TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2020

A man from New Castle is facing charges after being caught during a sex sting in Ohio.  Nathan Troup was one of 27 people picked up last week in Operation Moving Target last Friday in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  The 39-year-old has been a registered sex offender in P-A since 2015.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 521 new cases to the total, pushing it over 134-thousand. No new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which remains at 76-hundred-73.  Lawrence County added four cases yesterday bringing its total to 459 cases.

Health officials in Beaver say there is concern COVID-19 is spreading faster in their county than across P-A.  Monday’s announcement put Beaver County at a positivity rate of five-point-seven percent of all COVID-19 tests coming back positive over the past week.  That’s up from five-point-three percent the previous week.  By contrast, Allegheny County is down to a three-point-one percent positivity rate.

Pennsylvania State Police are planning targeted enforcement over Labor Day weekend. Officials say that as part of their Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement Education Program, they will increase patrols from Friday morning to midnight Monday. The program focuses on speeding, seat belt violations, child seat belt infractions and will also look for texting while driving, reckless driving, drivers wearing headphones and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last Labor Day Weekend officials say they investigated over 40 crashes and made about 41 DUI arrests.

Governor Tom Wolf is calling for paid sick and family leave for all Pennsylvanians. Wolf says Pennsylvanians are working hard during this pandemic and they should not have to choose between losing a day’s pay or going to work sick. He’s calling on the General Assembly to adopt paid sick and family leave policies that can help an estimated 400-thousand citizens.

PennDOT is reminding drivers to stay alert while driving through work zones on Interstate 79 in Mercer County.The project on I-79 started on August 24 with work zones set up intermittently in the north and southbound lanes from mile marker 110 at the Lawrence-Mercer county line to mile marker 141 at the Mercer-Crawford county line.Speed limits are decreased in the area with limits of 60 and 45 miles per hour.The $943,602 is expected to be complete in mid-September.

State police are continuing to search for the S-U-V involved in a hit-and-run last week in Muddy Creek Township.  It’s believed the vehicle struck another car driven by a 20-year-old on southbound I-79 Friday evening.  The other driver wasn’t hurt.  It’s believed the operator of the S-U-V was driving erratically before the wreck.

A man from Moon Township is dead after a motorcycle crash around midday Monday.  It happened on Parkway East when 60-year-old Gregory Rozzo was headed eastbound and collided with an S-U-V in the left lane.  Rozzo reportedly struck the passenger side of the passing vehicle and was thrown from the bike.  Rozzo struck a fence post above the barrier and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the S-U-V wasn’t hurt.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania jumped up eleven cents this week to 2.58 a gallon. Drivers are paying 2.54 a gallon in New Castle while in Sharon the average price is at 2.59. The national gas price average increased by a nickel on the week to $2.23 after Hurricane Laura made landfall in the south. Todays national average is a nickel more than last month, and 35 cents cheaper than a year ago.