December 8, 20225:27 am

One person was killed and three others were injured following a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Taylor Township. The New Castle News reports the accident took place around 3 p.m. on River Road, just past a set of train tracks. The tracks and the road were closed to keep cars out of the accident scene, and remained closed for several hours.  The deceased woman’s identity and the names of the injured persons are being withheld, pending notification to their families. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

The Lawrence County Commissioners on Tuesday unveiled the county’s 2023 budget. The 35.5 million dollar budget is a slight decrease from this year’s spending plan. County Commissioner Chairman Morgan Boyd said it was a difficult budget to balance due to inflation, market-driven pension contributions, and dramatic increases in statutorily required human services.  The budget is scheduled to be formally adopted on December 29th.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is approving a policy change allowing high school student-athletes to make a profit from their name, image, and likeness.  The organization voted in favor of the move yesterday, with changes to go into effect immediately.  The rules will allow athletes to make commercial contracts, earning money for promotions.  Advertisements will not be permitted to use school or team names, and companies that deal in products and services related to gambling, tobacco, alcohol, firearms, controlled substances, or adult entertainment will not be permitted to make athlete endorsement deals.

A Grove City man is headed to prison for the death of his wife. WFMJ-TV reports 59 year old Randall Leaf pleaded guilty late last month to a charge of third degree murder in Mercer County Common Pleas Court and was immediately sentenced to seven-and-a-half years to fifteen years in prison. As part of a plea deal, Charges of Criminal Homicide and Aggravated Assault were dropped.  Leaf has been in the Mercer County since July 2021 when police say he struck his newlywed wife, 53-year-old Gretchen Pallack, over the head with a dumbbell at the apartment they shared.

Governor Tom Wolf says the state will soon distribute over ten-million-dollars to support affordable housing efforts across Pennsylvania. The funding is being made available through the Pennsylvania HOME Investment Partnerships Program and will go for new homes as well as pay for repairs. Cumberland County will get about 370-thousand-dollars. The 400-thousand earmarked for Lebanon County will be used to pay down payments and closing cost subsidies.

The United Way of Beaver County has named its new director — who’s a familiar face in nonprofits in the region. Mary Lou Harju has worked in the human services industry for more than a quarter of a century. Most recently, Harju was the marketing manager for the Beaver County Humane Society. She succeeds Mike Rubino, who was executive director for the Beaver County United Way for more than eight years before he stepped down this year.

Authorities in Westmoreland County are searching for a man accused of leaving his dog to starve to death.  Greensburg police say Timothy Steinman moved out of his White Street home, abandoning the animal in the basement.  Officials say a veterinarian confirmed the dog died due to lack of nutrition.  An arrest warrant on multiple aggravated cruelty to animals charges has been issued for Steinman.

Keystone State residents and folks across America are becoming more and more protective of their personal information.  The folks at consumer advice website WalletHub this week have released their ranking of the states most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud.  Pennsylvania ranked as the sixth most vulnerable state in the nation with D.C. topping the list at number one.

Slippery Rock University will soon be building a new headquarters for their police department.The university announced that they were awarded $850,000 in grant funding from the state as part of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.  Work on the project is expected to begin in the summer 2023.

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