TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf is not going to give up that easily and plans to appeal the federal judge’s ruling that his pandemic response efforts are unconstitutional. A spokeswoman for the governor says they were disappointed by the judge’s ruling, and that Wolf’s actions were mirrored by governors across the nation to save lives in the absence of federal action. The judge’s ruling was specifically for limitations on gatherings and business closures, which are actions intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. The governor’s spokeswoman added that the ruling does not impact other orders such as mandatory masks, and they will seek a stay of the decision and file an appeal.

The Pittsburgh Steelers say they are standing together to battle racial and social injustice.  Before their game on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants, the team stood on their sideline and held a banner that read Steelers Against Racism.  Players also wore Antwon Rose Junior’s name on the back of their helmets.  The teen was shot and killed while running from an East Pittsburgh police officer in 2018.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  Yesterday, the state added more than 12-hundred new cases to the total, pushing it over 145-thousand. About seven new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 78-hundred-69. Lawrence County added six new cases yesterday bringing its total to 487 cases and 21 deaths.

State Police in Lawrence County report a motorcycle accident from last week. According to police 33 year old Jamin Zanoni of Bessemer was eastbound on route 108 in North Beaver Township, when he lost control of the motorcycle while trying to avoid hitting a deer. Zanoni struck a mail box then an embankment rolling over several times. Police said Zanoni was wearing a helmet.

Two people are hurt after a crash in Hermitage last week.  Ronald Park was reportedly headed northbound on South Hermitage Road last Thursday evening when he hit a vehicle turning left onto Longview Road.  The driver of that vehicle and a woman in Park’s vehicle were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the wreck.  The 72-year-old Park is being cited for a red-light violation.

With an Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund balance of more than 79 million dollars as of Friday, Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak says the state is prepared to receive interest-free loans from the federal government. Oleksiak says the state has asked to borrow800 million dollars in the first month and one billion dollars in both the second and third months.

Organizers with V-A Butler Healthcare say a Fall Flu Clinic will be held today in Center Township.  The event is being held in the parking lot of the Abie Abraham V-A Health Care Center on North Duffy Road, with veterans being given their flu vaccine without leaving their car.  Non-veterans, including their spouses and dependents, aren’t eligible however.

Lawsuits and other issues are keeping ballots from being mailed out across Pennsylvania. The Democratic Party is suing the state to keep the Green Party off the ballot which is obstructing approvals for the final ballot. Pennsylvania is a swing state. Officials say there are plans to begin mailing out ballots by the end of this month.

There still is no sign of a missing Butler County woman who went missing earlier this month.  State police say Laura Graham-Simonetti of Center Township hasn’t been seen since September 6th.  It’s believed the woman is endangered and may have been heading for New Jersey.