TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 23RD, 2020

Pennsylvania’s enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses begins this morning.  Wolf gave an extension of the order Friday night after a significant number of businesses applied for a waiver, attempting to demonstrate why they should remain open.  State police Colonial Robert Evanchick said over the weekend they are ready to help ensure compliance with the governor’s order, with those who refuse facing possible criminal penalties which include fines and even jail time.

Health officials say more than 50 confirmed cases of Coronavirus across Western P-A.  Most of the cases are in Allegheny County, with 40 positive tests and one confirmed death since the outbreak began.  The statewide death toll is at four with nearly 500 positive tests confirmed across the commonwealth. Mercer County reported it’s first case over the weekend. There are still no reported Covid-19 cases in Lawrence County.

Two people were arrested in the act during a burglary in Slippery Rock Township. Police were called just after midnight Thursday to a house on Highway 42 on reports of a burglary in progress. When they got there, they found a man and woman who were taken into custody. Police did not name the suspects. Police say several other burglaries have occurred in the area, and they believe the two suspects to be involved in those in addition to the recovery of a stolen vehicle in the same area. The investigation is ongoing.

Autopsy results are pending on a body that was found at a Beaver County country club.  State police say the body was recovered yesterday at the Shadow Lakes Country Club in Hopewell Township.  There was no word on the person’s identity.

An investigation is underway into a Beaver County train crash that sent one person to the hospital.  Conway police say the person was hit by the train yesterday morning at the Norfolk Southern railyard.  The victim was hospitalized with a leg injury.

Airline officials say a flight from the Dominican Republic headed for Toronto had to be diverted to Pittsburgh International Airport over the weekend.  They say they had to land Saturday due to a medical emergency on-board the flight.  There’s no word as to what that emergency was.

Pennsylvania residents will now have an additional 90 days to file their 2019 state personal income tax returns.  The Department of Revenue has extended the deadline from April 15th to July 15th.  This was made in concert with the extension of federal filings, as associated penalties and fees have also been waived.  Officials are still encouraging taxpayers to file their returns electronically to help avoid delays. 

Police say a man is dead after a head-on wreck in Harmony last week.  It’s unclear what led to the crash on Perry Highway near the Harmony Emergency Medical Services facility last Monday night that killed 67-year-old Michael Slaven.  Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact police.

A Boardman Ohio distillery is doing its part to keep people healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Candella Micro Distillery was recently tapped by the federal government to produce hand sanitizer, which is being sold to businesses in bulk.  The distillery’s owner say first responders, healthcare workers and older adults can get a small bottle of sanitizer for free.

Beaver Area School District officials are beginning online instruction for students starting today.  Superintendent Carrie Rowe tells the Beaver County Times they are working to be as flexible as possible, since the Department of Education is continually offering new guidance.  The district’s website has several letters posted on how each school will handle instruction.  B-A-S-D is the first in the county to begin to fully instruct students during shutdown.