Multiple agencies from Pennsylvania and Ohio are investigating a homicide after a 14-year-old suspect was found in Mercer County with a stolen van and a stolen firearm Saturday morning. The minor suspect was found in Findley Township, Mercer County, driving a vehicle and possessing a pistol belonging to a 71-year-old Euclid Ohio man who was later found dead by gunshot. A joint investigation is underway with the Pennsylvania State Police and Mercer County District Attorney’s office working with the Euclid Police Department and Cuyahoga County District Attorney from Ohio.
In state news, Dayon Hayes, who plays reserve defensive end for the Pitt Panthers, has been charged with simple assault after allegedly dumping bleach onto a young woman on Sunday and holding her against a wall when she tried to escape; some sources indicate that she was his girlfriend. Hayes will have his preliminary hearing later this month and at press time the university had not made a decision about whether he will remain on the team.
It’s the day after Election Day and there are still many thousands of mail-in ballots to be counted, but preliminary election results are in for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Starting locally for Northwest Pennsylvania:
For the 50th State Senate District covering Crawford, Mercer, and Lawrence Counties Republican Michelle Brooks easily won reelection against Rianna Czech with over 70% of the vote in her favor.
Democrats Patrick Harkins, Robert Merski, and Ryan Bizzarro; Republicans Jake Banta, Brad Roae, and Parke Wentling were all elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Three more Republicans – Tim Bonner, Lee James, and Kathy Rapp ran without opposition.
Brett Thompson and Mike Kelly, both Republicans, carried the 15th and 16th Districts for United States Congress.
The race for United States Senator has been called for John Fetterman, leading Dr. Oz by about 2.6% of the vote.
Finally, Democrat Josh Shapiro is Governor Elect of Pennsylvania, handily defeating Doug Mastriono.