TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 15TH, 2021

New Castle City Police are looking for a Pittsburgh woman wanted for trying to stab a man at a North Hill residence on Tuesday. The New Castle News reports 64 year old Tonya McGuire is wanted on charges of aggravated and simple assault, harassment, criminal mischief and simple trespass. A warrant has been issued for her arrest. The man was able to escape without being injured.

A Portersville man has been sentenced in federal court to time served followed by three years’ supervised release on his convictions of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and heroin. Authorities say 53 year old Ray Chrzanowski was heard on FBI wiretaps conspiring to distribute the drugs in the city of Pittsburgh from November of 2017 until June of 2018.

TSA agents discovered a loaded 22-caliber handgun inside of a female traveler’s carry-on bag on Thursday at Pittsburgh International Airport.  The incident occurred at around 7:15 a.m. at the airport’s main security gate.  Allegheny County police determined that the traveler had a valid conceal carry permit and had forgotten the gun in her bag.  The weapon was confiscated and the woman continued her travels.  No charges were filed.

A third person is now in custody in connection to the killing of a Butler County nurse in Nashville.  Police say Dimeneshia Carter allegedly helped one of the men accused in the death of Caitlyn Kaufam.  The nurse was driving to work at a Nashville hospital amid the pandemic when she was shot and killed.  Jame Cowan and Devaunte Hill are already in custody for the shooting.  Detectives say Carter stayed with Cowan and drove him around while knowing he was wanted by police.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of more than 71-hundred new cases, pushing it over 748-thousand. About 313 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 18-thousand-742. Lawrence County reported 33 cases on Wednesday and now has 4,967 and 143 deaths. Mercer County has 6.854 cases and 182 fatalities.

Governor Tom Wolf says over four-hundred Pennsylvania National guard members have been deployed throughout the state to tighten security amid online threats of violence across all 50 states. The governor says he will not allow what happened at the nation’s capital to happen here. He added that the guard’s presence will enhance law enforcement’s ability to provide continued public safety and critical infrastructure security during these unprecedented times. More than one-thousand Pennsylvania National guard troops have also been sent to Washington D.C. to provide security at the Capitol during President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in talks with Allegheny Health Network to turn PNC Park into a mass COVID-19 vaccination site.  Allegheny Health Network officials said yesterday they are preparing to use the stadium once COVID-19 vaccinations become more available to the public this year.  A Pirates spokesperson says the team has been eager and ready to meet the city’s needs during the pandemic.

As part of the Pennsylvania roll out the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Tom Wolf has approved a temporary waiver allowing pharmacists licensed by the State to order and administer COVID-19 vaccines without a physician’s order when vaccines are available to the public. Pennsylvania pharmacists who meet certain training and other requirements can obtain authorization to administer immunizations. This waiver applies solely to COVID-19 vaccines for the duration of the Governor’s Disaster Emergency Declaration plus 90 days.