TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2020

Police in Pulaski Township are looking for the man they say pistol-whipped the owner of an electronics shop yesterday during a robbery.  The man took an undisclosed amount of cash from Pulaski P-C on Evergreen Road around midday while brandishing a semi-automatic pistol.  The victim suffered a cut on his ear but refused medical treatment.

Governor Tom Wolf says he is going to veto a bill that would give schools the power to determine the number of people that can attend a sporting event this fall.  The Governor’s office called House Bill 27-87 unnecessary, adding that schools can already decide if they want to have sports this season.  The bill had passed the state House and Senate with support from both sides of the aisle.

Two people were taken to the hospital following a fire yesterday morning in Mercer County. WKBN-TV reports the fire broke out at a mobile home on Clintonville Road in Findley Township around 2am. A four year old girl was taken to Mercey Hospital in Pittsburgh and was in stable condition. Another person was taken to Grove City Hospital for treatment. The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

No one is hurt after a vehicle crashed into a restaurant in Cranberry Township this week.  It happened at Jimmy Wan’s on Route 228 late Tuesday night, with police saying a 21-year-old woman from Florida was D-U-I at the time of the wreck.  It’s believed the damage is estimated at 100-grand.

P-A Department of Health officials are adding 931 new COVID-19 cases to the Commonwealth’s total.  That brings P-A to 141-thousand-290 confirmed or probable cases since the start of the pandemic.  There were 14 additional deaths related to coronavirus complications announced Wednesday, with the statewide death toll reaching 78-hundred-five.

Penn State Athletics is confirming that more than 40 student athletes have tested positive for COVID-19. Officials say with these results, Penn State Athletics has a five-percent positivity rate. Now, all team activities have been postponed for several programs, however, football workouts will continue. The student-athletes in the affected programs will undergo isolation and precautionary quarantine while officials perform contact tracing. So far, no evidence has been reported to suggest the spread of the virus was through practice or other training activities.

An education organization is warning Pittsburgh teachers and faculty to remain vigilant during the coronavirus pandemic.  The Pennsylvania State Education Association represents most of the teachers outside the Pittsburgh Public Schools and Matt Edgell says they are watching the virus closely.  Edgell says the organization has worked very hard with administrations across the county to keep COVID from spreading.  He says he is hopeful that if schools follow plans set in place by the state and county, they will be able to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Washington and Jefferson College is dismissing 26 students for violating their COVID-19 safety guidelines.  The students were sent home following the violations that date back to August 24th to continue their learning online.  It’s unclear what each student did to be sent home, but college officials say each signed a Pledge to Promote Safety when they arrived.  That pledge was an agreement to follow the school’s safety guidelines to complete daily health screenings, not host guests on campus, and limit time off campus.

A man is accused of taking over 23-grand from registers at the Butler Commons Walmart.  Samrajya Khadka of Butler had worked at the store since the end of 2019 and was charged last week with theft by unlawful taking among others.  It’s unclear how the 20-year-old took such a large sum of money.

Part of Route 224 in Mahoning Township is set to close this weekend for bridge rehabilitation work.  PennDOT officials say part of the road between Jackson Street and North Edinburg Road will close late tomorrow night and will remain that way until late Saturday evening.  The work is part of a six-point-one-five-million-dollar project that includes milling and paving, base repairs and drainage work as well as guide rail and traffic signal upgrades.