TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 10TH, 2022

A Butler woman is facing fines and probation for collecting fraudulent Social Security benefits.  U.S. attorneys say 54-year-old Any Lynn Snow lied to the Social Security Association, claiming her husband did not live in her home for a period of four years, allowing her to collect more benefits than she was entitled to.  She pleaded guilty to theft of government funds in July, and is now ordered to serve 30 months probation.  She is also required to pay back the more than 45-thousand dollars she collected.

Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State Leigh Chapman said that “a free, fair and secure election” has been conducted in the commonwealth.  For Tuesday’s elections, Pennsylvania voters requested more than a million-and-a-quarter mail-in and absentee ballots.  Chapman says about 83 percent of those ballots were voted on and returned to counties. A million of the returned mail ballots came from registered Democrats and a little over 300-thousand came from Republicans.

A Butler man is pleading guilty to federal fentanyl possession charges.  U.S. prosecutors say 41-year-old Gerry Lee Kendall is admitting to having ten grams of a substance containing the powerful opioid during a traffic stop in Duquesne in June of last year.  Court records show Kendall was a passenger in a vehicle seen leaving Truman Towers by a Duquesne police officer.  Sentencing is scheduled for March first.

Governor Tom Wolf is thanking Pennsylvanians following the mid-term elections.  Governor Wolf posted to social media saying it’s the neighbors who make elections happen.  He thanked poll workers and county election officials for helping their communities during the election.  Wolf said democracy depends on every eligible vote being counted.

State Police in Mercer County report a one vehicle accident in Jackson Township. According to police 57 year old Nicholas Marinelli of Erie was northbound on interstate 79 when he lost control, traveled off the roadway and rolled over several times. Marinelli was taken to the Allegheny Health Network in Grove City for treatment.

Pennsylvania voters don’t approve of President Biden or former President Trump.  A new exit poll revealed roughly six in ten voters Tuesday said they disapprove of Biden, while the same number disapprove of Trump.  Overall, more than half of Pennsylvania residents say neither Biden nor Trump was a factor in their midterm vote.

Charges have been dismissed against the lone individual charged in connection with a September shooting at Kennywood amusement park.  Three people were injured in the incident including the 15-year-old now-former defendant.  Investigators found a firearm at the scene that they believe the teen had fired and also say they found gunshot residue on his clothes.  But there was no DNA or fingerprint evidence linking the boy to the weapon.

Pennsylvania continues to experience a school bus driver shortage. As the school year began there was a need to fill almost 3,000 school bus driver positions across the
state. And Acting Education Secretary Eric Hagarty encourages people with commercial drivers licenses looking for supplementary income to consider becoming a school bus driver. More information on becoming a school bus driver is available at education.pa.gov.

Pittsburgh authorities say a man is in custody, accused of threatening two PennDOT workers near the entrance to the Fort Pitt Tunnel.  Arrest records state Bilgehan Dogrusoz ignored signs banning pedestrians in the roadway and was told to leave the area by a PennDOT employee.  That’s when Dogrusoz began throwing rocks at the workers, eventually charging at them with a brick and then a knife, according to a criminal complaint.  He now faces a list of charges.  The transportation employees were not hurt.