TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 8TH, 2022

A Mercer County man faces a number of charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault of an 11 year old girl in Sharpsville. WFMJ-TV reports 32 year old Gabriel Lindstrom is charged with indecent assault of a child, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was arraigned and bond was set at 50 thousand dollars. A court hearing has been set for August 18th.

The annual Butler Farm Show is returning this week. Gates open today with the event running through Saturday.  Free entertainment is planned each day in addition to traditional livestock shows.  Various motorsports competitions are also scheduled, with mini-modified tractor pulls this evening.

  An investigation is underway into a fatal officer-involved shooting in Venango County.  Pennsylvania State Troopers were responding to a mental health situation early Saturday morning when they say the subject came out of a Main Street home and pointed a handgun towards officers.  One trooper opened fire hitting 59-year-old Douglas Stanton.  Stanton died at the scene.

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held an informational meeting on legislation regarding water and wastewater asset management planning. Senate Bill 597 would establish the Water Quality Accountability Act. Supporters say the measure provides oversight of water and wastewater services, and takes proactive steps to protect drinking water and critical assets that include dams and wellheads. The bill also requires consideration be given to projected annual expenditures to implement the plan and ensure its cost-effectiveness.

The latest round of political polls in the race to replace retiring Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey show the state’s lieutenant governor in the lead. The current Real Clear Politics relays Democrat John Fetterman ahead of republican Mehmet Oz by just under nine points. On average, Fetterman is backed by 47 point seven percent of Pennsylvanians and Oz is supported by just 39 percent. Another poll last week by the site FiveThirtyEight dot com shows Fetterman with an 11-percent lead.

Two pipeline companies that are subsidiaries of Energy Transfer have been convicted of criminal charges.  Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Friday that the two companies were guilty of offenses in the construction of two separate pipelines.  A grand jury found that one subsidiary  violated environmental protocols and custom plans that led to an explosion that damaged homes and land. The other company allowed thousands of gallons of drilling fluid to escape underground.

Authorities in Mercer County are investigating a motorcycle accident from last night. WKBN-TV reports It happened in Pymatuning Township on route 18 just before 9 p.m. According to Police, a motorcycle collided with another vehicle. Reportedly the motorcyclist died as a result of the accident. No other details were available.

Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman will hold his first public campaign rally since suffering a stroke in May. Fetterman’s campaign says the Lt. Governor will appear in Erie on August 12, three months after being hospitalized prior to winning his primary race. Fetterman has appeared at campaign offices and held a private fundraiser in the Philadelphia area, but those events were not accessible to the general public and media.

The state has announced an initiative to help college students who may be at risk of going hungry. The Hunger-Free Campus program will help students access free, healthy food on college campuses across Pennsylvania. In announcing the effort recently in Millersville, First Lady Frances Wolf  says state research has shown that about 52 percent of students who faced food or housing insecurity in 2020 did not apply for support because they did not know how to apply for help.