TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 16TH, 2020

Investigators are looking for whoever smashed out the windows of several vehicles and work equipment at an A-T-V resort in Lawrence County.  It happened at Mines and Meadows in New Beaver in an area that is hard to get to and is behind a closed gate.  Its owner tells W-P-X-I T-V they do have insurance and also hope police find whoever was responsible.

Officials with P-I-Double-A say they are moving forward with the fall sports season, unless they are told otherwise by the Commonwealth of P-A.  In a statement Wednesday, officials said their focus will be on health and safety of student athletes, which is paramount in moving forward with athletics.  They added that each member school has developed health and safety guidelines to allow athletes to continue.  The organization also said they remain flexible should conditions change.

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are continuing to rise throughout the state. Officials say yesterday saw another increase of nearly one-thousand new cases, with the state total getting closer to surpassing 98-thousand. Officials reported 26 new deaths related to the virus as the death toll sits at 69-hundred-57. Lawrence County added seven new cases and now has 207 confirmed cases and nine deaths.

A man from Butler is headed to prison on federal drug and weapon charges.  Brandon Morris was sentenced Wednesday to nearly six years in prison after being convicted of selling three bricks of heroin and an ounce of crack cocaine to an informant in June 2016.  Investigators say they found nearly 40-grams of raw heroin, crack cocaine, a shotgun, cash, and other drug paraphernalia during a search of the 35-year-old’s East Brady Street home later that month.

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Doctor Rachel Levine are signing new orders for what they call targeted mitigation efforts to combat the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.  The move prohibits bars from being open unless they offer sit-down, dine-in meals.  Indoor dining is capped at 25 percent of the fire code maximum occupancy or 25 people including staff.  All nightclubs are to be closed, according to the order.  Wolf warned that a new surge is in the offing and could eclipse what happened this past spring.

State lawmakers are trying to limit Governor Tom Wolf’s disaster powers.  Both the state House and Senate passed the bill to amend the state constitution, limiting a disaster declaration to 21 days without an extension being approved by lawmakers with a majority vote.  The measure has to be approved by both chambers again during the next legislative session, which starts in January, before it can go to a statewide referendum vote.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is urging residents to mask up to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The governor made the plea yesterday during a statewide address about a surge of virus cases.  DeWine says a partial shutdown of some businesses is looming without residents’ action.

The city of Pittsburgh is going to be one of several sites nationwide to hold clinical vaccine trials for COVID-19.  During a news conference Wednesday, officials said U-P-M-C and the University of Pittsburgh are expected to work with around 750 people over the age of 18 during the trial.  They say the ideal volunteer will have a higher likelihood of getting COVID-19 or may run the risk of complications should they test positive.

A man who’s facing charges for rioting in Pittsburgh is facing new charges in Butler County.  Butler city police say Jordan Erdos drummed up support for violence during Black Lives Matter protests on social media back in May.  Erdos is wanted for criminal solicitation, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.