TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 25TH, 2022

A New Castle woman has been identified as the service member killed in a weekend accident.  Twenty-year-old Army Spc. Mackenzie Shay and three others were injured when two vehicles collided Saturday at a National Guard Training Center in Lebanon County.  The other victims received treatment for their injuries and are expected to recover.  Shay was a 2020 graduate of Mohawk High School and a student at Slippery Rock University.

U.S. Senate candidates John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz are scheduled to meet tonight for their first and only debate of the 2022 campaign.  The Democratic Lt. Governor and the Republican doctor and television personality are in a hotly-contested battle to replace Pat Toomey in the United States Senate.  The candidates will meet in Harrisburg for the 8 p.m. event.

State Police in Lawrence County report a man was taken to the hospital following an ATV accident on Saturday afternoon. Police said it happened at about 5:25 p.m. at Mine and Meadows ATV Park on Old Route 18 in New Beaver Boro.  A 34-year-old man rolled the ATV he was driving and suffered what troopers said were “severe injuries.” He was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown for treatment.

According to this week’e Triple-A East Central Gas price report the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania is down three cents this week to 3.96. In New Castle drivers are paying 3.93 a gallon while the average price in Sharon is 3.97.  The national average pump price fell nine cents over the past week to hit $3.79. It has dropped daily since October 11, primarily due to lower oil prices and fewer drivers than usual fueling up. Today’s national average is nine cents higher than a month ago and 41 cents more than a year ago.

Trial is underway for two men accused of killing migratory birds in Lawrence County.  Proceedings began yesterday for Robert Yost and Jacob Reese.  Investigators say the two laid out poisoned corn on a section of farmland two summers ago resulting in the deaths of 17 Canadian geese, 7 red-winged blackbirds and a female mallard.  The defendants have pleaded not guilty to charges in the case.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says a new website will make it easy to find locally-sourced farms and their products.  The newly-designed site ‘PA Preferred’ will let users search by location and connect with businesses to find products that are grown, harvested or produced in Pennsylvania.  It also features information about veteran farmers in the Homegrown by Heroes program as well as Farm to School products and a searchable events calendar. 

A West Middlesex man was taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident in Mercer County on Saturday. State Police report 39 year old James Griffin was traveling on Franklin Road in Jackson Center when he struck a vehicle operated by 46 year old Michael Hilla of Mercer. Griffin was taken to the Allegheny Health Network in Grove City for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

University of Pittsburgh police are increasing security following a reported sexual assault earlier this month.  Chief James Loftus says additional officers and private security guards are being added at the campus.  He reports plans are also in the works for additional security cameras at the Cathedral of Learning, the location of the alleged October fifth attack.  The building already has 75 cameras installed.

Abortion rights groups say their demonstration on the Capitol steps Monday was a huge success. Hundreds of women from across the state rallied for what they call safe, accessible abortion care in the rally slated as “Abortion Freedom for All.” Philadelphia lawmaker Elizabeth Fiedler says the objective was to show that the people of Pennsylvania do not want the General Assembly to tear away their rights. The rally was held just as lawmakers were reconvening.