TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 27TH , 2022

New Castle City Police report a woman’s body was found behind a drug store on Wilmington Road yesterday morning. A 40 year old North Hill woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sharon Herald reports police chief Bobby Salem said that the woman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Authorities are continuing to investigate last weekend’s shooting at Kennywood amusement park.  Three people, including two teenagers, were wounded in the Saturday night incident.  Police yesterday confirmed that a firearm was found at the scene though they have been unable yet to positively link the weapon to the shots fired.  The search continues today for a suspect identified only as a Black male teen who was wearing a black hoodie and a health mask at the time of the shooting.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas price report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania is at 3.90 a gallon, two cents more than last week. In New Castle the average price is at 3.89 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 3.95. The national average is up five cents this week to 3.72.

Members of Governor Tom Wolf’s administration are traveling around the state to encourage residents to be ready for a natural disaster.  The effort is one of several reminders planned by officials during National Preparedness Month.  State officials stopped in Westmoreland County yesterday, noting that this summer’s flooding is the kind of occurrence that can be a major hardship for families.  They say only four of the 82 households affected by high water had active flood insurance policies.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Neshannock Township. According to police 32 year old Ryan Jones of New Castle was traveling east on Interstate 376 when he lost control and struck the center cable guide rail. Police said Jones was not hurt.

The Department of State is reminding eligible Pennsylvanians who have not
done so already that they have until October 24th to register to vote in the November 8th election. While Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman encourages everyone to sign up to vote, she’s been focusing lately on 18 to 24 year olds, a group which has lagged in its voter registration numbers. People can sign up to vote at votespa.com. About 1.7 million PA residents who are eligible to vote are not registered to do so.

Pennsylvanians are running out of time to take advantage of an offer from Governor Tom Wolf.  This Friday is the deadline to apply for the Pennsylvania Pardon Project.  It offers pardons to Pennsylvanians with specific minor, non-violent marijuana offenses. .

The Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County will be closed to the public for an extended period for repairs.  Department of Military and Veterans Affairs official Brian Natali says the memorial, which is the largest in the national cemetery system, will be closed beginning October 7th with repairs not expected to be completed until June of next year. The $3.6 million cost of the project is being funded through a capital expenditure approved by the General Assembly. People can help to cover normal maintenance and operating expenses by donating to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund.