TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 9TH, 2020

Pennsylvania health officials are reporting more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Yesterday’s report showed an increase of 351 new cases of coronavirus, pushing the state total to just below 76-thousand. Yesterday saw ten new deaths related to the virus as the death toll sits at 59-hundred-53.

A missing three-year-old boy from West Aliquippa is safe.  Police were looking for Maddox Marich after he went missing Monday night.  There’s no word on what may have led to his disappearance nor where he was found.

The New Castle News is reporting that a Hillsville man arrested last year in Boardman, Ohio, for trying to punch a state trooper has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. 27 year old Vincent Greco had been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, obstructing official business and resisting arrest on Oct. 13th last year. During the incident police had to use a Taser and stun gun to subdue Greco.

An 18-year-old man is recovering after an A-T-V accident in Sandy Lake Township, Mercer County over the weekend.  State troopers say the teen was operating the A-T-V Saturday evening when he lost control and rolled it.  He was taken to Grove City Medical Center for treatment.  He was wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.

Officials with Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center say they are down to just 16 COVID-19 cases among residents.  The Brighton Township facility had, at one point, 331 residents test positive for the virus since March, with 78 losing their life due to coronavirus complications.  Representatives say 104 staff members there have tested positive as well.

Fire seriously damaged a house in Beaver County on Monday evening. According to KDKA-TV The fire started in a garage along Pentland Avenue and then spread to the house. The first floor of the home was heavily damaged. No injuries were reported.

While more driver  and photo license centers are reopening across the state, PennDOT isn’t quite ready to re-implement the issuance of REAL ID. Before shutting down driver and photo license centers because of COVID-19, PennDOT was processing 5,000 to 6,000 REAL ID applications a day.  However, PennDOT has decided to hold off on re-implementing the issuance of REAL ID until it reduces the backlog of applications which it hopes can be accomplished by late summer.

State police are looking for a man who snatched a purse from a woman Monday in Center Township.  It happened on the 100-block of Pal Mar Drive while the 59-year-old victim was carrying groceries into her home.  The suspect reportedly drove away on Route 308.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact state troopers.

The gambling floor will be open again today at the Meadows Casino.  Guests will be welcomed back at noon for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions took effect.  Casino officials say they’ll be open 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily with limited table game seating and slot machines to promote social distancing.  Most of the casino’s restaurants will be open, but some have limited hours and menus.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday announced a $225 million statewide grant program to support small businesses affected by the governor’s business closure order. Thousands of business owners were forced to temporarily suspend operations in March amid the public health scare, leaving more than 2.2 million people unemployed statewide since. The Department of Community and Economic Development will distribute the funds to the Community Development Financial Institutions, which will then administer the funding in the form of grants.