TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2020

FBI agents served search warrants yesterday at Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County. According to the Ellwood City Ledger, U.S.Attorney Scott Brady confirmed the search warrants. Agents also executed search warrants at Mount Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Allegheny County. Officials at Brighton did not comment.

Pennsylvania long-term care facilities are going to allow visitors to help provide care for their residents. Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, says the pandemic has affected the emotional and mental health of nursing home residents, which impacts their physical health and ‘compassionate care’ caregivers can improve that. With this decision, family members or loved ones can help care for long term care residents whose health is worsening. They will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past week and undergo screening at the facility.

One man is recovering after a crash on Route 422 in Muddy Creek Township early yesterday morning.  It happened in the westbound lane near the South Shore exit of Moraine State Park.  First responders say a tanker truck rolled over, shutting down the westbound side of the road for about four hours.  The man was said to have suffered cuts to his face in the crash.

A Girard Ohio man is facing charges following a one vehicle accident in Darlington.  State Police in Beaver County report 34 year old Jacob Casciato was involved with a hit and run accident. Charges of driving under the influence and hit and run are pending. No injuries were reported.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman are calling on the Legislature to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana. Wolf says now more than ever, there is a need for the economic boost cannabis legalization can provide. Fetterman pointed to a recent poll that showed a majority of Pennsylvanians favored legalization and he says the state must stop prosecuting people for doing something that most people in the state don’t think should be illegal. Their report focused on a referendum on legalization, decriminalization and expungement of small possession convictions.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  Officials say yesterday saw an increase of more than one-thousand new cases to the total, pushing it close to 137-thousand. About 20 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 77-hundred-32. Lawrence County added two new cases yesterday and now has 468 cases.

Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden are planning on spending part of September 11th in Shanksville.  The President and the Democratic nominee’s campaign are confirming the appearances.  Trump is expected to visit the Flight 93 site and speak at a planned commemoration while it is unclear if Biden will speak.  Trump gave the keynote address there in 2018 while Biden spoke there in 2011 and 2012.

A man from Cranberry Township is facing civil penalties after being caught with a loaded handgun while trying to pass through the T-S-A at Pittsburgh International Airport.  A T-S-A official spotted the nine-millimeter handgun in a carry-on bag while passing through security Wednesday.  Officials at Pittsburgh International Airport say the gun is the eleventh found at the checkpoint so far this year.

The Slippery Rock Township Commissioners are approving a plan for a new park near Branchton Road.  The park’s funding is coming from leftover C-D-B-G funds, which add up to about 100-thousand-dollars for that project.  Officials expect pavilions to be bought later this year, with construction bids coming in next spring.