TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 1ST, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging all Pennsylvanians in speaking out against violence and oppression in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.  In a statement Sunday, Wolf called the violence Saturday at events in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and in Harrisburg unacceptable.  Around 600 P-A National Guard members have been activated to support police in jurisdictions that don’t have the resources to handle any potential fallout from those incidents. Protests held in New Castle over the weekend were peaceful.

Bond is set at $1 million for the suspect charged with the stabbing death of a Farrell woman. 27 year old Sabre Ryhem Chambers of Sharon was arraigned Saturday on 44 charges. Chambers is charged in connection with Thursday night’s murder of 41-year-old Natasha Talley, who was fatally stabbed at her home on the 100 block of Wallis Avenue. Chambers is charged with criminal homicide as well as 18 counts of aggravated assault, 18 counts of simple assault, and endangering the welfare of children. The next court hearing for Chambers is set for June 9.

Lawrence County expects to see more than $7.7 million in federal funds to help reimburse its costs for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Ellwood City Ledger, Commissioners’ Chairman Morgan Boyd announced in a social media post over the weekend that the county received a letter Friday from Eric Hagarty, state secretary of intergovernmental affairs, stating Lawrence is set to receive $7.72 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money.  County officials expect to announce more about the funding when more information becomes available.

511 new positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Sunday.The additional cases make the total number of cases in the state 71,926.There have been 18 new deaths since Saturday’s briefing with the total number of deaths now listed at 5,555. Lawrence County has 80 coronavirus cases while Mercer County has 107.

Teachers at elementary schools for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh are not guaranteed their positions for next school year.  That word came out of a conference call with their school principals last week, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.  In a statement from the diocese, a spokesperson says they need to take a pause before completing contracts because it is unclear as to what guidelines they will have to follow in the fall.

Governor Tom Wolf says more Western P-A counties are moving into his green reopening phase this Friday and that includes Mercer County.  Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties will join ten others moving into that next stage, which allows groups up to 250 people and gives prisons and hospitals the ability to again allow for visitation.  Wolf added that they are able to move into this next phase on Friday because of the precautions taken by Pennsylvanians.

Butler police say a man was found dead inside a vehicle parked near the entrance of Butler Athletic Field.  A couple out walking their dog found the car on South Cliff Street Wednesday night with the unresponsive man and his three-year-old daughter inside.  The girl was returned to her mother.  Police are awaiting test results to determine his cause of death.

Due to declining enrollment, Quigley Catholic High School in Beaver County is closing.  In an announcement from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, officials say they would only have had 93 students enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year at the school in Baden, which would make it virtually impossible to offer a full educational experience for students.  Assistance is being offered to faculty and staff looking to work for other schools in the diocese.