TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 17TH, 2020

A woman is facing charges for a deadly stabbing over the weekend in Butler.  Shaina Grush allegedly stabbed 43-year-old Robert Wagner in his apartment on the 100-block of West Jefferson Street Sunday morning following an argument.  After the stabbing, Grush called 9-1-1 herself.  Wagner was pronounced dead at Butler Memorial Hospital.  Grush is in Butler County Jail without bail.

Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato said Federal funding of $1.25 million will help ensure that more Lawrence County residents have safe places to call home. Sainato said the funding from the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program includes a $750,000 grant to Lawrence County for a project to rehabilitate 18 existing owner-occupied homes and a $500,000 grant to Shenango Township for a project to rehabilitate 12 owner-occupied homes to be administered by Lawrence County Community Service.

A motorcycle rider is hurt after a wreck on I-79 near Slippery Rock Monday evening.  The operator had to be flown from the scene after the crash near New Castle Road.  There’s no word on what caused the wreck nor the motorcycle rider’s condition.

10th District State Representative Aaron Bernstine is among the co-sponsors of a resolution of articles of impeachment against Governor Tom Wolf for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bernstine joins 23 other Republican lawmakers as co-sponsors of Representative Daryl Metcalfe’s House Resolution.  The five articles of impeachment claim Wolf didn’t have the authority to order the statewide shutdown, that the D-C-E-D waiver program wasn’t applied properly, and that unemployment agencies weren’t properly staffed.  In a Facebook post, Bernstine said adopting the resolution wasn’t their first choice, but it was absolutely necessary.

Pennsylvania health officials are confirming more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of 362 new cases, pushing the state total to 79-thousand-483. Yesterday’s report counted about 33 more deaths. Lawrence County remains at 87 cases and eight deaths.

Despite a claim by President Donald Trump saying otherwise, the mother of Antwon Rose says the two never met.  Rose’s name was mentioned among a list of ten that Trump mentioned by name during a news conference announcing an executive order he signed regarding police reform.  Michelle Kenney said in a Facebook post that while she was in Washington to meet with senators that could impact the movement, she chose not to meet with Trump.  The signed order calls for no more chokeholds unless an officer’s life is in danger as well as the creation of a database to track violence by police.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled the state’s Children’s and Youth Services agencies cannot force suspects to submit to drug or alcohol testing during child abuse investigations.  The decision originated in a case from Greene County involving abuse allegations against a local attorney.  The court says the state agencies do not have the authority to require drug or alcohol testing.

Allegheny County health officials are continuing to see a decline in the number of positive coronavirus tests.  W-P-X-I T-V reports there have been 161 new COVID-19 cases reported, which is down from the 241 cases reported the two weeks prior.  The June 3rd date corresponds with the date protests related to the death of George Floyd began, leading Doctor Debra Bogen to say they haven’t seen a spike in positive tests despite large crowds gathering for the demonstrations.

Hunting licenses are set to go on sale across P-A next Monday.  During the 2020-2021 season, there will be three elk seasons, expanded hunting for big game on Sundays, and archery deer season that extends deeper into whitetail run than ever before.  Hunters who have their senior lifetime licenses still have to get an annual pheasant permit, if they are interested.