TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 26TH, 2022

State police in Lawrence County arrested a man who was wanted on a bench warrant out of Mercer County following an accident yesterday morning in Union Township. According to the New Castle News, 42 year old Dwayne Howell of Farrell was taken to the Lawrence County Jail. The crash took place on Interstate 376. Police are still investigating the crash. Howell was found walking along the highway after the crash and was charged with driving under the influence. No injuries were reported.   

One person was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Union Township. According to State Police 31 year old Ookami Kern of New Castle was westbound on Interstate 376 when she lost control of her vehicle and went into a ditch. Kern was transported to UPMC Jameson Hospital for treatment.

Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey is celebrating President Biden’s college loan relief plan. He released a statement Thursday that called the program an important first step forward in helping borrowers saddled with student debt. He also says lawmakers need to address “skyrocketing” college costs so that future students can get an education without signing up for a lifetime of debt.

Pennsylvanians reportedly have some of the highest student loan debt in the country. The Institute for College Access and Success says 64 percent of state college grads have student loan debt. Their figures show the average public debt load is a little over 39-thousand dollars. As for private student loan debt, the average is a little more than 42-thousand dollars.

A poll of registered Pennsylvania voters shows support has decreased in surprising ways for republican candidate for governor Doug Mastriano. The Franklin and Marshall College Poll released Thursday shows the candidate lagging behind democratic nominee Josh Shapiro, but support also has dwindled among undecided voters and members of his own party. They reportedly say Mastriano isn’t doing enough to reach beyond those who already agree with his staunchly conservative platform.

University of Pittsburgh students will be the beneficiaries of funds coming to the school as a state allocation of COVID relief dollars.  Pitt expects to receive seven-point-five-million dollars and says that money will be distributed among their more than 20-thousand students on all campuses.  The math works out to about 350 dollars each.  More information will be shared with Pitt students next month.

A man already charged with trying to meet an underage girl for sex is now facing more than 1-thousand counts of possessing child porn.  Jason Meals was arrested in December after police say he drove from Erie to Connellsville Middle School in Fayette County where he posed as a relative and tried to pick up a 13-year-old girl.  Police now say a phone found in his possession at the time of his arrest had thousands of images of child pornography on it.  He remains held without bond.

As children head back to school the Better Business Bureau has a warning for Pennsylvania parents .The BBB encourages parents to be careful when posting back-to-school photos online. Officials say these pictures often include too much personal information. To protect children from scammers, hackers and sexual predators, the BBB advises parents to avoid sharing personal details about a child or information about a child’s school.