TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 29TH, 2021

More COVID-19 cases are increasing in Pennsylvania.  The state’s Department of Health reported 104 new positive cases yesterday.  Three more people also passed away due to complications of the coronavirus.

Lawmakers are putting a pause on the bill to allow bars and restaurants to sell cocktails to-go. Officials say it will be put off until the fall as lawmakers enter the summer recess. Businesses were able to sell alcoholic beverages to-go under the governor’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration, but lawmakers removed it.

State Police in Mercer County are investigating a home invasion where thousands of dollars in cash and valuables was taken from a Sandy Lake Township home. The suspect pushed an air conditioner through a window on Saturday to get inside the Fulmer Lane home of a sixty-year-old woman. Four thousand dollars in cash and along with a laptop, and a platinum diamond ring, bracelet, and necklace valued at more than 57 hundred dollars was reported stolen.

Pennsylvania’s former governor Tom Ridge is back home after being in the hospital for almost two weeks. Earlier this month, Ridge suffered a stroke and was taken to a hospital in Washington D.C. He was in critical, yet stable condition following his surgery, and his family says he has been making steady progress since. His family also thanked everyone for the well wishes and says the 75-year-old is slated to begin therapy.

A Butler man was killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Forward Township. State Police in Butler County report four vehicles were involved in a crash on Evans City Road.  44-year-old Troy Andres of Butler was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say that another driver was transported to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of undisclosed injuries.  Two other drivers refused medical treatment.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas price report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania held steady this week at 3.24 a gallon. In New Castle the average price is at 3.22 a gallon. Drivers in Sharon are paying 3.24. The national average is $3.09, the highest point of the year with a possible increase looming for the July 4 holiday.

A coalition of Robert Morris University hockey players are trying to save the program from being cut.  The R-M-U players recently hired sports attorney Jeffrey Kessler who says he believes the way the school cut its hockey program violates students’ rights.  R-M-U officials say the school has received the attorney’s letter, and it is currently under review.

Soon college athletes in the Commonwealth will be able to profit off of their name, image, and likeness.  All that remains is Governor Tom Wolf’s signature on the bill which would allow student-athletes to hold football camps and profit from jersey and video game sales.  The schools aren’t responsible for compensation.

A hot day is on tap for the area with forecast highs in the low 90s and a heat index nearing 100.  First responders remind people how quickly their vehicles can heat up in warm temperatures.   When it’s 90 degrees outside it can get to 109 inside after ten minutes and 125 after 30 minutes.  Even at 70 degrees outside it will climb to 104 degrees in the car in 30 minutes.  An average of 38 children a year nationwide die after being left in a hot car.