TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 25TH, 2020

New Castle City Police have identified a man found shot to death in New Castle early yesterday morning. According to the department’s facebook page, Police were called out around 3 am after receiving a report that a man was inside a vehicle that had been shot-up outside the McGrath Manor high-rise apartment on West Washington Street. The victim has been identified  as 25-year-old Andre Robinson of New Castle. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information concerning the shooting is asked to call New Castle City police

Pennsylvania health officials say there are now more than 850 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide.  Doctor Rachel Levine says those positive tests are coming from 40 counties across P-A, with everyone either at home in isolation or in the hospital.  The virus is blamed for seven deaths in Pennsylvania so far.

Police in Grove City say a woman is facing charges for breaking into a Mercer County home and taking her children.  Nichole Swanburg of New Castle is accused of entering the home last Friday and taking the three-year-old and 20-month-old whom she had lost custody of earlier this year.  Police caught up with the three and the children were returned unharmed.  The 36-year-old is in Mercer County Jail on burglary and interfering with the custody of children charges.

Pennsylvania businesses that were considered to be non-life-sustaining are being issued warnings from the PA State Police. Police released data on actions taken against 27 non-life-sustaining businesses who failed to comply with Governor Tom Wolf’s order to close their physical locations by Monday, March 23rd. Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police said the process is two-phased beginning with warnings to gain voluntary compliance, followed by enforcement as necessary. The Wolf administration has provided all local law enforcement with enforcement guidance that mirrors PSP’s.

State Police report a Mercer man faces charges following a one vehicle accident in Shenango Township, Mercer County. According to police 31 year old Brayden Trowbridge was eastbound on Interstate-376 when he lost control of his vehicle and struck several guardrails. Police said Trowbridge was highly intoxicated and became uncooperative with police. He faces DIU charges at a later date.

The state Department of Transportation is reopening more highway rest areas across Pennsylvania.  The 23 indoor facilities include portable restrooms and handwashing stations, which were temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 guidance from Governor Wolf.  The rest areas, returning to normal service and maintenance hours, are meant to keep offering clean sites for interstate truckers to use.  More information about open locations can be found online at PennDOT’s website.

The Pennsylvania Senate is meeting remotely for the first time.  The chamber is using the method to allow them to address urgent issues related to the spread of coronavirus while practicing social distancing.  Senators are likely to discuss how to best support healthcare facilities and workers, address changes to the school code, and even consider delaying the April primary election.

Slippery Rock University is postponing its spring commencement ceremonies.  President William Behre said they still plan to hold the celebration that was scheduled for May 8th and 9th in-person, though later in the year.  Every student who is eligible to graduate this May will get their diploma by mail.

Investigators say they don’t believe foul play led to the death of a body found in Hopewell Township.  The body was discovered in the water near Shadow Lakes Country Club on the two-thousand-block of Beaver Lakes Boulevard Sunday morning.  Hopewell Township police say out of respect to the person’s family they will not be releasing any more information.