A New Castle man has been charged in three convenience store robberies and the thefts of thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes. The New Castle News reports 40 year old Dennis Hockenberry faces a number of charges in connection with robberies that took place in Wilmington Township along with the city of New Castle. Hockenberry, who is already in the Lawrence County Jail after being arrested earlier this month by police in North Sewickley Township was arraigned and bond was set at 10 thousand dollars.

Governor Tom Wolf is touting his plan to make child care more affordable in Pennsylvania. The governor talked about a state tax credit to alleviate day care costs for over 220-thousand working families in Pennsylvania. Families with kids in daycare who qualify for the federal child and dependent care tax credit are eligible. 

A dump truck driver escaped without major injury when a bridge collapsed beneath his vehicle Thursday in Beaver County.   The incident happened just before 12:30 p.m. as the driver was attempting to cross the structure that was part of a Blackhawk Road property’s driveway.  No other injures were reported

A bill allowing for deceased Pennsylvania residents to be removed from voter rolls has passed the state House of Representatives.  House Bill 143 passed with a unanimous vote of 201-to-zero Tuesday.  The measure also mandates a monthly report of voters to be removed.  Last year, the Pennsylvania Department of State settled a lawsuit that claimed there were 21-thousand deceased voters listed on active rolls. 

A Greensburg man convicted in the 2020 death of his infant son has been sentenced to prison.  Cory Neidert told police on February 1st of that year that he had been sleepwalking and apparently dropped his seven-month-old boy down the basement steps but had no recollection of the event that took Luca Neidert’s life.  The victim’s father pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced Thursday to 16 to 32 months in prison.  The judge told Neidert yesterday that he did not believe the sleepwalking story.

USPS consumers across the nation can expect to pay more to ship packages during the upcoming holiday season.  The postal service is raising prices effective this Sunday.  Officials say the increase will be based on the weight of the package and the distance it will be traveling.  The price hike, they add, is designed to keep USPS competitive with other delivery options while providing the agency with the revenue to cover extra costs in anticipation of peak-season volume.  The postal service says the price increase is temporary and will expire January 22nd. 

Today is the deadline for eligible Pennsylvanians to take advantage of an offer from Governor Tom Wolf.  The Pennsylvania Pardon Project offers pardons to Pennsylvanians with specific minor, non-violent marijuana offenses.   Full details and application info can be found online at

A Farrell woman is in the Mercer County Jail facing charges related to the stabbing of a man in Ohio over the weekend. 31 year old Tenicia Shelley is being held on felonious assault and attempted murder charges. WKBN-TV reports the victim is a 35 year old man from Farrell.  The alleged incident took place Saturday afternoon in Masury Ohio.  Charges were filed against Shelley on Monday, and she was arrested in Mercer County. She’ll be held in the Mercer County Jail until her extradition hearing in order to face the charges in Trumbull County.