TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2022

A Mercer County woman charged for allegedly participating in unrest at the U.S. Capitol Building may have to wear an ankle monitor soon.  Rachel Powell is accused of repeatedly violating the conditions allowing her to be out of jail while awaiting trial.  The Sandy Lake mother of eight has been free from jail since February under certain court-imposed restrictions.  She she’s charged with obstruction, destruction of U.S. property, entering a restricted building or property with a dangerous weapon and other offenses. 

Police in Neshannock Township report an accident that involved a school bus Wednesday afternoon. Police said the accident happened on route 18 at Wildcherry Road. A vehicle operated by Linda Scotter of New Castle struck the back of the bus. Police said the bus had just dropped off the last student. Scotter along with the bus driver suffered minor injuries.

A Florida investor is pleading guilty to a nearly one-hundred-million-dollar health care fraud scheme.  U.S. prosecutors say 58-year-old Daniel Hurt has admitted to submitting false claims for payment through Medicare in three different states.  In the Pittsburgh case, Hurt is accused of collecting more than 25-million dollars for unnecessary cancer genome testing at Ellwood City Medical Center. He could face around 12 years in prison, with sentencing planned for January.

The state House has passed a bill which would give state residents an option to
purchase specialty license plates, while at the same time generating revenue for road improvement projects. The bill would create a vendor-designed specialty license plate program which the prime sponsor says could generate more than $10 million for the Motor License Fund. But concerns were raised that the program would allow for a multitude of PA license plate colors creating confusion for law enforcement. PennDOT and the State Police oppose the bill.

Governor Tom Wolf he’s trying to improve the state’s criminal justice system.  While in Philadelphia yesterday, Governor Wolf said the system is focused on maximum punishments without built-in chances for turning around lives.  He said the system “isn’t fair” and hurts everyone. 

A Greensburg woman is spending up to one-hundred-ten years in prison for repeatedly raping a five-year-old boy.  Twenty-nine-year-old Corby Jo Kinzey pleaded guilty to nearly three dozen charges in June, including multiple counts of rape and child endangerment.  Prosecutors say she and former boyfriend, Charles Hunter, forced the child to engage in sexual activity, including several assaults that were recorded on video in August of 2018.  Hunter was previously sentenced to at least 84 years in prison.

Former State Representative Jeff Pyle has died.  The Republican lawmaker, a former Ford City mayor, served 9 terms in the legislature before stepping down due to health concerns last year.  Pyle waged a lengthy battle with cancer before passing away on Wednesday at age 57.

Fans of the Racer at Kennywood should plan a trip to the park this weekend.  Operators are closing the ride after Saturday to repaint the 95-year-old wooden rollercoaster.  Phantom’s Revenge, Thunderbolt, and Jack Rabbit all got fresh coats prior to the summer season.  Saturday is also First Responder Day at Kennywood. Police, fire, EMS, and military personnel can get in free and purchase discounted tickets for family members.