TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 15TH, 2020

New Castle City Police report Charges are pending after police found a large amount of drugs and cash inside a home early yesterday morning.  According to the departments facebook page the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office along with several law enforcement agencies, including New Castle City Police served a search warrant at a home on Park Avenue. During the search, officers found nearly 300 grams of cocaine, 68 grams of heroin and 57 grams of crack cocaine. They also found several firearms and $27,000 in cash.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of nearly eight-thousand new cases, pushing it close to 500-thousand. About 54 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 12-thousand-619. Lawrence County has 3,242 cases and 104 fatalities.

With reports of health care workers beginning to receive the new COVID vaccine, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says it could be awhile before the general public will get their turn.  In a press conference on Monday, Levine advised that it could be several months down the line, maybe even the summer, before manufacturers produce vaccines in such quantities that it will be made available to the public at large.  Until then, she continues to advise people to follow the COVID protocols of social distancing, hand washing and limiting physical contacts.

Electors from Western Pennsylvania and all around the state met in Harrisburg on Monday to officially count their votes and certify election results in the Keystone State.  Joe Biden defeated President Trump in the presidential contest in Pennsylvania by about 82-thousand votes, good enough to claim victory in the state and to collect its 20 electoral votes.  Nationwide, the former vice-president came out on top with 306 electoral votes.  A joint session of Congress will convene on January 6th where the electoral votes will officially be counted.

A murder trial in Mercer County has been delayed once again. According to the Sharon Herald the trial of 20 year old Jaylaun Coleman of Farrell, which was scheduled to begin yesterday, is now set to begin Feb. 9. Coleman is charged with the August 2018 murder of 21 year old Tyrone Cornish. The trial has been delayed several times. Coleman remains in the Mercer County Jail.

In a year when many airlines have cut travel connections due to low passenger volume, Southwest Airlines this week has announced plans to add an option for Pittsburgh travelers.  Beginning March 13th, the airline will offer weekly direct flights from Pittsburgh to Sarasota-Bradenton.  Allegiant Air currently offers that same itinerary four times each week.

A new program in Butler County is helping out laid-off workers in the hospitality and restaurant industries.  The program called We Care is collecting donations to give to employees who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  People interested in making a donation can do so on the Visit Butler County website.

A drive-in movie theater in Moon Township is changing a few guidelines in order to remain open during the weeks of COVID-19 restrictions.  The owners of the Dependable Drive-In announced Sunday on the theater’s Facebook page that it is now only taking online reservations.  It will also only be playing single features. Customers can make their reservations on the Dependable Drive-In’s website.

A pair of Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies have been reassigned after a picture turned up online of them this weekend at a restaurant violating COVID health orders.  The picture, posted to social media on Saturday, featured the deputies inside the Crack’d Egg on Brownsville Road posing with the restaurant’s owner. An order from the governor prohibiting indoor dining went into effect on Saturday.  The restaurant has since been shut down after an inspector found it to be serving indoors and also found staff not wearing face masks.