As we make our weekly COVID-19 update, both Crawford and Mercer Counties in our region have fully vaccinated more than 20% of their population, putting them well ahead of the 16.65% average across the state. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health more than 5.3 million vaccines have been distributed and about 1,875,000 people have been completely vaccinated. The rate of COVID-19 cases increased in the final week of March. New confirmed cases of the disease exceeded 4,000 a day from March 25th to 31st and the state has confirmed 1,028,750 cases overall, more than 92,000 people are currently infected and 2,127 are hospitalized. The loss of life attributed to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania now stands at 25,120 people. The state has confirmed only 3,215 cases of influenza leading to 40 hospitalizations and 16 deaths.
The Vernon Township Police Department is investigating a fatal car crash just outside of Meadville on the Conneaut Lake Road near Smock Bridge. A car leaving a parking lot at about 7:30 at night on Thursday April 1st was struck by an eastbound pickup truck, killing the car’s driver and injuring the passenger. The names of all involved are being withheld until the deceased’s family can be informed. Vernon PD did confirm that the passenger in the sedan was hospitalized at Meadville Medical Center and that the investigation is ongoing.
William Jacob Concini of Erie has been extradited back to Pennsylvania to face charges of aggravated assault and more. Concini was arrested in Ripley New York on Wednesday, March 30th, several hours after allegedly shooting a woman in Waterford and fleeing the state. The investigation involved the Pennsylvania and New York State Police as well as the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.
In State News, a documentarian filming a piece on the families of children killed by gun violence was himself shot to death in Philadelphia. The filmmaker was 55 year old Anthony Merriet and he was shot multiple times after filming in the Strawberry Mansion region of the city. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital and police are searching for a motive to the shooting.