TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2020

People at New Castle City Hall got quite the scare following the discovery of a suspicious powder. Police say it was placed in an envelope that had been addressed to two councilmembers. The building was evacuated last night as a precaution, and no injuries were reported. Investigators are now trying to figure out what the substance is.

The will be some fans in the stands at New Castle’s Taggart Staduim Friday night. According to the New Castle News the school district  is giving out three tickets per senior football player free for Friday’s game. Underclassman football players along with members of the band, drill team, flag line, Candy Canes and members of the opposing team will receive two tickets. Taggart Stadium has a capacity of 7,200 seats.

The state House of Representatives is expected to consider a vote to override Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of a bill that focused on school sports and activities crowds.  House Bill 27-87 passed both the state House and Senate with bipartisan support earlier this month only to be vetoed by Wolf Monday.  If they get a two-thirds majority in both chambers, school districts could get the ability to determine how many spectators would be allowed to attend K-through-12 sporting events.

The state Department of Health is adding 834 new COVID-19 cases in P-A.  Tuesday’s announcement brought the total number of confirmed or probable coronavirus cases across the Commonwealth to 151-thousand-646 since the start of the pandemic.  There were 19 more deaths related to COVID-19 complications announced Tuesday, with the death toll rising to 57-hundred-49. Lawrence County added two cases bringing its total to 501 total cases and 22 deaths.

Local and federal law enforcement agents say they’ve found two victims of human trafficking in an investigation surrounding hotels in Center Township in Beaver County.  The crackdown also led to sixteen pending arrests for trafficking as well as criminal drug offenses.  Investigators say the construction of the Shell Ethane Cracker Plant and the hotels that were built near the plant attracted criminal activity from out-of-town visitors.

For the fourth time in just the last few weeks, President Trump has made a campaign stop in the Keystone State. Last night, Trump addressed supporters at Atlantic Aviation located near Pittsburgh International Airport.  During his speech, the President highlighted the importance of Pennsylvania in the race for the White House, his administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis and criticized his opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The former Vice President has also been a frequent visitor to Pennsylvania this month.

It’s official, a popular Fall tradition won’t be happening on the streets of Pittsburgh this year. Organizers of the Columbus Day parade say it’s been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus. The 34th annual event was supposed to be held in October. Details on next year’s parade are going to be announced very soon.

A man was arrested in Grove City Monday morning after being found naked in his car. WFMJ-TV reports  police found the man naked in his car in the Country Fair parking lot around 7:30 a.m.  Officers say 53-year-old Timothy Edward Moles of Salem, Oregon was found to be completely nude with no reasonable explanation for being that way. He was arrested for open lewdness and was arraigned with a bond of $5,000.

State Senator Pat Stefano’s bill to relax restrictions on bars and restaurants has won Senate approval and will be taken up by the House today.  Stefano’s proposed bill would set minimum capacity for bars and restaurants at fifty-percent.  It would also lift Governor Tom Wolf’s ban on bar service and would let restaurants once again let customers sit at the bar.

A federal judge is denying Governor Tom Wolf’s request for a stay on a federal court’s ruling that some of his COVID-19 restrictions were unconstitutional. U.S. Western District Judge William Stickman the Fourth says the public interest would be ill served if the court would grant the stay allowing the unconstitutional measures to remain in place. Last week the same judge ruled that the governor’s stay-at-home order, nonessential business closures and limits for gathering sizes were unconstitutional.