TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 3RD, 2020

The New Castle News is reporting that a  Conneaut, Ohio, woman is in the Lawrence County jail after state police seized a variety of controlled substances, including methamphetamine, from her vehicle in Ellwood City following a traffic stop Monday afternoon. 36 year old Jennifer Louise Glasscock faces a number of charges as police also confiscated a gun and over 43 hundred dollars in cash. Glasscock was arraigned Tuesday and bond was set at 100 thousand dollars.

The condition of a Beaver Falls man who was hit by a train yesterday is unknown.  Beaver County responders say the incident happened near the 8th Street crossing in Beaver Falls.  They confirmed a coroner was called to the scene.  The investigation is still ongoing.

Republican state lawmakers are calling on Governor Tom Wolf to call the General Assembly back to session to address election concerns. Despite there being no evidence of election fraud, state Representative Daryl Metcalfe says they have several questions they need answered regarding drop boxes, ballot handling and more to restore faith in the electoral process. The governor’s office responded by saying no, and that Pennsylvania had a secure election as state and federal judges have rejected many reckless accusations.

The sale of Three Mile Island’s Unit Two is being approved by federal regulators.  The U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the sale to a Utah-based company yesterday.  The company is being charged for the decommissioning process that began in 1979.  Some state officials have voiced their concerns over the company’s ability to pay for the one-point-four-billion-dollar process, but the approval came with no public hearing.

Officials with the P-A Department of Health are reporting another 82-hundred-91 COVID-19 cases across P-A.  Wednesday’s announcement brings the total number of confirmed or probable cases to 375-thousand-431 since the start of the pandemic.  Health officials say nearly five-thousand patients are hospitalized and positive with the virus, which is up 238 from the previous day.  Lawrence County added 38 new Covid-19 cases to its total which now sits at 2,330 with 70 fatalities.

A surge in COVID-19 cases has led officials with Beaver County school districts to switch all classes to remote learning.  Yesterday, Big Beaver Falls Area School District became the last district in the county to move from a hybrid model to all-remote learning.  All district schools will remain online through January eighth because of a growing number of employees testing positive for the coronavirus.

Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato announced yesterday that a four thousand dollar grant will help the Lawrence County Historical Society continue preserving the county’s rich past. The grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will provide critical support for the society’s operations as it works to archive and preserve items and records of historical importance. Sainato said the funding is part of a package of nearly $2 million in grants.

Two people were taken to the hospital following a traffic accident in Mercer County. State police report 44 year old Matthew Wilson of Grove City was traveling east on Barkleyville Road when he pulled into the path of a vehicle operated by Joshua Keith of Franklin. Both drivers were taken to Grove City Medical Center for treatment.

Former Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez is seeking for some of his charges to be dismissed.  Vazquez is facing 25 charges for allegedly having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl.  The pitcher’s lawyer says eleven of those charges should be dismissed.  Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Mears announced yesterday he will schedule another hearing soon.

The P-A Fish and Boat Commission is reminding anglers that 2021 fishing licenses are on sale.  The licenses and permits can be purchased at the Commission’s website as well as nearly 700 retail spots and are immediately good for the rest of this year as well as all of 2021.  The price of an annual resident fishing license in 2021 remains 22-dollars-and-91-cents.