TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 12TH, 2020

A New Castle man faces charges after narcotics officers raided his apartment Wednesday and found a quantity drugs, a gun and $3,000 in cash. According to the New Castle News 30 year old Christopher Allen Nixon was arrested by Lawrence County District Attorney detectives. Nixon is charged with three counts of possession with intent to deliver controlled substance, and several other charges. He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

A tornado is to blame for storm damage in Beaver County.  National Weather Service officials say an EF-2 twister with winds around 120 miles-per-hour touched down last night near Beaver Falls.  It was the strongest tornado to hit the county since 1985, causing widespread damage to trees and homes.  No injuries were reported.

The State Department of Labor and Industry  has received some 2-point-5 million initial unemployment compensation claims since March 15th and paid out a total of 14 billion dollars in benefits since then. To address the dramatic increase in jobless claims, the department’s unemployment compensation service centers have increased staffing levels by 80 percent since mid-March. Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak says the department is continuing to keep a close watch on the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund

A troubled Beaver County nursing home will pay a hefty fine for its response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The federal government slapped Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center yesterday with a 62-thousand-dollar penalty for improper infection control practices.  More than 350 Brighton residents tested positive for COVID-19, and at least 80 died over the past three months.

Vice President Mike Pence’s Great American Comeback Tour cuts through Western P-A today.  Pence has a series of events that start in Pittsburgh and eventually come to Sarver for a round table discussion at Oberg Industries.  It’s expected the Vice President will discuss the economic recovery process in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

A protest is planned for the Saturday near the Beaver County Courthouse.  Organizers say they want the peaceful protest to support black men and women who are dying at the hands of racist police officers, according to the Beaver County Times.  The event will start at 1 p-m with ten people expected to speak.

Two people are hurt in a crash on Route 228 near the Adams and Middlesex Township line Wednesday afternoon.  It happened near Davis Road and Balls Bend.  The severity of the victims’ injuries is unclear and there’s no word on what may have caused that wreck.

Pennsylvania health officials are confirming more new cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of 461 new cases, with the state total surpassing 77-thousand. About 51 new deaths related to the virus were also reported as the death toll sits at over 61-hundred.

Butler Health System is laying out its new visitation policy.  Thursday morning, officials with B-H-S said most patients will be limited to one designated visitor during their stay.  That person will be screened at the entrances to the hospital as well as at physician offices and at outpatient sites.  There are different policies for surgeries, the E-R, maternity and outpatient care as well.

More Beaver County businesses will be allowed to open today.  The county entered the “green” phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 reopening plan just after midnight.  Beaver joins the rest of the region in allowing gyms, barber shops and indoor restaurants to reopen.