TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 9TH, 2020

An Ellwood City man was killed in a motorcycle accident last night in Slippery Rock Township. State Police in Lawrence County report 43 year old David Sedgwick of was southbound on Route 65 when a vehicle operated by 72 year old Mary Dean of New Castle turned into the path of Sedgwick. Police said Sedgwick tried to stop but struck the vehicle causing him to be thrown from the motorcycle. Sedgwick was pronounced dead at the scene. Dean was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  The state added more than ten-thousand new cases to the total over the weekend, pushing it over 230-thousand. More than 80 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing nine-thousand. Lawrence County saw 62 new cases on Saturday and now has a total of 1,239 cases and 42 deaths as two more fatalities were reported.

Supporters of President Trump are protesting the election’s results as the Trump Administration calls for a recount in Pennsylvania. His supporters gathered on Saturday after President-Elect Joe Biden was declared the winner, echoing Trump’s claims of voter fraud despite there being no evidence of it. Even Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey, during an Interview last Friday with CBS, said he has not seen any evidence of voter fraud, however, in another interview yesterday he expressed his support for a recount. Toomey doesn’t think there would be enough votes to change the outcome of the election if a recount was made, but he said he wants to see what arises, if anything, from Trump’s lawsuits.

17th District Congressman Conner Lamb won re-election. The Associated Press on Saturday declared Lamb a winner over Republican challenger Sean Parnell. Lamb was winning by about 9,000 votes Saturday, according to unofficial returns.

State Police in Mercer County report a one vehicle accident in Jackson Township. According to police 24 year old Sean Harrison of Columbus Ohio was traveling south on Interstate 79 when he lost control of his vehicle and struck an embankment, causing the the vehicle to roll over. Harrison and a passenger were not hurt.

A rally originally scheduled to discuss social change turned into a celebration this weekend for the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.  Groups such as Beaver County Voice for Change and the Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community had scheduled the rally on Saturday earlier last week.  When word came Saturday that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had won, the event turned into a celebration in front of the Beaver County Courthouse, though supporters said a lot of work remains to be done over the next four years.

Though President Trump conclusively won Beaver County, the counting continues for provisional ballots that were cast on Election Day.  Trump won Beaver County by a 17-point-74 point difference, slightly smaller than the margin by which Trump won Beaver County four years ago.  Election workers did not begin counting the more than 16-hundred provisional ballots until Friday.  Voters cast provisional ballots if a voter had not received their mail-in ballot or they did not appear on the voter rolls.

Administrators in the Seneca Valley District have decided to put the high school on remote learning this week.  The move comes after at least eight students reported testing positive for COVID-19.  Remote learning is scheduled to last through this week.  Intermediate students transitioning to high school should continue to report as scheduled.

Developers behind LIVE Casino Pittsburgh have announced plans for another addition to the not-yet-opened venue.  Country-themed bar and restaurant PBR Pittsburgh is set to be a part of a second round of openings next year inside the casino complex. It will be the tenth PBR bar in the U.S.  LIVE Casino Pittsburgh is scheduled to open November 24th.