TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2020

Ellwood City Mayor Anthony Court is defending the six figure salary collected by the city’s ranking police officer.  Lieutenant David Kingston has earned over 100-thousand-dollars in each of the last three years.  Kingston earned 56-thousand-dollars in overtime alone last year.  Court says Lieutenant Kingston has been with the department for 36 years, and he routinely accepts overtime when other officers are sick or on leave.

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro is warning voters of lies being spread by robocall.  Shapiro says there is a message from a woman who says she works for Project 1599 that claims if someone votes by mail, their personal information will be part of a public database which police will use to track down old warrants.  The message also claims credit card companies would use the info to collect on outstanding debts.  Shapiro says that message is wholly untrue and that your personal information is not shared with anyone else.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  The state added nearly two-thousand new cases to the total over the weekend, pushing it close to 150-thousand. More than 40 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll over the weekend, which is at 79-hundred-56.

Governor Tom Wolf is calling on the General Assembly to provide more funding to COVID-19 Hazard Pay Program in support of workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. After awarding $50 million in CARES Act funding to 639 employers to provide hazard pay to almost 42,000 full-time front line workers across seven industries, Governor Tom Wolf is now asking the legislature to allocate another $225 million to the hazard pay program. While 5,000 businesses were eligible to receive hazard pay grants, but there was not enough money to go around.

State Police in Mercer County report a 16 year old male from Conneaut Lake died following an ATV accident early yesterday morning in Green Township. Police said the victim was taken to UPMC Horizon in Greenville where he was pronounced dead. A 17 year old was found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident and charges are pending. The investigation is ongoing.

Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette is scheduled to tour the Shell Ethane Cracker Plant in Beaver County today.  It’s his first visit to the plant, which his office says has generated about seven-thousand jobs for the greater Pittsburgh region.  His office says the purpose of his trip is to highlight the importance of Appalachian natural gas and innovative technology for the region’s economic growth.  Tomorrow, he’s to take part in a fireside chat at Carnegie Mellon University.

Union Township police are on the lookout for the thieves who stole and vandalized some political signs early Sunday morning.  WFMJ-TV reports Video from the department’s Facebook page shows someone get out of a car and start tearing and kicking the signs out of the ground. They then pick up the signs and get back in the car. Anyone with information is asked to call the Union Township Police Department at 724-652-5203.

Starting this week, COVID-19 testing will no longer be available at a Walmart in Cranberry Township. The Pennsylvania Department of Health says drive-thru screening at the Route 19 location has seen a drop in the number of people looking to get tested. As a result, testing isn’t needed there anymore and will instead shift to areas that have seen a high number of coronavirus cases.

A Pennsylvania analyst says the debate over the choice of a successor for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could energize the base of either party or both.  Ginsburg passed away Friday at the age of 87.  Kiron Skinner of Carnegie Mallon University says Democrats could galvanize voters by focusing on issues that would reach the court.  But Skinner, who served on President Trump’s national security transition team, says the President could deepen his base with his choice.