TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 6TH, 2020

Police in Neshannock Township report a fatal traffic accident yesterday morning on route 18. According to police 40 year old Joseph Slater of Sandy Lake passed away when crossed the roadway and struck a food truck head-on. The driver of the food truck, Casey Hill of Struthers Ohio, was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.

A Mercer County man is behind bars, accused of collecting child pornography.  Nicholas Dano Junior pleaded not guilty yesterday to possession of child pornography and other charges.  Sharon police say Dano had 400 images and ten videos of children engaged in sex acts on his cell phones.

State Health Department officials are adding 865 new COVID-19 cases to the Commonwealth’s total.  That brings the number of confirmed or probable cases to nearly 51-thousand since the start of the pandemic.  The statewide death toll is now at three-thousand-12.

PennDOT officials say Lawrence County’s D-M-V locations could be reopened as soon as this Friday.  The deputy secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services says they are planning on reopening all of their driver licensing and photo centers eventually, but are focusing now on the 24 counties in the designated yellow stage.  Kurt Myers tells the Beaver County Times they are going over all processes to maintain the safety of their employees and customers.

Governor Tom Wolf is hopeful that he’ll be able to reopen the western Pennsylvania’s economy soon.  The governor told reporters yesterday that the local counties have done a great job in containing COVID-19 and could soon be moved into the “yellow” reopening phase.  The governor was called out in an open letter from Butler, Greene, Fayette and Washington county leaders yesterday, explaining their readiness to reopen business and calling for more guidance from Harrisburg.

Pittsburgh International Airport will be using floor scrubbing robots to clean heavily used areas.  The robots are self driving and use the same ultraviolet technology used to clean hospitals. They have camera sensors to ensure it doesn’t bump into anyone or anything. The airport is exploring ways to use uv techno to clean other areas like elevators and escalators.

Beaver County’s largest food pantry says it is running dangerously low on supplies.  Officials with Faith Restoration Food Pantry in Monaca say they are now feeding more than one-thousand people each week, which is more than three times their average.  They are concerned that as more people lose their jobs, the demand will get even bigger in the county.  The food pantry has a GoFundMe set up to accept cash donations to replenish their in-demand staples.

Investigators are looking for whoever stole nearly one-thousand-dollars’ worth of frozen food from a Sandy Creek Township, Mercer County ice cream stand.  Last Wednesday, someone broke into Shirly’s Twin Kiss on Route 19 and took frozen chicken wings and other items from a basement freezer.  Police say it’s unclear how many people were involved in the theft.

Pennsylvania’s Auditor General says there are now only 94 backlogged rape kits.  Eugene DePasquale says that is the lowest number since the state started tracking the number of untested kits.  He says just four years ago, there were more than three-thousand kits awaiting testing.

A Butler man already facing charges for a stabbing last Tuesday is now accused of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors.  David Demharter allegedly met the 15-year-old girl at a party in Slippery Rock Township in 2019.  The 21-year-old alleges he didn’t know she was underage until she said she was pregnant, though a witness is contradicting that assertion.