Opening statements began yesterday in the case against an Aliquippa man accused of killing a friend.  Sheldon Jeter Jr is charged with criminal homicide in the May 2020 death of Tyric Pugh.  Beaver County prosecutors say that Jeter shot the victim six times, five times in the head.  Defense attorney’s are questioning the prosecution’s case, saying that there is little evidence of motive.

Two Lawrence County baseball teams advanced to the PIAA state semifinals with wins yesterday. New Castle was a 4-1 winner of Eastern York. Shenango had to go extra innings to beat previously unbeaten Johnsonburg 2-1. Both teams move on the semifinals with dates and time to be determined.

A Butler County couple accused of embezzling more than a million dollars from Butler Health System were sentenced to serve prison time on Thursday.  Stephanie Roskovski was the Chief Operating Officer of Butler Memorial Hospital and her husband Scott was a detective with the Butler County District Attorney’s Office. Stephanie was sentenced to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Scott Roskovski was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. The couple had used a corporate credit card to pay for vacations, renovations, and other personal expenses.

The Wolf Administration is partnering with the United Way of Pennsylvania to battle vaccine hesitancy in the state. The two entities will be teaming up to provide four-million-dollars in grants to local organizations to reduce hesitancy and ensure that the vaccine distribution plan is equitable. The grants from the Local Innovations in Vaccine Equity in Pennsylvania project will range from two-hundred to 20-thousand-dollars per vaccination event. Individuals or organizations interested in applying for these grants are urged to contact a local United Way chapter or email the United Way of Pennsylvania at info-at-uwp-dot-org.

Two women from Hermitage will face trial later this year after appearing in court Thursday in Sharon. According to WKBN-TV Roseann Sanoski and her daughter Cheryl are charged with stealing nearly $500,000 from the estate of Roseann’s mother. The two allegedly obtained life insurance annuities for themselves with the money as well as purchasing cash advances and other goods charged to the victim’s credit card. Both women are free on bond.

Governor Tom Wolf’s pandemic disaster emergency declaration is now over.  The state’s Legislature voted yesterday to end the declaration and to extend hundreds of regulatory waivers.  The Wolf Administration says that the listing of the declaration does not affect a health secretary’s disease-prevention authority to issue mask-wearing and stay-at-home ordinances.

Police are asking the public for help with finding a missing teenage girl in Butler County.  Fourteen-year-old Isabella Kaechele was last seen leaving her home in Cranberry Township Monday morning.  She is about five-feet-and-four-inches tall and has brown hair.  Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is being asked to call Police.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of 560 new cases, pushing it over one-million-207-thousand. About 21 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-438. Lawrence County has 7,627 cases and 212 deaths. Mercer County has 9.663 cases amd 261 fatalities.

State lawmakers are planning to introduce election reform legislation next week. The Voting Rights Protection Act would allow voters to vote in-person a week before the election, establish new drop boxes for mail-in ballots and allow for curbside voting to ensure access for voters with disabilities. It would also allow counties to begin preparing mailed ballots for counting five-days before Election Day, require them to reach out to voters whose mail-in ballots have issues, and allow them to fix it by 8 p.m. on Election Day. However, the legislation would also expand voter identification requirements to anyone who votes in-person, instead of just first-time voters.