TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 7TH, 2022

A New Castle woman was killed in a one vehicle accident in Youngstown. WFMJ-TV reports 31 year old Jalisa Lynch died when a car ran into a tree along Lansdowne Boulevard last Saturday morning. Officers on the scene found a woman outside of the car.  A rescue squad was called for a second person trapped inside the vehicle. The investigation into the accident is continuing.

Police are searching for a man accused of boarding a Butler Area School bus Thursday morning and threatening students.  Authorities report video from the incident indicates the man took it upon himself to try and intervene in an altercation between riders on the bus.  The bus driver reports the suspect swore at and threatened the children and that he only exited the vehicle after being ordered to do so multiple times by the driver.

Police in Allegheny County say a 15-year-old boy is being charged for wounding three people in a shooting at Kennywood amusement park.  The teen is facing charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment for the shooting that happened at Kennywood in West Mifflin on September 24th.  The shooting happened after a fist fight between two groups of teens. 

State police are sharing the third quarter numbers concerning firearm purchase denials.  For the period running July 1st through September 30th, more than 285-thousand background checks were conducted through the Pennsylvania Instant Check System.  About 44-hundred of those checks resulted in a denial for the would-be purchaser.  Twenty-seven individuals were arrested at the point of purchase due to an outstanding warrant.

Leaders at the state’s department of conservation and natural resources say they’ll increase efforts to use renewable resources within eight years.  The agency said earlier this week that it will switch over to produced or purchased renewable sources to run state and local parks.  As part of the sustainability effort, they’ll also install solar installations at 41 state parks and 116 electric vehicle charging station plugs at state parks and forests.  Some parks are already using wind turbines and solar installations. 

One person was taken to the hospital following an accident in Connoquenessing Boro. State Police in Butler County report 52 year old Daniel Stevenson of Evans Ctiy  was traveling east on Harmony Road when he traveled off the roadway and struck a utility pole and overturned. A passenger, 44 year old Jason Kummer also of Evans Ctiy, was transported to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Timothy DeFoor says 2,514 PA municipalities received more than 66.7 million dollars for volunteer firefighter relief associations. DeFoor says this crucial funding will help more than 1,850 volunteer firefighter relief associations provide equipment, training and insurance for Pennsylvania’s volunteer first responders. The Department of the Auditor General says the funding is generated by a 2 percent state tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by PA residents from out of state insurance companies.

Legislators will soon review a bill to ban PFAS chemicals in food packaging in Pennsylvania. State Senator Gene Yaw introduced the legislation and says the substance is used in many everyday coating products, from household cleaners to carpets to nonstick cookware. A companion bill also proposes restricting the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS. Yaw says the chemicals build up in our bodies and also never break down in the environment.