TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 26TH, 2021

A Bessemer man was arrested in Boardman Ohio over the weekend in connection with the stabbing of a man in Lawrence County and threatening to kill others.  State Police in Lawrence County were called to the 100 block of 5th Avenue in Bessemer for a stabbing on Saturday. When state troopers arrived, a man at the scene had several stab wounds. Investigators say the suspect threatened to kill two adults and a two-year-old girl before stabbing the man in the face and shoulder.  The suspect, 19-year-old Michael Conrad, was later arrested at Mercy Health Hospital in Boardman on four felony warrants.  He’s charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering and terroristic threats, and was taken to the Mahoning County Jail.

State Police in Mercer County report a Meadville woman was killed in an accident early yesterday morning in Perry Township. Police said 58 year old Linda Peterson was eastbound on Freedonia Road when she turned into the path of a tractor-trailor. Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a scam that lost an elderly man from Butler County thousands of dollars.  Officials confirmed yesterday that the incident happened last week in Center Township.  Police say the scam was done electronically several times.  The 94-year-old man says he was scammed out of more than 30-thousand-dollars.

Police are continuing to investigate a fatal shooting that took place Saturday night in Beaver County.  Police have identified the victim as 20-year-old Karon Thomas of Aliquippa.  They say the incident occurred at around 8:30 p.m. on Irwin Street.  Thomas was taken to Heritage Valley Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  Anyone with additional information on the crime is asked to call police.

Some students at Saints Peter and Paul School in Beaver County are going to be returning to remote-learning this week.  The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced yesterday that students in grades six-through-eight at the two schools will be learning online for the rest of the week starting today.  Officials say the decision to return to remote learning was made because a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  The students are expected to switch to in-person instruction on February 1st.

The woman facing charges for stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop is now accused of trying to delete her presence online.  Prosecutors say Riley Williams had also told others to get rid of any messages from her.  Williams’ hearing resumes today.

Positive COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced almost four-thousand new positive cases yesterday. The total number of positive cases in the state is now over 807-thousand since the beginning of the pandemic. About 55 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 20-thousand-664. Lawrence County has 54 new cases for a total of 5,326 and deaths remain at 159. Mercer County has 50 new cases for a total of 7,294 cases and four more deaths for a total of 213.

A special election to fill the vacant 48th state senatorial district seat is getting an official date.  Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman announced yesterday that there will be a special election held on May 18th to fill the seat that has been vacant since the recent death of Senator Dave Arnold.  The senate seat represents all of Lebanon County as well as parts of Dauphin and York.  The winner of the election will hold the position for the rest of Arnold’s term which will run through November 2022.

Fishermen in Pennsylvania are going to be able to try to catch trout a little earlier this year.  The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced yesterday that this year’s trout season is set to start on April 3rd.  The Opening Day for the trout season is scheduled two weeks earlier than normal because of a consolidated schedule that had to be made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A single statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day is going to be held on March 27th as well.