TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 8TH, 2020

A Mahoningtown man was sentenced in connection with a fatal shooting back in March of last year. 30 year old David Williams was sentenced to 7 and a half to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of third-degree murder in the shooting death of 33 year old Joseph Alan Kelosky. According to the New Castle News Kelosky was shot several times outside the Double D Café on East Washington Street. Kelosky was taken to UPMC Jameson were he was pronounced dead.

The head of Allegheny County’s Health Department says they are now considering changing event limits and outdoor dining requirements in the county.  This comes as Allegheny County announced over 200-new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day and case counts in the triple digits for eight days in the past two weeks.  Doctor Debra Bogen said the call to make those changes could come this afternoon.

Governor Tom Wolf is considering signing into law two bills aiming to deal with police reform.  The bills that are on the governor’s desk would require thorough background checks when hiring police officers and would require more training on the use of force.  They would also try to deal with bias and racial and economic backgrounds.

U-S Senator Pat Toomey is calling a potential extension of the 600-dollar-per-week unemployment add-on a misguided policy.  Speaking at a P-A Chamber event Tuesday, Toomey said the payment will ultimately separate people from their employer and from their career.  Toomey said he would not support an extension while U-S Senator Bob Casey is a co-sponsor on a bill that would extend the benefit.  In a statement, Casey said we have a long road ahead before the economy gets back on its feet.

In addition to efforts to get illegal drugs off the streets during the second quarter, Pennsylvania StatePolice also collected legal drugs which could be abused if they fall into the wrong hands. State Police collected 211 pounds of prescription drugs and other medications as part of their drug take-back box program from April 1st through June 30th. State Police say properly disposing of these drugs can keep them from falling into the hands of someone who might misuse or abuse them. StatePolice have 65 drug take-back boxes in State Police stations which are available 24/7/365.

It is believed an announcement could come today that would effectively shut down indoor dining in Beaver and Westmoreland counties.  W-P-X-I T-V cites anonymous sources saying the Commonwealth will make that call within the next few days to attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Beaver County moved into the Governor’s Green reopening phase June 12th and since then virus numbers have been on the rise.  It’s believed that shutdown could last for two weeks.

Officials with the Shell Chemical ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Beaver County say they have had nine confirmed COVID-19 cases.  A spokesperson says they are following all P-A health guidelines, with only those positive tests out of their 35-hundred employees.  At this point, Shell officials say they have no plans to stop construction at the plant amid rumors that could happen due to the positive tests.

Pennsylvania health officials are confirming more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of nearly one-thousand new cases, with the state total surpassing 91-thousand. About 33 more deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is now 67-hundred-87. Lawrence County added five positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, and now has 129 positive cases and nine deaths.

Officials with Summit Academy say they are searching for a student who left their facility Tuesday.  It’s believed the male student is still in the area and isn’t considered dangerous.  Neighbors are asked to make sure their house and vehicle doors are locked, and they shouldn’t interact with the student if they come across him.