TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 3RD, 2021

Shipments of Johnson and Johnson’s newly approved single-dose COVID-19 vaccine are arriving this week, and Governor Tom Wolf is indicating that teachers could get priority. Wolf previewed the state’s plan for the next eligible groups to get vaccinated yesterday, saying there’s some important front-line workers that should be included in it, like teachers. He added that not too far down the road, child-care workers, first-responders, grocery-store workers and bus drivers could be eligible. The governor is expected to make an official announcement today.

In Butler County, a woman was charged yesterday in the stabbing of her husband.  Police were called to a home on Second Street last week and say they found the victim, Philip LeFevre, lying in blood with his wife sitting in the next room.  The victim was taken to UPMC for treatment and released days later.  On Tuesday, police arrested the wife, Dhana LeFevre, and charged her with aggravated assault and attempted homicide.  She is currently being held in the Butler County Prison on 25-thousand dollars bond.

State Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of more than 25-hundred new Covid-19 cases, pushing it over 935-thousand. About 74 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 24-thousand-100. In Lawrence County, there were 18 more cases reported for a total of 6,056 cases and one new death, totaling 184. Mercer County has 8,072 cases and 240 fatalities.

The suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in Sharon back in January of this year has been arrested by authorities in North Carolina. WFMJ-TV reports  29 year old  Travaris Dorsey, was apprehended with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service February 26 in North Carolina. Dorsey is accused in the January 27th shooting of a woman at a home in the 700 block of Stambaugh Avenue.  The victim was taken by ambulance to an area trauma center where she was listed in stable condition. Police said Dorsey and the victim were believed to have been in a relationship. He is awaiting extradition back to Mercer County.

Local businesses in the hospitality industry that have been impacted by the pandemic are going to receive millions-of-dollars in relief. Governor Tom Wolf says they will be supported through the state’s new COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program. About 145-million-dollars will be split between all 67 counties in the state. Grants will be awarded in five-thousand-dollar increments with a maximum of 50-thousand-dollars.

People in Allegheny County are showing their thanks to Representative Conor Lamb for his support of raising minimum wage to 15-dollars-an-hour.  Dozens of people showed up to a rally in front of Representative Lamb’s Penn Hills office yesterday.  The rally was sponsored by Pennsylvania United, which is a political action committee that has chapters in seven Western P-A counties. Some members who attended the rally say they are also in support of establishing more unions in the state along with the minimum wage raise.

With agriculture Pennsylvania’s number one industry, a resolution passed by the state Senate recognizes the commonwealth’s future farmers. Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Chair Elder Vogel says the F-F-A, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is compromised of students in grades 7 through 12 and college. (CUT2) Vogel says last year the Pennsylvania F-F-A had 13,170 members and 148 chapters in the state.

PPG Paints Arena is welcoming back Penguins fans this season.  After Governor Tom Wolf lifted several state COVID-19 restrictions, about 28-hundred fans were able to go to the arena to watch the Pens beat the Flyers five-to-two yesterday.  Those who plan on attending games in the future are required to wear face masks, and anything purchased must be paid for with a debit or credit card.  Seating is limited to pods of two to four people, and fans are given specific times to show up.

A vote to censure U-S Senator Pat Toomey by the Republican State Committee in P-A is coming up short.  The Committee will instead strongly rebuke but not censure Toomey over his vote last month to convict former President Donald Trump during his impeachment.  Toomey’s already said he will leave the Senate at the end of his term in 2022.

One person was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Butler County. According to State Police, 19 year old Colby Snow of Petrolia failed to stop at the intersection of Chicora Road and Oneida Valley road and struck a vehicle operated by 52 year old Laura Whitney of Meadville. A passenger in the Whitney vehicle was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.