TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 5TH, 2020

New Castle City Police report a man was arrested following a drug raid yesterday at a North Mercer Street home. 30 year old Maurice Collier was charged with with four counts of possession with the intent to deliver, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, along with weapons charges. Police found herion, crack-cocaine and cocaine along with a gun and over five thousand dollars in cash. According to the department’s facebook page, members of the Narcotics Bureau and the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Special Investigative and Criminal Investigative Units conducted the raid.

Ballots are still being counted in Pennsylvania for the presidential election, and results may take another day as at least 80-percent of the state’s precincts have been counted. President Trump is still currently leading against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, but the margin has been dramatically reduced to less than 200-thousand votes.

Governor Tom Wolf says he will ‘fight like hell’ to make sure every vote is counted in Pennsylvania.  Speaking yesterday, Wolf said the Trump campaign’s move to sue and stop the counting of votes is simply wrong and goes against the most basic principles of our democracy.  The Trump campaign’s lawsuit claims election officials in P-A aren’t being transparent, with mail-in ballots being found across the Commonwealth.

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Conor Lamb has declared victory over his GOP challenger, Sean Parnell, with 92-percent of the vote counted from Tuesday’s election.  The New York Times reports Lamb is more than four-thousand votes — or one percentage point — ahead of Parnell in the face for Pennsylvania’s 17th district.  In a news conference last night, Lamb said although Parnell has not yet conceded, he believes the numbers are there to confirm his win.  Analysts say the remaining mail-in ballots are expected to favor Democrats.  Elections officials say they expect most of the votes will be counted by tomorrow.

Police in Butler Township have arrested a man they say pointed a crossbow at them.  According to police, the incident happened Monday night about 12-30 when they answered a call about a disturbance on Atglen Street.  Police say a man repeatedly threatened to kill them and pointed a crossbow at them.  The man was arrested, but police say they discovered the crossbow was not loaded.  Sixty-two-year-old Phillip Main of Butler is charged with making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  The state added nearly 28-hundred new cases to the total yesterday, pushing it over 217-thousand. About 35 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is nearing 89-hundred. Two more Lawrence County residents have died from COVID-19. The county now has 1,093 cases and 38 fatalities. Mercer County has 1,227 cases and 27 deaths.

It’s been weeks since a deadly shooting in Beaver County and police are still asking for help in solving the case. Officials say 25-year-old Jamere Scott was injured in the area of Carrol Street and Knoll Street near Aliquippa High School October 3rd. He was struck in the hip by a bullet and later died after being airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call authorities.

Environmental activists are opposing a request by Shell to ease air pollution limits at its Beaver county plastics factory.  Shell’s plant is the largest petrochemical construction project in Appalachia.  Shell wants to be able to release an additional four-point-seven tons of fine particulate matter, almost five tons of particulate matter and 55-thousand tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.  Environmentalists are asking state regulators to either reject the request or allow more time for public comments.

Two people are recovering from injuries they suffered in a two-vehicle crash in Butler Township this week.  The accident occurred Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of McCalmont and Meridian roads.  The two people are identified as 53-year-old Stacey Fowler and a passenger in the car she was driving, 79-year-old Janis Honse of Renfrew.  They were taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.  The driver of the other car was not seriously hurt.