TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 8TH, 2020

Police in Shenango Township were called to the scene of an accident yesterday afternoon where an SUV crashed into the  Church of the Latter Day Saints.  According to the New Castle News a 55-year-old man was southbound on Route 65 when his vehicle left the highway and struck the building. The SUV collided with the front of the sanctuary, hitting the organ. The driver of the vehicle was handcuffed and taken to UPMC Jameson for a blood test.

Two people were flown to Pittsburgh Hospitals following an accident yesterday morning in Butler County. According to state police 29 year old Kimberly Summers of Pittsburgh was eastbound on Jaminsonville Road in Center Township when she failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a vehicle operated by 56 year old Dwayne Hartman of Butler. A passenger in the Hartman vehicle 20 year old Zachary Hartman also of Butler was ejected from the vehicle and flown to Allegheny General Hosptial. Summers was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Dwayne Hartman was taken to AGH for treatment.

President Trump is reportedly considering holding another campaign event in Pittsburgh. The New York Times says it could be held as early as this Monday, but the exact details haven’t been finalized yet. Trump was in the area just a few weeks ago when he stopped at Pittsburgh International Airport. Recent polls show he’s struggling to build support in Pennsylvania, with a Monmouth University survey showing he’s currently 12 points behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Sharon Police arrested two people following a search of a residence on Sunday. 21 year old Christopher Norris of Sharon and 18 year old Amari Abram of Sharpsville are charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in the case. According to the Sharon Herald police 17 pounds of marijuana along with 73 hundred dollars in cash. Both men are in the Mercer County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

Police in Butler Township say they found about 60-thousand dollars in heroin after they arrested a woman from whom they’d just made several controlled drug buys.  The bust occurred yesterday on Harrison Avenue.  The suspect is identified as Tammy Macefe [[ MACK-eff-fee ]].  In addition to the heroin, police say they discovered methamphetamine, packaging materials and about 14-thousand dollars in cash.

Congressman Conor Lamb says charges by President Trump in last week’s debate that voter fraud is rampant are false.  The President alleged that absentee military ballots had been discarded at a county election office in Pennsylvania.  Lamb joined state Attorney General Josh Shapiro yesterday in shooting down the President’s claims.  Shapiro said such allegations have been disproven by the FBI and in court.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  The state added around 13-hundred new cases to the total yesterday, pushing it over 166-thousand. About 28 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 82-hundred-72. Lawrence County meanwhile reported its 23rd death due to Covid-19 the first since September 23. The county also reported four new cases yesterday bringing its total to 568 cases.

South Side Area School District in Beaver County has decided to postpone several boys’ soccer matches after one of its student athletes tested positive for COVID-19.  District officials say the affected student and everyone who was in close contact with the athlete has been notified and will be quarantining through next Monday.  South Side is the third school in Beaver County to suspend its sports program due to the coronavirus this season.

It’s welcome news for area Lowe’s employees as the home supply retailer has announced another round of bonuses.  This will mark the fifth round of bonuses that the company has given to workers since the start of the pandemic.  Yesterday’s announcement promised 300 dollars to full-time employees and 150 for part-time and seasonal staffers.