TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 26TH, 2020

An Ellwood City man has died from injuries he suffered in a one vehicle accident in Wayne Township earlier this month. According to State Police 79 year old Glenn Freed was eastbound on Wampum Road on August 11th,  when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole. Freed was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and passed away from his injuries on Sunday.

State Police apprehended and Ellwood City man wanted in connection with a domestic dispute. 31 year old Justin Gates was arrested yesterday afternoon at a Shenango Township Motel. Gates allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and killed his son’s 8 week old puppy. Police charged Gates with Strangulation, Aggravated Cruelty to animals, endangering the welfare of children and a number of other charges. Gates is in the Lawrence County Jail on 100 thousand dollars bond.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday asked lawmakers to send him a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, and outlined how he thinks the state should spend much of the $1.3 billion remaining in federal coronavirus relief funds during what’s left of lawmakers’ two-year session. The governor urged the General Assembly to put $225 million toward hazard pay for more than 200,000 workers on the front lines of responding to the pandemic, effectively giving them all $3-an-hour wage increases. The state House and Senate have 11 session days over four scattered weeks left before the November election.

A sex discrimination lawsuit against a Butler County judge will be allowed to move forward.  A federal appeals court ruled this week that Judge Thomas Doerr isn’t entitled to immunity from the suit filed by a female probation officer.  The lawsuit claims Doerr made the woman’s working conditions more difficult after they had a sexual relationship.

A motorcyclist was killed Monday night during an accident along the Route 18 causeway over the Shenango Reservoir. WFMJ-TV reports that a pickup truck involved in the 9 p.m. crash was traveling the same direction as the motorcycle. Police have not yet released the names of those involved.

A man is in the hospital after an A-T-V crash in Summit Township over the weekend.  It’s believed 49-year-old Timothy Biedenbach was riding near Geibel Road early Saturday morning when he lost control and rolled the A-T-V.  He was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital before being flown to Allegheny General Hospital for his injuries.

Officials with Beaver Area School District say their high school will start the school year with online classes due to a shortage of teachers.  The Beaver County Times reports their school board approved the return-to-school plan this week, which includes the first nine-weeks of education coming remotely.  Their Superintendent, Carrie Rowe, said they have no choice after the number of sabbaticals and leaves-of-absence that were granted under F-M-L-A.  Elementary and middle school students will attend classes using a hybrid model.

State Health Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 561 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the state total over 130-thousand. About 26 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 76-hundred. Lawrence County added two new cases bringing its total to 443 cases and 17 deaths.

Governor Tom Wolf says he cannot extend the state’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures beyond the end of the month.  Wolf says he doesn’t have the legal authority do so since the Emergency Services Code only allowed him to block those proceedings for a limited amount of time.  It’s reported that Senator Jake Corman says Republicans are open to discuss a legislative fix.