TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 16TH, 2020

New Castle police say a missing man was the victim of a shooting.  The body of 19-year-old Amari Wise was found yesterday between a road and creek on Pennsylvania Avenue.  The discovery followed the arrest of Todd Henry on criminal conspiracy, tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice charges.  Henry’s son, Connor, is awaiting extradition from Maryland to face murder charges.

Police in Butler are identifying a man stabbed and killed over the weekend.  They say 43-year-old Robert Wagner was found with a severe stab wound to his chest at his home on the 100-block of West Jefferson Street Sunday morning.  He was pronounced dead later at Butler Memorial Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic is having an effect on the Butler Health System’s bottom line.  Nearly 60 employees were laid off yesterday and another ten were furloughed to help shore up their budget.  Hospital officials say they lost tens of millions of dollars in revenue because of reduced services during the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Pennsylvania health officials are confirming more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of 323 new cases with the total now surpassing 79-thousand. Yesterday’s report bumped the death toll up to 64-hundred 43 as about 28 new deaths related to the virus were reported.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Area Agency on Aging, and adult day center officials are releasing guidelines for nursing homes as they reopen. Secretary of Aging Robert Torres says their approach is not a one size fits all as the reopening process will be gradual, strategic and cautious while allowing flexibility. Some facilities may decide to reopen for in-person consumer services gradually due to their lack of space to maintain social distancing. Centers will be required to conduct routine health screenings, modify meal services, do daily health checks for staff and construct separate areas to screen those with COVID-19 symptoms before they enter.

A man is hurt after a single-vehicle wreck over the weekend in Chicora.  Troopers say Nathan Carben was headed eastbound on Route 422 Sunday morning when his vehicle struck several construction lane markers before hitting a parked trailer.  The 27-year-old from Chicora was flown in an unknown condition to Allegheny General Hospital.  There’s no word on what may have led to the crash.

Pennsylvanians with Autism and intellectual disabilities and those who care for them will benefit from the allocation of federal dollars announced by Gov Tom Wolf. $260 million in CARES Act funding will benefit more than 40,000 Pennsylvania residents with intellectual disabilities or autism who receive assistance through one of the Department of Human Services’ programs or facilities. DHS Secretary Teresa Miller says the funding will also help to offset COVID-19-related expenses for an industry hard-hit by the pandemic.

Congressman Conor Lamb says he will reopen his Beaver County office next Monday.  Lamb’s office in Center Township had been helping constituents remotely during the pandemic.  Visitors will be required to wear masks and to follow non-contact protocols.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is a penny higher this week at $2.35 per gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.32 a gallon, while the average price in Sharon is at 2.35. The national average is $2.10. That is seven cents more on the week, 24 cents more on the month, but 59 cents cheaper on the year. A year ago drivers in Western Pennsylvania were paying 2.85 a gallon.