TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 21ST, 2021

An 18-year-old man is dead after a motorcycle accident took place in Lawrence County.  The crash happened Wednesday night along Wampum Road in Wayne Township.  Police say Carter Woloszyn of Wampum was struck by a vehicle operated by 25 year old Tyree Johnson of Youngstown before he went over an embankment. Woloszyn was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he later died. The cause of the accident is still being investigated by State Police.

A home is a complete loss after a fire in Lawrence County. The fire broke out Wednesday  afternoon in New Wilmington on Mercer Road near Fayette-New Wilmington Road. No one was hurt in the fire which remains under investigation.

Former Pittsburgh Pirates star Felipe Vazquez on Thursday was found guilty of charges that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.  The Westmoreland County jury’s decision comes after days of testimony with prosecutors arguing that the MLB player took advantage of the minor and the defense saying that the girl had lied about her age.  The jury found Vazquez guilty on 15 counts including statutory sexual assault.  He was found not guilty on 10 other charges that involved the alleged exchanging of text, videos and pictures between the victim and the baseball player.  Vazquez will likely be sentenced this summer.

Pennsylvania is advancing toward herd immunity. Officials say that about 50-percent of all Pennsylvania adults are now fully vaccinated from COVID-19. The state aims to have at least 70-percent of adults fully vaccinated in order to lift the mask mandate.

Two men accused of killing a Butler County woman in Nashville are going to be spending a lot of time behind bars.  Devaunte Hill and James Cowan were indicted in court on Wednesday on one count of first-degree murder.  Officials say the pair shot and killed Caitlyn Kaufman of Chicora while she was on her way to work as a nurse in Nashville last December.

State Police in Butler County report a Saxonburg man was killed following a one vehicle accident in Oakland Township last night. According to police 25 year old Christopher Wright was southbound on Route 68 when he lost control of his vehicle rounding a bend, stuck an embankment then two utility poles, a fence along with a brick pillar. The vehicle then ended up on its roof. Wright, who was partially ejected from the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Beaver Falls is on track to elect its first Black mayor.  Kenya Johns defeated two-term incumbent Mayor George Quay in Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary.  She says she wants more community involvement to improve the city.  No Republicans so far have declared to run against her in November’s general election.

Governor Tom Wolf is renewing the state’s disaster declaration. This comes after Pennsylvanians voted to limit his powers when it comes to emergency disaster declarations. Wolf says this allows for more medical professionals to administer COVID-19 vaccines, provide SNAP benefits and ensure that Pennsylvania counties and businesses remain eligible for federal disaster funds.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is terminating its contract with Insight Global over last month’s data breach. Insight Global was hired to assist with contact tracing in the state, and last month’s data breach potentially exposed the personal health information of over 72-thousand Pennsylvanians. DOH officials say they take the security and safety of personal information very seriously, and the termination will take effect on June 19th.

The State Department of Health said yesterday, the state Covid-19 total saw an increase of more than 14-hundred new cases, pushing it closer to one-point-two-million. About 40 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is nearing 27-thousand. Lawrence County has 7,502 Covid-19 cases and 209 deaths. Mercer County reported having 9,489 cases and 256 fatalities.