TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 22ND, 2022

New Castle City Police arrested a man who attempted to rob a Dollar General Store at gunpoint yesterday afternoon. According to the department’s Facebook page, 53-year-old Richard Peluso was buying cigarettes at the store on Croton Avenue, he pulled a gun out of his pocket and pointed it at the clerk before leaving the store and driving away.  New Castle police said they found Peluso’s vehicle in front of a house on Fern Street. As officers surrounded the home, police said Peluso came out with a handgun. He was later arrested and charged with attempted robbery, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and terroristic threats.  No injuries were reported.

Pennsylvania travelers will see the highest gas prices ever during this time of year.  The state average is just over four dollars a gallon, an increase of 43-cents from last Thanksgiving.  The national average is three-sixty-six a gallon.  Triple-A says prices may drop slightly before Thanksgiving Day. In Lawrence County drivers are paying 3.96 a gallon. The average price in Mercer County is 4.01 a gallon. The average price in Western Pennsylvania is down two cents this week to 4.02 a gallon.  

A 37-year-old Farrell man, who went to meet someone to purchase a cell phone, was fatally shot In Warren Ohio Saturday night. Brice Hilton of Farrell was shot to death by 17 year old Gavin Roberts.  Police said Roberts was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Police are urging members of the public to take every precaution when it comes to selling or buying items online.

Republican state Representative Carrie Lewis DelRosso isn’t saying if she’ll seek her party’s nomination for a vacant House seat. DelRosso unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor on a ticket with Governor candidate Doug Mastriano.  She chose not to run for State Representative after redistricting moved her Oakmont home from the 33rd District to Democrat Tony Deluca’s 32nd District.  Deluca died in October, but still won reelection.  A special election will be held to fill his seat.

State Police in Mercer County report a one vehicle accident in Delaware Township. Police said 32 year old Charles Dickey of Greenville was traveling on Mercer Road when his vehicle went off the roadway into a ditch then struck a utility pole. A passenger, 27 year old Blake Schweigert of Cochranton was taken to UPMC Greenville for treatment.

A Pittsburgh man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Butler County. State Police report 23 year old Zachary Householder was southbound on Interstate 79 in Lancaster Township when he traveled off the roadway, up and embankment that caused his vehicle to roll over onto its roof.  Householder was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police said the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Experts are sharing food safety tips ahead of Thanksgiving.  Doctor Joshua Shulman with the Pittsburgh Poison Center says thawing a frozen turkey in the refrigerator is the ideal way to minimize the risk of foodborne illness.  The USDA says turkeys can be thawed in the microwave or in cold water if they remain in the packaging and the water is changed every 30 minutes.  Schulman says a turkey is fully cooked when all parts have reached an internal temperature of at least one-hundred-65 degrees when checked with a digital, or reliable analog, food thermometer.

Some Sheetz fuel stations are selling Unleaded 88 gasoline for a-dollar-99 per gallon this week.  The price is over two-dollars cheaper than average statewide cost, according to Triple A.  Unleaded 88 contains five percent more ethanol than standard unleaded and is approved for most cars made after 2001, according to the U.S. EPA.  The promotion runs through November 28th.

Governor-elect Josh Shapiro, still the state’s attorney general, has reached a settlement deal with the food delivery service Grubhub.  An investigation by Shapiro’s office had previously determined that Grubhub customers were frequently charged higher prices for their ordered items than they would have paid had they ordered from restaurants directly.  According to the settlement announced yesterday, Grubhub will donate 125-thousand dollars to Pennsylvania food banks in addition to adding price disclosures to pages on their app.