TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 3RD, 2020

Pennsylvania elections officials are reporting that voting across the commonwealth went relatively smoothly Tuesday.  Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said during a press conference last night that there were some barcode scanning issues in Lancaster County attributed to ink that was too light.  Governor Tom Wolf extended the deadline for mail-in ballots to be counted in Allegheny and five other counties until Friday.  The ballots must be postmarked with yesterday’s date at the latest.

President Donald Trump and former V-P Joe Biden are reportedly the top vote getters in the presidential primary in P-A.  The two are expected to be their party’s candidate come the November General Election.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is going to represent the Democratic Party in November in an attempt to unseat incumbent Republican Scott Perry.  DePasquale topped Tom Brier by about 25-percent of the vote during yesterday’s primary election.

PennDOT officials say they are ready to restart driver’s tests at their Driver’s License Centers.  Those who had their road tests canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic will be given priority in rescheduling their test after they call the Vehicle Services Call Center.  Others will be able to start scheduling their tests for June 20th of after.  PennDOT officials say the evaluator will remain outside of the vehicle during the test.  Other safety measures will also be instituted.

Northeastern parts of Western P-A are bracing for some severe weather today.  Forecasters warn of a band of showers around midday before damaging winds, hail, and heavy downpours could come near Interstate 80.  The storms reportedly have the potential for an isolated tornado.

A man from Hopewell Township is facing homicide by vehicle and D-U-I connected to a 2019 crash.  It was Halloween last year when 23-year-old Caleb Kuhns was headed south on Brodhead Road and crossed into the northbound lane, striking another vehicle head-on.  That crash killed a man and injured a woman in the other vehicle.  Kuhns was reportedly speeding, and his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit at the time of the wreck.

Dozens of Pennsylvania Turnpike employees will lose their jobs to new technology.  The Turnpike Commission voted yesterday to make the toll road a completely cashless operation, eliminating the need for fare collectors and other employees.  The transition to the use of E-ZPass and automated license readers started in March.  The job cuts will begin later this month.

The COVID-19 pandemic is being blamed for another 100 deaths in Pennsylvania and more than 600 more infections. The state Health Department said Tuesday its running total of deaths is now at 5,667, along with nearly 73,000 infections.Pennsylvania is currently in the process of a phased reopening.

Mass vehicle production is expected to begin soon at the former General Motors plant in Lordstown.  The Detroit Free Press reports Lordstown Motors will start hiring 600 workers next year to produce the company’s first 20-thousand electric pickup trucks.  Hundreds more people will be hired to build other electric vehicles in 2022.

No one is hurt after a fire late yesterday morning at a home in Harrisville.  It broke out on the 400-block of East Mercer Street.  Three cats died in the blaze, and the family is being helped by the American Red Cross.

Pittsburgh police say a fourth day of protests in the city led to no arrests Tuesday.  Hundreds gathered downtown Tuesday to demonstrate against the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.  The group processed on Second Avenue and stopped in front of Allegheny County Jail for about an hour.  The group dispersed after returning to their starting point in Market Square.