TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 7TH, 2020

Firefighters were able to rescue a 24-year-old woman from a house fire in New Castle early on Wednesday morning. KDKA-TV reports the fire started just after midnight at a home in the 800 block of East Lutton Street. Firefighters responded to a call for a kitchen fire at a home with one woman and multiple animals. The woman initially was able to escape the home but return to get her cat which she believed had been in the attic. The smoke became so heavy she was unable to get out of the home. Firefighters rescued her and she was taken to an area hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. the fire started due to food cooking on the stove. No other injuries were reported.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is recommending that all youth sports be postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic. The governor made it clear that it is a recommendation and not a mandate when he was asked about guidance for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association yesterday during a press conference. Wolf said the guidance is to avoid any congregate settings as that makes it easier for COVID-19 to spread, so he, the department of health and education recommend that schools do not hold any type of sports until January 2021. Ultimately, it is up to school administrators and local officials to decide on what to do with sports.

A Lyndora man is facing charges after being caught on camera slapping a Burger King cashier.  Austin Addison reportedly got into an argument with the cashier at the New Castle Road, Butler Township fast food restaurant in late June when he allegedly cursed at the employee then slapped him across the face.  Video of the incident surfaced on Twitter, where it has received over five-million views so far.  The 21-year-old waived his preliminary hearing last month.

Officials with the P-I-Double-A say they are tremendously disappointed with Governor Tom Wolf’s recommendation to suspend all sports until January 2021.  In a statement yesterday evening, they said they have worked diligently to develop health and safety plans to allow students the safe return to interscholastic athletics.  Their board of directors will meet this afternoon to review the action.  A spokesperson for Governor Wolf said the administration is providing this strong recommendation, but it is not an order or mandate.

Officials with the P-A Department of Health are reporting 807 new COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth.  That brings the statewide total to 116-thousand-521 confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.  Thursday’s announcement raised the death toll by 38 to seven-thousand-282. Lawrence County saw an increase of 24 cases bringing its total to 383. The county added two deaths yesterday including on in a long term care facility. The death toll in the county is now at 14.

State officials are going to pick up the cost of the stamp if you plan to mail in your ballot this fall.  It’s believed that decision to cover the 55-cent stamp will cost several million dollars.  The funds needed will be taken from the federal coronavirus relief bill.

The Penn State Nittany Lions’ roar will be softer this football season.  The university’s Sandy Barbour confirmed Thursday there will be no fans in the stands for Penn State sports this fall.  In the letter, Barbour referenced the Wolf administration’s current virus-mitigation guidance which limits large group gatherings to 250 people for outside events and 25 people for inside events.

An aggressive driving crackdown is underway on western Pennsylvania’s highways.  PennDOT, Triple-A and state police are teaming up to stop tailgating, red light running and speeding, among other bad driving tactics.  The enforcement effort will run through August 23rd.

A woman is hurt after a crash yesterday morning in Connoquenessing Township.  It happened on Evans City Road near the Reibold Road intersection with two vehicles colliding.  A woman was treated for a lower leg injury at the scene.  There’s no word on what led to the crash.