TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 9TH, 2021

An Enon Valley man is facing charges following a roll over crash in North Beaver Township on Saturday. State Police report 25 year old John Ashby lost control of his truck while doing a burnout and struck and embankment, causing the truck to roll onto its roof. Ashby was entrapped in the vehicle and had to be free by the North Beaver Fire Department. Ashby along with several passengers were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. Police said charges are pending.

The New Castle News is reporting that a New Galilee man arrested in June for allegedly sexually assaulting two children is now accused of indecent sexual assault of a girl aged 3- to 4-years-old. 27 year old Jason Clemmer is being with charged with corruption of minors, contact with a minor involving sexual abuse and indecent assault of a child younger than 13. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. The alleged incident took place in May of 2020. Back in June Clemmer was charged with 45 counts of various offenses, most of them felonies.

Governor Tom Wolf is standing firm on his stance when it comes to masks in schools. As COVID-19 cases rise statewide and more counties experience substantial community spread, the governor is leaving the decision for mask mandates to schools. Wolf says CDC guidelines strongly recommend mask for schools, but they’re not mandating it and neither is he.

Police in Butler County continue their investigation into a bank robbery that occurred this weekend in Middlesex Township.  Police say the robbery occurred at Northwest Savings Bank on Route 8 just before noon Saturday.  Police have not released any additional details except that one robber demanded money from a bank teller.  No one was reportedly hurt in the robbery.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. The most recent update added nearly 17-hundred new cases to the state total, pushing it over one-million-233-thousand. Eight new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-898.

Beginning today, all Allegheny County employees who are not vaccinated must wear a mask and undergo weekly testing for COVID-19.  Masks will also be required for unvaccinated visitors at county buildings.  County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says the mandate will be conducted on the honor system.  County health officials are reporting an increase in hospitalizations, with most of the new patients not having been vaccinated.

Pennsylvania State Police say 91 cadets have graduated from the 161st class of the State Police Academy in Hershey.  The ceremony at the State Police Academy was held outside on Friday and included a limited number of family members.  The ceremony was also livestreamed.  The men and women graduates have already been assigned to troops across Pennsylvania.

Congressman Connor Lamb is beginning his first full week as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.  The Democrat from Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District is running for his party’s nomination in the contest to replace retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey.  In announcing his candidacy on Friday, Lamb said American democracy is in crisis and said that it’s something that must be preserved.

Local worshipers are being asked to abide by new COVID guidelines when attending services in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Masses this past weekend were the first to be included in the new policies announced on Friday.  Church leaders are requiring ministers, ushers, greeters and servers to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status.  Congregants are strongly encouraged to wear masks as well.