TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 28TH, 2021

The New Castle News is reporting a Wilmington Township man is facing charges for the reported sexual assault of a 4-year-old boy. 24 year old Dustin Thomas Miller is charged with unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of a person younger than 13, and corruption of minors. The alleged incident took place back in January. Miller was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on bond.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is lifting the mask mandate on June 28th. This comes after the governor announced that 70-percent of adults in the state have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Health officials say based on the data, they determined that the mask mandate could be lifted that day or when 70-percent of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated, whichever comes first. So far, nearly 53-percent of adults in the state are fully vaccinated.

With the exception of the mask mandate, Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions are set to end Monday despite requests for them to be lifted today at the beginning of the holiday weekend. Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam says the state’s bipartisan COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force felt it was best to standby its earlier decision to lift restrictions on gatherings and on businesses, including restaurants and bars, effective Monday.  Beam says the state is at a point of transition where people can begin to take responsibility for safely conducting their lives while being aware of the dangers still posed by COVID-19.

Two people were flown to the hospital after an accident involving a van and Amish buggy in Mercer County. The accident took place around 7:30 yesterday morning along Route 318 and Orchard Road in Lackawannock Township. A medical helicopter flew an adult and a child from the buggy to a hospital for treatment. No other details were released by State Police.

The PA Turnpike Commission projects more than 2.1 million motorists will be traveling the Turnpike over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That is almost one million more than last year’s travelers which was a tally of 1.2 million during the same holiday period. To help accommodate holiday traffic, the Turnpike is suspending maintenance work and have all available lanes open in each direction now until 11 p.m. on Monday, May 31.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of 941 new cases, pushing it over one-million-199-thousand. About 40 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-163. Lawrence County has 7,562 cases and 211 deaths. Mercer County reports 9,568 cases and 257 fatalities.

Want-to-be anglers can fish for free in Pennsylvania’s waterways this Sunday.  The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says it will allow people to give fishing a try for the first time or to get back into the sport if they haven’t fished in a while.  The next fish for free day is on July 4th.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is headed to prison this summer for his role in the coverup of the Sandusky scandal.  After several appeals, heart surgery, and a battle with advanced prostate cancer, the 72-year-old will report to Centre County Prison on July 9th.  Judge John Boccabella said in court Spanier will pay for his mistake but isn’t a danger to society.

LIVE Casino Pittsburgh this week has announced the opening date for its new country-themed restaurant and bar.  Guests will be welcomed for the first time to PBR Pittsburgh starting June 11th.  In addition to food and drink, managers say that visitors will be able to hit the floor with line dancing and take their turn on the back of a mechanical riding bull.  More details can be found at www.pittsburgh.livecasinohotel.com.

The Pittsburgh International Airport is creating a new parking area that is the cheapest option for travelers.  The area will be located at the far west end of the existing extended term parking lot closest to the gas station, and spaces are available for seven-dollars.  Officials say it will take travelers about ten minutes to walk to the airport’s terminal from the lot.