TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 9TH, 2020

According to the New Castle News, The Lawrence County District Attorney’s office has arrested an Edinburg man who is accused of having a sexual encounter with a 5-year-old girl. 52 year old George Angelo is charged with unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of a person younger than 13 years old, endangering the welfare of children, along with several other charges. The alleged incident took place last year. Angelo was arraigned and released after posting 50 thousand dollars bond.

A four-year-old boy from Rochester is dead after drowning in a Virginia Beach pool this week.  Family members say E-J Feltes died after drowning at an oceanfront hotel on Monday.  It’s believed his parents were out for groceries when the boy slipped out of the hotel room without his babysitter noticing.  There was no lifeguard on duty.

Most of Western P-A will be under a Code Orange Air Quality alert today.  The alert goes into effect this afternoon which includes Beaver County. The Heat Index is expected to near 100 degrees.  The last time the area was under a heat advisory was July 20th of last year.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is going to auction off a mini-casino license later this year.  The auction is scheduled for September 2nd with the minimum bid for the license set at seven-and-a-half million dollars.  In 2018, the Commonwealth had bids on five auctions, but lost momentum for a sixth.  There were no bids in an auction last year.

Allegheny County Health officials are issuing a new two-week order to attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  The order, which goes into effect Friday morning, will continue to prohibit indoor dining and consuming alcohol at bars and restaurants.  Outdoor dining may continue until 11 p.m. nightly.  At casinos, masks must now be worn at all times, and patrons will no longer be allowed to smoke.  Finally, events and gatherings can be no larger than 25 people indoors and 50 people outside, though that doesn’t apply to religious gatherings.

Pennsylvania health officials are confirming more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of 849 new cases, with the state total surpassing 92-thousand. About 25 more deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is now 68-hundred-12. Lawrence County added 12 new positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and now has 141 cases.

Officials with Kennywood say they will open the West Mifflin amusement park to its season pass holders on July 10th.  The general public will be able to enter on Monday July 13th.  Guests are encouraged to RSVP for the day they want to visit.  The park is adhering to a limited capacity for each of their rides.  Sandcastle will open to the public on Friday.

A bill which seeks to protect taxpayers in municipal projects has been approved by the state House. Representative Valerie Gaydos says the bill seeks to protect a local government from financial disaster by correcting failures in the municipal borrowing system. Gaydos says the bill specifically would amend the Contractor Bond Law of 1967 to close a loophole which allows municipalities toaccept alternative financial securities which are often less secure. Gaydos adds that taxpayers should not have to pay for government failure to oversee itself.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry is holding its seventh live virtual town hall this afternoon to discuss unemployment benefits.  The event will be accessible thorough a link on the labor and industry website and those without internet will be able to call in to listen.  Participants will be able to ask questions, though due to the public nature of the event, specific questions about individual claims won’t be able to be answered.