TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 26TH, 2020

Lawrence is among three Western Pennsylvania counties preparing to move into Governor Tom Wolf’s green reopening phase by the end of the week. Clarion and Venango counties will also be among the first P-A counties to move into the phase, allowing restaurants, salons, gyms, and other businesses to reopen.  Those businesses that have had to wait until reaching the green phase may only be at 50-percent capacity.

A woman is recovering from head and leg injuries after a fall at McConnells Mills State Park.  Rangers say the woman was hiking yesterday near Kildoo Falls when she slipped and fell 20 feet into Slippery Rock Creek.  Rescue crews were able to lift the hiker out of the ravine and airlift her to a hospital.

An 18-year-old man is accused of brutally attacking a woman in Butler County.  Alex Boyden the Second turned himself in Sunday to face a host of charges.  Jackson Township police say Boyden sexually assaulted and choked her until she passed out this past weekend.  The woman was dumped along a dead-end road, where a passing driver helped her call police.

Pennsylvania health officials are reporting more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say the state surpassed 68-thousand total cases yesterday, after 473 new cases were reported. Yesterday, 15 new deaths related to the virus were also confirmed, pushing the death toll to about 51-hundred-39. Lawrence County stayed at 74 positive cases and eight deaths.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate set a record in April. Up 9-point-3 percent, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 15-point-1 percent in April which is the highest its been since records were kept beginning in 1976.  The previous record high was 12-point-7 percent in January and February of 1983.  Jobs were down in each of the state’s 11 industry super sectors in April with the biggest decline in leisure and hospitality.

Temperature screenings will begin today in the Beaver County assessment office after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.  County officials say the employee got sick last week after working in her courthouse office the previous week.  Some of the employee’s close contacts in the office may have to self-quarantine.

Investigators are charging a Butler man following a dispute last week in Summit Township.  State police say they were called to a dispute on Bonniebrook Road Friday afternoon.  While there, 44-year-old Joshua Campbell refused to cooperate with them and said he had a rifle.  After reportedly pointing the firearm at the responding troopers, Campbell was taken into custody and is now in Butler County Prison.

Congressman Conor Lamb is the latest Twitter target of President Trump.  The President unloaded a barrage of accusations against the Mount Lebanon Democrat yesterday in endorsing Republican challenger and Purple Heart veteran Sean Parnell.  While Parnell thanked the President for his support, Lamb responded by noting inaccurate claims about his record.

-A pair of people are in custody after a drug bust in Butler last week.  Members of the city’s police and the Drug Task Force raided a home on the 300-block of Virginia Avenue in Butler’s Island neighborhood Friday morning and found heroin, ecstasy, weapons, and drug paraphernalia.  Joshua McKenzie and Kristin Tate were both taken to Butler County Prison on 100-thousand-dollars bond each.

The deadline for an absentee or mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania is this evening.  Mail-in ballots must be received before 5 p.m. today at your county election office.  The primary election was previously postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.