TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 11TH, 2020

A high school music teacher in the Wilmington Area School District, is accused of having sex with two students. Jonathan Priano teaches choir in the district. According to the New Castle News Priano used his job as a teacher to build personal relationships with students attending his classes, and he continued contact with students after graduation.He faces two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, 10 counts of institutional sexual assault, 12 counts of corruption of minors and two counts of endangering the welfare of children.

The search for a missing New Castle man is nearly a week old.  Police and volunteers have been looking for 19-year-old Amari Wise since he vanished this past Friday.  Detectives don’t have any suspects, but they’ve searched a garage and car on Adams Street for clues to Wise’s whereabouts.

National Weather Service investigators will visit Beaver County today to find out whether a tornado touched down last night.  The weather service confirmed a twister over Beaver Falls during storms that swept western Pennsylvania.  There’s no word yet of any damage.

State officials are releasing guidelines for the return of high school sports.  They say schools need to develop and implement health and safety plans that meet certain standards, and they need to share that information.  The P-I-Double-A is planning on all fall sports taking place on time.  Activities in areas in the yellow phase will be limited to 25 people, while in the green the limit is 250.

Vice President Mike Pence is planning on making several stops in Western P-A tomorrow.  Pence is reportedly planning to take part in a listening session at Covenant Church in Pittsburgh before having lunch, then heading to Oberg Industries to speak to its employees in Sarver.  The trip is called the first stop in Pence’s Great American Comeback Tour.

The Wolf Administration is outlining what it says is the potential impact of ending the March 6th disaster declaration.  Yesterday, while mentioning that the legislature cannot end it unilaterally, Governor Tom Wolf said the disaster declaration aids in speeding up the state’s response to the pandemic, providing protections for businesses, workers and residents.  Wolf added that ending the disaster declaration would not end any orders issued by the Secretary of Health Doctor Rachel Levine that set guidelines for business operations.  Legal action is being threatened on both sides of the move.

A York County man is accused of taking nearly 15-grand from Slippery Rock University’s Musical Theatre Society.  Charles Borcherding of Hanover allegedly took over 14-thousand-600 dollars as he served as their treasurer over a three year span starting in the fall of 2016.  The 23-year-old is free on bail.

Pennsylvania health officials are confirming more new cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of 410 new cases, pushing the total to 76-thousand-846. About 48 new deaths related to the virus were also reported as the death toll sits at six-thousand-62. Lawrence County added two cases and is now at 87 with eight deaths.

For the first time since mid-March, Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin will welcome guests tomorrow.  Representatives with the casino say they will be at 50-percent capacity and every guest and employee will undergo a temperature check before they enter.  Guests will be given masks and hand sanitizing stations will be set up as well.