TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 17TH, 2021

New Castle City Police are investigating a shooting that took place yesterday afternoon at Westview Terrace. The incident happened around 2pm. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. No other details were released.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are having mixed reactions to the fall of Afghanistan. Republican Senator Pat Toomey says the miscalculation to rapidly withdraw our forces to meet symbolic rather than strategic deadlines has created a rapidly unfolding humanitarian disaster. Pennsylvania’s Democrat Senator Bob Casey says now that the Taliban has entered Kabul and taken control of the government, our allies and defenders of democracy in Afghanistan are in grave danger. He added that this isn’t the time to finger point as the U.S. should focus on evacuating Americans, women leaders, activists and human rights defenders.

Pennsylvania is inching toward herd immunity. Yesterday, the governor announced that at least 80-percent of Pennsylvanians over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A little over 64-percent of that same group has been fully vaccinated. As for the full population, close to 60-percent has received at least one dose and almost 51-percent are fully vaccinated.

Pharmacies and clinics in western Pennsylvania are now offering the COVID-19 booster shot for immunocompromised individuals. This includes UPMC, Allegheny Health Network and Giant Eagle. The shots are only being offered to moderately to severely immunocompromised people if they’re fully vaccinated with the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Officials urge residents to speak with their doctors to see if they meet the conditions to receive the shot.

Police are searching for the driver of a car who led them on a chase from Beaver County into Allegheny County Sunday night.  Police say the chase started in Aliquippa when police tried to pull over the driver on Route 51 for failure to yield.  Police pursued the vehicle into Allegheny County before they found it abandoned in Coraopolis.  The driver had fled.

After more than a year of disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses in Mercer County are reporting an increase in industrial activity.  One of the examples of the business turnaround is the 44-thousand-square-foot expansion of Extreme Machine in the southwestern part of Hermitage.  Joy Baking is also adding 200-thousand-square feet to its cookie-manufacturing plant.  Increased truck traffic is another example business owners cite along Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in Farrell.

The post office facility in Hookstown in Beaver County has a new name attached to it.  It has been dedicated to the late Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin.  Elchin was killed along with two other servicemen three years ago when a roadside bomb exploded.  Elchin was a Hopewell High School graduate.  Last year, the Vanport Bridge that spans the Ohio River was named in Elchin’s memory.

The Butler County Community College Education Foundation set a new fundraising record with its golf outing this year.  The event on August 6th raised 115-thousand dollars, breaking last year’s record of 100-thousand dollars.  The golf outing was held at Olde Stonewall Golf Club near Ellwood City.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added over 14-hundred new cases to the total, pushing it close to one-million-252-thousand. No new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which remains at 27-thousand-966.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania stayed at 3.33 gallon. In New Castle the average price is at 3.32. Drivers in Sharon are paying 3.34. The national average is a penny less this week at 3.18 a gallon.