TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 8TH, 2021

A child reported missing early Sunday morning in Lawrence County has been found safe. State police were looking for the 10-year-old girl with autism after she went missing sometime Sunday overnight in Wilmington Township. Officials say its unclear why she left her home near State Route 956. The child was found around 8:30 yesterday morning.

According to the New Castle News, the home rule charter will be on the May primary ballot in the city of New Castle.  Adoption of the 38-page charter would give the city greater ability to raise and lower earned income tax in order to regain revenue that will be lost upon exiting Act 47 in August 2024. Income like social security benefits, pensions and annuities would not be taxed, but salaries, wages and tips would be.  Currently the city only has the ability to raise and lower property taxes.

The state’s Department of Health announced more than 27-hundred new positive Covid-19  cases this past Saturday.  There are currently about 15-hundred people hospitalized statewide with COVID-19.  Of those cases, 325 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit. Lawrence County is reporting 6,098 cases total and 184 deaths. Mercer County has 8,211 total cases of the virus, and 241 fatalities.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Slippery Rock Township. Police said 51 year old Danielle Dull of Ellwood City was northbound on Ellwood Road when she traveled off the roadway, struck a powerbox then a ditch head on causing the vehicle to roll over. Dull was not hurt.

In what is becoming an incredibly common story at the Pittsburgh International Airport, a traveler was stopped at a checkpoint on Saturday after trying to get through security with a loaded handgun.  The female traveler told TSA agents and members of Allegheny County Police that she had forgotten about the 380-caliber weapon in her handbag.  The gun was confiscated, the FBI notified about the incident and the woman was allowed to continue on her way.

This past Saturday marked one year since the first two presumptive positive cases ofCOVID-19 were announced in Pennsylvania. With more than 944,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 24,000 coronavirus-related deaths having occurred in Pennsylvania since last March, Governor Wolf says the past 12 months have been tough .But with in excess of 2.7 million doses of coronavirus vaccine having been administered in PA so far,the governor also says there’s light at the end of the tunnel. ( While Wolf would like to see life to return to normal as quickly as possible, he says he wants to do it responsibly.

Acting State Health Secretary Alison Beam said now is not the time to lift mask mandates in Pennsylvania. She said at this stage, mask wearing is still mandatory and we’re still making sure that it is one of the mitigation efforts that is preserved, while we incrementally consider the relaxation of others. She also says that the state continually monitors when they’ll relax other mitigation efforts. Beam stressed that masks are an important part of the state’s plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

State Representative Ed Gainey on Sunday received the Allegheny County Democratic Committee’s endorsement to be the next mayor of Pittsburgh.  On social media, Gainey thanked the committee for its support, saying that it was the first time an African-American has received the endorsement from the group.  Incumbent mayor Bill Peduto did not seek the endorsement.  On Saturday, Peduto won the support of the Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council.  Peduto is running for a third term.

March is being observed as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Pennsylvania and Elsewhere. The theme of this 17th annual observance is Awareness Plus Action-not only meant to raise awareness but to encourage those with a gambling problem to seek help. Supporters say the issue ismade more serious by an expansion of online gambling combined with isolation brought on by the pandmemic. If you or someone you know has a problem you can call toll-free, 1-800-GAMBLER