TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 18TH, 2020

20 year old Conner Henry of New Castle was ordered to stand trial on charges of criminal homicide and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon following a preliminary hearing yesterday. Henry is accused of shooting 19 year old Amari Wise in the back of the head inside his gararge back on June 5th,. A witness testified he saw Conner Henry shoot Wise. Henry’s father, Todd Henry, is charged with cleaning up the crime scene and hiding Wise’s body on the bank of Big Run in Shenango Township. According to the New Castle News Connor Henry is in the Lawrence County jail without bail. His father, who waived his preliminary hearing, is out of jail on bail, also awaiting trial.

Classes are underway at Slippery Rock University.  S-R-U officials are doing what’s being called multimodal instruction, with some students on campus while others are learning remotely.  Students will have classes without a break this semester up until finals during the last week of November.

Two western Pennsylvania school districts are blaming a popular vaping product company for turning their students into addicts.  The Slippery Rock and McKeesport districts recently filed federal lawsuits against Juul, saying the company’s marketing targeted kids.  Slippery Rock school officials say their counselors are working with a host of addicted students.

State Health Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 384 new Covid-19 cases, with the state total nearing 125-thousand.  Yesterday’s update did not include the number of cases from Philadelphia and the death toll sits at 74-hundred-68. Lawrence County added six new cases bringing its total to 426 cases and nine deaths.

A Penn State study on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the state’s child care industry has been released by the state Department of Human Services. The study analyzed the financial costs of the pandemic on day care providers, the level of funding needed to sustain them after the pandemic and the possibility of permanent closures of child care providers as a result of the pandemic. The study found with immediate assistance, at least 4 percent of the state’s child care providers will permanently close with another 1,000 at risk of closure.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is condemning the tactics used to arrest a protester over the weekend in Oakland.  In a statement Monday, Peduto said he will never tolerate these tactics being used at peaceful protests again.  It’s reported that plain-clothes officers arrested Matthew Carter Saturday during a march in which he allegedly was blocking traffic and startling motorists at several intersections.  Officials say the officers were wearing their badges and were clearly identifiable as police officers but had been driving an unmarked police vehicle when they made the arrest.

Three employees at the Grove City County Market have tested positive for the coronavirus. WFMJ-TV reports, According to a post on the company’s Facebook page, store management contacted health officials and followed all CDC recommendations to sanitize the store thoroughly. The company was following contact tracing and notified their employees about the situation. The company says they are doing everything in their power to continue to promote safety for employees and customers.

State Police in Mercer County shut down a protest yesterday that took place at a tear gas manufacturer.  The protest took place in front of the entrance of Combined Systems Incorporated. Police said the protest was peaceful. Five people were arrested. Kinsman Road  was closed between Hughes Road and Sugar Run Road for several hours. It was later reopened.

Jubilee Ministries and the NOW Project will have another food distribution tomorrow at Shenango High School. The distribution will begin at noon. Volunteers will load the boxes directly into the vehicles.