TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 19TH, 2022

State Police report an accident yesterday morning that involved a milk tanker truck and an Amish buggy in Mercer County.  26 year old Joe Byler who was operating the buggy was flown to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngtown for treatment. The tanker, driven by 71-year-old John Herman of South Dayton, N.Y. struck the buggy in the 1500 block of Mercer New Wilimington Road in East Lackawannock Township.  Police are still investigating but believe the truck driver’s sight was impaired by the sun as he drove into a shaded area where the buggy was traveling.

Three firefighters are among the injured from a Thursday fire in Beaver County.  Crews responded to a blaze in Rochester at around 2:30 a.m. yesterday and found a fire that began inside an apartment and spread to other buildings.  More than a dozen departments reportedly responded to the scene.  A fourth person who was injured in the fire was taken to a local hospital and is expected to be okay.  There has been no word on the cause of the fire.

A Mercer County man indicted on charges that he threatened the lives of FBI agents in a series of social media posts has been ordered held in custody.  That decision came at the end of a detention hearing yesterday for defendant Adam Bies.  Bies’ alleged threats were made last week in response to agents executing a search warrant on the Florida estate of former President Donald Trump.  In ordering that Bies remain held in custody, U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan said that she is concerned about the safety of the community and the safety of law enforcement.

The state health department has confirmed that a Penn State student has contracted the monkeypox virus. The student at the school’s University Park campus tested positive last Saturday. Officials say the patient resides off campus and is currently in isolation and is recovering. The student’s close contacts also have been identified and notified through contract tracing.

A Columbiana Ohio man was taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident in Beaver County. State Police report 46 year old Anthony Pope was traveling on Big Beaver Boulevard in Homewood Boro when he laid down his motorcycle to avoid oncoming traffic.  Pope was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment.

Pennsylvania casinos are celebrating a rebound in revenue.  Numbers released this week by the state gaming control board show that after months of declining numbers, the gaming venues saw numbers head in a positive direction in the month of July.  Nearly 430-million in combined revenue was reported including over 33-million for Rivers Casino in Allegheny County, an estimated nine-point-seven-million for the LIVE Casino in Westmoreland County and nearly 22-million for the Hollywood Casino in Washington County.

University of Pittsburgh leaders are once again requiring masks on their main campus.  Officials have reinstated the policy as Allegheny County is in the high COVID-19 community transmission level, according to the CDC.  The school plans to drop the requirement if the transmission level is lowered.  Pitt campuses outside Allegheny County are not affected.

Officials in Beaver County say a man is in custody after a standoff with SWAT officers.  Dispatchers report police attempted to serve an arrest warrant near Ninth Street and Melrose Avenue around 3:00 p.m. yesterday when the incident began.  The suspect surrendered just before 5:00 p.m.  Authorities report a police officer was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of an unspecified injuries.

Management at Kennywood and Idlewild amusement parks say they expect to hire about 350 workers to staff special events this fall.  Kennywood’s Phantom Fall Fest and Idlewild’s HallowBOO! will both begin in the final full weekend of September and are expected to draw big crowds.  Park managers are looking for applicants age 14 and up to fill positions.  Idlewild has announced a hiring event for tomorrow with Kennywood following suit later this month.