TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 13TH, 2020

The New Castle News is reporting city police responded to a home on Hanna street Tuesday where a four month old boy died. New Castle police Chief Bobby Salem said the call came in at 12:11 p.m. as a cardiac arrest. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy report to determine the official cause of death. The boy was in a crib and the parents along with two other children were at home. The Lawrence County Coroner’s office pronounced the baby dead at the scene.

Police in Neshannock Township report a two car accident yesterday morning. According to police 47 year old Cynthia Nagal of Youngstown pulled out onto route 18 when she collided with a car operated by 24 year old Maria Ortiz of New Castle. Ortiz along with two children in her vehicle were all taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.

A man accused of shooting two people outside a Farrell social club had charges held over to Mercer County Court of Common Pleas after a hearing Wednesday. According to the Sharon Herald 19 year old DeShawn Richardson is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, reckless endangerment and assault. The shooting took place back on July 27th, outside the Farrell Sportsman’s Club. Another man involved 25 year old Jonell Goudy who was shooting back at Richardson is facing similar charges. Richardson is in the Mercer County Jail on 500 thousand dollars bond.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 848 new Covid-19 cases, with the state total surpassing 121-thousand.  About 33 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll yesterday, which is nearing 74-hundred.  Lawrence county reported nine new cases bringing the county’s total to 346 cases and nine deaths.

The executive director of the P-I-Double-A says they sent a letter to the governor’s office to start the dialog on how to do sports this fall.  The email comes days after they announced the season’s start would be suspended by two weeks after Governor Tom Wolf recommended no sports until 2021.

State officials say the problem with Spotted Lanternflies is mounting in P-A.  Since January, more than 41-thousand reports of the insects have been filed, with the invasive species causing tree damage and mold.  Nearly every county in the Midstate has had a report so far this year.  Department of Agriculture officials say reporting the sightings will help with research on gauging population growth.

A grim report from the Ohio Restaurant Association shows 54-percent of eateries could close within the next nine-months.  President and CEO John Barker says this puts 310-thousand employees at risk.  Many business owners say the reduced capacity within restaurants is leading to low sales numbers, and they won’t be able to sustain their restaurants if that doesn’t change.

Local census representatives say they still have a ways to go when it comes to data collection.  It’s reported that Butler County’s responses are just shy of 74 percent participation with about six weeks to go.  Butler County is above the state participation average of just over 66-percent.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is preparing for their 125th season online.  Due to health and safety reasons associated with the pandemic all remaining in-person concerts that would have happened from September to December 2020 are canceled.  C-E-O Melia Tourangeau said it is heartbreaking that the orchestra will not be able to share their music in the fall however, there is still the online option.