TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 21ST, 2022

State Police in Mercer County report a two vehicle accident in Shenango Township. According to police, 19 year old Joaquin Moses of Middlebry Center, was westbound on Interstate 80 when he traveled off the roadway and struck a concrete barrier. Moses’ vehicle came back onto the roadway and was struck by a tractor trailer. Moses was taken to UPMC Horizon for treatment. The driver of the truck was not hurt.

Officials in Beaver County say a home is damaged following an early Sunday morning fire.  Crews responded to the scene near the intersection of Third Avenue and Mound Street, in Koppel, just after 2:00 a.m.  Firefighters spent several hours getting the blaze under control.  Dispatchers report no one was hurt in the incident.

Retiring Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and the man who will replace him are reacting to the weekend mass shooting in Colorado Springs.  Five people were killed and 25 others injured when police say a man entered an LGBTQ nightclub and opened fire.  Police say the suspect was subdued by two clubgoers and arriving authorities took him into custody.  On social media, Senator Pat Toomey said he is mourning the loss of the people killed and praying for the injured while expressing gratitude for the heroes.  Senator-elect John Fetterman says that he and is wife are devastated and angry about the attack while also asking when actions to protect communities from hate and violence will finally be taken.

State regulators are floating new rules designed to clarify the professional licensing process for people with criminal backgrounds. Proponents say such rules would give ex-cons a better idea of what past crimes disqualify them for getting a work license. The Department of State, which oversees professional licensing, is in charge of approval for more than a million licenses workers in Pennsylvania, ranging from doctors and nurses to accountants and realtors. 

The Sharon Herald is reporting a Hempfield Township man has been charged in connection with the drug overdose death of a Stoneboro man. 44 year old Andrew DeLuca is being held in Mercer County Jail on $250,000 bond. He is accused of selling heroin in May to Michael Grinnell.  Grinnell was taken to Allegheny Health Network  Grove City hospital for a drug overdose, where he was pronounced dead. The autopsy indicated that Grinnell had high levels of methamphetamine and fentanyl in his system.  DeLuca’s arraignment is set for January 17th.

The PA Gaming Control Board is launching a new awareness campaign directed at adults who leave children unattended while gambling at Pennsylvania casinos. The “Don’t Gamble with Kids” campaign comes as the number of kids left in cars outside PA casinos so far this year has nearly doubled compared to last year. The Gaming Control Board wants parents
or guardians to know that leaving kids unattended while they gamble is a serious issue and one that must be stopped. Although there’ve been no incidents in which children have been physically harmed, officials say leaving them unattended while adults gamble puts them at risk.

Triple A estimates around one-point-seven-million Pennsylvania residents are taking road trips this Thanksgiving.  A total of 48-million Americans are expected to travel by car this week.  Experts say Thursday evening and during the day, Sunday, will be the busiest times for drivers.  They recommend planning to drive early in the morning or at night to avoid traffic.  They also urge motorists to inspect vehicles prior to any long trips.

Police in North Sewickley Township are looking for those responsible for vandalizing a popular Christmas display over the weekend.  Authorities say someone cut electrical wires on several sets of lights at the Santillo family’s home on Mercer Road sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning.  The annual setup is a favorite in the area and raises money for the Women’s Shelter of Beaver County. Police are asking nearby residents to review any potential surveillance footage that might be useful to investigators.

Gaming continues to generate tax dollars in Pennsylvania. The taxable revenue figure from all of the gaming, was $450 million in October.  That included $199 million from retail slot machines, and $40 million from sport wagering.  The state collected $183 million in tax revenue from all these forms of gaming during the month.