TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 27TH, 2022

State Representative Chris Sainato along with State Senators Michelle Brooks and Elder Vogel Jr., announced yesterday a Lawrence County business has been awarded $3.5 million to fund an expansion of its facility. The $3.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant will fund a major addition to the Steelite facility in Neshannock Township.  The money will allow the company to expand their operations to meet increased demand by erecting a pre-engineered steel building.

Police in Beaver County say one person is dead following an accident involving three vehicles in Beaver County.  The accident occurred on Midland Beaver Road in Industry Borough a little after ten o-clock last night.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

Jury deliberations will resume today in the criminal homicide trial of Steven Procopio. The New Castle News reports jurors were sent home around 5:30 yesterday after beginning deliberations around noon. Procopio has been on trial for the deaths of 10 year old Amariah Emery and her mother 31 year old Nicole Pumphrey. The case involved a triple murder and the death Pumphrey’s friend 31 year old Lawrence Cannon.

A Mercer County resident and his fishing partner appeared in a Cleveland courtroom Wednesday to answer to charges that they cheated to win a recent fishing tournament.  Jake Runyan of Pennsylvania and Chase Cominsky of Ohio were originally declared last month as the winners of the Cleveland Championship on Lake Erie.  The pair were disqualified when organizers and opponents say that their catch was found to have had lead weights stuffed inside.  Runyan and Cominsky have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Senate campaign of Lt. Governor John Fetterman reports that it collected two-million dollars in donations following Tuesday night’s candidate debate.  Media coverage since the event has focused on Democrat Fetterman’s difficulties speaking during the debate and Republican Mehmet Oz’s remarks on reproductive healthcare.  Polls have shown the contest to be a tight one between the two men.

The state House has approved legislation which would come to the aid of struggling volunteer fire, ambulance, and EMS agencies in Pennsylvania. The bill contains a number of initiatives to benefit first responders, including tuition loan assistance for higher education as an incentive for students who volunteer for fire and EMS services. The bill also provides $500,000 for a grant program to support capital improvements at emergency services training facilities and $500,000 for a municipal fire department capital grant program

State Police in Beaver County report a Hookstown man was recently the victim of a scam. Police said the 77 year old told police that a female caller said that he had child pornography on his computer and need to pay this company 15 thousand dollars in Bitcoin to remove the images. The investigation is ongoing.

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the deadliest anti-semitic attack in U.S. history.  On October 27th, 2018, an alleged white supremacist killed eleven people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.  The shooting also wounded others, including four police officers.  Robert Bowers is expected to go to trial in the spring.

Trial is being delayed for a Western Pennsylvania woman accused of participating in unrest at the U.S. Capitol Building.  A federal judge made the decision on Monday, a week after a defense attorney for Rachel Powell asked for a psychological evaluation of the mother of eight.  Prosecutors say the Mercer County woman carried an ice ax and a large wooden pole into the Capitol on January 6th, 2021.  Powell had been scheduled to go on trial the middle of next month.

There were no winners last night in the Powerball drawing. Saturday night’s drawing is now at 800 million dollars.