TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 14TH, 2020

Ellwood City Medical Center is now up for sale.  A bankruptcy judge gave a trustee permission to sell all of Americore Holdings L-L-C’s assets, including the facility, to repay their debtors.  Anyone who claims to hold a debt on the property must come forward by May 21st so the official sales motion can begin June 1st.

Count Butler County in when it comes to filing a lawsuit against Governor Tom Wolf.  In a two-to-one vote, county commissioners voted to move forward with the suit Wednesday that argues residents civil rights were violated during the non-essential business closure order and the stay-at-home order.  Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties are also joining in the lawsuit, along with several other elected officials and businesses.

A Sharon man has been charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl. The Sharon Herald reports 33 year old Freddie McCune was charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors after a reported incident Jan. 21nd  in his home. Sharon police were contacted about the incident after a report to ChildLine.

Front line medical staffers are being honored in the skies over Pittsburgh tomorrow.  The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing and its 193rd Special Operations Wing will conduct flyovers above Forbes Hospital, U-P-M-C Shadyside, and several other medical facilities around midday Friday.  The groups will then head to Johnstown and Harrisburg for more flyovers to honor the front line workers.  The event will be rescheduled should weather not cooperate.

Pennsylvania State Police will continue their education-first philosophy when enforcing the state’s stay-at-home orders.  Officials say they’ll remain proactive in enforcing the orders, even as several local counties vow to defy Governor Tom Wolf.  Troopers will be more visible, looking mainly for willful violations that put the public’s safety at risk.

A Westmoreland man is facing charges after threatening Governor Tom Wolf.  Authorities say, 28-year-old Rocco Anthony Naples is accused of saying he “has a bullet waiting” for the Pennsylvania governor if businesses that were shut down for COVID-19 safety concerns, don’t reopen soon.  He is charged with third degree felony threats, making terroristic threats, harassment among other charges.

Officials at Robert Morris University say they are preparing for students to return to campus in the fall.  University President Dr. Chris Howard notified students and staff that the campus will reopen on August 28th at the start of the fall semester.  The university will continue to follow Coronavirus restrictions to ensure public safety.

Officials with PennDOT say they will reuse existing photos on file for anyone renewing their driver’s license or I-D cards.  The cards will be issued to any PennDOT customers who renews online or through the mail going forward during the coronavirus pandemic.  They do say any individuals who renewed on or before May 10th will get a camera card in the mail and will need to visit a PennDOT Photo License Center to get an updated photo.

Pennsylvania health officials are reporting more new cases of COVID-19 in the state. Officials say yesterday’s report showed 707 new cases of the virus pushing the total to about 58-thousand-698. Yesterday the death toll jumped up to nearly four-thousand after 137 new deaths were reported.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on Friday will open an additional 155 Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores for limited in-person sales as most southwestern counties move to the yellow phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan. Newly open locations are in yellow counties only, which excludes Beaver County. The move will bring the total number of open stores to 232 in 36 counties.