TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 13TH, 2020

A shooting Sunday morning in New Castle is being called accidental. The incident took place around 12:15am at the Four Brothers Market on Moravia Street. The New Castle news reports a 17-year-old male  shot his brother in the chest. Police chief Bobby Salem said the investigation is ongoing but the shooting is believed to have accidental.

A teen from Aliquippa faces attempted homicide and assault charges in connection with an incident in which a Geneva College graduate was shot in the face near a church he was visiting.  Police say four people, including 15-year-old Michael Tucker from Aliquippa, were trying to enter a car that did not belong to them when Trewon Marshall, who was at nearby New Hope Community Church, confronted them.  Marshall was a star football player at Geneva.  During a fight that followed, Marshall was shot in the face and was hospitalized.  His condition is not yet known.

Final preparations are underway for President Trump’s return to Pennsylvania tonight. He’ll be holding a Make America Great Again rally at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in Johnstown at seven p-m. The President returned to the campaign trail in Florida last night for the first time since being treated for coronavirus. He won the Keystone State in 2016, but recent polls show he’s behind Democrat Joe Biden this time around.

A Hookstown teen escaped injury following a one vehicle accident in Beaver County. According to state police 18 year old Benjamin Neville was traveling on Frankfort Road in Raccoon Township when he vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment causing the vehicle to roll on its side. Neville and a 10 year old passenger were not hurt.

The state Department of Health is adding 22-hundred-54 cases of COVID-19 across P-A over the past two days.  The combined Sunday and Monday report brings the Commonwealth to 173-thousand-304 confirmed or probable cases since the start of the pandemic.  There were 24 new COVID-19-related deaths announced Monday for the two-day span as well. Lawrence County has 628 cases and 23 deaths.

State Representatives Daryl Metcalfe and Jim Marshall are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice David Wecht, but the court has turned aside their plea.  The two Republicans from Butler County want Wecht impeached because of recent court rulings upholding Governor Tom Wolf’s shutdown orders.  In a statement on the reason for the rejection, the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court says trying to dismiss a justice over a difference of opinion undermines the court’s independence.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of gas is up a penny this week in Western Pennsylvania at 2.54 a a gallon. In New Castle motorists are paying 2.37 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.48. , the national gas price average held steady at $2.18, which is a penny less than last month and 45 cents cheaper than last year. A year ago drivers in Western Pennsylvania were paying 2.80 a gallon.

Pennsylvania’s second lady, Gisele Fetterman, says she’s thankful for the support that she’s received after being verbally attacked in an Allegheny County grocery store.  The wife of the lieutenant governor was inside an Aldi market on Sunday when she was approached by another woman who called her, among other things, the “N” word.  The woman followed Mrs. Fetterman, who was without her security detail at the time, out to her car and continued shouting at her.  Fetterman’s detail has since identified the insulting woman and is investigating.  Fetterman says that she’ll think twice about going out without her security team again.

The referee whom a player in an adult hockey league assaulted during a game at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena earlier this month says he plans to continue officiating.  Referee Mario de Leon was officiating a game October second when a player began punching him and pushed him to the ice.  Forty-three-year-old Jeremy Gregory Gilbert has been charged with a first-degree misdemeanor in the incident.  De Leon says he’ll continue to referee games because he loves hockey.