TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 16TH, 2022

A Mercer County man is facing federal charges after allegedly threatening to kill federal agents in response to last week’s search of Mar-a-Lago.  FBI agents executed a search warrant last Monday on the Florida estate of former President Donald Trump.  Prosecutors say that Adam Bies responded by going online and, speaking about federal agents, said ‘come and get me you feds.  I am going to slaughter you.’  Bies is in custody pending the results of a detention hearing scheduled for later this week.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania in down 12 cents this week to 4.31 a gallon. Drivers in New Castle are paying 4.27 a gallon while motorists in Sharon are paying 4.34 a gallon. Triple-A reports the National average is down 62 cents from a month ago, but remains 77 cents higher than last year.

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating an alleged sexual assault from Friday. Police said the victim is a 38 year old female from New Castle. The alleged incident took place in Bessemer. No other details were released.  

A search warrant for the home of a former Beaver County dentist, who shot himself while in custody, is revealing more information about the incident.  The record shows Arpad Sooky had a large number of firearms he could not legally own.  Center Township Police and ATF agents also seized 3D printing materials at the property they suspect were used in making ghost guns.  It remains unclear how Sooky shot himself with his own weapon while handcuffed inside a police cruiser.  State police say they hope to have more information available this week.

A new state program will set aside millions of dollars for affordable housing and home repairs. The “Whole-Home Repairs Program” allocates 375 million in new investments.  Lawmakers say the money, which was approved in the new state budget, will spend 125 million for homeowners and landlords to use for renovations. The program also provides support staff and funds training programs to build local workforces for completing the repairs and construction.  

Pennsylvania State Police say they made almost 500 DUI arrests over the weekend. The statewide campaign Friday and Saturday nights, called “Operation Nighthawk,” sought people who were driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. Over 400 troopers and 200 municipal police officers were involved in the operation, which is marking its 20th year in 2022.

Motorcyclists are raising money in the name of a former New Kensington police officer.  The 5th annual Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Scholarship ride was held on Saturday with one-thousand motorcycles participating.  Officer Shaw was shot and killed in November of 2017 following an attempted traffic stop.  The event benefits a fund that pays for scholarships for graduating cadets of the Allegheny County Police Academy.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman says he feels great after his first public campaign event in about three months.  Fetterman held a rally in Erie on Friday evening after suffering a stroke just before the May primary election.  The Lieutenant Governor thanked supporters for being there and said they would deliver for him in his race against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz.  Fetterman turned 54 yesterday.

Parents are being reminded that school lunches are no longer free as students start the new school year.  Pennsylvania school officials say parents who need assistance providing their students with lunches will now need to apply for assistance, as was required prior to COVID.  Federal waivers to provide free school lunches ended on June 30th.