TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 15TH, 2020

One of the suspects in the disappearance of a New Castle man is in a Maryland jail, awaiting extradition.  New Castle City Police say 20 year old Connor Henry was arrested yesterday for criminal homicide and tampering with evidence.  Henry was charged yesterday in connection with the Amari Wise case.  The search continues for 47 year old Todd Henry, the father of Conner Henry who’s wanted for conspiracy and tampering with evidence.

Butler police are investigating a deadly stabbing.  Detectives say 43-year-old Robert Wagner died yesterday after being stabbed in the chest on West Jefferson Street.  There’s no word yet of any suspects.

State Police have filed charges against a Beaver Falls man in connection with an incident that took place earlier this month in Scott Township. 19 year old Brian Colbert allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at a 17 year old female after a brief argument in the girl’s driveway. Colbert faces several charged including terroristic threats and Recklessly endangering another person. The investigation is ongoing.

A 41-year-old man from Grove City is facing drug charges after being taken into custody last week.  Michael Bartolone was picked up Wednesday afternoon on the 300-block of Lincoln Avenue as police were investigating a parole violation.  Bartolone was allegedly in possession of numerous drug paraphernalia items at the time.

The Department of Human Services’ Emergency Assistance Program which was  to end last Friday,  has been extended for one month. To qualify for the program families must also have had at least one person who was employed as of March 11th and experienced a reduction in wages of at least 50 percent for two weeks or more or lost employment entirely because of the coronavirus pandemic. People can apply for the program through July 12th at compass.state.pa.us.

There are two food distributions planned for this week in Butler.  The first is a walk-up distribution Wednesday in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church on East North Street.  There they plan to serve up to 500 families with organizers asking those in need to preregister and to bring their own wagon or cart.  On Thursday, a drive-through distribution is scheduled for Hillcrest Baptist Church on Mercer Road, with another 500 vehicles served.

Harness racing is back underway today at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino.  The casino reopened last week, with racing set to resume around midday today.  The Herald Standard reports that racing is scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays into September.

Pennsylvania health officials are reporting more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of 336 new cases of the virus, pushing the state total closer to 79-thousand. About four new deaths related to the virus were also reported yesterday, with the death toll sitting at 62-hundred and 15. Lawrence County has 87 cases and eight deaths.

The State System of Higher Education is releasing guidelines for the upcoming semester. The board of governors met earlier this week and said each university is working to make sure they have face-to-face instruction this year. The board also said that since the coronavirus has impacted parts of the state at varying levels, each COVID plan from the universities will be different. PASSHE also told schools to prepare for the possibility of remote instruction, in case schools would have to close again in the fall.