TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 23RD, 2020

Lawrence County residents are getting some of their essential needs filled by two members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tight end Vance McDonald and their wives passed out essential items to families yesterday at Shenango High School.  More than 15-hundred families were given food and hygiene items. Jubilee Ministries International Nourishing Others Well-being Project along with The Christian Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania sponsored the drive-thru food giveaway Wednesday.

Governor Tom Wolf is appointing a new State Inspector General.  Lucas Miller had been serving as the Acting State Inspector General since Bruce Beemer became a Court of Common Pleas Judge in Allegheny County.  Wolf says Miller brings over 20 years of public service to the role and has proven to be a capable leader.

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are continuing to rise throughout the state. Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 631 new cases, with the state total surpassing 103-thousand. About 25 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which sits at seven-thousand-63. Lawrence County added 14 new positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and now has 257 cases and nine deaths.

Beaver County Commissioner Jack Manning says he is skeptical of the results of a COVID-19 test that came back negative.  The 68-year-old tells the Beaver County Times he hasn’t had as much as a summer cold in the past 25 years, and that he heard 38-percent of the tests are false negatives.  Manning told his fellow commissioners Wednesday that he plans on continuing to self-quarantine over the next two weeks, but, if he feels up to it, he would go into the office early Friday to sign 55 resolutions set to be approved at this evening’s voting meeting.

Organizers say over one-thousand demonstrators stood on the state Capitol steps Wednesday demanding Governor Wolf end COVID-19 related restrictions.  A co-organizer of the Assembly for Freedom event told those in attendance they don’t want to be a nanny state.  Several state lawmakers, including State Representative Frank Ryan spoke at the event.

The P-A Department of Health says it won’t allow the Toronto Blue Jays to call P-N-C Park its home this summer.  In a statement Wednesday, Doctor Rachel Levine said to add travelers to this region for any reason, including professional sports events, risks residents, visitors, and members of both teams.  The Blue Jays were left looking for somewhere else to play after the team and M-L-B weren’t given an exemption from Canada’s Quarantine Act, essentially banning them from play in Toronto.

A push is underway to stamp out human trafficking in western Pennsylvania.  Federal prosecutors unveiled Operation TEN, or Trafficking Ends Now, yesterday.  The initiative will coordinate police in 25 counties to educate the community about trafficking, prosecute the traffickers and provide help for the survivors.

Grove City police are looking for whoever stole four political signs earlier this month.  It’s believed the signs were taken from a yard on the 400-block of Liberty Street the evening of July 8th.  Police say they were able to obtain a photo of the suspects and are asking anyone who recognizes the individuals on it to contact investigators.

P-A Lottery officials say a Leomart in Mercer recently sold a three-million-dollar scratch off ticket.  Lottery representatives say the ticket was sold at the store on Route 19, and that person’s name hasn’t been released.  That Leomart location will receive a ten-thousand-dollar bonus for selling the winning ticket.