TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 22ND, 2021

Its life in prison for an Aliquippa man convicted of homicide.  A Beaver County judge yesterday denied a defense motion for a mistrial in the case against Sheldon Jeter Jr.  Jeter was convicted last month in the 2020 shooting death of Tyric Pugh.  After rejecting the motion on Wednesday, the judge moved right to the penalty sentencing Jeter to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

An arrest warrant is now out for the cousin of the dead Beaver County man found in the trunk of his car in Allegheny County.  Police are searching for 25-year-old Anoosh Almas for homicide and other related charges after Junaid Akhlas was found dead at the former Texaco Service Station along University Boulevard in Moon Township earlier this week.  Anyone with any information on Anoosh Almas’ whereabouts is being asked to contact the Allegheny County Police Tip Line or 911 immediately.

Fulton County’s voting system is unfit for future elections. Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid decertified the county’s voting system yesterday, saying it was subjected to a post-election review by a third-party. She added that earlier this year, Fulton County allowed Wake TSI, which has no knowledge or expertise in election technology, to gain access to their voting system, compromising it. Since its system is no longer fit for future elections, Fulton County must acquire new equipment, which can be costly to taxpayers.

The Wolf Administration is proposing new regulations for nursing homes. The changes would increase the minimum hours spent between staff and residents to about four-hours. State officials say studies have shown that this is the minimum level of care needed by nursing home residents to prevent problems such as bed sores, infections, malnutrition, dehydration and injuries from falls. However, Leading Age Pennsylvania, which represents over 380 providers of services for seniors, is displeased and says nursing home providers will bear much of the cost. Over one-thousand caregivers plan on hold strikes next Tuesday.

State officials are issuing guidance for unvaccinated children. The COVID-19 vaccine has yet to be approved for young children, so kids between the ages of two and 12 are encouraged to wear face masks in public settings, events, gatherings and indoors when around people from outside their household. State health officials say they recommend following the CDC guidance for schools, and they’re working with districts to ensure they have the resources to follow the guidance. Adults are encouraged to get vaccinated to help prevent their kids from getting infected with the virus.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will hold several job fairs in PA through August. Those interested in a career with PennDOT are encouraged to attend one of five fairs to learn about opportunities available and to talk with current employees about employment and the application process. Applicants are asked to bring an updated copy of their resume. The first is being held in Mercer County at the PennDot maintenance facility on Maple Street in Mercer on August 11th.

COVID-19 cases are increasing in Pennsylvania.  The state’s Department of Health reported 525 new positive cases yesterday.  Eight more people also passed away due to complications of the coronavirus. Lawrence County has 7,752 cases and 216 deaths. Mercer County is reporting 9,739 cases and 266 fatalities.

The Wolf administration is naming a new director for a council in the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  Officials announced that Derek Eberly will be the new director of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation.  Eberly was a former Pennsylvania Field representative for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and he is the owner of Keystone Fly Guides.