TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 11TH, 2020

Charges were filed against a man who’s accused of shooting at a school van in Shenango Township yesterday morning.  Shenango Township police say the man shot out the windows of the van as it rolled along Route 65 yesterday morning.  There were seven Shenango Elementary School students onboard, but no injuries were reported. The man was charged with with criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, firearms not to be carried without a license, along with several other charges.

Ellwood City officials say they are in support of Penn Med taking over its now closed medical center.  It’s reported that Penn Med has agreed to recognize the liens filed on the property by the municipality.  The medical center has been closed since December 10th while its owner, Americore Holdings, goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

So far, Western P-A is without a single coronavirus case.  The P-A Department of Health announced yesterday that there are a dozen cases statewide, with eight in Montgomery County alone.  Health officials in Allegheny County anticipate a confirmed case here eventually.  One of the 12 cases is being cared for at the University of Pennsylvania, with that individual last listed in critical condition.

Colleges and Universities across Western P-A are taking precautions ahead of the spread of coronavirus.  Robert Morris is canceling all study abroad trips for the remainder of the spring semester while Carnegie Mellon suspended all non-academic international trips for students sponsored by the university.  Duquesne, Pitt, and Slippery Rock have made similar moves regarding international trips.  Several schools in the eastern part of the state are postponing students return from spring break or forcing all classes to be held online.

A man who served time for his role in a Butler woman’s murder is running from new charges.  Police say James Howard-George has been on the run since Monday, when he was accused of attacking a woman near Pullman Park.  Howard-George had been on probation after finishing his sentence for helping burn Melissa Barto’s body after she was killed in 2017.

Organizers of Butler County’s Special Olympics is suspending all training sessions due to the coronavirus spread.  Officials say that includes basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming, and other programs.  There’s no timeline as to when the training is expected to resume.

A free Naloxone training session is being held next week in Beaver Falls.  The Heritage Valley Family Medicine Center is presenting the program March 19th at the Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls along with Beaver County Behavioral Health, Drug, and Alcohol.  Those taking part in the program will be shown the signs of opioid overdose and will learn how to administer Naloxone in an emergency situation.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is six cents cheaper this week at $2.60 per gallon. In New Castle this price  is down to 2.47 a gallon while in Sharon drivers are paying 2.67. At $2.38, the national gas price average has not been this cheap since last February. A year ago the average price in Western Pennsylvania was 2.69 a gallon.