TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2022

A New Castle man is facing charges following a shooting Sunday. WFMJ-TV is reporting the shooting happened Sunday just before midnight at a home on the 500 block of Centennial Street in New Castle. Police on scene found a 35-year-old man upstairs in a bedroom shot in his chest. Officers interviewed Branden Rogers inside of the home who admitted to shooting the victim. The victim was flown to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. Rogers was arrested and charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

Beaver County prosecutors have announced an investigation into potential theft at the Ambridge Water Authority.  Reports say that as much as 800-thousand dollars may have been stolen from the authority as an inside job.  A new manager was installed at the organization last week and detectives are reportedly reviewing bank records.

A two-and-a-half-million-dollar re-do of the courtyard in front of the governor’s mansion is now complete. Officials say the project replaces the cobblestone driveway, which will help the residence be more accessible to people with disabilities. The improvements also include benches, more lighting and relocating the flagpoles to a more prominent spot along Second Street. A snow-melt system also has been installed to reduce the use of chemicals from snow and ice. 

A state Child Protective Services report shows 58 children died from abuse in Pennsylvania last year. It also shows 18 of them died violent deaths. The newly-released report from the state Department of Human Services also shows half of the deaths were caused by what was cited as a lack of supervision. The remaining deaths were caused by asphyxiation, failure to provide medical attention, ingestion, poisoning, unsecured guns and malnutrition. 

The University of Pennsylvania has again been ranked in the top 10 on Forbes’ annual America’s Top Colleges list. The school landed at number 10 in the 2022 rankings, dropping one spot from last year. The Forbes list takes several factors into account including student academic success, graduation rates and student debt. Penn also ranks eighth in 10-year median salary for graduates at 164-thousand-dollars; it’s also 10th for average grant aid at 54-thousand. 

Triple-A reports the average price of a gallon of regular fuel is now three-dollars, 98-cents in Western Pennsylvania.  That’s down four-cents from a week ago and down 32-cents in the last month.  The average cost of a gallon of regular fuel in Pennsylvania is three-dollars, 92-cents. In New Castle drivers are paying 3.98 a gallon while the average price in Mercer County is four dollars a gallon.

State Senator Wayne Fontana is calling for an audit of nonprofit tourism promoters, VisitPittsburgh.  The senator says the organization has received close to 85-million dollars in tax revenue over the last ten years.  Fontana says an independent look into the finances would ensure proper use of public dollars and provide insight into the agency’s effectiveness.  Allegheny County Controller Corey O’Connor says his office is preparing to conduct the audit.

 PennDOT is looking to beef up staffing numbers ahead of the coming winter weather months.  A series of career fairs has been planned to take place over the next couple of weeks with managers hoping to fill permanent commercial driver’s license operator and maintenance positions.  More info can be found at www.employment.pa.gov.