TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 10TH, 2020

According to The New Castle News, New Castle police have been working around the clock to solve the case of a 19-year-old man who disappeared after leaving his house Friday night. New Castle police chief Bobby Salem said police have been searching the city for some evidence of what happened to 19-year-old Amari Wise, who lived with his mother on West Lincoln Avenue. Yesterday, they enlisted the help of a state police helicopter and a team of specially trained dogs to look for the teen, but so far, their efforts have come up empty. Wise reportedly was known to have gone to a convenience store when he left home after 9 p.m. that night.

A Mercer County woman is accused of driving into a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters.  Amanda Hogenmiller was charged this week with reckless endangering, assault and careless driving.  Farrell police say Hogenmiller plowed her way through a peaceful protest last week.  Five people were hurt in the incident.

A boy is recovering after being struck by an S-U-V while riding his bike Saturday evening in Grove City.  Investigators say the eleven-year-old rode out onto North Broad Street and into the path of 22-year-old Dakota Christy and her S-U-V.  The boy sustained minor injuries in the incident.  Charges aren’t expected to be filed.

Mike Turzai will reportedly step down as Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House.  Sources with knowledge of the move say that could happen later today.  In January, the Pittsburgh-area Republican said he would be retiring at the end of his term.

A week’s worth of protests have proved costly to the city of Pittsburgh.  It’s believed the city racked up more than two-point-two million dollars in overtime last week alone for police officers.  Pittsburgh’s city council is considering plan that would institute a hiring freeze for police while reallocating money for salaries.

A resolution to end Governor Tom Wolf’s coronavirus-related state shutdown has passed both the state house and Senate.  What happens next, however, remains to be seen.  Democrats say Wolf won’t approve the resolution while Republicans claim the law doesn’t require his approval to be enacted.  A spokesperson for Wolf said Tuesday night only the governor can terminate the disaster emergency.

Live music is returning to Western P-A to support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Pittsburgh-area icons The Clarks are scheduled to perform at the Dependable Drive-In on the 500-block of Moon Clinton Road in Moon Township June 26th and 27th.  Tickets are by the carload, with V-I-P Tickets available putting concert goers in the first five rows.  Proceeds from the shows benefit the food bank.

Pennsylvania health officials are confirming more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of 493 new cases of the virus, pushing the total to 76-thousand-436. Yesterday’s report showed about 61 new deaths related to the virus, with the death toll sitting at more than six-thousand. Lawrence County has 85 cases and eight deaths.

A man from Apollo is accused of seriously injuring a woman with a hatchet yesterday morning.  Investigators believe 29-year-old Dean Law entered his ex-fiancé’s home on Bonniebrook Road in Summit Township and struck her in the head with a hatchet as she was lying in bed.  Law later claimed to police he was dreaming and had no idea what happened until later saying he was just playing around when he provided false information.  Law then reportedly told police he wanted to plead the fifth.  Law is in Butler County Prison while the woman is in the hospital in an unknown condition.