TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 24TH, 2020

The New Castle News is reporting a North Hill couple faces child endangerment charges for allegedly hitting four children with tasers and other physical punishment. Angela and Anthony Pye face a number of charges. One child also reported being sexually assaulted. New Castle City Police report the alleged incident took place between August 2017 and October 2019.  Anthony Pye is being charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, corruption of minors, four counts each of endangering the welfare of children and simple assault, and one count of prohibited offensive weapons.  Bond was set at 15 thousand dollars. Angela Pye is charged with four counts each of endangering the welfare of children and simple assault

A portion of Route 224 will be closed starting tonight. PennDot is announcing bridge preservation work in Mahoning Township that will close the road between Mohawk School Road and Route 551 starting tonight at 9pm, through 6am Monday morning weather permitting. All traffic on route 224 will be detoured.

The criminal homicide trial of a Sharon man is heading to court. 27 year old Sabre Chambers faces 44 charges in connection with the stabbing death of 41 year old Natasha Talley of Farrell. Police say Talley was stabbed nine times while two toddlers were present at Talley’s Wallis Avenue home on May 29th. Chambers remains in the Mercer County Jail on one million dollars bond.

Peyton’s Law is now law in Pennsylvania.  Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill that requires electrocardiogram information to be provided to student-athletes and their parents.  The measure also presents the option for those athletes to ask for an E-K-G during their physicals prior to playing.  The law is named for Peyton Walker, who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2013.

PennDOT officials say they are going to offer a non-binary gender option on drivers licenses and photo I-D’s going forward.  Secretary Yassmin Gramian said that offering equitable and inclusive services for all Pennsylvanians is central to PennDOT’s mission.  The options will now include M for male, F for female, and X for non-binary.  Those who wish to change their designation can do so at any PennDOT Driver License Center.

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are continuing to rise throughout the state. Officials say yesterday saw an increase of nearly one-thousand new cases, with the state total surpassing 104-thousand. About 16 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which sits at seven-thousand-79. Lawrence County reported four new cases bringing its totally to 261 cases and nine deaths.

Food service employees with Pittsburgh Public Schools are expressing concern over a lack of a safety plan for them this school year.  W-P-X-I T-V reports that they have heard from two employees who asked to remain anonymous that they haven’t gotten a solid plan on how they should provide meals safely this year.  They did say they were told the district would provide face shields for them but haven’t heard anything else.  Over the summer, they have been placing lunches on a table for pickup.

Butler County is turning to a third party to help oversee CARES Act funds.  The Delta Development Group is creating policies and will ultimately assist in distributing 16-million-dollars in federal funds the county received as part of a relief package.  Delta will be paid about 77-hundred-dollars a month for the work.