TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 25TH, 2020

State Police in Lawrence County are searching for an Ellwood City man who is wanted following a domestic dispute on Sunday night in Slippery Rock Township. Police said 31 year old Justin Gates allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and killed his son’s 8 week old puppy. Anyone with information on Gates’ whereabouts is urged to contact state police.

The New Castle News is reporting fire destroyed a modular home in Enon Valley yesterday. The fire broke out just after 11 o’clock at a home on Moravia Road.  A number of fire departments battled the blaze. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are continuing to rise throughout the state.  Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 426 new cases, pushing the state total to 129-thousand-474. One new death related to the virus was added to the death toll, which is at 75-hundred-79. Lawrence County reported no new cases with the total remaining at 441 cases and 17 deaths.

State health officials say around 12-percent of Western P-A’s positive COVID-19 tests this month are coming from people between the ages of 19-and-24.  That case increase is up seven percent in that demographic compared to April.  The Commonwealth of P-A provided around 28 million dollars to post-secondary schools and adult education providers statewide to help implement public health and safety plans, according to the Herald-Standard.

A special tribute to the victims of 9/11 is coming to Shanksville.  The Tunnel to Towers Foundation says it’ll bring its Towers of Light display to the Flight 93 National Memorial on the anniversary of the attacks.  The twin columns of light have been a memorial fixture in New York City near Ground Zero.

The recent revelation that EMS workers did not receive any of the $50 million in hazard pay provided by the state, came under fire during a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Monday. Senator Lisa Baker was among those voicing concerns about lack of hazard pay for EMS workers who she says have been a key part of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Baker saysthere needs to be a more transparent process when it comes to who was selected to receive thefunding and how it was distributed. She says that those on the front lines received zero is very troubling

Officials with Giant Eagle say they are looking to hire over 13-hundred full-and-part time associates.  The positions can be found within the company’s supermarkets and warehouses as well as at its GetGo and Market District locations.  They are looking for more personal shoppers for their curbside pickup and home delivery programs along with the more traditional grocery store roles.  Those interested can apply at Giant Eagle’s website.

A recent study shows a significant increase in traffic citations in school zones across P-A.  Data from the Pennsylvania Courts System noted citations were up 32 percent last year compared to the previous school year, with over seven-thousand issued.  Most of the citations were issued for speeding or passing a school bus.  Around a quarter of those issued a citation were between the ages of 20-and-29.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is two cents higher this week at $2.47 per gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.38 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.44.  At $2.18, the national gas price average increased by one cent on the week. This week the market is watching Tropical Storms Marco and Laura. Marco, whose force is decreasing and is now a tropical depression late on Tuesday, is less of a concern. However, Laura is forecasted to move into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and become a Category 2 hurricane by today. A year ago drivers in Western Pennsylvania were paying 2.77 a gallon.