TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 22ND 2020

A man from Jackson Center was seriously injured Sunday in a motorcycle crash.According to Mercer State Police, 36-year-old Jonathan Hobart was traveling south on State Route 19, just north of Lake Road, at about 1:09 p.m. when a car driven by 67-year-old Rebecca Heckman, 67, of Hadley, turned into the path of the motorcycle.Hobart was flown to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown where he is in critical condition.

An investigation is underway into a rock-climbing accident at McConnells Mill State Park.  Rangers say the woman was climbing along the Alpha Pass Trail this past weekend when she fell from a boulder.  She was airlifted to the hospital with head and arm injuries.

A man is dead after a motorcycle crash in Sandy Creek Township, Mercer County Saturday.  The 36-year-old Jonathan Hobart from Jackson Center struck another vehicle as it turned in front of him along Route 19.  Hobart wasn’t wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead later at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.

State health officials are adding 464 new COVID-19 cases to the commonwealth’s overall total.  That brings Pennsylvania’s total number of confirmed or probable coronavirus cases to 81-thousand-730.  Four more deaths were announced yesterday, with the death toll now at 64-hundred-23.

By this Friday, Lebanon County will be the only county in P-A not in Governor Tom Wolf’s green reopening phase.  Doctor Rachel Levine says the county is facing an uptick in cases.  She added that what she calls a partisan, politically driven decision to ignore public health experts and reopen prematurely is having severe consequences for the health and safety of county residents.

Officials with Butler County Community College say they want to maintain flexibility regarding classroom instruction for the fall semester.  B-C-Three’s president Doctor Nick Neupauer says they want to offer classes this fall in the safest way possible.  It’s reported that their latest plan would see the 2020 fall semester have a 15-week session that would start on August 24th with classes transitioning online over the final two weeks.  They are also building a ten-week session and a five-week Fast Track session that will be fully online.

PA state troopers made more DUI arrests in 2019 compared to the year before. The 22,139  driving under the influence arrests made by PA state troopers last year represents a 10 percent increase over 2018  State Police say those arrested for DUI can face serious consequences, including thousands of dollars in fines, loss of their driver’s license and possibly prison time as well.

Organizers say several hundred people took part in a peaceful protest in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday.  The group of roughly 300 people sat in front of the city-county building chanting and demonstrating before walking down Grant Street. The group stopped on Stanwix Street and again on Fort Pitt Boulevard.  There were no reported incidents during the four-hour demonstration.

Representatives with Rivers Casino Pittsburgh say another employee has tested positive for COVID-19.  The employee last worked on June 13th, but it hasn’t been reported what their job was.  This is the second Rivers Casino employee to test positive since they reopened June 9th.

The radio voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers is facing D-U-I charges after a crash in Murrysville.  Bill Hillgrove was reportedly under the influence when he drove his vehicle into Ferri’s Shur Save on Old William Penn Highway last month.  It’s believed he crashed into the front windowpanes of the store, then went inside to get a prescription before driving back home.