TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2020

The New Castle News reports a man has been charged in connection with the death of a woman in November of 2016. 26 year old  Martel Lamar Webb of New Castle  faces charges of criminal homicide and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. The charges stem from the death of Emily Brown, who police found dead in the bedroom of her McGrath Manor apartment in November of 2016. According to police, an autopsy determined that Brown died of fentanyl poisoning. Webb is accused of selling Brown the drugs that led to her death.

State Police in Beaver County are investigating an alleged rape from earlier this year. A 15 year old female told police the incident took place in February of this year in South Heights Boro.  The investigation is ongoing. No other details were released.

A Hermitage man faces a number of charges in connection with stealing money from a VFW. 56 year old Albert Chambers who was the former Chief Financial Officer is accused of using a VFW issued credit card to make personal purchases.State Police say the incidents happened between 2013 and 2019 while Chambers worked as the Chief Financial Officer of the organization. Reports say the total amount of money stolen was more than $3,500.  Chambers faces charges of theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and access device fraud.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  Officials say yesterday saw an increase of seven-hundred-70 new cases to the total, pushing it close to one-hundred-35-thousand. About 18 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is just under 77-hundred. Lawrence County added five new cases bringing the county’s total to 464 cases.

Several homes in Aliquippa are showing elevated signs of lead in their water.  The Beaver County Times reports the tests done by the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa between January and June showed high levels of lead in four of 29 homes that have lead service lines.  The M-W-A-A is required to tested 60 sites for led every six months per federal regulations and must reduce the lead in the water if it shows up exceeding federally-set levels in more than ten percent of samples.

The Pennsylvania Health Department is reporting that universal testing at all long-term care facilities in the state is complete. Heath Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says it is because of this initiative that they have been able to recognize COVID-19 cases and outbreaks early. The state tested all 13-hundred-63 assisted living residences, personal care homes and private intermediate care facilities. Officials found that of the 76-hundred-91 deaths related to the virus in the state, nearly 52-hundred have been from residents of long-term care facilities.

Governor Tom Wolf is renewing the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration for another 90 days. Wolf says they will continue to combat the health and economic effects of the virus and the renewal will provide them the resources and support needed to do so. The declaration allows the state to continue using the National Guard for support and testing at long-term care facilities and let the state rapidly scale response efforts and use new intervention tactics like a vaccine.

A rally to show support for first responders is set for this Saturday in Beaver.  The Support Our Troops rally is being merged with the Let’s Roll – Nine-Eleven rally for Irvine Park on Third Street.  Organizers say the event remembers those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks and show American troops and local first responders they aren’t forgotten.  The hosts say they have to limited attendees at the gathering under the 250-person limit to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Non-commercial drivers who have an expired license now have to get it renewed.  PennDOT officials extended the expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and permits but didn’t give the extension for regular drivers.  There had been extensions offered since March 16 through the end of August.