TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 9TH, 2022

A Beaver County man convicted on charges including aggravated assault has been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison.  Prosecutors says that 71-year-old Tyrone Clark slashed another man’s neck with a box cutter in an incident from September of last year.  Clark was convicted last month and sentenced on Friday.  The victim of the incident survived the attack. 

Police in Mercer County have released the name of the motorcyclist killed in an accident Sunday night. 40-year-old Louie Isenberg of Stoneboro was killed when his motorcycle was involved in a head-on crash along Route 18 in Pymatuning Township. Police say Isenberg was traveling south in the northbound lanes when his motorcycle struck the other vehicle. No other injuries were reported.

Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey says he has supported legislation to lower the prices of prescription drugs. On Monday, the Senate voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which will allow Medicare to negotiate the price of drugs. The senator also says he fought for provisions in the bill that will hold drug companies accountable when they increase prices faster than the rate of inflation. 

Promoters say tickets are now available to a campaign event later this month that will feature two prominent republican lawmakers.  Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano will appear with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at the “Unite and Win Rally.” The appearance is part of speculation that DeSantis could mount a 2024 bid for the GOP presidential nomination. The PA rally will take place at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh August 19th. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced the creation of an advisory group to improve pregnancy and postpartum care in the commonwealth. The department says it will be called the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Advisory Group. It will make recommendations to connect resources to eligible women, infants and children and make sure they’re aware of the services available to them. Sixteen appointed members make up the advisory group.

A Mercer County animal clinic is temporarily closing its doors.  Tails of Hope in Hermitage is short staffed and unable to provide its low to no-cost services.  Tails of Hope says it urgently needs the help of certified vet techs.  The clinic says if it can’t get the animals it already has spayed and neutered, it won’t be able to take in any more animals.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gasoline is Western Pennsylvania is down a penny this week to 4.43 a gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 4.36 a gallon while motorists in Sharon are paying 4.40. The national average is at 4.05 a gallon 67 cents less than a month ago and 87 cents more than a year ago.

Two proposals in the state General Assembly could affect the large numbers of drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania.   One would increase penalties while the other would emphasize unintended consequences of drug laws and treating addictions as a health crisis.  Senate Bill 1295 would set a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison for anyone convicted of fentanyl distribution connected to an overdose death.  House Resolution 218 would narrow the statute to apply to “commercial drug dealers who are out to make a profit,” as opposed to someone who shared drugs with a friend.

Rising prices at the grocery store are leading to increased demand at local food banks.  Beth Burrell with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank says roughly as many families are seeking assistance now as at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Prices at grocery stores are up around 12 percent over last year, according to Consumer Price Index.  Burrell says the organization can always use donations and volunteers.