One man is being treated at the hospital in critical condition after a rollover crash in Lawrence County. The accident happened Saturday night on Countyline Road in Shenango Township. Authorities say the driver lost control of the vehicle and then went up an embankment before hitting a tree and rolling over on its side. Crews had to cut through the roof of the car to rescue the 24 year old driver and he was flown to a trauma center in Youngstown. The Shenango Township Police Department is still investigating the cause of the accident.
COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Health officials say over the weekend, the state total saw an increase of more than 86-hundred new cases, pushing it over 930-thousand. Lawrence County reported 17 new cases bringing its total to 6,015 Covid-19 cases and 182 fatalities.
A restaurant trade publication is reporting that the Quaker Steak & Lube franchise, founded in Sharon, has tentatively been sold to an unidentified buyer for $5 million. According to the Sharon Hearld FSR, a publication for the restaurant industry, reported Friday that Travel Centers of America, the Lube’s current owner, said it expects to complete the sale by March 31. The deal is subject to certain conditions being met. The Lube has 41 locations, and was bought out of bankruptcy by Travel Center for $25 million in 2016.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is planning to allow public schools the option to delay standardized tests until the fall. The department sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education over the weekend regarding their plan. State officials say they recognize the challenges schools and students have faced due to the pandemic and they will not use results from the pandemic year for any high stakes purposes.
The state Department of Agriculture is offering a second round of Urban Agriculture Infrastructure grants beginning today. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says the 500 thousand-dollar grant program is aimed at encouraging collaboration between urban agricultural producers and increasing access to fresh nutritious food in cities.Twenty-eight urban agriculture infrastructure projects in seven counties were funded through the program last year. The application period for this year’s program runs through April 16th
Senator Elder Vogel will discuss the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan and answer questions regarding the vaccine during a virtual town hall meeting set for 6 p.m., next Tuesday, March 9. Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam and Norm Mitry, President of Heritage Valley Health System, will be special guests during the conversation to answer questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents can register to participate in the virtual town hall by visiting senatoreldervogel.com/access-live.
Police responded to a disturbance Friday afternoon at the Giant Eagle store in Westmoreland County. Staffers say that a male customer became irate when he was asked to put on a mask. They say he tossed his shopping cart to the ground and threatened to physically fight the manager. Forty-one-year-old William Muir was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment.
A nonprofit organization from West Mifflin is helping rescue animals in Texas. The Pittsburgh Aviation Rescue Team, also known as No Dogs Left Behind, traveled to Houston over the weekend to help transport shelter dogs to Atlanta, Georgia after Texas was recently hit hard with subfreezing temperatures. No Dogs Left Behind is based out of the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin. The owners who were a part of the mission are expected to return to Pittsburgh tonight. The owners say the dogs that were rescued are ready for adoption.
State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident in Muddy Creek Township. Police said 76 year old Larry Neal of Punxsutawny was traveling east on 422 when he attempted to pass a vehicle operated by 70 year old Randy Singo of New Enterprise Pa., and struck the driver’s side of the Singo vehicle. Neal then traveled off the roadway and struck a guardrail. Neal was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment. Singo was not hurt.