TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 24TH, 2020

A New Castle man has been arrested in connection with human trafficking in Ohio. According to the New Castle News 33 year old Jarrod Mills was charged with four sex crime felonies after his arrest on Thursday by the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department. He was one of 14 men arrested in the sting operation. Mills is charged with attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, importuning or soliciting of an adolescent, possessing criminal tools and displaying matter harmful to juveniles.

Monday’s report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health shows that coronavirus cases continue to climb in the state.  From Saturday to Monday, there were three-thousand-73 new cases reported with 19 new deaths. Lawrence County added 30 new confirmed positive cases in Monday’s two-day report. The county is now at 849 positive cases.  The death count stayed at 34.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are on the rise in P-A, but are still below where they peaked in April, according to Doctor Rachel Levine.  The state’s Secretary of Health added that Pennsylvanians should take measures to avoid contracting the virus by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.  She said seven in ten COVID-19 positive people cannot fully answer who they’ve been around when it comes to contact tracing.

In the U.S. Senate Monday evening, Pennsylvania’s senators split their votes on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.  Republican Pat Toomey voted in favor of Barrett, saying that she has shown a deep commitment to the proper role of a federal judge in our constitutional system.  Democrat Bob Casey voted against approval, claiming that her nomination was rushed so that she could vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act.  Barrett’s nomination was approved by a vote of 52-to-48.  Judge Barrett took her constitutional oath in a White House ceremony shortly after the Senate vote. She will officially become Justice Barrett today

State Police in Lawrence County report a man was struck by a vehicle while mowing his lawn of Friday. Police said the incident took place at about 3:45 p.m. on Stoughton Road. The driver of the truck did not stop. The 50 year old man suffered minor injuries, but refused treatment. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police.

State officials are reminding residents about rent and mortgage assistance available for Pennsylvanians.  Renters are eligible for 750-dollars a month for six months.  Homeowners can get up to a-thousand-dollars per month for up to six months.  It’s all made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.  The deadline to apply is November 4th, and you can do so on their website.

Police are investigating a shooting that took place Sunday morning in Aliquippa. According to State Police  60 year old Joseph Jahoda of Aliquppa was found shot in the leg in the 200 block of Spaulding Street. Jahoda was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment. No arrests have been made.

Today is the last day to submit applications for mail-in and absentee ballots for the upcoming election. The deadline to submit them is by 5 p.m. today, and it can be done either in-person at a county elections office or online at votespa.com. People who have already applied, but have yet to return their ballots, have until Election Day November 3rd to do so.

Voters in Beaver County are still waiting for their mail-in ballots to land in their mailboxes.  Residents have told KDKA they have been waiting a month since they completed their applications for mail-in ballots.  County elections officials say those ballots should arrive shortly because anyone who applied for a ballot has been sent one, though some were just sent out late last week.  They’re asking all Beaver County voters to be patient, saying that their votes will be counted.