TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2022

State police are investigating a string of burglaries at convenience stores in three counties.  Authorities say six businesses in Lawrence, Beaver, and Butler counties have been targeted by thieves.  The latest incident happened early Tuesday morning, when suspects smashed a glass door and filled a garbage can with cigarettes at Last Minit Mart in Muddy Creek Township.  Investigators believe the burglars may be trading stolen cigarettes for drugs.

A Boil Water Advisory remains in place today for nearly 8-thousand residents of Beaver County. The current situation has been caused by a water main break in the City of Beaver Falls that caused a loss of water pressure that could lead to contamination.  On Wednesday, the Beaver Falls Municipal Authority reported that they have completed collections of first and second rounds of water samples and are awaiting results. Residents are advised to boil water before using it for consumption or washing dishes.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman says that he will debate Republican candidate Mehmet Oz.  The Lt. Governor on Wednesday told Politico that he will absolutely debate the former TV doctor in the middle to end of October.  Fetterman has not committed to a specific date. 

State Senator John DiSanto will introduce legislation that would require state-owned facilities to pay stormwater fees in the municipalities that charge them.  The Republican lawmaker, says the fees can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.  Local governments have been levying stormwater fees to pay for system upgrades that are required under environmental regulations, but many state agencies have refused to pay them.

Doctor Mehmet Oz is sharing his thoughts on U.S. national security.  The Republican Senate nominee participated in a panel discussion organized by Polaris National Security in Beaver County yesterday.  Oz says dependence on foreign energy makes the country more vulnerable to adversaries.  He also suggested greater investment in the U.S. military.

University Of Pittsburgh police are investigating a sexual assault on the Oakland campus.  Officers responded to the incident Tuesday night, but it reportedly occurred sometime between Monday night and 1 a.m. Tuesday.  Yesterday, officers with the department questioned a subject connected to the assault and say that person and the victim had been in contact via social media.  Authorities are warning students to be vigilant of who they speak with online.  Police are not releasing further details as the investigation is ongoing.

One person was taken to the hospital following an accident in Butler County. State Police report the accident happened Sunday around 3 a.m. on interstate 79 in Jackson Township.   36-year-old Garrett Morgan of New York was northbound when he lost control of his vehicle, went down the embankment, and hit a concrete barrier. Morgan was taken to a Pittsburgh Hospital for treatment.

A former Allegheny County teacher and youth athletics coach recently charged in connection with sexual assaults on four student victims is facing additional charges today.  Eric Fairman was a math teacher at Founders Hall Middle School in McKeesport and coached youth sports in the Keystone Oaks School District and the West Jefferson Hills School District.  Police say the charges added this week are a result of three additional victims having come forward in recent days to say that the coach abused them as well.