TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 8TH, 2021

Police are currently investigating a homicide in New Castle.  39 year old Jason Miles was found shot to death in an alley near Marshall Avenue on Saturday night.  Police said Miles was shot several times in the head.  Anyone with any information on the murder is being asked to contact the New Castle Police Department.

A man is now behind bars for allegedly shooting and killing a person in Alquippa last month.  Twenty-one-year-old Rico Rodgers was arrested over the weekend in connection to the fatal shooting that happened on January 23rd near the intersection of Irwin Street and Meadow Street.  He is facing several charges including homicide.

New Castle City Police are investigating an armed Robbery at the CVS pharmacy Friday morning. According to the department’s facebook page, Investigators say an armed man demanded narcotics from the pharmacy before leaving the store toward Cunningham Avenue. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’5 tall, thin build with possible an injury to his left eye. Police say he wore gauze over his left eye to help hide his identity or due to an injury. Anyone with information is urged to contact city police.

As the state continues to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine, more than three-million Pennsylvanians are now eligible to receive the first dose.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health is providing several resources for residents to find out if they are eligible or not.  Additionally, the state health department website has a list of providers administering the vaccine based on residents’ location.  Visit PA.gov for more information now.

More than two-thousand senior citizens received their first shots of the COVID vaccine over the weekend at PNC Park.  The Allegheny Health Network partnered with the Pittsburgh Pirates to set up the mass vaccination event for approved high-risk patients age 75 and over.  Officials with AHN say they hope to set up similar events at the ballpark in the future when enough vaccine becomes available.

Pennsylvania voters will now have their say on a proposed constitutional amendment regarding emergency disaster declarations following final legislative passage in the state House. Lawmakers who support the proposal to limit a governor’s emergency disaster declaration to 21 days unless they extend it, say that can help to ensure checks and balances are in place during an emergency while opponents argue that the legislature is not designed or prepared to manage an emergency. Voters will have their say in the May 18th primary election.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is making some changes to Ash Wednesday this year.  Diocese officials revealed their plans for a different Ash Wednesday this past Friday.  Two Masses will be streamed live on the diocese’s YouTube channel. Officials say that instead of spreading ashes on parishioners’ foreheads, the ashes will be sprinkled on top of their heads after they are blessed by holy water.

New COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Pennsylvania.  The state’s Department of Health reported more than 47-hundred new positive cases yesterday.  The total number of cases in the state has now surpassed 870-thousand since the beginning of the pandemic.  Over 70 more people passed away due to complications of the coronavirus. Lawrence County has 5,662 cases and 174 fatalities, while Mercer County has 7,666 cases and 231 deaths.

A Slippery Rock woman was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Brady Township. State Police in Butler County report 23 year old Tenley Frye was traveling north on Prospect Road when she lost control of her vehicle and struck an embankment. Frye was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.