TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 27TH, 2020

Authorities say a 33 year old Edinburg man was killed in an ATV accident last night. WFMJ-TV reports the accident took place around 8:15 last night on Tony Dytko Road in a stone quarry owned by Cemex of Wampum. The victim collided with another ATV. The Lawrence County Coroner and Wayne Township police are investigating the crash. The second person involved in the crash was air lifted to the hospital.Police say this was the second serious ATV crash in the same quarry in the past few days.

There is still no sign of a man who fell into Slippery Rock Creek at McConnell’s Mill State Park earlier this month.  Crews were out again yesterday looking for any sign of a 38-year-old Meadville man who reportedly fell into the creek’s fast moving waters during a hike with his family May 2nd.  It’s presumed the man drowned.

State lawmakers are considering a temporary state budget due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The five-month spending plan, valued at 25-point-eight billion dollars, passed the state house 103-99 Tuesday and is now off to the Senate.  Lawmakers are trying to move forward on the shorter term plan because of the uncertainty of the economy’s recovery.

Pennsylvania health officials are reporting more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say yesterday’s report showed an increase of 451 new cases, boosting the total to 68-thousand-637. Yesterday’s report showed 13 more deaths related to the virus as the death toll sits at 51-hundred-52.

Health officials in Butler County say their COVID-19 case count remains unchanged from Memorial Day.  That means countywide there have been 220 total confirmed or probable cases since the start of the pandemic.  Representatives with Butler Health System say six patients are being treated at Butler Memorial Hospital for coronavirus, with one in the I-C-U.

A bill that would freeze pay for state lawmakers and other state workers is on its way to the state Senate after passing the House of Representatives.  House Bill 24-87 would freeze pay increases for senior members of the executive branch as week.  The bill was authored by Lebanon County State Representative Frank Ryan.

Leaders with the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh say they will allow for about 25-percent capacity when they reopen masses in less than two weeks.  Churches are allowed to open for weekend masses starting June 6th and 7th, with social distancing guidelines in place.  Each pastor will be responsible for a method to keep track of the number of people in attendance.

Officials with Cranberry Township say they plan to open their waterpark this summer.  They’re hoping Governor Tom Wolf moves Butler County into his green reopening phase by June 15th so they may be able to open the waterpark by July 1st.  Representatives say the plan is subject to change and they’ll update their plan as more information becomes available.

The 38th annual Holy Spirit Parish Festival has been cancelled for this year. The New Castle News reports The festival is held every August on the grounds of St. Vitus Church. It was known by that church’s name until St. Vitus became one of the seven parishes merged in 2018 to create Holy Spirit. Father Joseph McCaffery said they hoped to hold the festival again next year.