TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 27TH, 2021

State Police in Lawrence County are looking for a missing teen believed to be headed to Ohio. According to police the family of Alexandria Marie Gabriel said she ran away with an unknown man. She was reported missing around 4:45 pm Wednesday from her home on East River Road in Mahoning Township. Gabriel is described as a white female, 5’4″ tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She wears glasses and was last seen dressed in gray shorts, a red sweatshirt and black Vans shoes. She also has a small breed white dog with her .Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-598-2211.

A man wanted in connection with a homicide in Butler County has been arrested.  22 year old Paris Carter of Downington was arrested in Philadelphia County . Carter is wanted in the shooting death of 38 year old David Hines of New Castle. Police said Hines was found shot to death in his SUV along East Portersville Road in Muddy Creek Township back on May 17th. The investigation is ongoing.

A teen is recovering at the hospital after he was seriously injured by a shooting in Beaver County.  The shooting happened Monday night near the 300- block of Superior Avenue in Aliquippa.  Police say the 16-year-old victim was shot in the back before he lost control of the car he was driving and crashed into an embankment.  The investigation is still ongoing.

Governor Tom Wolf is urging lawmakers to raise the state’s minimum wage. The governor proposes that lawmakers increase the minimum wage to 12-dollars-an-hour on July 1st, and that it increases every year until it reaches 15-an-hour by 2027. The minimum wage is currently seven-25. Wolf says it would help workers bring in more money to local businesses, stimulate the economy, save taxpayer dollars and improve the state’s budget situation.

Pennsylvania is closer to reaching herd immunity. Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday that at least 70-percent of all Pennsylvania adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 53-percent of adults in the state are fully vaccinated. Once 70-percent of all Pennsylvanians have been fully vaccinated from the virus, the governor will lift the mask mandate.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of more than eleven-hundred new cases, pushing it over one-million-198-thousand. About 38 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-123.

The Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the January 6th riot in Washington D.C. is getting her house arrest hours reduced. Riley Williams now has permission to leave her residence from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia signed off on the motion on Tuesday, which says Williams has bills to pay so this will allow her to seek employment while giving her some freedom. Her next hearing is slated for May 28th.

Lawmakers are upset with the Inspector General’s report regarding the failure to advertise a constitutional amendment that would have allowed child sex abuse survivors to sue their abusers. Under the state constitution, these amendments must be advertised in newspapers across the state. Had this not been the case, the proposal could have made it on the ballot in the state’s recent primary election. The report says that this failure was not intentional and instead was caused by systemic failures within the Department of State. Some lawmakers say the investigation doesn’t go far enough and are looking to probe the incident.

Governor Tom Wolf is once again telling lawmakers that he is not changing the date to lift all COVID-19 restrictions. The governor announced earlier this month that all restrictions, except mask wearing, will be lifted on Memorial Day. Lawmakers have been urging the governor to lift restrictions earlier so businesses can take advantage of the holiday weekend. Wolf says that the bipartisan COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force signed off on ending restrictions that day, and he’s comfortable with that decision.