TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 28TH, 2020

A former teacher in the Wilmington Area school district accused of inappropriate contact with high school girls, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. According to the New Castle News 35 year old Jonathan Anthony Priano of Wilmington Township, answered to 10 charges of institutional sexual assault, and 16 other related offenses. He also faces two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, 12 counts of corruption of minors, and two counts of endangering the welfare of children. Priano resigned as high school band and choir director on June 30th.

Governor Tom Wolf is proposing several options to Pennsylvania lawmakers for handling the November election amid a pandemic. Wolf says they need to make people feel comfortable and safe when voting and called on the legislature to allow submitted mail-in ballots to be processed 21 days before the election. He added that the hope for this process is to get the results faster. He also wants to require that counties send out mail-in ballots at least 28 days before Election Day as ballots are currently sent out 14 days before.

There’s no word yet of any suspects after a shooting in Butler.  Police say 18-year-old Dalton Anthony was hospitalized yesterday after being shot twice on West Cunningham Street.  Surveillance video is being used in the search for the shooter.

Pennsylvania’s secretaries of the departments of Health, Education and Human Services are announcing ways to help families with children challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Human Services announced that it is creating flexibilities in childcare options, including temporarily suspending some regulatory policies on school-age childcare to give families options on learning pods, and aiding families struggling financially. Health promoted healthy habits to protect children and communities, and Education focused on how to nurture every child’s educational needs.

Officials with Grove City College say they are establishing a diversity council.  The college’s president says the move is an effort to promote a diverse learning community.  The council will include faculty, staff, and students and will become a guide in recruiting students and hiring employees.

There are 25 local American Red Cross volunteers heading to the Gulf Coast to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.  Officials with the American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region say the volunteers will help with health services, logistics, sheltering, and feeding those in need.  A spokesperson says they expect the number of volunteers to grow once the region’s needs are clearer.

There are 620 new COVID-19 cases reported across P-A.  Thursday’s announcement brings the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases to 131-thousand-156 since the start of the pandemic.  Eleven more deaths attributed to COVID-19 complications were announced Thursday, with the statewide death toll now up to 76-hundred-35. Lawrence County added five new cases Thursday bringing the county’s total to 450 cases and 18 deaths.

There will be no fans in the stands next month for Steelers and Pitt Panthers football games.  Both the N-F-L franchise and the University of Pittsburgh released statements yesterday saying it is disappointing they will be unable to play in front of a crowd in September.  The Pitt Panthers said they are continuing to explore fan attendance at all of their fall sports venues for contests the following month.  Steelers officials said they will work on a plan to host fans when it is deemed safe to proceed.

Police are on the lookout for whoever is stealing political signs from a Mercer County neighborhood.  Surveillance video appears to show two young women in a Jeep Wrangler stopping to take four political signs from the front yard of a home on the 400-block of Liberty Street in Grove City.  Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact city police.