TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 20TH, 2020

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Farrell man serving life without parole for murdering a man at a party. WFMJ-TV reports the court on Tuesday overturned the 2017 conviction of 36-year-old Michael Bagnall who was found guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting death of 23-year-old Jaylen West during Bagnall’s birthday party on February 28th, 2015. The justices found that the Mercer County District Attorney did not tell the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office about a previous deal the DA made with a witness when the attorney general took over prosecuting the case.

A group will be handing out school supplies to families in need this Sunday in Ellwood City.  The distribution will happen at the borough building’s police garage located on the 500-block of Lawrence Avenue starting at 10 a-m.  The distribution is expected to go on until noon or until supplies run out.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is announcing 570 more COVID-19 cases across the state.  That brings the Commonwealth’s total to 126-thousand-149 confirmed or probable cases since the start of the pandemic.  Twenty-four more deaths related to coronavirus complications were announced Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 75-hundred-23. Lawrence County added to cases bringing its total to 431 cases and 16 deaths.

The 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show is moving online next year.  The Department of Agriculture’s Russell Redding announced yesterday they are cancelling the in-person event set for January 9th through the 17th at the P-A Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Redding did say they are looking to see what they can do to have some type of food court offerings

Health officials in Allegheny County are reporting just 27 new COVID-19 cases for the county.  It’s the lowest single-day number of confirmed or probable cases announced in the county since June.  That brings the countywide total to 95-hundred-76.  There were six more deaths attributed to coronavirus complications reported in the county Wednesday.

The PA Gaming Control Board reports revenue from all gambling sources increased half a percent last month. The numbers were propelled by a huge increase in internet gaming, with table games played online generating close to 12 million dollars last month, up from only 200 thousand in July 2019. It’s a similar story for internet slots, with revenue jumping from 517 thousand last July to more than 39 milliondollars this year. Sports wagering saw a big jump as well.

A 32-year-old woman is facing charges after throwing water on a T-S-A agent at Pittsburgh International Airport yesterday.  Brandi Lashawn reportedly tried to get through the main security checkpoint yesterday evening.  When she was asked for her ticket and I-D, Lashawn allegedly threw the water on the official and tried to run through the checkpoint, only to be apprehended by police who were nearby.  Later, she began to fight with county police and tried to run for the airport train before being apprehended again.  She’s in Allegheny County Jail.

There are three Butler County businesses who are getting a share of federal CARES act funds to be used toward hazard pay.  Orchards of Saxonburg was awarded over 50-grand, Concordia at the Orchard will get 35-thousand-dollars, and Linda’s Nursing Service will have 12-grand to give their employees.  Those three companies are among the 600-plus that got a share of the COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant Program to support front-line workers during the pandemic.

Amazon officials say they want to hire about 15-hundred people around Pittsburgh.  One thousand of those positions will be full-time at their new Imperial fulfillment center, which Amazon broke ground on last year.  Pay for the positions starts at 15-dollars-an-hour.