TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 16TH, 2021

Lawrence and Mercer Counties remain under a winter storm warning until one o’clock this afternoon. The area saw a wintry mix of precipitation overnight with snow, sleet and freezing rain. There still is a possibility of some freezing drizzle this morning. And additional 1-3 inches of snow is possible along with a glaze of ice. The National Weather Service urges caution while driving.

A bill of information was filed last week in federal court, charging the owner of a West Middlesex company with three counts of tax evasion. The bill, filed in the U.S. District Court of Western Pennsylvania, said Dustin Golub, the owner of Penn Ohio Roofing and Siding, underreported income of the business for three straight years. Golub who was the boys head basketball coach at Kennedy Catholic High School resigned from that position yesterday.  The years cited where 2016 , 2017 and 2018.  The information said Golub and his wife own the company.

A Slippery Rock Township man has been sentenced to two years imprisonment and two years probation in connection with a child sex assault case filed last year. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 67 year old Roger Elliot Kennedy Sr., pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault in November in exchange for several other charges being dropped. State police said Kennedy assaulted a then-8-year-old girl numerous times from 1992-93 at his home. She reported the crime in October 2019 and charges were filed in January 2020.

A Grove City mother is charged after her toddler is found naked outside her apartment in the cold.  WFMJ-TV reports Police were called out to the apartment in the 200 block of North Broad Street Saturday just before 6 p.m. and found the two year old was naked and outside. Further investigation found the inside of the apartment was in deplorable conditions. 28 year old Kelsey Sweeney has  been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Children and Youth Services have since removed the children from the apartment.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of more than 19-hundred new cases, pushing it close to 900-thousand. About 23 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 23-thousand-119. Lawrence County added 14 new Covid-19 cases yesterday bringing its total to 5,814 and 177 deaths. Mercer County has 7,843 cases and 236 fatalities.

The city of Pittsburgh is pushing the federal government to recognize the crash site of Pirates legend Roberto Clemente.  Mayor Bill Peduto announced yesterday that the city is asking the government to add the crash site in Loiza, Puerto Rico to the National Register of Historic Places.  Clemente’s plane crashed there while he was trying to get food and supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve in 1972.

Pennsylvania’s Republican Party is looking to retaliate against Senator Pat Toomey for voting to convict former President Donald Trump. They’re considering voting to censure the Senator for being one of seven Republicans that voted to convict Trump of inciting the riot at the nation’s Capitol on January 6th. Toomey is retiring when his term ends in 2022 anyways and says he did what he thought was right. The Republican Senator added that he would certainly like to think that regardless of his political circumstances, or whether he was running for office again or not, he would do the same thing.

Local providers are worried about the coronavirus vaccine distribution after the state made changes in Western Pennsylvania.  The state recently made the announcement to narrow who gets the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine.  The number will go down from about 17-hundred sites to about a few hundred.  Those sites receiving the first doses will include hospitals and health care centers.  One local doctor questions the decision saying she doesn’t believe it’s good for those who don’t have access to phones or transportation.

P-A’s Department of Labor and Industry is again warning about unemployment fraud.  They say anyone who receives a 10-99-G tax form for benefits they didn’t apply for is likely the victim of fraud.  They add you can fill out a form on their website and shouldn’t wait for a revised 10-99 to file.