TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022

Police in Neshnannock Township are asking residents in the area not to leave valuables in vehicles in Pearson Park after a recent rash of break-ins.  Police are asking all to place valuables out of sight in the vehicle or in the vehicle’s trunk.  Police are asking that if you see anything suspicious or someone looking into vehicles at the park to call 911. The department has also increased patrols in the area.

A Columbus Ohio man has pled guilty to drug and gun charges on Friday in federal court in Pittsburgh. 55 year old Bruce McKnight  pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine from March of 2019 through September of 2020. Authorities said McKnight was the leader of a multi-state drug trafficking organization. New Castle City Police and the Lawrence County Drug Task Force assisted in the investigation. McKnight faces at least 15 years in prison. Sentencing has been set for February 23rd of next year.

Kennywood amusement park is preparing to resume operations this Friday as authorities continue to investigate a weekend shooting.  Police say a dispute between two groups of young men resulted in one person pulling out a gun and firing two shots.  Two 15-years-old male teenagers and a 39-year-old man were wounded.  The teens were last reported in stable condition while the older man was treated at a local hospital and released.  No arrests have been reported.

State Police in Mercer County report a two vehicle accident in Springfield Township. Police said 40 year old Hiu Kong of Slippery Rock pulled from a parking onto route 208 into the path of a vehicle operated by 55 year old Amy Kerfoot of Apollo. Kerfoot suffered minor injuries as a result of the accident but was not taken to the hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The Pennsylvania Library Association is reporting an increase in efforts to ban some specific books.  Officials say a handful of titles intended for children that focus on race and feminism have been the targets of the ban attempts.  Association Executive Director Christi Buker says members of groups with specific political agendas have likely been the ones submitting requests to have the books removed from public library shelves.  The Pennsylvania Library Association is making censorship a key focus of their annual conference, scheduled in Harrisburg on October 16th.

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is continuing campaign efforts in his bid for U.S. Senate.  Fetterman criticized Republican challenger, Doctor Mehmet Oz, calling him “unfit to serve” for allegedly making light of the lieutenant governor’s recent stroke.  Oz and his campaign leaders have made similar comments about Fetterman, continually calling his health into question since the primary nominations.

The new Landing Hotel at Rivers Casino is beginning to take room reservations.  Operators say rooms can be booked through the hotel website starting on October eleventh.  The seven-story hotel is connected to the casino, and will offer free breakfast and valet parking, with views of the Pittsburgh skyline and the Ohio River.  An official grand opening date has not yet been released.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits are expanding for Pennsylvanians.  Starting October 1st, the state is increasing the income threshold for applicants to 200-percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.  Next month, more than 420-thousand additional residents of the state will be eligible for SNAP.  The average amount of money toward groceries per household amounts to about 63-dollars a month.