TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020

A missing teen from Lawrence County has been found. 13 year old Alexys Bell was found yesterday afternoon by State Police in Butler County. Bell was reported missing on Monday night.

State Police in Beaver County are investigation a homicide from yesterday afternoon in Aliquippa. According to police the shooting took place just after 4:30 in the area of Wykes and Davis Streets. That’s where police found 19 year old Curtis Flowers of Aliquippa shot and in need of medical attention. Flowers was later pronounced dead at the scene.

An Aliquippa man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Pittsburgh to drug distribution and firearm charges. 37 year old Antoine Cummings, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. The charges stem from an incident in September of 2019. Cummings could see up to 40 years in prison on both charges and a fine up to two million dollars or both. Sentencing is set for April 22nd.

The New Castle News is reporting A water main that broke Sunday morning and caused loss of water or low pressure for New Castle and township residents is now fixed. A boil advisory is still in effect. The broken 12-inch water main was located near the intersection of Wilmington Road and Clen More Boulevard in Neshannock Township. The boil advisory could be lifted tomorrow morning.

Pennsylvania’s election results are official as the Department of State certified the results yesterday. This means Governor Tom Wolf signed the Certificate of Ascertainment yesterday, and now state electors will meet on December 14th to officially cast their votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Biden and Harris beat President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence by more than 80-thousand votes.

The P-A Department of Health is announcing 66-hundred-69 new COVID-19 cases statewide.  That brings the total number of confirmed or probable coronavirus cases to 321-thousand-70 since the start of the pandemic.  There were 81 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 complications, bringing the death toll to 99-hundred-51. Lawrence County saw an increase of 57 cases yesterday bringing the county’s total to 1,929 total cases.

There is another unemployment scam happening in Pennsylvania.  The Department of Labor and Industry is warning the public of a new national scam aiming to commit fraud in connection with unemployment.  A representative for the department said if residents receive calls, emails, text messages, or other communications asking for personal information to not provide it.  The ongoing scam is using identity theft by sending emails and Facebook posts telling recipients they’ve won a prize.

Public health officials have strongly encouraged people not to travel for Thanksgiving this week, but thousands are taking to the skies just the same.  On Tuesday, airport officials at Pittsburgh International advised that they have seen five-to-six-thousand travelers each day so far this week. Administrators are reminding people of enhanced cleaning regimens at the airport including autonomous floor cleaners and plexiglass at ticket counters.  Airport officials advise travelers to check with individual carriers for their COVID protocols.

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, Shell Chemicals plans to increase testing at their Beaver County cracker plant after the Thanksgiving holiday.  Total reported cases among plant workers have more than doubled in the last three weeks.  Some 200 workers are currently self-isolating, and there were 77 active cases among the plant’s seven-thousand person workforce as of yesterday.  Shell officials say most if not all of the cases are being traced to contacts outside of the job site.