TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 27TH, 2020

New Castle police are providing details on drug raids involving multiple law enforcement agencies Tuesday night.  Warrants were served on homes in the 700-block of Lathrope Street and the 400-block of East Reynolds Street, both properties believed to be sites for narcotics distribution.  Between the two locations, officers seized drugs, cash and distribution tools.  Five people were arrested and are being held in the Lawrence County Jail.

A New Castle woman preparing dishes for her family’s Thanksgiving meal says that she may have left something on the stove Wednesday night.  Her home on Monroe Street was destroyed by fire.  She and her husband were able to escape the blaze with a pet cat.  Two other cats perished in the fire.

An Ellport man is facing charges after inappropriately touching an 11-year-old female relative. The New Castle News is reporting 73 year old Steven Bernardi was charged by Ellwood City police Tuesday with unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault on person less than 13 years of age and corruption of minors. The alleged incident took place back on July 3rd of this year.

Pennsylvania is hiring more outside contractors to help them deal with the backlog of unemployment claims due to the pandemic.  After nine months nearly 50-thousand Pennsylvanians are still waiting for the state to give them financial assistance of unemployment insurance.  The state recently hired the accounting firm Ernst and Young to handle complicated cases and help reduce the backlog.

State Police in Beaver County are investigating a two-car crash in Franklin Township. The accident took place around 5:30 last night on route 288 and Hilltop Drive. No other details have been released.

The Wilmington Greyhounds will be playing for the Class 2A PIAA state championship  tomorrow afternoon against Southern Columbia. They Greyhounds are making their 3rd appearance in the title game in the last four years. Southern Columbia, riding a 59 game winning streak, is looking for it’s 6th straight championship. Wilmington won the class 2A championship back in 2008.

Residents of Western Pennsylvania should not be surprised if they start receiving COVID information from the state on their mobile phones.  Governor Tom Wolf announced this week that state officials would start using the Wireless Emergency Alert system to communicate important messages about the pandemic to residents.  The state recently received approval to use the national alert system for localized COVID messaging.

Updated COVID-19 numbers are expected to be released by the state Department of Health later today covering each new case since Wednesday’s last report.  That’s when they had announced 67-hundred-59 cases were being added to the statewide total, bringing P-A to 327-thousand-829 confirmed or probable cases since the start of the pandemic. Lawrence County has 1,986 cases as of Wednesday and 66 fatalities.

Governor Tom Wolf is using his veto power on a weapons bill.  The measure passed mostly along state lines through the General Assembly.  If it were signed into law, Pennsylvanians would have been allowed to carry guns during an emergency proclamation, and guns and ammo shops would be approved to stay open during an emergency.

“Multiple” coronavirus tests among Baltimore Ravens came back positive Thursday, according to CBS Sports reports, potentially further endangering the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers that already has been pushed back because of covid-19 concerns. The game scheduled for last night at Heinz Field was pushed back to Sunday afternoon with a 1:15 kick-off. The CBS report stated that there are no changes as of yet to the game.

The prospect of the Beaver Moon has the Beaver County Amateur Astronomers Group planning some late nights this weekend.  The Beaver Moon refers to the first full moon in November.  The Beaver County group says Sunday night could be the best night to view the full moon because the forecast calls for a clear sky.  In fact, the group says anyone watching about 4:40 Monday morning can catch a Beaver Moon Eclipse.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Game Commission say it was a down firearms season for bear hunting.  The four-day season that ended Tuesday saw just eleven-hundred-65 bears taken, which Pennlive reports is considered relatively low.  Overall, there were 31-hundred-35 kills during all bear seasons in 2020.