News Live 365: March 16, 2021

A Jamestown woman was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police after allegedly pulling a gun on the staff of a bar and then shooting herself. According to eyewitnesses 31 year old Samantha Jo Wertz was causing a disturbance at a saloon in Crawford County’s Summerhill Township and then threatened staff with a firearm when asked to leave. She was eventually wrestled to the ground and accidentally shot herself in the leg. Wertz was taken to Meadville Medical Center and has been charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, and firearms not to be carried without a license.

 

Meadville’s VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Service, which provides cost free income tax preparation for needy families will be back this year, but the operation will be much different than years past as volunteers attempt to navigate pandemic restrictions. This year VITA is only available to do federal and state returns for households with an annual adjusted income of $28,000 or less and they will only be preparing 400 returns this year on a first come, first serve basis. There will be no appointments, instead taxpayers need to bring all their appropriate tax documentation to the children’s entrance of the Meadville Public Library and deposited in an envelope with a completed intake sheet. You will be contacted during or after your return is processed. More information can be found by emailing vita@allegheny.edu or calling (814)813-1350.

 

Governor Tom Wolf has announced that more COVID-19 restrictions will be changed in April. Some targeted restrictions on restaurants, bars, casinos, and sporting events will be lifted or changed on April the 4th. On the 4th restaurants may resume bar service, food purchases do not need to be made to purchase alcohol, and alcohol curfews are no longer in effect. Occupancy will be increased to 75% for bars and restaurants that self certify and continue to follow the self certify process and 50% for establishments that do not.  Mask mandates and social distancing will still apply and the full details can be found at Governor Wolf’s website.

 

The Pennsylvania State Police based in Corry are in possession of a blue tote containing SCUBA gear. The tote was located near Tarbell Road on State Route 6 in Union Township, Erie County on Monday, February 22nd. Please call (814)663-2043 if you know anything about this mysterious SCUBA gear.

 

After a meeting with Attorney General Josh Shapiro the largest gun show promoter in Pennsylvania, Eagle Arms Productions, has become the first firearms show promoter in the nation to agree to halt the sale of 80% receivers, which are sold in kits and can be used to produce fully functional firearms that do not require a serial number and are referred to as ‘ghost guns’ by police. These so-called ghost guns were recovered as evidence in more than 10,000 crimes in the United States in 2019, According the Shapiro criminal enterprises are using people to buy the 80% receivers and manufacture the rest of a weapon for weapons traffickers. 

 

The Pennsylvania House Government Oversight Committee has begun an official investigation into the Wolf Administration’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic. Nearly 13,000 nursing home residents have died of COVID-19 related issues and the investigation seeks to determine whether government orders to return diagnosed COVID patients to nursing home contributed in any way to the death count. The Wolf Administration asserts that they were following the CDC’s recommendations at the time.