TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 1ST, 2021

A former teacher in the New Castle Area School District who is accused of stealing money from the district’s teacher union has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. According to the New Castle News 64 year old Charles Farris Jr., is accused of stealing nearly 36 thousand dollars from the New Castle Federation of Teachers Local 3975 while he was president. Farris faces six counts of theft and five counts of access device fraud. He allegedly used the teachers union debit card for personal purchases and expenses between Jan. 1, 2015 and Sept. 9, 2019.

President Biden made his first appearance in Pittsburgh yesterday as the nation’s commander-in-chief.  Biden used an appearance at the Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center in Collier to lay out details of his newly-proposed American Jobs Plan.  The two-trillion-dollar package includes money for roads and bridges, sewers and dams, ports and airports and an upgrade to the power grid.

A woman is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing and killing her husband in Aliquippa.  Just before midnight, Aliquippa Police were called to a home on Return Street for a call of a man stabbed.  Angela Hunt had called 911 saying she had stabbed her husband and was unsure if he was still alive.  Police took Hunt into custody and first responders pronounced her husband dead at the scene.  Angela Hunt is facing criminal homicide charges and is in the Beaver County Jail awaiting arraignment.

State residents still awaiting their eligibility for the COVID vaccine now have a clearer picture on that front.  State officials yesterday announced that all Pennsylvanians age 16 and over will be eligible for the vaccine on April 19th.  Select groups of folks were told on Wednesday that they now meet the criteria effective immediately.  Those people include members of law enforcement, firefighters, grocery store workers, and food and agriculture workers.  President Biden called on all states last month to make vaccines available to all adults by May 1st.

State Police in Mercer County report a Slippery Rock man was taken to the hospital after he was thrown from an ATV. According to police 25 year old Denton Zeronas lost control of the ATV, struck a paper box and post and was tossed from the vehicle. Zeronas was to UPMC Farrell for treatment. No other details were released.

A Butler County woman has been indicated by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for fraudulently issuing money orders to herself. 68 year old Connie Hedrick is the sole defendant in the case. According to the Indictment, from about June 25th of 2019 to March 31st 2020, Hedrick was caught fraudulently issuing money orders to herself. The United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

Live! Casino in Greensburg is looking to fulfill several different job openings this year.  The casino announced yesterday that it will be hosting a job fair on the first floor of the Westmoreland Mall this coming Monday.  It is looking to hire new table game dealers, cooks and food and drink servers.  Those who are interested in applying or going to the job fair are being encouraged to find more information on the openings on Live! Casino’s official website.

With the Pirates home opener just one week away, the ball club yesterday revealed an updated list of COVID protocols that fans planning to attend games at PNC Park will want to keep in mind.  Fans will be required to social distance and sit only in the seats for which they have tickets.  Fans are required to wear masks at all times unless eating or drinking.  Folks who do not abide by those rules face ejection from the park.  The team also advises that PNC Park will now be a completely cashless ballpark.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of more than 45-hundred new cases, pushing it to one-million-24-thousand-857. About 44 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 25-thousand-93. Lawrence County has 6,612 cases and 194 deaths.