TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 18TH, 2020

Pennsylvania nursing homes and long-term care facilities are going to get the COVID-19 vaccines soon.  The Secretary of State Dr. Rachel Levine announced yesterday that seniors and others in long-term care are going to start receiving vaccinations on December 28th.  The vaccines will be distributed by the partnership between the federal government and CVS and Walgreens.  Levine says the general public might be able to get the vaccination by late spring of next year.

A Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge is going to run for a seat in the state Supreme Court.  Judge Maria McLaughlin announced yesterday that she will be running for a single seat in the state Supreme Court in 2021.  She has held a position with the Superior Court for the past three years.  The current seat held by Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor is going to be on the ballot next year.

The New Castle News is reporting a Pittsburgh man is wanted by New Castle City Police accused of strangling a cat. 36 year old Farawn Owens is wanted in connection with the December 7th, incident. A woman told police that Owens killed the cat in front of her at a residence on Brinton Street. Owens is facing one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals, and two counts of cruelty to animals. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

A Butler County man is going to serve time in prison for being involved in a drug ring between Butler County and Philadelphia.   28-year-old Ricardo Glenn was sentenced to almost five years in prison yesterday.  Prosecutors say Glenn dealt over 30 grams of fentanyl, about 80 grams of heroin and one-hundred grams of cocaine.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of nearly ten-thousand new cases, pushing it over 529-thousand. About 224 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 13-thousand-391. Lawrence County has 3,429 cases and 98 fatalities as three more people have died from Covid-19.

The Wolf administration is recognizing nearly 1,100 commonwealth employees who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserves, and the National Guard. The Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Recognition Campaign was launched last year and since the launch, more than 15,000 employees have been recognized. Those who get honored have received a lapel pin featuring the national flag and the commonwealth flag signifying their dual-service status.

A University of Pittsburgh cardiologist is suing the school after facing backlash for an article he wrote.  Dr. Norman C. Wang filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court against the school, the company that published his article and the American Heart Association.  After the American Heart Association pulled Wang’s article from publication, the company said it was contacted by UPMC officials that Wang’s article was full of misconceptions and misquotes.  Wang says statements made by the university’s officials have damaged his reputation in both medicine and academics.

A 69-year-old Westmoreland County woman is accused of intentionally coughing on employees and on bottles of alcohol in a state liquor store.  Leona Warman was charged this week in the December 9th incident.  Employees say that Warman was in the store when she pulled down her face mask, screamed that she had COVID and then coughed in the direction of four workers.  They say she followed that by coughing into her hands and then rubbing them on about 300 bottles of liquor.  The store says that they had to throw out about five-thousand dollars’ worth of booze.  Warman is due in court March 8th.