TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 17TH, 2020

The New Castle News is reporting a 24 year old man from New Castle was seriously hurt in an incident that took place at George Junior Republic in Mercer County.  The man a staff member was escorting a 15 year old boy when he resisted arrested. The two then fell to the ground, but the staff member struck his head on the corner of a chair and became unconscious. He was first taken to Grove City hospital then flown to Allegheny General Hospital where he’s in serious condition.

State Police in Lawrence County report a Bessemer man drowned in creek on Friday. Police said there were conducting a welfare check on 88 year old Keith Masec when they found him in a body of water. No foul play is suspected. Authorites believe Masec may have fallen down a hillside into the water. The investigation is continuing.

Lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would give local school districts the power to decide on what to do with extracurricular activities amid the pandemic.  This comes as Governor Tom Wolf recommended that there be no high school sports until at least January.  State Representative Jeff Wheeland says the passage of the bill could prevent a possible shutdown of sports and extracurriculars this fall by the Wolf administration.  He believes the school officials know the districts better than anyone.

State Police are investigating a theft by deception case where a Harmony woman had over five thousand dollars stolen. Police report the incident took place between July and August of this year, when the suspect from the Florida had the woman’s unemployment benefit card mailed to Florida. The woman cancelled the card and had another one sent to her address in Pennsylvania only to have the suspect reroute the card to Florida. The card was cancelled and the investigation is continuing.

An Ellwood City man is seriously hurt after a crash last week in Slippery Rock Township.  The 20-year-old was reportedly traveling on Cooper Road Friday night when he lost control and struck a tree.  The driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and police say he may have been driving under the influence.  He was taken to U-P-M-C Jameson.

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are continuing to rise throughout the state.  Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 660 new cases, with the state total surpassing 124-thousand.  About 23 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll over the weekend, which is nearing 75-hundred. Lawrence County added three new cases and now has 423 cases and 16 deaths.

Several people are calling for more to be done to protect kids following a weekend demonstration outside the State Capitol.  The group Voice-4-the-Voiceless held a Save Our Children rally Sunday afternoon, asking for parents to be more proactive in protecting their kids instead of reactive.  Several speakers also spoke about human trafficking and kidnapping.

A Beaver Falls home is damaged after being struck by a car Saturday morning.  A jeep ended up partially inside the home at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Fourth Street.  Its unclear what led to the crash nor if anyone was injured.

One person is seriously hurt after a wreck this weekend in Center Township.  State troopers say a 70-year-old from Butler was headed northbound on Route 8 Saturday evening when he lost control of the vehicle.  The car crossed the southbound lane and hit a light post and a parked vehicle at Wallace Auto Sales.  It’s unclear what led to the wreck.

There’s no word yet on the cause of a crash that left an SUV flipped into a Butler County house.  State police say the one-vehicle wreck happened this past weekend on Perry Highway in Muddy Creek Township.  Firefighters and utility crews worked together to remove live wires from the vehicle so the driver could be rescued.