TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2020

New Castle City Police are investigating two drive-by shootings in the city from Monday. According to the departments Facebook page the first occurred around 5:30pm near Lowery Street and West North Street. Reports are that individuals inside of two vehicles were shooting at each other. The second was just after 6:30 in the 700 block of Lutton Street near Dushane Street. Individuals in two vehicles were shooting at each other. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information is asked to contact New Castle City Police.

One person is hurt after a shooting in Aliquippa yesterday morning.  The shooting happened near Franklin Avenue with the victim flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh.  It’s unclear what led to the shooting, and there’s no word on the person’s condition.

The state Senate is considering a bill that would make it a misdemeanor if you are maskless in public.  Senate Bill 12-87 would make the action essentially reckless endangerment of another person.  It’s unclear if the measure has enough support to pass the Senate.

A woman in Pulaski Township says a man exposed himself as he stopped at her home.  The woman claims the incident began on Old Pulaski Road September 5th, with the man who was riding a bicycle stopping to ask if he could use her bathroom and get some water.  The woman in her 80s let the man inside, and they talked for about an hour.  He returned the next day and spoke for another 45 minutes before exposing himself.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police.

Officials with the P-A Department of Health are announcing eleven-hundred-51 new COVID-19 cases in P-A.  Tuesday’s announcement brings the statewide total of confirmed or probable cases to 146-thousand-214.  There were six deaths attributed to COVID-19 complications announced Tuesday.  Lawrence County saw no new cases yesterday keeping its total to 487 cases and 21 deaths.

State Police in Lawrence County charged a Darlington man over the weekend. Police were responding to a suspicious vehicle on Short Stop Lane in New Beaver Boro. 57 year old Leslie Powell was under the influence and was also in possession of a concealed firearm without a concealed carry permit. Police said several charges have been filed.

Butler Area School District officials are going to keep their Athletic Safety Plan in line with Governor Tom Wolf’s mandates.  That means that no more than 250 people will be able to attend a high school football game.  Several school districts have decided to disregard those rules.  Despite making that decision this week, the district will meet again next Monday to again consider a revision if there’s new information out from the P-I-Double-A.

Officials with California University of Pennsylvania are issuing faculty layoff notices.  The school is among the eight state-owned institutions warning of the possible layoffs among union faculty members this spring.  The total number of layoffs hasn’t been decided, according to the State System of Higher Education.  The move will be done in order to balance the budget.

Pennsylvania state representatives are giving their approval to a bill that would keep governors from using their emergency powers to shut down houses of worship during emergencies. All Republicans and roughly half the Democrats voted Tuesday for the bill, which was sent to the Senate. The bill would amend the state Religious Freedom Protection Act to ban governors from infringing on anyone’s ability to assemble for worship or to travel to their place of worship.