TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 17TH, 2020

State Police in Lawrence County are asking for the public’s help in solving a one year old homicide in Shenango Township. A year ago today 23 year old Brian Eisenhuth was shot and killed when several shots were fired into his home on Bryson Mill Road. Another man, 24 year old Brandon Lantz was also shot. He sustained non-life threatening injuries. The case remains unsolved and anyone with information is asked to call state police.

There’s no word yet of any arrests after an apparent murder in Beaver County.  Hopewell Township police say a man’s body was found Wednesday night inside a West Main Street home.  The cause of death was not immediately released.

Shell officials have no plans to stop construction on its Monaca cracker plant, despite a rising number of COVID-19 cases.  Beaver County officials say five employees recently tested positive for the virus, raising the worksite total to 18 since March.  Shell insists it’s doing everything to keep workers safe, including opening a coronavirus testing lab on site.

A Grove City woman is facing charges after allegedly supplying alcohol to minors. WFMJ-TV reports, 44-year-old Kathy Marcoe has been charged with corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors. The charges come after a police investigation into a report from a CYS investigation. Police say the investigation determined that Marcoe was supplying alcohol to minors on multiple occasions at her home. Charges are pending.

It is reported that each of Beaver County’s six nursing homes have had at least one positive COVID-19 case since the start of the pandemic.  State health officials say 408 residents across those facilities in the county have tested positive for coronavirus along with over 48 employees.  The Beaver County Times reports the employee number is an undercount since Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center has had 112 staff members test positive alone.

State health officials are providing updated guidance on how to safely reopen P-A’s schools.  Thursday’s announcement says that masks must be worn by students and staff at school and while on the bus with some exceptions, a symptom screening is to be done before kids leave for school, and social distancing is to be maintained throughout the school day.  They are also encouraged to serve packaged meals and avoid cross-table seating.  Each school must have its COVID-19 mitigation plans approved by the school’s governing body and made available on the school’s public website before bringing students and staff back to campus.

Governor Tom Wolf says there is 50-million-dollars in grant funding available to give hazard pay to employees.  In an announcement Thursday, Wolf said the funds will help businesses retain employees, ensure that Pennsylvanians keep working and avoid disruption of critical goods and services.  Eligible businesses can apply for grants up to three-million-dollars.

The P-A Department of Health is announcing 781 new COVID-19 cases statewide.  That brings the Commonwealth’s total to 98-thousand-446 confirmed or probable cases since the start of the pandemic.  There are 16 more deaths announced Thursday, with the death toll rising to 69-hundred-73. Lawrence County added two cases yesterday bringing the County’s total to 209 cases and nine deaths.

Several western Pennsylvania universities could be integrated with others to help keep costs down.  Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education officials are launching a study into yoking six schools, including California, Clarion and Slippery Rock universities.  The schools will be paired with others to operate with singular leadership teams, faculty and academic programs.