TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 5TH, 2022

The five victims of a deadly fire in Mercer County are being identified.  The victims include three children under the age of seven.  State Police say 43-year-old Brian Morris, 43-year-old Elizabeth Seltzer, six-year-old Paisley Seltzer, three-year-old Ainsley Seltzer, and one-year-old Jordan Seltzer died in the fire at a farmhouse in Delaware Township.  The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.  PSP says it hasn’t found any evidence of foul play.

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating a case of identity theft. The victim is a 73 year old woman who lives in Slippery Rock Township. The victim told police three purchases totaling over 17 hundred dollars were made on  a bank check card from Walmart.com with her permission. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Guy Reschenthaler is working to draw attention to the plight of Butler County native Marc Fogel.  Fogel was arrested in Russia last summer after authorities reported finding cannabis in his luggage at a Moscow airport.  He was later convicted on drug charges and in June of this year was sentenced to 14 years in prison.  Representative Reschenthaler has called on U.S. State Department officials to include Fogel in any potential prisoner exchange.  The State Department yesterday said that they are continuing to monitor Fogel’s situation.

Penn State researchers say a Pennsylvanian’s chances of surviving an overdose can depend on where they live. They conclude that many rural areas don’t have as much access to naloxone as other counties.  The researchers, using state data from 2018 to 2020, found that about 33 percent of overdose victims who lived in the most rural portions of the state died from overdoses, versus 28 percent who lived in the most populated areas.

A bill being worked on by a Dauphin County lawmaker hopes to provide better health access to certain groups of patients, including those with autism. House Bill 19 would improve on the Medical Practice Act of 1985 by further defining licensing definitions for such fields as respiratory therapists,  genetic counselors and behavior analysts. Republican State Rep. Thomas Mehaffie says the bill could open up benefits to a wider range of patients if the therapists were to be licensed, especially for insurance payments for autism patients after they turn 21.

About three-million state residents could soon see what some are predicting as a sizable increase in Social Security benefits for 2023. Harriet Ellenberger of the Pennsylvania Alliance of Retired Americans says the increase could be over eight percent. She tells Northcentral PA dot com the hike could amount to about a hundred dollars for most recipients to spend on prescription drugs, groceries and other living expenses.

A group of American Airlines passengers was forced to make an unexpected stop Tuesday in the Steel City.  A Chicago-bound jet out of Washington, D.C. had to make an emergency landing at Pittsburgh international due to a mechanical issue.  No injuries were reported.

Allegheny College is announcing a new initiative providing free tuition to some students.  The school is covering costs for select in-state enrollees through their Commitment to Access Program.  Starting next fall, Pennsylvania residents whose family income is less than 50-thousand dollars annually can attend classes, free of charge.  College administrators will automatically consider students who submit qualifying FAFSA applications by February 15th.

Representatives from more than 60 companies will be on hand for a job fair tomorrow at the Beaver Valley Mall.  The event, sponsored by PA CareerLink Beaver County and Job Training for Beaver County Inc, will feature open positions from a number of industries.  The event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.