The death of a Meadville man whose body was found alongside a road in Slippery Rock Township last Thursday has now been ruled a homicide. State Police in Lawrence County report 40 year old Joseph Detello died due to asphyxiation. Detello’s body was found by a passerby who administered CPR and called 9-1-1 for help. No other details were released by police.

Authorities is Beaver County say one person is hurt and a suspect is in custody following a shooting yesterday evening.  Center Township Police were dispatched to the parking lot outside a Walmart on Broadhead Road in Monaca just after 6:30 p.m. on calls related to the incident.  Officials report a 20-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound was taken by helicopter to an area hospital.  Investigators believe the victim and the suspect knew each other.

The TSA is reporting the confiscation of another firearm found inside a passenger’s carry-on at Pittsburgh International Airport.  Agents found a loaded handgun inside a woman’s purse at the main security checkpoint Saturday morning.  The weapon was seized and the woman was allowed to continue on her way. 

Lottery players in Pennsylvania and around the country tonight will have a chance at winning the largest lottery prize ever.  With no top-prize winner Saturday night, the estimated jackpot for tonight’s Powerball drawing stands at one-point-nine-billion dollars.  Forty drawings have come and gone since a jackpot-winning ticket purchased in Pennsylvania won on August 3rd.  A single ticket’s odds of winning the big money are 1 in 292.2 million.

Voter registration in Pennsylvania has increased by about one-and-a-half-percent before the mid-term elections.  Department of State election officials say, however, that neither major political party added an advantage from the nearly 135-thousand new voters registered between May and October 24th.  Democrats maintain the advantage in total voters by a margin of just under a half a million voters over Republicans.

A new law is now in effect in Pennsylvania to help crack down on unemployment fraud.  What had been House Bill 2648 has created a special state prosecutor within the Office of Inspector General.  This person will identify and prosecute unemployment compensation fraud from the COVID pandemic.  The governor signed the measure into law this past Friday.

A sports betting site in Pennsylvania says activity from the Phillies’ World Series run has helped it break state records.  Officials with FanDuel Sportsbook at Live! Casino and Hotel in Philadelphia say more than 10-million-dollars, their biggest monthly handle ever, was posted in October.  They also say the 50-percent increase from the NL Championship Series to the World Series put wagering totals on par with those for a typical Sunday Eagles game. 

State Police in Mercer County report a man was taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon in Jefferson Townsip. According to police 59 year old 59 year old William Keck was westbound on Lake Road when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a ditch. Keck was thrown from the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The American dream is alive and well in Pennsylvania according to the American Dream Prosperity Index.  The newest data shows Pennsylvania was ranked 23rd for overall prosperity and 15th in the country for having an economy open to competition, innovation and investment.  But it ranked 34th for social inclusivity.  Neighboring New Jersey came in at number 7th for overall prosperity.  The index was developed by the new Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream.