TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 18TH, 2020

State police in Lawrence County are looking for whoever is behind at least two car break-ins in Hickory Township, this month.  They say it happened between May 2nd and 4th with 36-hundred dollars in cash taken along with several items.  Anyone who can offer more information on the crook or crooks is asked to contact the P-S-P’s New Castle barracks.

Pennsylvania’s State Supreme Court is dismissing a lawsuit that wanted to delay the mail-in and absentee ballot deadline.  In a suit filed last month, officials with Disability Rights Pennsylvania, the Senior Law Center, and several other grounds argued postal delays could cause some ballots to arrive too late to be counted.  County election offices must receive the ballots by 8 p-m June 2nd to be counted.

Coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania continue to rise with the state reporting 62,234 cases as of Sunday afternoon. That is an increase of 623 cases in 24 hours. Coronavirus deaths also increased from 4,403 to 4,418, an increase of 15.Lawrence County did not report an increase in cases this weekend. The county currently has 72 confirmed cases and seven deaths.Mercer County also held steady Sunday. They currently have 91 cases and two deaths.

A man who was questioned in connection with the Rachel DelTondo murder is behind bars, facing charges for a deadly shooting.  Aliquippa police say Sheldon Jeter Junior gunned down 30-year-old Tyric Pugh on Kiehl Street this past weekend.  Jeter was not charged in connection with DelTondo’s murder two years ago.

Alcohol is suspected as a factor in a deadly crash in Butler County.  Middlesex Township police say a driver plowed into a CoGo’s on Route 8 early yesterday.  A female passenger was killed in the wreck, while the driver and another passenger were hospitalized.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry Secretary says they are launching Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program to allow 13 additional weeks of benefits to anyone who exhausts their regular unemployment.  P-E-U-C is funded by the CARES Act and will also be used for those who currently aren’t eligible for state or federal unemployment benefits.  Anyone collecting any type of unemployment compensation will also receive an extra 600-dollars per week from the Federal Unemployment Compensation Program.  Since mid-March, there have been over 15-point-seven million unemployment payments made to Pennsylvanians, totaling seven-point-nine billion dollars.

State Representative Daryl Metcalfe is beginning a push to have Governor Tom Wolf impeached over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  In a memo that circulated the state House Friday, Metcalfe said the shutdown imposed by Wolf is violating the Constitutional rights of Pennsylvanians and lacked transparency.  The memo went on to say that Metcalfe will introduce the resolution to impeach the governor and send the Articles of Impeachment to the state Senate.

The Moraine State Park Regatta is not going to happen this year.  Organizers of the event say they are going to cancel the 2020 edition due to the spread of the coronavirus and the loss of several key sponsors.  The event, scheduled for August 1st and 2nd, was supposed to be a celebration of the state park’s 50th anniversary.

Organizers of the Butler Farm Show are putting some modifications into place to hopefully allow them to hold the annual event this August.  At this point, they aren’t saying what specific changes they’re making to allow the 72nd annual event to go on August 10th through the 15th.  They do say they want to minimize disruptions from their normal operations and still safely accommodate those involved.

The number of black bear sightings is on the rise in western Pennsylvania.  Game Commission officials say they’re getting more reports of young bears as they look for food and their own turf.  The bears are most active during the early morning and early evening hours.  Residents are asked to report black bear sightings to police and keep bird feeders and outdoor pet food out of their reach.