TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 20TH, 2020

New Castle police are investigating a shooting on the city’s south side from last night. WFMJ-TV is reporting the shooting took place around 9 o’clock last night on West Chartes Street. At least one person was taken by ambulance to a helipad and taken to the hospital. There’s no word on their condition or if police have a suspect in custody.

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Health reported Sunday a total of 32,284 cases of COVID-19 and 1,112 deaths. Lawrence County has 60 cases and five deaths there are 278 cases and 31 deaths in Beaver County. Mercer county reported its first death Friday and has 57 cases overall. Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

A Jeannette man is dead after being struck by a car in Pennsylvania Turnpike.  State police say 44-year-old Christopher Elliott was standing in a westbound lane of I-76 in Beaver County yesterday when he was hit.  The other driver stopped at the scene and was not hurt.

Mask use is now mandatory at some businesses in Pennsylvania.  An order for employees and customers at essential businesses to wear masks took effect last night in a bid to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.  State officials say businesses will deny entry to people who aren’t wearing their masks.  The order took effect as coronavirus cases statewide topped 32-thousand yesterday, with eleven-hundred deaths.

Pennsylvanians will soon be able to restock their liquor cabinets.  Several local Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores will open for curbside pickups today after the state’s online ordering system was overwhelmed by thirsty shoppers.  Orders will be taken by phone during a four-hour window each day with pickups available Monday through Saturday.

Governor Tom Wolf is making nearly 16-million dollars available for foodbanks across P-A who are helping residents impacted the most by the coronavirus health crisis.  The Department of Agriculture is using about 15-million from the U-S-D-A along with another million dollars of their own to support The Emergency Food Assistance Program and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania.  Wolf said no one should have to go without when they’re doing their part to save lives.

No one is hurt after a two vehicle crash in Butler County.  State police say a driver was trying to turn onto Herman Road from Schnur Road while operating farm equipment when it was struck by another vehicle driven by 54-year-old Kurt Weaver.  Weaver’s vehicle eventually struck an embankment and a stop sign.  Weaver’s being cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Anyone who had an elective surgery postponed with U-P-M-C will likely soon have that procedure rescheduled.  In a statement yesterday, the chairperson of Emergency Medicine said even in the current environment, they believe they can soon treat patients who had to put off those procedures.  Doctor Don Yealy added that some of those patients may not be able to put off the procedure much longer without causing a medical emergency.

Repair work is starting this morning on a landslide in Hanover Township, Beaver County.  Crews will be working on Route 18 between Cabin Road and Parkside Drive.  It’s believed that portion of the highway will remain closed through late June.

The Ellwood City Arts, Crafts, Food and Entertainment Festival Committee announced Friday that the event scheduled for the July 4 weekend has been canceled. The Ledger 10K race, which is typically held in conjunction with the festival, also is canceled. According to the Ellwood City Ledger committee member said there were no other options. Noting there is no way to predict what will happen 12 months from now, the committee is moving forward on planning an epic festival for 2021.