TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2020

Federal prosecutors are expected to release more information today on a drug investigation that led to 13 people being indicted. They say the suspects are accused of trafficking cocaine in both Mercer County and Lawrence County from March 2019 until recently. Two of them are also accused of distributing fentanyl. Four of the individuals also have prior convictions for drug offenses.

Police are investigating after a person was airlifted to UPMC Presbyterian Universtiy Hospital following a shooting in Beaver County yesterday morning.  Dispatchers say one person was shot three times at the intersection of Miland Avenue and 6th Street.  Police say the gunfire was heard after 1:00 o’clock yesterday morning.  The condition of the victim is not known at this time.  The police have not confirmed any suspects or arrests in connection with the shooting.

It looks like former Vice President Joe Biden is bringing his presidential campaign back to the Keystone State. According to reports, the Democratic nominee will be taking a tour of Western Pennsylvania and Ohio by train. His appearance would come hours after his first debate with President Trump, who was at Pittsburgh International Airport last week. Biden’s wife Jill is also scheduled to be on the trip, but the exact details haven’t been made public yet.

With just five weeks until Election Day, a new poll is showing how Pennsylvanians are feeling about the race for the White House. According to the Siena College Research Institute in Upstate New York, Joe Biden has a nine-point lead over President Trump in this battleground state. The data shows Biden has more support among women while Trump is the leading choice of male voters. Biden also has a ten-point lead among independents. President Trump won Pennsylvania back in 2016.

Police in Butler Township are still looking into a three-vehicle crash. They say it happened yesterday afternoon on New Castle Road. There’s no word if anyone was hurt in the accident. Police are asking anyone who may have seen what happened to call them.

State Police are trying to locate four juveniles who broke into the concession stand at a Grove City Little League field.  State Police say the break in happened Saturday afternoon at the Vic Hughes Little League Complex on Barkleyville Road.  The four white male juveniles were seen on the roof of the press box, and the break in was discovered later on.  Various candy and snacks were stolen, along with a trail camera, and the stand was ransacked.

Construction of the Revolution Pipeline is underway again in Center Township, almost two years after the natural gas line exploded in Beaver County.  Environmental regulators have given Energy Transfer Corporation permission to build the line near Ivy Lane.  Energy Transfer had been fined almost 31-million dollars for violations related to the 2018 explosion but has been allowed to resume the construction.  The state found the company had not stabilized areas along the pipeline to prevent landslides and stormwater runoff.  Energy Transfer is building on flatter ground this time.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health added nearly 16-hundred new Covid-19 cases to the total yesterday, pushing it close to 157-thousand. About seven new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 81-hundred-seven. Lawrence County has 531 cases and 23 deaths while Mercer County 735 cases and 17 deaths.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled a 2018 lawsuit against a gun manufacturer in the shooting death of a 13-year-old Mount Pleasant boy can move forward.  Mark and Leah Gustafson had filed the suit against Springfield Arms and Saloom Department Store in the accidental shooting death of their son, James Robert.  He was killed when a friend pointed what he thought was an unloaded gun at him.  The Gustafsons argued the gun was made without a safety feature that would have disabled the gun from firing.