TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 4TH, 2020

Search and recovery efforts will resume today for a man who fell into Slippery Rock Creek.  Lawrence County officials say the 38-year-old man from Meadville was hiking at McConnells Mill State Park on Saturday when he slipped, fell into the water and disappeared.  The section of trail where the man went missing is typically very slick and there are no railings.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that Lawrence County will move into a zone of lighter restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic. According to the New Castle News the stay at home order will be lifted starting May 8th. Commissioner Chairman Morgan Boyd said the three commissioners and the municipal elected officials all agreed with the decision to advance Lawrence County into the “yellow zone” of the coronavirus restrictions.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is adding 962 new COVID-19 cases to its statewide total.  That brings P-A to 49-thousand-267 confirmed or probable cases since the start of the pandemic.  The state Department of Health announced 26 new deaths Sunday, bringing its overall death toll to 24-hundred-44. Lawrence County has 65 cases and one death while Mercer County has 66 cases and one death.

The replacement project for the New Castle-Mercer Road Bridge in Wilmington Township is set to begin today. The 110-year old bridge that carries New Castle-Mercer Road is located between Rodgers Road and Indian Run Road. The project will include removing the existing bridge and construction of a prestressed concrete spread box beam bridge.Work will include new roadway approaches and guiderail updates. The bridge is scheduled to open in July of this year.

PennDOT officials say they are again extending expiration dates for driver’s licenses and learner’s permits.  Now, any I-D cards or permits that expired after March 16th or will expire by May 31st are being extended through June 30th.  All driver’s license centers as well as PennDOT’s Riverfront Office Center have been closed since March 16th.

The COVID-19 crisis is starting to affect part of western Pennsylvania’s food supply.  Giant Eagle is among the grocery store chains that are limiting the amount of meats customers can buy, citing high demand and a virus-related processing slowdown.  Sales of ground beef and on-sale meat items are being held to two per customer.

Fire destroyed a home in Hermitage over the weekend. The Sharon Herald reports the blaze broke out just after five o’clock at a home on Virginia Road.  When firemen arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames. Two people at home at the time of the fire got out safely. One firefighter suffered minor smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene. No damage estimate was given.

The leaders of some western Pennsylvania counties are meeting today to demand answers about reopening businesses.  Butler County officials are leading the charge, saying the governor’s office has not been transparent.  They cite a sudden increase in criteria being used to reopen when the original, and lone, factor was COVID-19-cases-per-population numbers.

State troopers say a pedestrian from Sandy Lake is recovering after being struck by a vehicle Friday afternoon.  It’s believed the 23-year-old was trying to cross Route 8 on foot when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 48-year-old from Freeport.  The pedestrian was taken to Grove City Medical Center with what are believed to be minor injuries.

No one is hurt after a fire in Butler over the weekend.  It broke out Saturday afternoon at a home on Fairview Avenue.  There’s no word on what may have caused the blaze.