TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 9TH, 2021

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has officially launched his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2022.  The former Braddock mayor made the announcement yesterday morning on Twitter, crediting a grassroots campaign that secured 37-thousand donors.  Fetterman served as the mayor of Braddock for 14 years before he was elected as the state’s lieutenant governor in 2018.  Fetterman rose to national prominence followinging the 2020 presidential election when he repeatedly challenged allegations of voter fraud brought by state and national Republicans.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with a homicide in the city of New Castle Saturday night. 39 year old Jason Miles was shot was shot several times, including in the head, in an alley between Marshall Avenue and Harrison Street. .  Anyone with any information on the murder is being asked to contact the New Castle Police Department.

Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato demanded answers at a House Policy Committee meeting on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, urging state officials to bring greater consistency and accountability to the process. Sainato says the state should not have followed federal guidelines expandingvaccine eligibility in phase 1-a of its vaccine plan to those 65 and older.  Meantime, Representative Austin Davis is urging that the state have a central vaccine registry, saying having one place to go to get on a vaccine list would be easier

Security screeners pulled a loaded gun from a passenger’s carry-on bag at Pittsburgh International Airport Monday morning. Allegheny County Police say the man was stopped at the airport’s main checkpoint.  According to officers, the passenger had a valid concealed carry permit and had forgotten that he left the firearm in his bag.  County Police took the gun, but the man was allowed to fly and isn’t expected to face charges.

More positive COVID-19 cases are being reported in Pennsylvania.  The state’s Department of Health announced over 25-hundred new positive cases yesterday.  There have now been almost 873-thousand positive cases reported statewide since the start of the pandemic. Lawrence County has 5,662 cases and 174 fatalities, while Mercer County has 7,666 cases and 231 deaths.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto reached out to Pennsylvania’s governor yesterday asking him to prioritize COVID vaccines for educators.  In a letter to Governor Tom Wolf, Peduto said that promoting vaccines for teachers would help to speed up a safe return to schools and would ensure that all students receive the focused academic support that they need to succeed.  The mayor also offered the city’s recreation and senior centers as potential mass vaccination sites for teachers.

A New Castle company is being credited for the great fireworks displays that took place during the Super Bowl this past Sunday.  Pyrotecnico created fireworks for player introductions, the national anthem, The Weeknd’s halftime show and the post-game celebration.  The company has had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a client for the past 18 years.  Company officials say the business has struggled a bit during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they believe the Super Bowl was a great gig to kick off a better year.

A Beaver County bakery is doing its best to remain humble this week after garnering big attention for its delicious eats.  Food and Wine Magazine has just come out with its list of the Best Doughnuts In America.  Beaver Fall’s own Oram’s Donut Shop made the cut as being among the best in Pennsylvania.  Oram’s, an area staple since 1938, was recognized by the magazine for their cinnamon roll doughnuts, a taste that Food and Wine says is well worth the drive.

Authorities are investigating a small plane that was forced to make an emergency landing on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The incident happened yesterday evening on Interstate 76 between Lebanon-Lancaster Exit 266 and Harrisburg East Exit 247.  Officials say a Cessna plane landed in the right lane of the highway and was hit by a tractor-trailer, but nobody was reported injured from the accident.  The plane is registered to Mustang Sally Aviation which is located in Camden, South Carolina.