TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 20TH, 2020

The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea. The justices divided 4-4 Monday, an outcome that upholds a state Supreme Court ruling that allowed election officials to receive and count ballots until Nov. 6, even if they don’t have a clear postmark.  Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the three liberal justices to reject Pennsylvania Republicans’ call for the court to block the state court ruling.

Vice President Mike Pence is trying to make the case to Pennsylvania voters that he and President Trump deserve four more years in office. The VP made a campaign stop at the Capital City Airport in Fairview Township yesterday. He touched on several key topics including the economy, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s steel and coal industries. President Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016, but polls show he’s behind Democrat Joe Biden this time around.

COVID-19 has forced Governor Tom Wolf to make some tough decisions.  On Friday, he vetoed a bill that would allow restaurants to open up with full capacity.  He said that would’ve endangered public health and safety in the process.  In addition, Governor Wolf signed a bill that places a freeze on pay increases for certain top officials in the state.  That includes himself, the lieutenant governor, judges, members of the General Assembly and other state leaders.  Wolf says he was forced to do this because of the loss of revenue related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The State department of health added added nearly 24-hundred new cases of Covid-19 to the total yesterday, pushing it over 183-thousand. About 32 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is shy of breaking 85-hundred. Another COVID-19 death was reported in Lawrence County on Monday, according to Pennsylvania health officials. The death count for the county now stands at 25.  The County now has 723 cases.

The Justice Department has indicted six Russian intelligence agency officers over alleged cyber attacks they call some of the most destructive in history.  One of the attacks targeted Heritage Valley Health System, based in Sewickley.  The indictment was returned in Pittsburgh and includes charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and identity theft.  Justice Department officials say a malware attack hit Heritage Valley in 2017.

Three people are facing charges after they were caught allegedly stealing campaign signs in Beaver County.  Police say the suspects were caught swiping signs Friday night along Dettmar Ave and North Avenue when officers patrolling the area noticed a car with a rear hatch light on.    Baden police say charges are being filed against one adult and two juvenile women.  The suspects said they committed crimes because “they were just having a little fun.”

Gamblers are advised to get their slot money together and begin practicing their blackjack basic strategy.  A spokesperson for the new LIVE casino in Westmoreland County has announced plans for the venue to open on November 24th.  In the statement released yesterday, a spokesperson stated that the venue will host a number of charity events before opening its doors to the public.  The casino will occupy a space of more than 100-thousand square-feet and boasts 750 slot machines and 30 table games plus restaurants and other entertainment.

Butler County officials say more than eight-thousand residents have signed up for emergency alerts since the system was launched this year, but they want more people to register.  The CodeRED Emergency Alert System sends notifications of such emergencies as severe thunderstorms, flash floods and tornadoes.  Residents can sign up at the county’s website.

Beaver County’s second annual Scavenger Hunt is set for this Saturday.  The drive-able event that promotes local businesses is scheduled to run from 10 a-m until three p-m.  The Scavenger Hunt allows families to take in eight to ten different businesses throughout the county from the safety of their car.  Reservations are required, and tickets are available through the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce’s website.