TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2020

A New Castle man was taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident Monday night in Wayne Township. According to State Police 52 year old Michael Wyant was westbound on Wampum Road when he traveled off the roadway striking two traffic signs and an embankment. He was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. The investigation into the accident is continuing.

An Indiana man has been arrested for having sex with a 14 year old New Castle girl. According to the New Castle City Polices’ Facebook page, 26 year old Matthew Fergurson of Lafayette, Indiana had another male bring the runaway teen back to Indiana from New Castle and the two had sex. The teen told investigators she had a sexual relationship with Ferguson. Police say Ferguson also admitted to having sex with the teen in Indiana and New Castle. Ferguson is being charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault along with sever other charges. Ferguson is currently in custody in Lafayette and will be extradited back to New Castle to face charges.

The Pennsylvania state House has approved a bill which wouldmake changes to Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law. Supporters say the bill will help with the tabulation of mail-in ballots, specifies where mail-in ballots can be cast and provides more reasonable deadlines to apply for mail-in ballots. But opponents say the legislation will disenfranchise voters by taking away the ability of counties to set up secure drop boxes for mail-in ballots. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is rolling out new guidelines for spectators at K through 12 fall sporting events amid the pandemic. Parents and family members are allowed to attend, but school districts will have to work within the state guidelines for occupancy and gathering limits. Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people and outdoor up to 250. Everyone must also wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

The Pennsylvania Labor Secretary says unemployed workers have to be patient when receiving their additional aid.  Jerry Oleksiak says workers can expect the additional three-hundred-dollar checks in three to four weeks .  Oleksiak says the computer system being used to distribute weekly checks will be up and running by the end of the month.

Longtime Steelers and Pitt Panthers broadcaster Bill Hillgrove will not be providing the play-by-play for each team’s first two games this season.  Hillgrove is being suspended following a D-U-I arrest in June.  Hillgrove allegedly crashed his S-U-V into the front window of the Shur Save on Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville.

Despite the first annual sales decline in 26 years, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on Wednesday reported record net income for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Sales totaled $2.56 billion in 2019-20, which is $110.9 million less than the previous year.But net income for the year totaled a record $208.7 million. The LCB attributed the increase in net income primarily to decreased operating expenses related to pensions and other post-employment benefits.

P-A Department of Health officials are adding 816 new COVID-19 cases to the Commonwealth’s overall total.  Wednesday’s announcement brings the number of confirmed or probable cases to 135-thousand-611 since the start of the pandemic.  There were 21 more deaths related to COVID-19 complications announced yesterday, with the death toll at 77-hundred-12. Lawrence County added two new cases increasing its total to 466.

Salvation Army officials are organizing a drive-thru food distribution for tomorrow in Butler.  The event will be held at their West Cunningham Street location, with nonperishables and other items available.  Those who are taking part in the event are asked to enter the Salvation Army’s parking lot by using Race Street.