TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 11TH, 2020

The New Castle Area School Board approved its back to school plan where students will have remote learning for at least the first nine weeks of the school year. According to the New Castle News the return-to-school plan also includes details for a tentative hybrid learning schedule for the second nine weeks, meaning students would go to school part-time and would be educated at home part-time. The school year is scheduled to start August 31st.

Fire heavily damaged a home in Hermitage yesterday morning. The Sharon Herald reports the fire broke out just after 1am at a home on South Hermitage Road. When fireman arrived flames were coming out of the back of the home. The State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Beaver Falls police are asking the public for information after a triple-shooting.  Gunfire erupted late Sunday night at 14th Street and Fifth Avenue.  Police say two victims were found away from the scene and a third victim was driven to the hospital by a private vehicle.  There’s no word yet of any arrests.

A motorcycle rider is recovering after being struck by a Freightliner truck on Cranberry Road in Pine Township, Mercer County last Friday.  It’s believed the 68-year-old driving the Freightliner stopped at a stop sign near George Junior Road Friday morning, but pulled out into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.  The 30-year-old woman from Kennerdell was hurt in the crash and had to be taken to the hospital for her injuries.  She was wearing a helmet at the time.

Fall sports in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League will go on as planned after a two-week delay.  League officials announced yesterday that they’ll follow the PIAA’s COVID-19 guidelines and resume sports later this month.  The WPIAL’s decision followed a recommendation from Governor Tom Wolf that school sports be postponed until next year.

P-A Department of Health officials are adding 601 new COVID-19 cases to its statewide total.  Monday’s announcement saw the Commonwealth’s confirmed or probable coronavirus case count rise to 119-thousand-453 since the start of the pandemic.  Three more people died related to COVID-19 complications, with the death toll now up to 73-hundred-17. Lawrence County added one new case yesterday bringing its total to 392 cases and 16 deaths.

State police say they are going to increase enforcement of the Commonwealth’s Steer Clear law starting today.  That law requires drivers to move over or at least slow down if they come across first responders tow trucks, or even disabled vehicles along the roadside.  Fines start at 250-dollars and penalties could rise to suspended licenses.  Troopers say they are going to focus enforcement first on the P-A Turnpike.

Pennsylvania is temporarily suspending the rule that requires kids to get vaccinated before attending school amid the pandemic. Officials say this decision was due to the possibility of families facing delays for the vaccinations due to the stress of COVID-19 on the state’s healthcare systems. For up to two months, kids can attend school without the usual immunization, but parents are encouraged to schedule appointments as soon as possible.

For the second time in three days, a gun is confiscated at Pittsburgh International Airport.  On August 4th, T-S-A officials stopped a Fayette County man who was carrying a loaded handgun when he entered a security checkpoint.  Friday, a man from West Newton, Westmoreland County was found with a loaded nine-millimeter in his carry-on.  T-S-A officials say they detected 15-point-three guns per million passengers screened last month.