TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 11TH, 2022

Rep. Scott Perry says the FBI has returned his cell phone. His chief of staff says the phone was returned Wednesday, a day after federal agents took it while he was traveling with his family. Perry has been part of the congressional investigation into Donald Trump’s actions leading up to the January 6th riot, but he said Wednesday that he’s not a target of a Justice Department investigation.

The former chief of the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department will be sentenced in September for shooting a Greenville man. WFMJ-TV reports 55 year old David Jones pled guilty yesterday to one first-degree felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily harm. Jones was scheduled to go on trial for attempted homicide charges on Monday. State Police say Jones wounded 31-year-old Tyler Schadt on June 13th of last year during a domestic dispute.

A spokesperson for Doug Mastriano, the republican candidate for governor, says his upcoming rally with Ron DeSantis is still on, but now the location is “to be determined.”  Mastriano and the Florida governor had scheduled their “Unite and Win Rally” at Pittsburgh’s Convention Center next Friday, but that’s no longer going to be the location. Mastriano’s campaign says the event is still planned to be in Pittsburgh on the 19th, it’s just that site hasn’t been determined.

The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania is taking a shot at the retiring current senator. Lieutenant governor John Fetterman says it took way too long for the Senate to pass the PACT Act signed by President Biden Wednesday. Fetterman specifically blamed Senator Pat Toomey and other Senate Republicans for the delay and having to re-vote on the issue.  The measure provides medical care for military veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic materials.

The final deliveries of Fern Hollow Bridge supports are beginning today.  PennDOT says two of the massive beams are leaving Roaring Spring around 7:00 o’clock this morning.  Various road closures are planned today and Friday, as well as Monday and Tuesday of next week, as crews move the pieces in.  Officials say their goal is to have the new bridge completed by the end of the year.

Pennsylvania went from 27 confirmed cases of monkeypox to 251 in just under a month, putting the commonwealth at number seven for the virus in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.  As the federal government is working to stretch the limited supply of monkeypox vaccines as more is developed, Pennsylvania has received a supply for those considered high-risk who have been directly exposed to the virus.

State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident in Donegal Township. According to police 43 year old Jarrod O’Donnel of Chicora failed to stop and struck a vehicle operated by 36 year old Nathan Bartley also of Chicora. Bartley was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police charged O’Donnell with driving under the influence.

Kiski Valley youth football coach Kristian Clayton has earned the gratitude of a Vandergrift mother after saving her baby’s life.  Clayton was leading his team’s practice on Monday when he heard a woman at a home across the street crying for help.  The coach ran to the scene and found the woman’s ten-month old child unable to breath due to something being stuck in his throat.  Clayton used his training as an Air Force medic to remove the cap from a plastic pop bottle from the child’s throat and save his life.