TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 11TH, 2021

The Wolf Administration is trying to give out a helping hand to Pennsylvania’s hospitality industry that has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Wolf announced yesterday that his administration is preparing to distribute over 145-million-dollars of funding throughout the state.  The money will be sent through the state’s COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program and will be used to support hospitality industries in all 67 counties.  It will be distributed in block grants and is expected to be allocated by February 28th.

A woman from Beaver County is being accused of sexually assaulting a teenager.  Janine Young was charged yesterday with 15 counts each of statutory sexual assault and indecent assault after she allegedly had sexual intercourse with a teenage boy from Darlington Township multiple times in the past several months.  She is currently being held at the Beaver County Jail on 25-thousand-dollars bond.  Her preliminary hearing is set for February 26th.

Two 14-year-old girls are in trouble in Grove City after allegedly sending each other nude images. WFMJ-TV reports Grove City police filed summary charges against the two teens for violations of disseminating a sexually explicit image by a minor.  One teen is from Grove City and the other is from Volant in Lawrence County. Charges are pending.

Delta Air Lines is investigating one of its planes that accidently drove off the runway at Pittsburgh International Airport.  The incident happened yesterday evening when a Boeing 7-1-7 that was carrying almost 80 people ran off the runaway during its departure for Atlanta.  Officials say that nobody was reported injured from the accident and all passengers were returned to the airport.  The amount of damage done to the plane hasn’t been released yet.

Legislation is being re-introduced in Pennsylvania that asks for background checks on gun ammunition sales.  State lawmaker Brian Sims brought the bill back up on Tuesday.  If passed, the bill would only allow licensed firearm dealers to sell ammunition.  There are currently only six states in the country that requires background checks for ammunition sales.  The bill is currently sitting in the House Judiciary Committee.

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh is seeking new table game dealers.  The casino announced yesterday that it will be offering a free dealer school at the Community College of Allegheny County next month.  Classes are set begin March First and those who pass will get their gaming license as well as a part-time dealer job at the casino.
Anyone who is interested in enrolling for the free program can apply on the Rivers Casino website.  Registration is set to end February 22nd.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of more than 33-hundred new cases, pushing it over 880-thousand. About 125 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 22-thousand-745. Lawrence County added 25 new cases yesterday bringing its total to 5,716 cases and 175 fatalities.

All driver license and photo centers in Pennsylvania are going to be closed from Saturday through Monday.  PennDOT announced yesterday that the centers will be closed in observance of Presidents Day.  Officials are encouraging people to visit Pennsylvania’s D-M-V website to still have access to driver and vehicle products and services.

State police yesterday arrested a Greensburg man accused of raping one young boy and sexually assaulting another.  The alleged incidents occurred in March of 2018 and involved two youths ages 5 and 10.  Police say that the accused individual, 25-year-old Steven Cope, has been uncooperative in their investigation.  He was taken into custody yesterday and booked into the Westmoreland County Prison.  Cope is being held on 25-thousand dollars bail.

Sheetz on Wednesday announced plans to increase pay for most of the convenience store chain’s nearly 20-thousand workers.  While not specifically outlining what the new wages would be, the Altoona-based company said that the plan means a major investment in its workforce.  Sheetz also revealed plans to extend 12-weeks of paid time off for new mothers and 2-weeks of paid time off for partners of women who have just given birth.  The chain operates more than 600 stores across six states including Pennsylvania.