TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020

New Castle Firemen were called to the scene of a house fire early Sunday morning on Ridge Street. The fire broke out around 4am. The home was undergoing renovations and no one was at home at the time of this fire. No injuries were reported. The home is a total loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Boil water advisory remains in effect following a water main break yesterday on the North Hill. According to the New Castle News, New Castle and Union, Shenango, Hickory, Neshannock and Mahoning townships are under a precautionary boil water advisory. The break occurred along Wilmington Road near Clenmoore Blvd. in Neshannock Township.

Governor Tom Wolf is reportedly going to sign the recently passed state budget into law.  The seven-month spending plan passed through the state House remotely amid reports of a COVID-19 outbreak.  There is a four-point-three-billion-dollar deficit with this spending plan.  Over the summer, lawmakers worked out a five-month spending plan to allow them flexibility to reevaluate its spending amid the pandemic.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  Over the weekend, Pennsylvania surpassed the 300-thousand mark in total cases as officials counted more than 20-thousand new cases in just three days.  About 251 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 98-hundred. Three more Lawrence County residents have died from Covid-19 bringing the death toll to 64. The county now has 1,818 total cases after 42 new cases were reported Saturday.

The Sharon Herald is reporting a family of four adults was left homeless after a fire Saturday in Sharon. The blaze broke out at a home on Taylor Avenue just after 6:30. The fire started in the living room. No injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation and the Red Cross is assisting the family.

State Police in Mercer County have filed charges against a Sandy Lake man accused of stalking a minor. According to police, 39-year-old Kenneth Sachse allegedly had inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old female. Police say the incident happened on September 7. Sachse faces several charges including stalking. Bond was set at 10 thousand dollars.

Pennsylvania’s Republican Senator Pat Toomey says President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options in his fight to change the outcome of the election. Over the weekend, Judge Matthew W. Brann dismissed a lawsuit from the Trump campaign intended to delay the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania. Toomey says Brann is a longtime conservative Republican who he knows is a fair and unbiased jurist. Toomey then congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Two people were arrested following a drug bust in Butler Friday morning. According to Inside Butler County police arrested 32-year-old Cody Vizi and 38 year-old Stephanie Miller after they found 210 stamp bags of heroin and fentanyl. Officers also seized over $2,000 in cash determined to be part of the investigation.  Both Vizi and Miller are in the Butler County Prison on $100,000 bond on charges including felony Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance. A six year old child and a 12 year old child were also found in the residence and were placed with family members.

A group of Republicans, including 16th District  Congressman Mike Kelly, has gone to court asking that most mail-in ballots from this year’s general election be thrown out.  The complaint filed Saturday argues that state legislators violated the Pennsylvania constitution by voting to allow residents to cast mail-in ballots without first demonstrating why they couldn’t vote in person.  Kelly is joined in the suit by five voters from Western Pennsylvania and a pair of losing GOP congressional candidates, Sean Parnell and Wanda Logan.

Congressman Conor Lamb has closed his offices after an outbreak of COVID-19 in the region.  In a press release issued yesterday, his office says Lamb and his staff will be working remotely during regular business hours of 9 a-m to 5-30 p-m weekdays.  His Beaver County phone line will still be available to residents at 724-206-4860.