In Mercer County, the search continues for the suspect in a Tuesday morning fatal shooting.  Officers responding to a Shadyside Drive home in Hermitage at around 2:30 a.m. found 24-year-old victim Chuck Carr suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Carr was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.  Twenty-seven-year-old Zechariah Sewell has been identified as a suspect and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police.

The removal of roughly 100 venomous snakes, a crocodile and a lizard from a Beaver County home is complete.  Officers responded to the Aliquippa residence on Tuesday after police received a call about an unresponsive man outside.  When police arrived, they found the man had died and later discovered the reptiles inside the residence.  1-hundred additional snakes, deemed not to be venomous, were left at the house and neighbors have been told that there is no cause for concern.  The cause of death of the man found outside has not yet been determined.

A New Brighton man was sentenced yesterday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court in connection with the shooting death of a Beaver Falls man in October 2021. 20 year old Daniel Tweedlie was sentenced to two and a half to five years in state prison for the shooting death of 21 year old Davon Thompson. Tweedlie pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter along with a firearms violation. The New Castle News reports Thompson was shot in a North Hill apartment. Tweedlie has been in the Lawrence County Jail since the shooting.

Lawyers for the man accused of killing eleven people at the Tree of Life synagogue say their client has epilepsy and schizophrenia. The declaration for mental disease or defect for alleged shooter Robert Bowers was filed in court Monday, just over a month before his trial begins in the 2018 killings.  Six people were also injured in the violence that has been called the worst attack ever on an American Jewish community. Court officials say the federal government will ask for the death penalty for Bowers if he’s found guilty.

The Department of Labor reports a Georgia company was violating child labor laws when it employed a 17-year-old to do roofing work at a Lowe’s store last October in New Castle.  The company came under investigation after the teen fell from a height of 24-feet and suffered minor injuries.  The feds yesterday also reported that JVS Roofing falsely classified 30 workers as independent contractors allowing the company to avoid paying overtime and shorting workers by an average of 3-thousand dollars each.  The Department of Labor has recovered backpay for the workers , fined the company for the child labor violation and proposed additional penalties

Some Pennsylvania residents are part of lawsuit that’s being filed against General Motors. A U.S. District Judge in Michigan granted class action certification Monday on behalf of nearly 40 people in 26 states. The action accuses GM of knowingly selling cars with faulty transmissions, while being fully aware of the defects and safety concerns. The eight-speed automatic gear systems allegedly cause lurching and shuddering in some models made between 2015 and 2019. 

The Pennsylvania Senate’s Appropriations Committee has begun its work on the state budget for the upcoming year. It’s considering Governor Josh Shapiro’s nearly 46-billion-dollar budget proposal, which would increase spending by more than a billion dollars. The committee’s focus has included the health of the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Some Republicans say the governor’s spending would quickly deplete the fund by creating deficits of more than two-billion-dollars each year over the next five years.

Pennsylvania is one of six states being given federal grants to create jobs and economic opportunities for coalfield communities. Officials say the money from the U.S. Department of Interior can be used to repair logged streams, dangerous piles or embankments, places where there have been underground mine fires and areas of polluted water.  Pennsylvania was allotted just under 30-million-dollars to identify the projects that will bring the most economic and environmental benefits to coalfield communities.

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