TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2020

New Castle City police have arrested three people in connection with a  homicide from March of this year. According to the departments Facebook page, 32 Tyler McMillian, 22 year old Karalinn Perotta, and 24 year old Khalil Newman are charged in the shooting death of 25 year old Andre Robinson of New Castle. Robinson was shot numerous times while sitting in a vehicle on March 24th of this year. All three suspects were arraigned and place in the Lawrence County Jail.

State police continue their investigation of a fatal two-car crash this past weekend in Beaver County.  Police say 76-year-old Ronald Lacava from Ellwood City was driving into the intersection of Fairlane Boulevard and Shenango Road Friday night when he collided with a dump truck that tried to make a left turn in front of him.  Lacava died from his injuries later.

The New Castle City Police Department has located a 16-year-old autistic and epileptic girl that had been missing. The juvenile left UPMC Hospital Saturday afternoon and had not been seen for some time.The missing girl was reported to be found around 9:15 a.m. Sunday.

State Police are investigating a possible homicide in a remote area north of Mercer County.  The body of a 21-year-old woman was found just off Mule Street in Fairfield Township yesterday morning.  Police say the woman appears to have died from a gunshot wound.  Anyone who may have information about the woman or her death is urged to contact the State Police Meadville barracks.

Three men are in custody and charged in connection with a drug bust late last week in Butler.  The Butler County Drug Task Force and Butler City Police served a search warrant on an apartment in the 200-block of North Main about six o-clock Friday morning.  Police say they seized crack cocaine, cell phones and about 13-hundred dollars in cash.  The suspects are identified as 32-year-old Malachi Void the Third of Butler, 21-year-old Khalil Rippy Junior of Philadelphia and 20-year-old Khalil Mac Rippy of Butler.

The Tavern on the Green is closing. The New Castle News reports the restaurant, located on the corners of Market Street and Neshannock Avenue, is closing Oct. 3. The Tavern’s closure marks the second county restaurant to shut its doors after Tuscany Square Ristorante in Neshannock Township closed its Wilmington Road location on Aug. 31.

Former Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge is endorsing democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The former governor says It’s time to put country over party, it’s time to dismiss Donald Trump. He emphasized that Biden has the experience and empathy to help Americans navigate the pandemic, social injustice, income inequality and immigration reform. This will be Ridge’s first time ever voting Democrat for the U.S. presidential election.

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 over 155-thousand. About 24 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 81-hundred. Lawrence County added seven new cases on Saturday and now has 517 cases and 23 deaths.

Beaver County nursing homes have seen an almost thirty-percent increase in cases of COVID-19 in the last month.  Currently, there are two active outbreaks.  One is at the Beaver Valley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in South Beaver Township.  The other is at the Providence Care Center in Beaver Falls.  It’s not known how many patients are affected at the larger of the two outbreaks because of inaccurate reporting at the Providence Care facility.