TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2020

A 42-year-old inmate at Lawrence County Jail is facing charges after injuring another prisoner, causing a lockdown last month.  MarcAllen Taylor had his charges held over for trial during a preliminary hearing Wednesday after he allegedly struck the other inmate with a 16-inch metal rod that he took from a locker.  This caused a melee on his cell block, leading to a days-long lockdown.  The other inmate suffered a cut that required stitches.  Taylor is behind bars on a drug trafficking charge.

Fire officials are blaming discarded cardboard for a fire that destroyed a New Castle home this week.  It broke out late Tuesday afternoon on the 17-hundred-block of Carlisle Street in the city’s North Hill neighborhood.  Everyone was able to escape the home safely, but the home appears to be a total loss.  It’s unclear what sparked the cardboard that was being stored on a rear porch.

Two people are hurt after a crash Wednesday night along I-79 southbound in Portersville.  It happened near mile marker 95, close to the Portersville – Prospect exit, with one woman ejected from the vehicle while the driver was found partially out of the car.  The ejected woman was flown to a trauma center in Pittsburgh while the driver was taken to the hospital by ambulance.  It’s unclear what led to the wreck.

A Sharon woman is facing charges after allegedly slamming a stroller that a child was in. WFMJ-TV is reporting the incident took place back on August 31st near the Valvoline Express Care on North Broad Street in Grove City. Police allege  25-year-old Victoria Stevenson allegedly yelled profanities at the crying child and then slammed the stroller the child was in.Officers located Stevenson, who was found to be under the influence of marijuana and was acting disorderly in front of officers. Stevenson faces Charges of endangering the welfare of a child and disorderly conduct.

This year’s Flight 93 Memorial ceremony in Shanksville will be held virtually.  The event will be live streamed with President Donald Trump and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt in attendance at the Memorial Plaza.  The ceremony will include the reading of each passenger and crew members’ name who lost their lives on that flight in 2001.  The Flight 93 National Memorial will reopen to visitors after the ceremony.

A 25-year-old man is facing federal charges for his role in the protests in downtown Pittsburgh.  Jordan Coyne allegedly was throwing rocks and bricks at police officers and vehicles on May 30th.  U-S Attorney Scott Brady said they will not tolerate attacks on police officers or violent crime under the guise of protest.  Coyne turned himself over to police yesterday morning.

P-A Department of Health officials are adding 587 new COVID-19 cases to the Commonwealth’s total.  That brings P-A to 141-thousand-887 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.  There were 15 more deaths announced Thursday related to COVID-19 complications, with the death toll increasing to 75-hundred-20. Lawrence County added one new Covid-19 case yesterday bringing its total to 480 cases and 21 deaths.

T-S-A officials at Pittsburgh International Airport say they recently seized three guns at a security checkpoint.  The weapons were recovered over the past eight days from a Cranberry Township man’s carry-on, an Erie County man’s backpack, and a West Virginia man’s backpack.  Each had claimed the weapon was left in the bag accidentally.  So far this year, T-S-A officials have found 13 guns in carry-on bags at the airport.

Officials with Carnegie Mellon University say they are going to delay the start of the spring 2021 semester to reduce overlap with the start of flu season.  C-M-U will instead push the start of term back from January 11th to February 1st.  Their Provost Jim Garrity said in an email that Carnegie Mellon will offer classes in a hybrid-learning approach similar to this fall semester.

The Hopewell Area School District is providing free meals for children.  The district is offering the program called Seamless Summer Option which begins on September 14th and will go through December 31st.  Based on federal funding, the district will be serving free breakfasts and lunches on school days and remote instruction days for kids in need.