TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 13TH, 2022

A New Castle Felon has been indicted on federal gun and drug charges. A Superseding Indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh charging 44 year old Sahire Walker with committing crack cocaine trafficking and firearm crimes.  The indictment alleges Walker committed the crimes back in June of 2020. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least 20 years and up to life in prison and a fine of up to two and a half million dollars. New Castle City Police, along with the FBI and ATF conducted the investigation.

The Beaver County District Attorney’s office is investigating the death of a ten-month-old infant.  The incident occurred in Beaver Falls yesterday afternoon.  A neighbor who knows the mother and baby says the mother told her the baby just stopped breathing.  The cause of the child’s death as well as his identity have not been released. 

U.S. Senate campaign leaders for Doctor Mehmet Oz continue to question the health of Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman.  Following Fetterman’s first post-nomination national television appearance, the Oz campaign says he is not being honest with voters on the impact of his recent stroke.  Fetterman argues that he has remained transparent and is steadily recovering, acknowledging that he has experienced some complications processing words that he hears.  Because of those complications, Fetterman has requested the use of a closed caption system during a televised debate with Oz on October 25th. 

State Police in Lawrence County report a Volant man was taken to the hospital after he struck a deer with his motorcycle. 30 year old David Kline was westbound on route 108 in Hickory Township when he struck the deer. Kline was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment.

The state senate has approved legislation to expand Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law concerning public records at state universities.  The senate bill would create an online, searchable database giving information about budgets and contracts approved.  The measure also would increase the amount of a university’s personnel salary information that could be released to the public.  

Without a television partner, there will be no television coverage of the WPIAL football championships this year.  Pittsburgh station KDKA has decided not to renew its contract to carry the championship, citing costs for the producing the event.  The annual contest has been carried by local stations for more than three decades.  Four of the championship games will be played at Acrisure Stadium November 25th and the Class 4-A and 5-A championship games will be played November 19th at Norwin High School.   

A Democratic state lawmaker says he wants to curtail the high number of books being banned at Pennsylvania schools.  State Representative Chris Rabb of Philadelphia proposed legislation Tuesday that would establish uniform procedures for school boards to follow before they block access to a book.  It would mean the state education board and a school board would need to hold at least two public hearings on the proposal.  The forums also would be held before a school board vote on whether to ban the book.      

State utility commissioners say there’s been a visible increase in the number of reportable power outages over the past two years.  An outage is deemed reportable when at least 25-hundred customers are without power for at least six hours. A new report from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reveals there were over 60 such outages last year with a little over 40 listed for the year before. The report cites trees on saturated ground that fall into power lines as being one of the main causes of outages. 

A state athletic association has advanced the idea of possibly approving a groundbreaking name, image and likeness policy for high schooler athletes.  The PIAA board approved its NIL proposal on a second reading Tuesday concerning using athletes and high schools in advertising and endorsements.  PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi says the final reading for the proposal could come when the board meets in December.