Local News 11/2/22

News for Wed Nov 2, 2022

Candidates for Pennsylvania governor are continuing campaign efforts in the final run up to Election Day.  Attorney General, and Democratic candidate, Josh Shapiro, addressed voters on Pittsburgh’s North Shore yesterday.  Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano spent yesterday in State College, and is scheduled to appear at a rally featuring Ben Carson in Pittsburgh this evening.  A recent Muhlenberg College poll has Shapiro ahead of Mastriano by around 14 points.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says mail-in ballots in undated envelopes will not counted in the upcoming election.  Yesterday’s decision directs county election officials to refrain from counting votes if there is no date on envelopes or the date is done incorrectly.  The court’s ruling also requires the ballots with discrepancies to be segregated and saved.

Former President Barack Obama will visit the Steel City this weekend to drum up last minute support and energy for John Fetterman’s U.S. Senate campaign.  The Democratic lieutenant governor is locked in a tight race with Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz for the seat being vacated by the retiring Pat Toomey.  Obama and Fetterman will appear  together at an event this Saturday.  Details have yet to be announced.

 A Johnstown man who was convicted earlier this year of stabbing and killing a woman during a Facebook Marketplace sale was sentenced Tuesday to serve life in prison.

WJAC TV reports Joshua Gorgone was convicted in September in the death of 54-year-old Denise Williams last April inside his Geistown-area apartment.

Prosecutors argued that Gorgone stabbed Williams dozens of times following an argument over the price of a refrigerator that she was attempting to purchase from him. Gorgone was convicted of all the charges he faced, including criminal homicide, robbery/theft, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

A Roaring Spring woman has been charged with shooting her husband after a lengthy investigation into the January 2021 incident in Newry.

The Altoona Mirror reports  Santana Elaine Laret, 37, was arraigned Tuesday morning before a District Judge on felony charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft and escape, along with other charges.

These charges stem from a Jan. 31, 2021, incident in which Laret is accused of shooting her husband at their home. She claims she shot her husband because he was assaulting her.  The husband says she shot him after they were arguing and her told her wanted a divorce.  The victim drove himself to the hospital for treatment.

Laret was released on $100,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 22.

PENNSYLVANIA (WTAJ) – According to research done by the U.S. News & World Report, 5 Pennsylvanian cities claimed spots in the top 10 list for best cities to retire in.

Researchers evaluated 150 metro areas and based their scores on a weighted average of points that they earned in six categories.

Housing affordability (24%)

Resident happiness (22%)

Health care quality (16%)

Retiree tax rates (16%)

Desirability (13%)

Job opportunities (9%)

Last year, according to CBS, Florida had 8 spots in the top 10. However, this year the Keystone state earned not only the top spot but made several appearances in the top 10 list.

Lancaster, PA 

Harrisburg, PA 

Pensacola, FL 

Tampa, FL 

York, PA 

Naples, FL 

Daytona Beach, FL 

Ann Arbor, MI 

Allentown, PA 

Reading, PA