TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 4TH, 2020

Unofficial results have been posted in both Lawrence and Beaver Counties. Lawrence County saw a 79 percent turnout as over 33 thousand voters casted their ballots on election day. Chris Sainato along with Aaron Bernstine are on the way for another term in the State House in the 9th and 10th Districts respectively along with State Senator Elder Vogel Jr., in the 47th Senatorial District.  Congressmen Mike Kelly was also re-elected to another two-year term in Washington.

In the 17th Congressional District Republican Sean Parnell leads the incumbent Conner Lamb by about 57 votes with more votes yet to be counted. The district spans three counties that includes all of Beaver County, nearly half of Butler and about half of Allegheny County.

Beaver County is among seven Pennsylvania counties that will start counting ballots today.  Beaver County Elections Director Dorene Mandity says they didn’t start counting ballots in the June primary until the day following the election.  Mandity says the county elections office is a small room and waiting until today to begin tabulating results works better for them.  Nearly 82-percent of Beaver County’s 34-thousand-699 requested ballots had been returned by this past Monday.

The race to claim Pennsylvania is too close to call.  A whopping 20 electoral votes are up for grabs and they become a key part in winning the race for the White House.  President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden are in a close race to become the next Commander-in-Chief.  Both candidates spent several days during the home stretch of their campaigns in the Keystone State.

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar say there were no widespread significant problems amid high turnout at the polls and more than two-and-a-half million mail ballots cast.  Wolf said he’s proud of how Pennsylvanians conducted themselves.  Voter registration exceeded nine-million by the deadline to register.

Some staff at local universities might soon be looking for a new job.  Faculty members at five institutions recently received furlough letters.  Staff at Cheyney, Edinboro, Indiana, Mansfield, and Lock Haven universities were all told that they were being affected by budget cuts.  This is just the latest negative impact that COVID-19 has had on schools across the state.

State Police in Mercer County are investigating a claim from a 57-year-old Pine Township man who said he sent naked pictures of himself to someone he doesn’t know. The victim told investigators that the suspect threatened to send the pictures to the victim’s wife unless he paid $500. According to the report, the victim sent $500 worth of Amazon and iTunes gift cards to the suspect, who he never met in person. Police say there are no suspects.

Pennsylvania State Police are asking for help in locating a missing Slippery Rock University Student.  Gregory Jones is 21-years-old, a junior at the school and has not been seen since October 25th.  He is described as being five-foot-11 with brown hair, brown eyes and glasses. When last seen, he was driving a 2004 dark purple Lexus. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call authorities.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 2,875 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 214,871 on Tuesday, Nov. 3. This is the highest daily increase of cases since the beginning of the pandemic for the state. Lawrence County has 1,024 cases and 36 deaths while Mercer County has 1,194 cases and 27 fatalities.

Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion at a child care center in Butler County yesterday.  Children were evacuated safely from the Doodle Bug Child Care Center in Adams Township yesterday morning about 9-30.  Fire crews had responded at an automatic fire alarm at the child care center, but when they arrived, they found evidence of a possible explosion at the facility.  All children and staff were evacuated while investigators looked for a cause.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania dropped two cents in the past week and is at 2.50 a gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.23 a gallon while in Sharon the price is at 2.49. The average national gas price sank by four cents this week to $2.12 which is the lowest it has been at this point in the year since 2004.