TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 4TH, 2022

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating the death of a Meadville man. According to police 40 year old Joseph Detello was round unresponsive along side Young Road in Slippery Rock Township yesterday afternoon. A passerby called 911 and administered CPR. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police and 724-598-2211.

A New Castle woman died following a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon. According to state police, 72 year old Linda Thomas pulled from the intersection of Old Mercer Road and route 208 into the path of a vehicle operated by 18 year old Alexander Glazier of New Wilmington. Thomas was taken to UPMC Jameson Hospital where she later died. Glazier was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

An Ellwood Ctiy man surrendered to the FBI Thursday morning on charges related to criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th.  The Ellwood City Ledger reports Brian Sizer is facing a number of charges that include knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Sizer’s wife Julia, pleaded guilty last year to related charges and was fined and placed on probation.

There’s still no clear front runner in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race. With five days to go before the election, a recent poll shows Democrat John Fetterman leading Republican Mehmet Oz by just under one percentage point. The survey by ABC News affiliate FiveThirtyEight shows the current lieutenant governor with 46 point six points, while the former TV doctor is polling at 46 point three.

With the state assembly adjourned until after the midterm elections, Governor Tom Wolf has been left with a stack of bills to sign.  He has already signed a measure requiring audits of state contracts involving pharmacy benefit managers. Lawmakers wanted more oversight of the so-called PBMs, which some say were driving up Medicaid costs and hurting small pharmacies. Another bill to be signed would create a multibillion-dollar tax credit program to spur development of clean hydrogen. There’s also one awaiting a signature that would update regulations for driverless vehicles.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is hiring.  PennDOT says it’s looking for dedicated employees for the winter season and beyond.  Officials say they want people who want to make a difference in their communities.  Openings can be found at employment.pa.gov. 

The jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing is up to an estimated one-point-five-billion dollars.  The payout is the third-largest in U.S. lottery history, very close to the 2016 record Powerball prize of just over one-and-a-half-billion.  No one has hit the jackpot in the last 39 drawings.  The lump sum option for winnings is estimated at more than seven-hundred-45-million.  Winning numbers will be selected just before eleven o’clock tomorrow night.

A measure is waiting to be signed by Governor Tom Wolf that would help foster care teens have an easier time transiting to adulthood.  Support would come from caregivers or family members who’d help the teens create a permanency plan. Officials say many homeless when they age out of the system.  The bill passed in October and will take effect in 60 days once the governor signs it.

Giant Eagle is once again giving most employees the Thanksgiving holiday off of work.  The company says the majority of stores will be closed on November 24th, but some locations may choose to open.  The supermarkets will be open normal hours the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and resume typical operation the following Friday.  Corporate leaders are also planning to close stores on Christmas Day.