TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 28TH, 2021

A New Castle teen remains in a Youngstown Hospital following a two vehicle accident in Neshannock Township on Tuesday. His classmates from New Castle Senior High School have set up a fundraising campaign for his medical expenses. 19 year old Daniel Minenock suffered a broken femur and broken facial bones after his Honda Civic collided with a Waste Management truck in a head-on crash Tuesday morning on Pulaski Road. The New Castle News reports a group of Minenok’s New Castle High School Class of 2020 classmates set up a GoFundMe donation page to support him and his family. By yesterday afternoon the fund had over 24 thousand dollars.

Beaver County is getting ready for its first mass COVID-19 vaccination that is set to begin today.  The county announced yesterday that the Heritage Valley Health System will start giving out vaccinations today at the Beaver County Community College athletic center called the Dome.  The health system launched a registration website this past Friday, and over 21-thousand people signed up to get a vaccination.  Officials say they are planning to open more appointments for February 9th, 10th and 11th.

Pennsylvania is seeing another spike in positive COVID-19 cases.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced almost six-thousand new cases yesterday.  The state has now surpassed 818-thousand total confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic.  There were also over 200 more people who passed away due to complications of the coronavirus. Lawrence County added 28 cases yesterday and now has a total of 5,372 Covid-19 cases. Two more county residents have died from the virus and the death toll now stands at 163. Mercer County has 7,352 cases and 215 fatalities.

Police in Sharon continue to investigate a shooting from Wednesday morning. Police said 29-year-old Trivaris Dorsey is wanted for attempted homicide and robbery in connection with the shooting.  He is considered to be armed and dangerous.  A woman called 9-1-1 shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday to report that she had been shot along the 700 block of Stambaugh Avenue.  The woman was shot at least three times. Dorsey also took the woman’s car. The woman is listed in stable condition according to WFMJ-TV.

There’s another push in Harrisburg to raise the minimum wage. The latest proposal would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from 7-25 to 12 dollars an hour this year, with annual increases of 50 cents until it reaches 15 dollars. Raises tied to the US Consumer price Index would start in 2027. The bill’s sponsor points to recent surveys showing 69 percent in Pennsylvanians favoring a 12 dollar an hour minimum wage, and a 15 dollar minimum favored by 56 percent.

A Westmoreland County man accused of threatening Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf pleaded guilty to reduced charges on Wednesday.  Rocco Naples allegedly called an office of the governor’s former business and told an operator that he and his friends had a bullet waiting for him.  Naples pleaded guilty to a harassment charge and was ordered to pay a fine.

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The state Senate is approving 912-million dollars in pandemic recovery aid.  The bill still needs the House of Representatives’ approval.  The funds would be used to help schools and the hospitality industry along with families struggling with rent or utility bills.

Pittsburgh’s 2021 St. Patrick’s Day parade has been postponed.  That word came Wednesday from city leaders and the event’s organizing committee.  The event, which draws roughly 300-thousand spectators each year, was canceled in 2020 due to COVID.  Organizers say they hope to find a date in the second half of this year on which the event can be safely held.

Police are looking for a home healthcare aide accused of stealing thousands-of-dollars from her patient in Indiana County.  Police say April Kovach stole more than six-thousand-dollars from a patient she was caring for.  Officials say Kovach wrote a check from the victim’s checkbook for 25-hundred-dollars and then also used the victims card to withdraw more than 38-hundred-dollars from an A-T-M.