TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 1ST, 2021

New Castle Police have arrested a person in connection to threats made against New Castle High School, which resulted in a lockdown. Police say they arrested the suspect around 7 p.m. Monday evening. According to the department’s Facebook page, the individual is in police custody and will be placed in the Lawrence County Jail on charges of felony terroristic threats. Police were made aware of the threats while the school’s promenade event was going on.

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating a burglary where someone stole nearly $600 worth of video games and other items.  the burglary occurred around 12:50 p.m. Sunday at a storage facility on the 1600 block of Wampum Road in Wayne Township. The burglar damaged a padlock to gain entry and stole a Playstation 2, Sega Genesis, Nintendo Wii, boxing gloves, and a Black and Decker drill. No arrests have been made in the case.

A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital following an accident yesterday afternoon. WFMJ-TV reports a canoe broke loose off of a Jeep on route 422 near the entrance of McConnells  Mills State Park, flew into the air and came into the path of the rider who was behind them.  The rider allegedly tried to swerve out of the way but was struck. They were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Pennsylvania State Police said they are filing charges of failing to properly secure a load toward the driver of the Jeep.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has scheduled an anti-Semitism rally for tonight at the City-County Building on Grant Street.  Organizers say the event, billed as a Stand Against Anti-Semitism, aims to further strengthen the connection between the city’s Muslim and Jewish communities.  Observers have noticed an increase in anti-Semitic actions in the U.S. since renewed fighting began overseas last month between Israel and Hamas.  Tonight’s rally downtown is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Pine-Richland High School is preparing to welcome in its next head football coach.  The school is expected to name former Seneca Valley assistant coach, Stephen Campos, as the next head coach during a special meeting tomorrow.  Campos has served as the quarterback’s coach at Seneca Valley High School for the last seven years.  He will be replacing Eric Kasperowicz who was dismissed following an investigation into allegations of misconduct within the school’s football program.

State Police in Beaver County report a fatal accident that took place last month in Greene Township. Police said 82 year old Steve Vierik of Brunswick Ohio, was westbound on Route 30 when he crossed the center line and struck a vehicle head on operated by 47 year old Leonard Bragg of Chester, West Virginia. Vierik was pronounced dead at the scene. Bragg was not hurt.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Treasury are working to reunite hundreds of unclaimed military honors to their rightful owners. Officials say they have countless military decorations sitting in the vault of the state treasury, and they never get rid of them until they find the owner. They also have other unclaimed property inside the vault such as jewelery, coins, silver and more. Officials say they plan on updating the website starting June 7th, but Pennsylvanians looking to reclaim their property can go online to patreasury-dot-gov.

Pennsylvania restaurant owners say it will be a long time before they’re operating at 100-percent. Yesterday, all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in the state were lifted except for mask wearing. Some restaurant owners say the industry is plagued by a combination of lack of employees, product and customers. They added that some places are raising prices due to food shortages and supply chain issues, and many customers are still leery about COVID-19. Some business owners don’t think things will ever get back to how they were as this is the new normal.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of 315 new cases, pushing it over one-million-202-thousand. Five new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-214.