The Beaver County Republican Committee has voted unanimously to rescind its endorsement of state Representative Aaron Bernstine. The committee’s decision follows posting of the videos that showed Bernstine encouraging his five-year-old son to smoke a cigar and to use profane language about women. Bernstine has refused calls by party leaders to resign and says he never asked for the committee’s endorsement anyway.
A 70-year-old woman is recovering after being assaulted and dragged by a car in front of her New Castle home Monday night. Her boyfriend, Joe Mazza, said the incident started when he approached a man who drove up in front of her house. Mazza said the man grabbed her and wouldn’t let her go. He said they started going and dragged her a few feet by car and then let her go.
President Trump makes a trip to Pennsylvania with just weeks until Americans go to the polls on Election Day. Trump held a Make American Great Again event in Johnstown last night, a community he previously visited in 2016 when he was seeking the White House. The president said if re-elected, he’d bring jobs back to the area and renegotiate trade deals he believes are hurting our country. He also criticized his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is continuing to call for the legalization of recreational marijuana. Wolf says it could be a good source of revenue for specific issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused and proposes that a big chunk of it goes to small businesses. He also emphasized how laws criminalizing marijuana have hurt minority communities in the state and wants part of the revenue to go to restorative justice.
Officials at Butler County Community College say they plan to be all remote or online to begin the first three weeks of the spring semester next year. Officials call the move a precaution against the possibility of fluctuating transmission levels of COVD-19 during the flu season. The semester begins January 19th and runs fifteen weeks. Officials have yet to announce the maximum percentage of face-to-face instruction.
The Transportation Security Administration is reminding people not to bring any weapons to the airport. Officials say a Texas man was carrying a loaded gun at Pittsburgh International Airport over the weekend, the third such incident there in the last few days. Since he had a permit, the traveler didn’t face any charges. Penalties for having a gun at a security checkpoint include possible arrest and thousands of dollars in fines.
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a weekend shooting in Ambridge. Police say Michael Tucker shot Trewon Marshall Sunday while he was trying to prevent a car from being stolen. Marshall was struck in the head and neck by bullets and taken to UPMC Presbyterian for treatment. Tucker is being charged as an adult and is in the Beaver County Prison on 200-thousand dollars bail.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported an additional 1,342 positive cases of COVID-19 and 16 new deaths since Monday’s report. That brings the statewide total to 174,646 cases and 8,384 total deaths attributed to COVID-19. Lawrence County added 15 new cases and now has a total of 643 and 23 deaths.
Officials with Riverside Elementary School in North Sewickley say a staff member of the school has tested positive for COVID-19. School officials say parents have been notified and told that their investigation has determined there was no risk of exposure to students. They say all classrooms have been thoroughly sanitized. Meanwhile, five Hopewell Area School District students have also tested positive. One 11th-grade student tested positive and four family members who are also students tested positive as well. Hopewell Area students began hybrid instruction five weeks ago.