional officer at the Lawrence County Jail is charged with bringing and attempting to bring contraband items to an inmate inside the facility. 46 year old Travis D. Marsh  of Hillsville, is charged with attempted possession of contraband with intent to deliver, and criminal use of a communication device.  Marsh was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 100 thousand dollars bond.

State police are looking for the suspect who took a Beaver County detective’s SUV early Tuesday morning.  The vehicle was stolen around 1:00 a.m. in Aliquippa. Officers located it three hours later, wrecked near Sixth Avenue and Elmira Street.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police.

Governor Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania schools can now apply for funding to support mental health programming and security improvements.  Governor Wolf announced today that nearly 200-million dollars is available for schools, including close to 100-million in School Mental Health Grants.  Another 95-million is available for Physical School Safety and Security Grants.  Wolf said the state’s kids have faced a pandemic, incredible social unrest and some have faced poverty.

PennDOT is ditching plans to add tolls to nine interstate bridges.  A Commonwealth Court has ruled the effort is in violation of state law.  The initial proposal was focused on generating money for replacements and repairs.  The agency announced yesterday they would not appeal the court ruling.

New Castle Athletic Director Sam Flora will be stepping down from his post on November 4th. Flora, who has held the position since 1998 sent in his resignation letter on Sunday. The New Castle News reports Flora has been with the district since 1981.

Friday marks the new dawn of Pennsylvania’s minimum wage laws, mostly for workers who earn tips.  The change will increase the amount of tip money an employee must receive before their hourly rate can be reduced from 7-dollars 25-cents to as low as 2-dollars, 83 cents per hour.  Employers also will not be  allowed to deduct any credit card or other payment processing fees from employees’ tips.

Federal aviation officials are investigating after a small plane left a runway in Venango County yesterday.  The incident was reported near Cranberry, around 3:00 p.m., as the single-engine craft was landing along a grass strip.  The post-World War Two-era plane drifted into an area of trees and bushes, according to state police in Franklin.  No injuries were reported in the incident.

The Allegheny County Health Department reports that 29 cases of monkeypox have now been confirmed in the county.  With numbers on the rise, the health department has now expanded the list of locations where those who have been exposed to the rare viral disease can receive the monkeypox vaccine.  A list of those locations can be found at www.alleghenycounty.us/healthdepartment.  More than 180 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been diagnosed across the commonwealth.

State police this week are warning residents not to fall for a secret shopper scam.  Police said a woman fell victim to the scheme last week when she received a text asking if she wanted to be a Walmart secret shopper. When she expressed interest, she was sent a check for more than 25-hundred dollars and was told to cash the check and use the fund to purchase VISA gift cards.  After she sent images of the gift cards, front and back, to the number that had originally contacted her, she learned the check that she had cashed was fraudulent.  Authorities advise anyone who has suspicions that they are being scammed to contact the police.