Beaver County police are searching for a suspect who crashed into a home Monday.  The crash happened near Oak Alley when a pickup truck went off the road, hit a house, went through the yard and then crashed into a garage.  The suspect then fled the seen.  No injuries have been reported and police have not released the name of the suspect.

Two gun reform bills are moving through the state legislature.  The pair of bills passed the State House and are heading to the Senate for discussion.  One requires background checks on every sale of any gun and the other allows family members or law enforcement to request guns be seized from residents going through a crisis.  Supporters call both measures “common sense” gun laws.  

The newly-merged network of Butler Health and Excela Health systems now has a new name.  Executives yesterday announced the new effort will now be known as Independent Health System.  President and CEO Ken DeFurio says that Independence is a name that rings true to everyone and is at the core of their mission.

 The case against a former Moon Township McDonald’s manager accused of sexual assault will move forward.  Daniel Bonet appeared in court Tuesday and listened as a former teenaged worker described being assaulted by the now-26-year-old in October of 2021.  Bonet’s next court appearance is scheduled for July as he also faces charges including corruption of minors and more.

State and local officials are urging motorists to buckle up and drive sober over the busy Memorial Day travel weekend.  Additional patrols will be on the roads though June 4th looking for drivers who are impaired or are not buckled up.  Triple-A estimates over 42-million Americans will be travelling more than 50 miles from home over the holiday weekend.

A bill being considered in Pennsylvania would send unclaimed money directly to residents of the Commonwealth.  The state is sitting on roughly four-billion dollars in unclaimed checks, gift cards, tax refunds, and more.  While the leftover funds are typically coupled in with the state’s coffers, it doesn’t rightfully belong to the state.  With that, Pennsylvania’s Treasurer Stacy Garrity is proposing legislation that would automatically return unclaimed money to people with no action required on their part.    

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced two free fishing days for the summer. The first Fish-for-Free Day will be on Sunday, May 28th, and the second will be on Tuesday, July 4th.   Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone to legally fish in Pennsylvania waterways without purchasing a fishing license. Permits will not be required for fishing for trout and salmon during these days. Lake Erie permits will not be necessary either.

A push for more financial literacy in Pennsylvania schools is being met with opposition.  The worsening teacher shortage is the main roadblock.  The State Education Association says the shortage is at a “crisis level” currently.  Over the past ten years, there’s been a 73-percent decline in first-year teaching certificates issued in the state, which is severely impacting the implementation of new curriculums.  

A substantive study shows there’s no distinct bias when it comes to traffic stops in the Commonwealth.  Pennsylvania State Police and the National Policing Institute released details of the study from last year this week.  Information from more than 440-thousand traffic stops shows no difference in whether drivers or passengers are cited, arrested, or warned based on race.  Officials say the study is meant to improve policing across the state and will serve as a model for law enforcement across the country.       

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