Tri County Report For January 8th, 2021

Authorities in Beaver County are searching for an escaped prisoner.  Forty-one-year-old John Broman broke out of the Beaver County Jail Thursday afternoon.  He is described as a white man, five-feet ten-inches tall, about 160 pounds, with brown hair.  He was being held on charges of burglary and criminal trespass.

Pittsburgh-area Congressman Mike Doyle on Thursday joined a growing list of legislators calling for the removal of President Trump from office.  The Democratic lawmaker has called for Vice-President Mike Pence and members of the cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment and have Trump declared unable to do his job.  This follows Wednesday’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of the president.

Governor Tom Wolf is sending help to the United States Capitol after the recent protests led by Trump supporters.  Wolf announced yesterday he is sending over one-thousand members of the state’s National Guard to D.C. to assist the district’s authorities.  The state’s National Guard members will be posted in the nation’s capital until newly-elected president Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20th.

Pennsylvania residents returning from the D.C. protests got an unpleasant surprise when they arrived home.   People came back to find several of their cars had been damaged and tires slashed while in the parking lot of the Clearview Mall.  They parked at the mall while they traveled by bus to the nation’s capital for Wednesday’s rally.  Pennsylvania state police are now investigating.

The New Brighton Area Police are offering a reward for information regarding the vandalism of statues outside of Holy Family Parish Church.  The church on Seventh Street, saw the heads of the statues removed on January 2nd, sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.   Officials are offering a 250-dollar reward.  If anyone has information regarding the vandalism call the New Brighton Police.

A former state representative has resigned his teaching position after social media posts showed him at Wednesday’s Trump rally in Washington.   Rick Saccone, who had been serving as an adjunct instructor at Saint Vincent College, stepped down from that position Thursday.  Saccone said that he wanted to spare any negative press to the school.  Saccone admits to being at the rally, but says that he did not take part on the invasion of the Capitol building.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting more positive cases of COVID-19.  The department announced almost 97-hundred new positive cases yesterday.  The total number of cases in the state has now surpassed 693-thousand since the pandemic began.  There were also 265 people who have passed away due to complications of the coronavirus. Lawrence County reported 53 new cases yesterday bringing its total to 4,579 total cases and 135 deaths. Mercer County has 6,336 cases and 43 fatalities.

The first case of a variant of COVID-19 is being researched by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  Dr. Rachel Levine announced yesterday that the COVID-19 variant was found in Dauphin County.  It is the same variant that was discovered in England last month.  Levine says public health experts are working to better understand the new variant by studying how it spreads and how it affects the people who are infected with it.

The Departments of Education and Health are allowing elementary schools the option to return to in-person learning. Prior to the change, schools were to only do remote learning. Officials say they encourage schools to consider a return to some form of in-person instruction when they start on January 25th, provided that they meet all the other mitigation conditions. However, they still recommend online learning for middle and high schools.