TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 18TH, 2021

New Castle firefighters responded to a fire on the city’s upper east side Saturday night.The fire broke out just before 10 p.m., at a two story wood frame home on the 900 block of Marshall Avenue. WFMJ-TV reports, Police were on the way to the home to investigate a domestic dispute when they got word that the woman in the dispute allegedly set the house on fire.When officers arrived on scene, the man was outside of the home and the woman had left. The home was deemed a total loss and the Red Cross is helping the man from the home.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr., Day. A federal Holiday, in observance of the slained civil rights leader. All federal, state and county buildings are closed. Along with all banks and post offices. There will be no mail delivery.

Lawrence County school districts will receive approximately $15.6 million in federal funding under the CARES Act to ensure students have the resources they need to continue learning during the pandemic. Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato said the funding will help the districts overcome ongoing challenges created by the pandemic. The New Castle Area School District will receive nearly 8.9 million dollars.  The funding is part of $2.2 billion in federal stimulus funds to K-12 school districts and charter schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pennsylvania is sending one-thousand more of its National Guard members to Washington D.C. to assist in the security of president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.  Governor Tom Wolf announced Friday that he is sending more soldiers from the state’s National Guard to the U.S. Capitol in response to the recent riots led by Trump protestors.  About two-thousand members of the P-N-G will be located in D.C. throughout the week for Biden’s inauguration.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Health officials say over the weekend, the state total saw an increase of more than 19-thousand new cases, pushing it over 767-thousand. About 568 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 19-thousand. Lawrence County has 5,032 cases and 147 deaths. Mercer County has 6,960 cases and 191 deaths.

As the fight against coronavirus continues, Pennsylvanians who have tested positive are urged to respond when contacted by health professionals. State officials say answering the call means that those who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 should pick up the phone when a case investigator or contact tracer reaches out to them. State Director of Testing and Contact Tracing Michael Huff says failing to do so could result in rapid spread of the virus and potentially lead to strict mitigation strategies being needed again.

State Police in Lawrence County report a three vehicle crash in Slippery Rock Township. Police report 47 year old Tina Globis of Ellwood City was southbound on Route 65 when she failed to stop and struck a vehicle operated by Jacqueline Kyle of New Castle. The Kyle vehicle struck a pick-up operated by 46 year old Lonny Dean of New Castle. Globis, who was cited by police was taken to UPMC Jameson Hospital for treatment.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is going to be attending president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration this Wednesday.  Fitzgerald announced over the weekend that he accepted an invitation to go to Biden’s inauguration in Washington D.C.  He was invited by Congressman Conor Lamb.  Joe Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for this Wednesday at noon.

Agents with State Police Liquor Control Enforcement continue to keep an eye on bars and restaurants to verify compliance with COVID-related health orders.  Actions of non-compliance would include things like a lack of social distancing, a lack of face mask usage and a violation of capacity limits. Statewide, agents went to 1,135 business and recorded 21 warnings with 17 notices of violation.

Pennsylvania Senator David Arnold Junior is dead at 49-years-old after he battled brain cancer.  Senator Arnold passed away yesterday morning with his wife and daughter by his side.  The family is requesting that all donations and contributions be made to Penn State Cancer Institute in his honor.  Arnold led the state’s 48th senatorial district that includes parts of Dauphin, York and Lebanon Counties.