TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2022

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in North Beaver Township. According to police 22 year old Kylie Wadatz of Midland pulled out to turn north onto route 18 and pulled into the path of a vehicle operated by 62 year old Tommy Shropshire of New Castle. Wadatz was taken to UMPC Jameson Hospital for treatment. Shropshire was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown.

 State Police in Mercer County are looking for two suspects involved in a shoplifting incident. It happened last Monday at the Ace Hardware in Coolspring Township. The suspects reportedly stole around $500 in merchandise. Police said there looking for a man and a woman and anyone with information on the suspects are asked to contact state police.

First Lady Jill Biden has come to Pennsylvania to pay tribute to the 40 people who lost their lives in on September 11th, 2001 in Shanksville.  United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked and crashed in the area as one of four planes seized by terrorists. The first lady was accompanied Sunday by her sister Bonny Jacobs, a former flight attendant whom she had feared was on the plane. The Flight 93 National Memorial park was established in 2002.

Nearly two million children at schools in Pennsylvania will be able to receive free breakfasts under a state program.  The Universal Free Breakfast Program goes into effect October 1st 2022 and runs through the end of the school year. The governor’s office says any child enrolled in public schools, intermediate units, charter, career and technology schools and child care facilities can benefit from this state-funded program. 

Most striking health care workers will be back on the job Monday. Union representatives have announced they’d reached an agreement with 13 of 14 Pennsylvania nursing homes over the weekend. Around 700 unionized workers were on strike for eight days ago over pay, benefits and staffing levels.  Union officials say they’re still negotiating with the single holdout, a nursing home in Schuylkill County.  

Seven state agencies have now been designated to be Voter Registration Distribution Agencies. An executive order from the governor requires that registration materials will now be available at state park offices, public libraries, farm show events, CareerLink offices and  veterans homes, in addition to other state departments. The governor’s office says the effort is being done to reach more than a million and a half residents who are eligible to vote but aren’t registered.

Flags have been flying at half-staff in Pennsylvania over the weekend and will remain in that position for another week. The first tribute ended Sunday night and was for the victims of the September 11, 2001  attacks in what’s now called Patriot Day. The second tribute is part of a Presidential Proclamation for remembrance of Queen Elizabeth. Flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of her funeral, which has now been set for next Monday, September 19th. 

People who ride ATVs and dirt bikes illegally in Pennsylvania now face higher risks when they’re stopped by police. A new law went into effect Friday that lets police seize and possibly destroy such illegal vehicles. The measure, which was signed into law over the summer, makes it illegal to operate a snowmobile, dirt bike, or ATV on any street or highway that isn’t designated for them.  The law went into effect Friday. 

Operators at Kennywood are being recognized for restoring the popular Kangaroo ride.  Amusement Today magazine has chosen the attraction as the Publisher’s Pick Renaissance Award winner, part of their annual Golden Ticket Awards.  The Kangaroo placed second for “Best New Attraction” behind EPCOT’s Guardians of the Galaxy ride.  The Kangaroo reopened this spring after running from 1962 through the 2020 season.