TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 5TH, 2020

A suspect charged with killing a 22-year-old man from Beaver Falls is in custody.  Beaver County officials say 23-year-old Patrick Hayne of eastern Pennsylvania is accused of killing Latrell Parker on September 25th.  Police found Parker’s body in his home on Fifth Avenue.  He’d been shot several times.  Another suspect is also in custody and charged in the murder.  He’s identified as 33-year-old Joshua Lee Diegdio of Beaver Falls.

New Castle’s city council is extending its Act 47 exit plan by 18 months, a reversal of its decision made a week ago. In a press released, it states that council has determined to exercise this one-time fiscal option that allows it to utilize $300,000 for operations. It went on to say any initial hesitation of an 18-month extension was due to council’s growing concern that Mayor Chris Frye would continue the irresponsible spending and failure to follow all the Act 47 exit plan.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  The state added more than two-thousand new cases to the total over the weekend, pushing it over 163-thousand. About 37 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 82-hundred.. Lawrence County has 517 cases and 23 deaths.

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is expected to announce the end of his career today. The Philadelphia Inquirer cited two sources close to the Republican Senator who allegedly confirmed the decision. Toomey was first elected as Senator in 2010 and was reelected in 2016. His current term is set to end in 2022.

A Kent Ohio man faces charges following an accident in Beaver County. According to State Police 21 year old Nathaniel Swan was northbound on Interstate 376 in Brighton Township when he traveled off the roadway and struck a guard rail. Police said Swan was charged with driving under the influence. He was taking to Heritage Valley Hospital in Beaver for treatment.

With two weeks before the deadline, Lawrence County, election officials say they’ve received more than 13-thousand ballot requests, which is more than four times the number they received in 2016. In Butler County say they’ve received 40-thousand mail-in ballot requests.  They say all voters will be sent clear instructions on voting by mail, including a reminder for everyone to seal the secrecy envelope with their ballot inside.

Allegheny County officials are reminding citizens to take part in the census if they haven’t already done so.  The deadline is at the end of the month.  Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says about 72-percent of the county’s residents have participated.  He says federal funding for the Pittsburgh area is dependent on accurate census information.

State Department of Health officials are asking those in attendance for President Trump’s rally last week at H-I-A to use their COVID Alert P-A app.  They say it’s an easy way to anonymously inform people they had contact with that they could be infected.  Trump and the First Lady both tested positive for coronavirus late last week.

A popular holiday event in Butler County has been scrapped due to the coronavirus. Organizers of The Spirit of Christmas Parade say it’s been canceled this year out of an abundance of caution. The parade was supposed to be held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. There’s no word just yet if it will return in 2021.