TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 11TH, 2022

A New Castle man was sentenced to 11 to 30 years in prison for the shooting death of 19 year old Amari Wise back in June of 2020. 23 year old Connor Henry was also ordered him to serve 11 to 30 years on supervised state parole upon his release from prison. The New Castle News reports the sentenced was handed down by Presidient  Judge Dominic Motto in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.  The judge convicted Henry in September of charges of voluntary manslaughter and a person not to possess a gun following a bench trial.

Family members of a man who died following an altercation with an off-duty Center Township police officer say the department has still not provided them with answers.  A lawyer representing the family says the incident happened last Sunday when Ken Vinyard was attempting to help a man who had been shot outside a Walmart in Monaca.  Attorney Joel Sansone says Vinyard was tackled to the ground by the unidentified police officer, causing him to hit his head and die a short time later.  He reports that Center Township Police leaders and the Beaver County district attorney have not provided an apology or any further information.

Western Pennsylvania residents can expect to see some remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole as soon as today.  The National Weather Service forecasts between one to two-and-a-half inches of rain will fall across Western Pennsylvania today and tomorrow.  Temperatures are expected to fall into the 40s by Sunday.  Hurricane Nicole made landfall yesterday morning in Florida but was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm and could cause flooding in low-lying areas.     

The Pitt Facilities Committee is approving a new two-hundred-40-million-dollar athletic center.  Called Victory Heights, the facility will include a three-thousand seat arena and various other amenities.  The project is planned near the Petersen Event Center at the edge of the Oakland campus.  The building will house training and performance space for wrestling, volleyball, and many more athletic programs. 

Republican Senator Pat Toomey is reportedly blaming former President Donald Trump for election losses.  The retiring senator from Pennsylvania tells the Philadelphia Enquirer that his party needs to distance itself from Trump’s influence. Senator Toomey says the whole Republican ticket in his state was weighed down by Doug Mastriano, a prominent Trump supporter. Mastriano lost the governorship ticket Tuesday to Democrat Josh Shapiro by wide margins.

Many restaurants and other businesses are offering discounts or freebies to say “thank you” to the military today, on Veteran’s Day.  Wendy’s is offering active-duty service members and vets a free breakfast combo from 6:30 to 10:30 this morning.  Starbucks is providing a free tall coffee and McDonald’s is giving away select breakfast and lunch sandwiches.  Applebee’s, Bob Evan’s, and Chili’s restaurants are offering free select menu meals to current and former military members.

With the final votes being counted in Pennsylvania’s midterm election, it appears Josh Shaprio will set a record for votes received by a Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate .According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, Shapiro received more than 2.9 million votes in the unofficial tally to Doug Mastriano’s 2.1 million. In a review of historical data of Pennsylvania gubernatorial races, no candidate has ever received 2.9 million votes. The last record was set by Gov. Tom Wolf in his 2018 re-election bid when he received 2,895,652.

Officials with the Butler School District are stepping up their practices in dealing with behavioral problems at the high school.  The school district sent an email to parents this week that explained the steps they’re taking to address several fights that have occurred at the high school this year.  The district is setting up an intervention center at the school for students who are expelled.  The district is also increasing pay for teachers who take on extra duties of patrolling hallways during their breaks and lunch.