TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 31ST, 2022

New Castle City Firemen were called out to a house fire yesterday morning on Cunningham Avenue. WFMJ-TV reports firemen were called out around 6:30. Crews say they found the rear of the house on fire near the porch area.  Authorities said the fire did significant damage to the rest of the house climbing all the way to the attic. The investigation into a cause of the fire continues. No injuries were reported.

State Police in Beaver County report a one vehicle accident in Green Township. According to police 24 year old Nathan Rigby of Wellsville Ohio, was traveling west on Route 30 when he traveled off the roadway and struck a utility pole, causing the vehicle to roll over several times. Rigby suffered minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital. Police say Rigby fell asleep while driving.

Many Western Pennsylvania communities are celebrating Halloween with trick or treat this evening.  Law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists to watch for little ghosts and goblins out collecting candy.  Travel club, Triple A, is offering additional tips on keeping kids safe.  They recommend that trick-or-treaters travel in groups, and say that those under 12 should be accompanied by parents.  They also suggest adding reflective tape to costumes to increase visibility, noting that kids are around four times more likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than on any other day, according to the CDC.

State Police in Mercer County report a portion of Interstate 80 near the Ohio Line was closed Saturday after a tractor trailor caught fire. It took place in the Westbound lane of I-80 Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

The second-largest jackpot in Powerball lottery history will be up for grabs tonight.  With no winner Saturday night and no winner since August 3rd, the game’s estimated top prize now stands at 1-billion dollars.  Western Pennsylvania players will find out if their lottery dreams come true when numbers are drawn at 11 p.m. tonight.

State police are investigating after a nonprofit animal rescue was robbed.  The incident happened Thursday night.  Officials with the Fayette Friends of Animals shelter say that someone broke into their facility and stole all of the cash out of their safe.  The amount taken has not been revealed.  Anyone with additional information on the crime is asked to call police.

Saturday was National Drug Take-Back Day, but state officials remind Pennsylvanians that expired or discarded prescription drugs can be safely disposed throughout the year.  Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith says
Getting expired or no longer needed prescription drugs out of the home can prevent them from falling into the wrong hands and being misused. Since the program began in 2015,  more than a million pounds of prescription drugs have been destroyed.

A bill moving through the Pennsylvania Senate would adopt rules to permit heavier electric-powered trucks. The Senate Transportation Committee has voted unanimously to adopt a federal weight exemption for such vehicles. Supporters say electric trucks weigh more due to heavier equipment required to power them.