TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 21ST, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf is calling on lawmakers to show support for small businesses.  Wolf has urged the Pennsylvania General Assembly to fund more of the small businesses with additional financial support.  He says that they have been struggling since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Governor is also strongly encouraging the General Assembly to provide an additional 225-million-dollars in CARES Act money for the companies.  The General Assembly is in session this week.

Investigators in Butler County say a Slippery Rock man was bilked out of tens of thousands of dollars.  Police say the 67-year-old man reported the theft fraud forgery to them over the weekend.  He told them he lost more than 52-thousand dollars.  No additional details were released.

No injuries were reported following a two vehicle accident in Muddy Creek Township. State Police in Butler County report 20 year old Destiny Wilson of New Castle was southbound on Interstate 79 when she attempted to get into the left lane when she struck a vehicle operated by 41 year old Emily Peets of Pittsburgh. Police said neither driver was hurt.

Months after a devastating fire that heavily damaged the facility, the Sukup Steel Structures plant in Ambridge will close next month.  The blaze in July destroyed parts of the building.  Firefighters from Beaver and Allegheny counties fought for six hours to bring the fire under control.  The closing will affect 133 employees, some of whom will be offered jobs at the company headquarters in Iowa.

Pennsylvania is now on New York state’s travel advisory list.  The Commonwealth joins 42 other states on that list.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says there’s no practical way to quarantine from P-A but if the travel between states isn’t essential, it should be avoided.

We are now less than one week from the deadline to request a mail-in ballot here in Pennsylvania.  Voters must act on their choice to get that ballot by next Tuesday.  You can request your mail-in ballot by visiting d-o-s-dot-pa-dot-gov.  Yesterday was the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down a penny this week to 2.53 a gallon. In New Castle motorists are paying 2.37 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.48. The average national gas price also declined slightly this week to $2.16 which is two cents less than last week and 49 cents less than last year.

State leaders are reminding businesses of a new directory that helps them obtain the materials to fight COVID-19.  It’s called the Pennsylvania COVID-19 P-P-E and Supplies Business-2-Business Interchange Directory.  The directory helps companies that are in need of P-P-E to get things like face masks, thermostats, hand sanitizer and more.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health added more than 15-hundred new cases to the total yesterday, pushing it close to 185-thousand. About 33 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 85-hundred. Lawrence County added 18 new Covid-19 cases yesterday bringing its total to 741. Another Lawrence County resident died of COVID-19, marking the second straight day a death was reported in the county. The death count for the county now stands at 26.

Nova Chemicals officials have announced the company is selling its Beaver County plant to a petrochemical company in Mexico.  The company is selling its entire polystyrene and resins unit to Styropek, a subsidiary of Mexico-based Alpek. Nova’s executive center in Moon Township is not part of the deal and is not affected.  It’s not immediately clear what will happen to the 200 employees of the Potter Township plant.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Wayne Township. According to police 24 year old Ashley Buchta of Ellwood City was eastbound on route 351 when she traveled off the roadway and crashed into a utility pole. No injuries were reported.