TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 4TH, 2020

State Police in Mercer County Report two people were killed in a dirt bike accident Sunday morning in Salem Township. According to police 22 year old Garret Arnold of Greenville was westbound on County Line Road when he collided head on with 22 Gage Shook of Hadley. Both operators were thrown from their bikes. Police said neither was wearing a helmet and pronounced dead at the scene.

Several teachers and education officials are calling on lawmakers for stronger state guidance in regards to reopening schools.  Education officials say they only have one chance at reopening schools right as there is no margin for error and asked lawmakers to make reopening procedures more standard across the state.  They also want the state to financially support districts so schools can afford the resources needed to provide safe and effective online and in-person education.

Governor Tom Wolf is considering changing the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association rules for spectators at fall youth competition and K-12 sports games.  The current guidelines limit games to only having student-athletes, coaches, officials and other staff present.  But recently, a change.org petition garnered over 40-thousand signatures to allow parents at the events.  Wolf says sports decisions and education decisions ought to be governed by what’s going on locally as every district’s reopening situation is different.  Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine says the state will have more formal guidelines available in a few days.

The New Castle News is reporting a South Side woman has been arrested for shooting at a Mercer County man during a domestic dispute at her home early Saturday. New Castle City Police have charged 28 year old Akyla Linn Brown with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, receiving stolen property and recklessly endangering another person. Police allege Brown shot at 25 year old Kaylan Bradley Taylor of Hermitage. He was not injured but police charged him with receiving stolen property, simple assault and harassment. Both were arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

The largest youth football league in Pennsylvania is calling off their 2020 season.  In a social media post Monday, the Western P-A Youth Football League announced the decision, saying the cancellation decision wasn’t made lightly.  Officials added that they tried to figure out a plan but attempting to conduct a season in an environment that would be safe was too much to overcome.  The league is billed as the largest youth football league in the Commonwealth.

A man is recovering after a Sunday afternoon crash in Oakland Township.  Donald Thomas of West Sunbury was reportedly headed north on Oneida Valley Road Sunday afternoon when he allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel.  He reportedly went into the oncoming lane and woke up.  In the process, he swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle, then flipped his car over.  The 19-year-old was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Three students at Ambridge Area High School are among the latest to test positive for COVID-19.  Two of them are on the girls’ soccer team while the third is in the band.  Each is being quarantined.  Girls soccer is temporarily suspended while waiting for guidance.  The band hasn’t begun to practice yet.

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are continuing to rise throughout the state.  Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 565 new cases, with the state total surpassing 114-thousand.  No new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll yesterday, which sits at over 72-hundred. Lawrence County added six cases yesterday bringing the county’s total to 349 cases and twelve deaths.

According to the State Department of Health Lawrence County lead the state with a percent positivity rate of 7.4 percent during the previous seven days. In the week prior, the county had a rate of 6 percent. Beaver County had led the state in percent positivity for the prior two weeks. However, in the most recent seven-day period analyzed by the state, 6.5 percent of new COVID-19 tests came back positive. That’s two percentage points less than the prior seven day span, when 8.5 percent of tests were positive. Public health officials use percent positivity as a measure of how pervasive the spread of the coronavirus is.