TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022

State Police in Mercer County have arrested a woman who is a registered sex offender. According to police 29 year old Miranda Filer was taken into custody in Fredonia after authorities learned that she was not living at the address listed on the Pennsylvania Sex Offender Registry. Filer has been designated as a Tier 1 sex offender since 2018, following a conviction of indecent assault on a minor.

Three people are injured after a two-car crash in Butler County.  Authorities say the head-on accident happened along Oneida Valley Road around 8:30 last night.  Two people were flown to area hospitals, with another transported by ambulance.  No updates on their conditions have been released.

An Ohio woman who was arrested after a traffic stop in Lawrence County has pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges in federal court. 38 year old Jennifer Glasscock , pleaded guilty to two counts before Chief United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak. Glasscock was pulled over in November of 2020. A State Trooper observed a purse and a backpack where the gun and drugs were found following a search warrant. Sentencing has been set for February of next year.

No injuries were reported following a three-alarm fire in Mercer County yesterday morning. WFMJ-TV reports the Pennsylvania Fire Marshal is looking for the cause of that fire that spread from a garage to a home early Tuesday. The fire broke out in a two-story garage on the 1200 block of Brent Road in Springfield Township at around 1 a.m. The first firefighter on the scene reported that the fire has traveled through the garage and was spreading to a house. A number of fire companies battled the blaze.

With just weeks to go before the general election, the Democratic candidates are leading the Republican candidates in statewide contests.  New polling released by Marist yesterday shows Democratic Lt. Governor John Fetterman ahead of Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz 51-percent to 41-percent in the race for U.S. Senate.  In the contest for governor, Democratic State Attorney General Josh Shapiro has a wider lead over Republican State Senator Doug Mastriano at 53-percent to 40-percent.  According to the poll, inflation is the top issue on the minds of voters this election cycle.

The state Insurance Department has announced 2023 Affordable Care Act health insurance rates. While insurers filed individual market plans seeking a statewide average increase of 7.1 percent, the department lowered the request to 5.5 percent. The state will see a 5.3 percent average increase in rates in the small group market. The open enrollment period for 2023 ACA health insurance plans begins November 1st and ends January 15th

An 11-year-old Youngstown girl has been ordered to remain in custody after being found in possession of a loaded handgun this week on a school bus.  The child is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon and illegal conveyance of a weapon in a school zone.  She entered the equivalent of a not guilty plea in juvenile court yesterday as she was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.  The girl, who police say was carrying a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun, reportedly told officers that she was tired of ‘being picked on all the time.’

Pennsylvania lottery players have their hopes set high with tonight’s Powerball lottery drawing.  The game has gone nearly two months without a top-prize winner leading to tonight’s estimated jackpot of 300-million dollars.  Winning numbers will be drawn at 11 p.m.  

It’s not yet known if charges will be filed after a loaded gun was found in a bag at Pittsburgh International Airport.  The Transportation Security Administration says the handgun was found in an Ohio man’s carry-on bag at a checkpoint on Saturday.  Allegheny County Police confiscated the gun.  It’s the 17th gun found at the security checkpoint this year.