TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 26TH, 2022

John Fetterman’s health condition took center stage in Harrisburg Tuesday night as the Lt. Governor and Mehmet Oz met for their one and only debate in the contest to replace Pat Toomey in the United States Senate.  Fetterman, the Democrat, suffered a stroke back in the spring and while his doctors have said that he would be up to the job if elected, observers say he struggled with speaking at times during last night’s forum.  Fetterman and Oz, the Republican challenger, fielded questions on a variety of topics including fracking, inflation, border security and reproductive rights.

New Castle Police have arrested a suspect in a neighborhood where shots were exchanged between an officer and a suspect. According to police 45 year old Dana Wiley faces charges of Criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault on a Law Enforcement officer, and a weapons related charge.  Wiley had an outstanding warrant and was wanted for questioning in reference to threats made against local and state law enforcement along with secret service protectees.  The incident took place at the Harbor Heights housing project. No one was hurt.

Beaver Falls has hired its first female police officer of color, and only the second woman to join the force since Sierra Higby was sworn in earlier this year.  The Beaver Falls City Council unanimously approved the hiring of Christina Good at its meeting last night.  Good has been an officer for more than six years and previously served Washington Township and the Southwest Regional Department of Fayette County  

Time is running out to request a mail-in or absentee ballot in Pennsylvania for the mid-term election.  Applications must be received by county election boards by 5 o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, November 1st.  The ballots must be received by county election offices by 8 o’clock on the night of Tuesday, November 8th.  Postmarks are not enough.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says it will soon rule on whether handwritten dates on mail-in ballots should be required.  Some state officials filed documents with the court earlier this week that say a ruling from nearly 50 years ago deemed the dates aren’t mandatory and that they’re also not needed to because the envelopes are supposed to be time-stamped at county offices.  The officials hope the state’s high court ruling happens in time for the November 8th elections.

WFMJ-TV is reporting a man has died after an accident while cutting a tree in Ellwood City.It happened around 3 p.m.yesterday while the tree cutter was about 30 feet in the air.  The man was injured after a branch he was cutting fell and hit him. The branch also knocked the ladder to the ground, leaving the man hanging upside down for about 20 minutes until rescuers could lower him to the ground.  He was unresponsive when they finally brought him to the ground and was taken by ambulance to UPMC Jameson where he later died.

A new listing of the best universities in the world features nine from Pennsylvania — including the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania.  The list comes from U.S. News and World Report.  It ranked more than two-thousand schools in countries around the world.  The University of Pennsylvania is ranked 15th on the list and the University of Pittsburgh is listed at Number 45.  Pennsylvania State University is the only other Pennsylvania university that ranked in the top 100.

Pennsylvania’s General Assembly may look different next year as dozens of lawmakers retire or look to switch chambers. All 203 seats in the PA House of Representatives and 25 slots in the state Senate are up for election on November 8th.  Republicans have maintained control of both chambers since 2011. However, some political watchdogs say that might change as many lawmakers are also running in newly redrawn districts, which creates opportunities for flipped seats.

Police in Center Township in Beaver County say a car driven by a woman who suffered a medical issue collided with a light pole on Brodhead Road this week.  The accident occurred Monday afternoon.  Police say the woman — whose identity was not released — was not injured.