TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 28TH, 2021

The state is not planning on issuing a mask mandate for schools despite the CDC’s guidance. The CDC recommends that everyone in schools wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status. Pennsylvania Department of Education officials are recommending that schools follow that guidance, but no mandates are being issued. Officials say they continue to encourage all eligible individuals to get fully vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Hundreds of Pennsylvanians may be at risk of losing their homes as the COVID-19 eviction moratorium is set to expire this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the original end date to July 31st. State officials urge those who are at risk of eviction or utility turn-off due to the pandemic to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program as soon as possible to get some help.

One person was killed in a traffic accident yesterday afternoon in Mercer County. WFMJ-TV reports the victim was identified as 45 year old Gerald Splitstone of Pymatuning Township. The coroner’s office confirmed that the truck Splitstone was driving veered off the road and hit a tree on Colt Road in Pymatuning Township. The vehicle then caught fire. According to the coroner, the cause of death is still pending investigation, as well as a toxicology report.

State Police in Mercer County report a two vehicle accident in Wilmington Township. According to police 35 year old John Rennard of Pulaski was northbound on Bethel New Wilmington Road when he failed to stop at the intersection at Pulaski Mercer Road and struck a vehicle operated by 41 year old Michael Rubeo of Mercer. A 12 year old boy in the Rennard vehicle was flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. Both drivers were treated at the scene.

COVID-19 cases are increasing in Pennsylvania.  The state’s Department of Health reported almost one-thousand new positive cases yesterday.  Four more people also passed away due to complications of the coronavirus.  Officials announced that over eleven-and-a-half-million vaccines have been administered statewide so far.

A Grove City man is in jail after he allegedly choked a woman. 44 year old Edward Skeehan was arrested Monday and charged with charged  strangulation, assault, and harassment. Skeehan was arraigned and placed in the Mercer County jail on  15 thousand dollars bond. The victim told police Skeehan held her against a wall and choked her. Another court hearing is scheduled for August 11.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the approach by Gateway Rehab in Center Township toward drug addiction works because it addresses the problem head-on.  Shapiro visited the facility yesterday in his first trip since Pennsylvania joined a 26-billion-dollar settlement to tackle the opioid crisis.  Pennsylvania could receive one-billion dollars from the settlement to help it fight drug abuse.

One day after TSA agents stopped a passenger trying to get through security at Pittsburgh International with a loaded handgun, another traveler tried it again.  Again, agents detected the weapon and stopped the traveler.  Yesterday, the passenger in questions was a man from Moon Township who told agents and police that he had forgotten all about the loaded firearm in his backpack.  This was the 17th time this year that security personnel have stopped someone from getting through with a firearm.