TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 19TH, 2020

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating a case of corruption of minors. Police say it happened back in April when two suspects had inappropriate conversations with a 13 year old girl. Police said the suspects knew the girl was under the age of 18 and requested the girl send nude pictures to them. The investigation is ongoing.

Search efforts will resume this morning in Beaver County for a ten-year-old boy who fell into the Ohio River.  Ambridge police say the child was on the riverbank with several other kids yesterday when he slipped and fell near Route 65.  Divers scoured the area near the Ambridge Sewage Treatment Plant and Leetsdale Boat Ramp without finding the boy.

There is still no sign of a man who fell into the Slippery Rock Creek at McConnells Mill State Park earlier this month.  The man from Meadville fell in while walking with his fiancée on Saturday May 2nd and was last seen downstream from a covered bridge.  Crews have been at the creek daily since his disappearance.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 822 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 63,056. There are 4,505 total deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 87 new deaths. Lawrence County reported no new cases Monday still holding at 72 cases, and one new death was reported bringing the county to eight total deaths. Mercer County is reporting three new coronavirus cases bringing the total to 94 cases, and two new deaths bringing death totals to four.

Four employees of Giant Eagle’s manufacturing facility in Beaver County are being treated for the coronavirus.  The supermarket chain reports the workers at their plant in Freedom tested positive on May Eighth.  Company officials say their site is likely not the source of the virus, because three of the employees have relationships outside work.  All parts of the manufacturing floor and distribution center are being sanitized regularly and social distancing is being maintained.

The Pennsylvania National Guard’s COVID-19 mission at a Beaver County nursing home is winding down.  More than three-dozen soldiers will be redeployed from the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center today after supporting infection control efforts.  Hundreds of residents at the Brighton Township facility tested positive for coronavirus, with 71 deaths.

-No one is hurt after an electrical issue caused Quality Life Services to evacuate in Butler Monday morning.  Fire crews were called after smoke was spotted coming from the third floor of the building on the 600-block of North Main Street.  First responders cleared the scene within an hour.

Another food distribution is set up for today at the Big Butler Fairgrounds in Prospect.  Organizers with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank say they plan to serve around one-thousand vehicles today.  Every vehicle will receive at least 50-pounds of food, as long as they have food.  Those attending are asked to remain in their vehicle while volunteers will load in the donation.

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is 16 cents higher this week at $2.26 per gallon, according to Triple-A  East Central’s Gas Price Report. In New Castle prices are averaging 2.18 per gallon while in Sharon the price is at 2.29.  Pump prices continue to increase across the country with nearly every state’s average pushing more expensive on the week, on average by four cents. At the start of the Memorial Day work week, the national gas price average is $1.87. The last time the average was below two dollars again at the start of the Memorial Day weekend was back in 2003.