TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 30TH, 2022

Over 30 thousand dollars was reported seized in a recent drug raid in New Castle. According to the New Castle News local narcotics agents and the Attorney General’s Office conducted the raid last Wednesday. 46 year old Dennis Reid a Detroit native and his 36 year old girlfriend Elizabeth Basham face a number of charges. Agents found nearly four pounds of cocaine, 84 grams of heroin, along with other drugs and weapons. Both Reid and Basham are in the Lawrence County Jail on 100 thousand dollars bond.

No football once again this weekend in the Mohawk Area School district due to an investigation into an alleged hazing incident. Superintendent Michael Leitera issued a statement on Monday announcing that both the junior varsity and varsity football programs will remain inactive through Sunday, September 4th.  Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa is investigating the allegations.

There have been no arrests reported in the Friday shooting death of a man in AliquipPA.  Police say the 19-year-old victim was shot at the Valley Terrace aPArtment complex.  No suspect information has been released.

State officials say all PennDOT driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Labor Day.  Customers may still access driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online. They can be found at PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website d-m-v-dot-pa-dot-gov.

Officials at the state departments of Education and Agriculture say the more than $222,000 in funding through the US Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Grant Program will provide students with fresh nutritious foods. Acting Education Secretary Eric Hagarty says this grant will help PDE expand programs and host regional farm to child nutrition gatherings. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding added when students learn where their food comes from, it feeds their minds and feeds our economy

President Joe Biden will spend part of his Labor Day here in Pittsburgh.  The White House yesterday revealed plans for the president to visit Pittsburgh and Milwaukee on Monday.  A spokesperson describes Biden’s stops in both cities as opportunities for the president to celebrate Labor Day and the dignity of American workers.

Governor Tom Wolf is calling on state lawmakers to support his proposal to send surplus dollars to Pennsylvania households. Wolf says the state has as much as 15-billion dollars in surplus money and he wants to send two-thousand dollar checks to households with a combined income of less than 80-thousand dollars. On Monday the governor said those funds could help families get life saving medicine, stay in their homes and afford to eat.  Republicans in Harrisburg have voiced opposition to the idea.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of gasoline win Western Pennsylvania is down seven cents this week to 4.18 a gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 4.19 a gallon. The average price in Sharon is 4.20. The national average for a gallon of gas fell a nickel this past week to $3.85. Even though crude oil prices increased slightly over the past week, lower domestic demand for gasoline is keeping gas prices lower. Today’s national average is $1.16 less than the record set in mid-June and 71 cents more than a year ago.

A Washington County couple is now facing homicide charges in connection with the death of their three-month-old child.  Shannon McKnight and James May’s daughter died after having been found unresponsive in the family’s Canonsburg home on August 11th.  Authorities says the child’s death was due to fentanyl toxicity.  McKnight and May were later arrested after being found hiding in the attic of a Canton Township home.