Tri County Report For August 12th, 2021

A Lawrence County man is facing at least 10 years in prison for trying to have sex with an underage boy.  Nathan Troup was arrested as part of an undercover sex sting operation last year in Ohio.  Investigators say that Troupe drove from Pennsylvania to the Cleveland area to meet a teen for sex.  Instead, he was arrested on the spot and charged.  He pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to counts of illicit sexual conduct and enticement of a minor.  Sentencing has been set for December.

Dangerous heat is in the forecast for many parts of the area today. While temperatures are forecast to be in the 90’s to near 100 in some areas, the National Weather Service in State College says its going to feel even hotter with heat indexes at or over 100. Health officials recommend drinking plenty of water, reducing outdoor activity and wearing loose, light weight clothing to beat the heat.

No injuries were reported after a vehicle and a horse drawn buggy accident yesterday in Mercer County. According to police the accident happened on Stoneboro Lateral Road in Lake Township. The accident took place around three o’clock. No other details were released.

Governor Tom Wolf now has a firsthand look at how Aliquippa has invested more than 11-million dollars it has received in grants over the last six years.  Wolf visited Aliquippa yesterday.  Mayor Dwan Walker explained how each grant is being spent to revitalize the town.  Some of those projects include a reconfiguration of the Route 51 interchange, updated housing and commercial buildings and environmental assessments at former industrial sites.

State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Connoquenessing Township. Police said 36 year old Thomas Collins of Butler was traveling west on Evans City Road when he lost control of his vehicle and collided with a tractor-trailer operated by 57 year old Douglas Pilarski of Pittsburgh. Collins was taken to the hospital for treatment. Pilarski was not hurt.

Leaders at Duquesne University are putting a mask mandate in place for students, staffers and visitors effective this Friday.  Folks will be required to wear masks when indoors in public spaces and when in groups.  Administrators say the policy is in response to rising COVID case numbers and is in line with guidance from the Allegheny County Health Department and the CDC.  The temporary mandate will remain in place through the first week of the fall term.  Duquesne has made COVID vaccination a requirement for students attending classes in the new term.

Yesterday, the state Health Department added more than 18-hundred new cases to the total, pushing it over one-million-241-thousand. As of yesterday, the state has surpassed 900 COVID hospitalizations. Eleven new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-925.

The state Health Department reports 50 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties are now reporting substantial spread of coronavirus. A county reaches the substantial level when the number of coronavirus cases reaches 50 to 100 for every 100 thousand people. Residents of counties with substantial spread are advised to wear masks inside public places, regardless of vaccination status. In Pennsylvania that call is largely being left up to local and county governments, as well as businesses and local school districts.

A billboard campaign has been launched that targets state Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward over legislation to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse.  The bill would give adult survivors their day in court, but Ward declined to bring the bill to a vote.  The billboards of the Republican, which also feature a photo of Governor Tim Wolf, urge them to do something about adult abuse survivors.  The group putting up the signs says they’ll hold a rally in Harrisburg when the legislature returns to the Capitol.

More golf championships are headed for western Pennsylvania.  The USGA has named Oakmont Country Club as its second anchor site for USGA championships.  The club will host the US Open four times between 2025 and 2049.  USGA officials named Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina the first anchor site last year.  Oakmont has also been tapped to host the US Women’s Open in 2028 and 2038 as well as the Walker Cup in 2033.