TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 24TH, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is forcing sweeping changes to schedules in western Pennsylvania.  Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday that school closures will be extended by another two weeks, to April Sixth.  All kindergarten-through 12th grade schools were originally set to open after Friday.  Meantime, the governor and state lawmakers have reached an agreement to move next month’s presidential primary to June

Governor Tom Wolf is ordering residents of Allegheny County, as well as five others across the state, to stay home and help stop the spread of coronavirus.  Wolf’s order means residents should do activities that maintain the health and safety of their household, including pets.  There is no curfew.  Wolf is asking residents in these hardest hit areas to stay home for at least the next two weeks.

Two people were arrested by New Castle City Police following a shooting Sunday night on Frank Avenue in New Castle. According to the department’s facebook page 35 year old Michael Ortiz and 23 year old Alexis Williams, both face a number of charges. During the investigation police found 40 pounds of marijuana a stolen hand gun along with about five thousand dollars in cash.

Police in Sharon are looking for a Pittsburgh man in connection with a shooting Sunday night. According to the Sharon Herald 28 year old Justin Kellum is facing two counts of criminal attempted homicide, robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and prohibited possession of a firearm, following a shooting that left two people wounded. A man was in critical condition and a woman was in stable condition at St.Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. The investigation is ongoing.

Police say a man is behind bars following a fight with police over the weekend in Butler.  Andrea Lucky is accused of hitting and trying to strangle his girlfriend and her son early Saturday morning before fleeing a home on East Brady Street.  The 34-year-old came back to the home later in the day only to be met by police, who were able to take him into custody.  They say Lucky resisted arrest, tried to grab an officer’s weapon, and even bit one officer and head-butted another.

The number of coronavirus cases in western Pennsylvania is rising with seemingly no end in sight.  Butler Health System officials say they have had five positive tests for COVID-19, including their first inpatient, since Saturday.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports seven coronavirus cases in Washington County and six in Westmoreland County.  More than 640 people have been infected statewide, with six deaths.

A Beaver County man is behind bars after a standoff.  Hopewell Township police say a man barricaded himself inside his Meadow Drive home yesterday after firing shots at a neighbor during an argument.  Officers spent two hours negotiating with the suspect before he surrendered without incident.

Sheetz customers will see some changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Altoona-based gas station chain says it’s suspending its self-serve coffee, beverage and bakery offerings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  People who want soft drinks, coffee or other self-serve items can get them by ordering from the touch-screen kiosks.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas price report the average price of gasoline across western Pennsylvania is another 13 cents cheaper this week at $2.36 per gallon. Prices fell 12 cents just last week, pushing cheaper again as many states see prices nearly 40 cents lower on the month

A 36-year-old Butler woman is accused of spitting in the face of two Butler Memorial Hospital nurses over the weekend.  Police in Butler Township say Julie Lascuola tried to leave the emergency room Sunday night without permission, then threatened the two nurses.  She’s facing simple and aggravated assault as well as reckless endangering of another person.