TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 7TH, 2021

Members of western Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation sharply criticized the violence that broke out at a pro-Trump rally yesterday in Washington.  Democrat Mike Doyle from Forest Hills says he never saw anything like yesterday’s protests in his 25 years on Capitol Hill.  In a post on social media, Doyle said President Trump bears most of the blame for inciting his supporters to carry out the protest.  16th District Congressmen Mike Kelly said We know there is a lot of anger over this election and what’s happening in America, but this is not who we are.

The state Capitol building is closed today with all employees told to work from home.  The announcement comes after the fallout of the chaos at the U-S Capitol building yesterday.  The Harrisburg staff were told not to come to the building today whatsoever.

Governor Tom Wolf is condemning the violence portrayed during the protests in Washington D.C.  Governor Wolf expressed his concerns yesterday in a statement about the protests that happened at the U.S. Capitol building.  Wolf called the actions by Trump supporters a coup and said it was a result of a disinformation campaign led by President Trump and Republican legislators in Pennsylvania.  He says he is disgusted by the event but promises to continue to fight to make the country’s democracy stronger.

Former state Representative and unsuccessful congressional candidate Rick Saccone attended yesterday’s chaotic rally in Washington, where he said he was storming the Capitol.  In his post, he said they had broken through the barricades at the Capitol.  He also posted a photo of himself standing with state Senator Doug Mastriano at the rally where four people died.  Both posts were later deleted.

Positive COVID-19 cases are increasing in Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced almost 95-hundred new positive cases yesterday.  The statewide total number of cases is now over 683-thousand since the pandemic started.  There are currently more than 56-hundred people in the state who are hospitalized with the coronavirus. Lawrence County added 52 cases yesterday bringing its total to 4,526. Three more county residents have died from the virus. The death toll now stands at 134.

Nashville Police are searching for a second suspect allegedly involved in the murder of a Butler County native.  Officials announced yesterday that they are looking for 28-year-old James Edward Cowan, who is being charged with criminal homicide for being connected to the killing of Butler County’s Caitlyn Kaufman.  Kaufman was shot and killed in December while she was on her way to work as a nurse in Nashville.  Police say a 21-year-old man is already behind bars for the murder.

State Police in Beaver County report a one vehicle accident in Raccoon Township. According to police 24 year old Michael Forester of Industry was northbound on route 18 when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole. Forester and a passenger were not hurt. Police said the investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Sharon Regional Medical Center announced that it is closing its Cancer Care Center. The last day will be on March 8. Ina press release  Administrators said the center was underutilized and that patients will be transitioning to other facilities.