TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 1ST, 2021

Famous comedian Bill Cosby is now free from prison after he was convicted of sexual assault about three years ago.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Cosby’s conviction yesterday because they found a prior agreement with prosecutor Bruce Castor that prevents Cosby from being charged in the case.  Cosby has served over two years at S-C-I Phoenix, which is a state prison near his hometown of Philadelphia.

The nation’s first reported case of a rare blood clotting diagnosis in a patient who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is coming out of Pittsburgh.  The Allegheny Health Network confirmed yesterday that a 65-year-old man passed away at West Penn Hospital in the Bloomfield neighborhood after he was diagnosed with the rare syndrome.  Officials say the man received his second dose of the Moderna vaccine within ten days of going to the hospital.

Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato announced that eight fire and EMS companies in his district have been awarded nearly 109 thousand dollars in state grants for training, equipment and other operating costs. Sainato said Frontline workers faced new risks and huge obstacles fundraising because of the pandemic.  The grants come from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

A proposed bill that would require voter IDs in all elections in Pennsylvania is being blocked from reaching legislation.  Governor Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 1300 yesterday.  Governor Wolf says he decided to veto the bill because he believes it is a voter suppression measure.

The state’s Department of Health reported 202 new positive Covid-19 cases yesterday.  There are currently 316 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, and of those cases, 59 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit.

State Police in Butler County report that patrol units will be out this 4th of July weekend conducting various DUI enforcement activities. The checkpoints and enforcement will be conducted on roadways to be problematic with DUI offenses in order to keep motorists safe throughout the holiday weekend.

The Wolf Administration is extending the expiration dates of license to carry firearms permits. They were supposed to expire yesterday, but have been pushed to July 15th. Officials say this was necessary due to the closures of courthouses and sheriff’s offices as well as other COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Those with expired permits are advised to renew them now.

Updates to the state’s Medical Marijuana Act are official as Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill yesterday. The legislation would allow for dispensaries to continue offering curbside services and also allow patents to purchase up to three months’ worth of marijuana. Wolf says it has been five years since the state legalized medical marijuana, and this legislation provides important updates to the program to ensure that patients have improved access to medication.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Washington Township. According to police, 69 year old David Frydrych of Volant was northbound on Route 19 when he traveled off the roadway and struck a utility pole. Police said Frydrych was not hurt.

Fire and EMS services in Beaver County are set to receive financial assistance.  The Office of the State Fire Commissioner this week awarded nearly 200-thousand dollars in grants to be split among 14 departments and services in the county.  State Representative Rob Matzie says the pandemic has taxed the resources of fire and emergency departments.  He says that these grants will help to ensure that first responders have the resources they need to stay safe.