TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 8TH, 2022

State Police in Mercer County report a 14 year old boy allegedly stole a car and killed a man. According to the news release, officers pulled over a 14-year-old boy around 8:15 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 80 eastbound in Findley Township. The victim is a 71 year old man from Euclid Ohio. He was found shot and killed in his home. The 14-year-old suspect was taken to a detention facility while Pennsylvania State Police and the Euclid Police Department conduct a joint investigation.

Voters in Pennsylvania are heading to the polls today with some big decisions to make.  Congressional elections, local initiatives and down-ballot races will be settled as voters also decide who will be Pennsylvania’s next governor and it’s next U.S. Senator.  Polls are open today from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

State police are investigating the death of a bystander at a Beaver County shooting scene Sunday night.  A lawyer representing family members of 48-year-old Kenneth Vinyard says he was helping a shooting victim outside a Monaca Walmart when an unidentified man shoved him to the ground, causing him to hit his head; an injury that was ultimately fatal.  The man who allegedly pushed Vinyard later identified himself as a Center Township police officer, according to Attorney Joel Sansone.  PSP officials have confirmed that they are looking into the incident.

As childhood cases of the respiratory virus RSV continue to rise, UPMC Children’s Hospital is taking steps that they say will allow them to better handle those incoming patients.  The hospital has installed an outdoor tent that they say will allow them to see more kids in a timely manner.   The tent space will accommodate 8 to 10 more beds and provide families with a better patient experience.

Charges against a Beaver County man who shot and killed another man in August of this year have been dropped.  Prosecutors yesterday dropped all charges, including a count of voluntary manslaughter, against 29-year-old Wesley Deaderick.  The Beaver County District Attorney’s Office says a review of the evidence demonstrates that Deaderick was acting in self-defense when he opened fire on 32-year-old Willie Dawkins.  The confrontation leading to the incident reportedly began as an argument over a home repair project.

  Several Pennsylvanians have filed suit in federal court seeking to have votes from mail-in or absentee ballots counted.  Groups represented by the American Civil Liberties Union say the ballots should still be counted even if they lack proper dates on their return envelopes.  The suit was filed Friday night by state chapters of the NAACP, League of Women Voters and Common Cause and other groups follows a state Supreme Court ruling last week. That mandate barred officials from counting ballots that lack accurate dates on their return envelopes as required by state law.

State records show Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed 65 bills since 2015. A spokeswoman for his office says his tally has surpassed Democratic Governor Robert P. Casey, who compiled 50 vetoes. But she also says Governor Wolf has signed 95 percent of the bills that came to his desk. Lawmakers will return to session later this month.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of gas in Western Pennsylvania is up two cents this week to 4.01 a gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 3.97 a gallon. The national price is at 3.80 a gallon, that’s up four cents from last week.

Law enforcement and school district officials are announcing the results of Operation Safe Stop last month.  The effort is meant to highlight traffic rules around school buses and increase transportation safety.  Authorities report 155 violations were recorded statewide on October 19th.  That’s down from 252 violations from the year before.

Voting is now open in PennDOT’s District Eleven “Paint The Plow” contest.  High school students from Lawrence and Beaver counties added decorations to eleven plows based on this year’s “Put Down the Device in Snow and Ice” theme.  Officials will announce the top finisher after voting ends on November 13th.  Search pennDOT-dot-P-A-dot-gov to select a favorite.