TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 1ST, 2020

New Castle Police say an envelope containing a powder that was sent to a City Council member did not contain fentanyl.  Initial tests on the powder after the envelope was opened in council chambers last week indicated the presence of fentanyl.  The evidence was sent to the State Police crime lab, and no controlled substances were detected.  New Castle Police say it has been deemed that no threat was made against the City Council, and the case is closed.

A New Castle woman has been charged in connection with a deadly crash in Youngstown. WFMJ-TV reports 38 year old Kimberly was arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court this week on one misdemeanor count of vehicular homicide .Police say Savage was one of the drivers in a May 17 crash involving a pickup truck and a car. Sixty-year-old Bruce Eley died in the crash. The next court hearing for Savage is scheduled for December 1.

State Police in Beaver County report a two vehicle accident in Green Township. According to police 46 year old Michael Shipley of Jonesborough Tennessee, was westbound on route 168 when he crossed the center line and struck a vehicle head on operated by 44 year old Matthew Russell of New Cumberland, West Virginia. Both drivers were taken to Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital for treatment. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Fresh off his first debate with President Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden makes a stop in Pittsburgh. The Democratic nominee for the White House toured the region by train yesterday as part of his “Build Back Better” economic initiative. In addition to Pittsburgh, Biden also made appearances in communities like New Alexandria, Latrobe and Johnstown. A recent poll shows he leads President Trump by nine points in Pennsylvania just weeks before Election Day.

The P-A Department of Health is adding eleven-hundred-53 new COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth.  That brings the statewide total of confirmed or probable cases to 158-thousand-967.  There were 19 new deaths reported, with the number attributed to coronavirus complications now at 81-hundred-42 since the start of the pandemic. Lawrence County has 531 cases and 23 deaths.

Officials with Shell say their ethane cracker plant in Potter Township is almost seventy-percent complete.  They say they’re commissioning utility systems at the plant, but they do not have a definite timetable for when the plant will be fully operational.  Shell’s Falcon Pipeline, which will transport more than 100-thousand barrels of ethane to the plant each day, is 95-percent completed.

A Butler man has filed a lawsuit against police after he claims officers assaulted him. John Jackson says he was walking to a friend’s house in May 2019 when he was stopped by police. That’s when Jackson says he was threatened with a Taser and handcuffed before being told he was going to face charges for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Jackson was later treated for a broken arm, and the charges against him were eventually dropped. The city isn’t commenting on the lawsuit.

The Steelers and Titans game is being rescheduled after a COVID-19 outbreak.  In order to allow for additional testing and contract tracing to take place for the Titans, the game is being moved to either Monday or Tuesday.  The NFL says an official date and time will be nailed down as soon as possible.  The schedule change comes after multiple Titans players and personnel tested positive for COVID-19.

Election officials in Beaver County have mailed ballots to more than 27-thousand voters.  County officials say the process was delayed by the courts and then the mailings had to be assembled.  In June, there were more than 18-thousand ballots mailed for the primary.  The mail-in ballots will be counted beginning the day after the November third election.