TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022

Investigators have released the identities of four of five people killed in a farmhouse fire in Mercer County last week.  Firefighters responded to a fire last Thursday night at the farmhouse near Fredonia and when they arrived, the home was fully involved.  Four of the victims are identified as 33-year-old Elizabeth Seltzer and her three children, six-year-old Pasiley, three-year-old Ainsley and one-year-old Jordan.  A fifth victim has yet to be identified.  The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

New Castle City Police arrested a man who allegedly threatens a neighbor with an assault rifle. The New Castle News reports, 38 year old Edgardo Febles faces three county of recklessly endangering and one count of disorderly conduct.  The incident took place yesterday morning at the Oak Leaf Gardens apartment. Febles was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 25 hundred dollars bond.

Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato announced that Neshannock Township has received a $250,000 grant to help fund ronvations to the Hutchinson Community Center in Pearson Park. The grant is courtesy of the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails and Recration Program and will help modernize the building, which according to Sainato has been falling into disrepair. The total cost for the renovations is $661,080. The township has committed $411,080 of that cost.

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating the break-in of a Wampum business. Police said the door of the Dollar Store on route 18 was broken and a number of items were reported stolen. The incident took place early yesterday morning. No arrests of yet been made.

The Pennsylvania Department of State is looking to get all eligible voters in PA registered ahead of the November election.  Some hot-button political issues have driven more young people to register over the past several months.  According to the state’s numbers, roughly 40-thousand first-time voters in the state have registered since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision back in June.  As of a week ago, more than eight-point-seven million Pennsylvanians are registered with more than a month to go before the November 8th midterm election.

A new bill being considered in the statehouse would give parents more say in their kids’ school sex education curriculum.  Supporters gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday pushing for the new legislation.  The bill would prohibit courses on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through fifth grade, among other things.  Republican Representative David Rowe said parents are sick of curriculums that are more activism than literacy and it’s time they have a say in the matter.

Prosecutors have announced the conviction of a Bridgeville man accused of taking part in the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.  Kenneth Grayson on Tuesday pleaded guilty to interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder.  Investigators say that Grayson broadcast his presence at the capitol on Facebook Live and he was caught on capitol security cameras as well.  He will be sentenced later this year.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would bring accountability to Pennsylvania Turnpike travelers.  Minority chairman of the Transportation Committee, Senator Marty Flynn, is drafting legislation that requires anyone registering a vehicle in the state to be caught up on turnpike fees.  In the past year, 155-million dollars in turnpike fees went unpaid.  Flynn says it’s unfair to taxpayers, adding that is money that could go toward road improvements.

The Lead-Free Promise Project is endorsing Senate Bill 522 to better protect children against lead poisoning.  The “Childhood Blood Lead Test Act” would establish state requirements for lead testing that could potentially save thousands of children, according to supporters.  Less than a third of Pennsylvania kids under the age of two were screened for lead in their blood in 2018.  Less than one-fifth of children under the age of six have been tested.