– Authorities are continuing to search for a man accused of shooting a child yesterday in Mercer County. Officers were called to a location in Jamestown just before noon in response to the incident. Police tracked the suspect across the boarder into Trumbull County Ohio but were unable to find him. The child was last reported to be hospitalized in stable condition.
Authorities say a fatal shooting that took place Sunday morning in Mercer County was likely the result of a drug deal gone bad. Officers responding to reports of a shooting near Baldwin Avenue and Leslie Street in Sharon found 32-year-old victim Chad Runyan suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Runyan was taken from the scene and later died at a local hospital. No arrests have been made.
Residents in Beaver County are calling for an end to deadly gun incidents. The Sisters of Saint Joseph campus in Baden hosted a vigil to remember those lost in shootings across Western Pennsylvania yesterday afternoon. The organization Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence also created a memorial along Route 65 that features close to 60 t-shirts, one for each person in the region who was shot to death between January and June of this year. The display is staying up until August 10th.
State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in Wilmington Township. According to police 33 year old Ashleigh Schmidt of Youngstown traveled through a stop sign on Parasonage Road and struck a vehicle operated by 73 year old Larry McDanel of New Castle. Schmidt was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown with a serious head injury. McDanel was not hurt.
Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey is back in Harrisburg this weekend to celebrate the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which took effect this summer. The Democratic lawmaker, reportedly is running for re-election, says the legislation requires employers to give pregnant workers accommodations such as stools and additional restroom breaks. The bill, which enjoyed significant support from Republicans, was passed last year as part of a federal spending package.
The Beaver County Humane Society.is giving its thanks for a young girl who made it her mission to raise funds for the organization at this year’s Enon Valley Community Days. The humane society supporter, identified only as Maci, raised 305-dollars for the group last year and had hoped to do better with her 2023 effort. At this year’s event, with her lemonade and bracelet stand, Maci raised one-thousand-223 dollars for the humane society.
Additional licenses for antlerless deer are going on sale today. Hunters can get them online and at any location that sells Pennsylvania Gaming Commission licenses starting at 8 a.m. This year’s deer season runs from September 16th to January 27th. A third round of antlerless deer licenses will go on sale on August 14th.
The Westmoreland County D.A. says the actions of police in a recent deadly officer-involved shooting were justified. Reports say that 59-year-old Thomas Saunders was armed with a machete when he aggressively approached officers July 2nd at a location on Gravel Hill Road in Ligonier Township. Saunders was shot and later died at a local hospital. Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli on Friday said that no charges would be filed. Saunders’ family has suggested that police could have tried to deescalate the incident.
With the state House deadlocked at 101 Democrats and 101 Republicans, House Republicans say they’re bracing for an impasse that will stretch through the summer. Republican Representative Seth Grove of York told reporters last week that lawmakers could be called back if House Democrats were interested in working with their Republican counterparts to compromise. However, there’s been no indication that will happen. Two areas that might lure lawmakers back to work together include coding bills and to vote on funding for the state-related university funding.
The Pennsylvania Treasury says four-and-a-half billion dollars in unclaimed property is waiting to be accepted by state residents. State Treasurer Stacy Garrity says that high amount remains in place, despite her office returning over 73-million dollars’ worth of unclaimed property during this last fiscal year. Garrity also says that amount is a new record for the treasury department. Property that’s returned includes dormant bank accounts, abandoned stocks and uncashed checks. Garrity says about one-in-ten Pennsylvanians have unclaimed property