TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 30TH, 2020

WFMJ-TV is reporting a Grove City man is accused of having sexual contact with a teen. The Grove City Police Department has filed charges of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault against 24-year-old Donald James Kotch.  The charges stem from an investigation into alleged sexual contact between Kotch and a 15-year-old girl. The alleged incident took place back in June of this year.

President Donald Trump is making a last minute visit to Butler County before the election.  Sources confirmed that Trump will be visiting the Butler County Regional Airport at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.  The doors for the rally will open at 4 p.m.  This will be the first visit he makes to western Pennsylvania since he contracted COVID-19 earlier in the month.

Beaver County elections officials say they have a small staff and will not start counting ballots until the day after Election Day.  Beaver County Commissioner and elections board chair Daniel Camp says they have from six to ten workers and want to make sure they have a full staff when they begin counting the ballots.  Beaver County has mailed out more than 35-thousand ballots and has received nearly 27-thousand.

An Aliquippa man faces charges following a one vehicle accident on Interstate 376 in Beaver County.  According to state police 44 year old Enrico Mastellino crashed his vehicle in a concrete traffic barrier in Potter Township. Police arrested Mastellino for suspension of driving under the influence. No injuries were reported.

There’s a potentially big problem developing in Butler County after thousands of requested absentee ballots may have disappeared. A county official says there were 40-thousand absentees requested, but so far less than 25-percent of them have been returned. That’s by far the lowest rate of any county in Pennsylvania. The United States Postal Service says its not aware of anything that may have contributed to the ballots being possibly lost. The investigation into exactly what happened is ongoing.

Governor Tom Wolf is assuring Pennsylvanians they are doing everything to ensure the integrity, safety and security of the election. Wolf says professional staff will monitor the situation around the state, and they are taking steps to keep voters safe at the polls. Election officials say the best way for voters to ensure their vote is counted is to just get it in by personally delivering their mail-in or absentee ballots.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 2,202 additional positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday, Oct. 29, bringing the statewide total to 202,876.  The state is reporting 8,762 virus-related deaths, with 44 additional deaths reported. Lawrence County has 903 cases after an increase of 24 cases reported yesterday.  Mercer County has 1,073 cases and 27 fatalities.

Having sprung forward earlier in the year, this weekend marks the time for us to fall back.  Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end.  Just a reminder at 2 a.m. this Sunday to move that clock back one hour.  Of course, you can always do it before you go to bed and enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

A doctor who attacked a referee during a recreational hockey game in New Kensington earlier this month has received his punishment.  In court on Thursday, Dr. Jeremy Gilbert was allowed to enter a diversion program that will see him complete anger management courses and serve two years of probation. Once those items are completed, pending assault charges against him will officially be dropped.