TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 23RD, 2021

A Struthers Ohio man faces charges following a one vehicle accident in Mahoning Township Friday night. According to State Police 20 year old William Agnone lost control of his vehicle on Skyhill Road causing the vehicle to roll over. Agnone, along with several passengers were taken to St.Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. Police said Agnone faces driving under the influence charges. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Pennsylvania State Police are asking the public for help in their search for suspects in the shooting death of a man outside an Aliquippa apartment building Friday.  Police identify the victim as 27-year-old Gamal Rodgers from Aliquippa.  They say he’d been shot several times outside the apartments on Superior Avenue.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Beaver.

State Police in Mercer County report a high speed chase that took place earlier this month ended when spike strips were used. According to police 24-year-old Zachary Livingood of McKees Rocks was speeding  on interstate 79 in Jackson Township, when officers tried to make a traffic stop. As the pursuit continued, officers used spike strips to disable Livingood’s car. Livingood was taken into custody and placed in the Mercer County Jail on a $10,000 bond. He faces charges of fleeing and eluding.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Since Friday, the state added nearly eight-thousand new cases to the total, pushing it over one-million-267-thousand. About 36 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 28-thousand-76.

A new mask mandate is taking effect today for state workers and contractors. Under Governor Tom Wolf’s orders, they must wear masks while inside their workplaces regardless of vaccination status. The memo from the governor says this was issued in response to the state’s rise in COVID-19 cases.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association is recommending that all K-through-12 schools require masks for all students, teachers and staff. PSEA officials say they want to not only open up schools, they have got to keep them open all year long for students. They emphasized that masking could prevent large outbreaks within the community as kids could take the virus home.

The Aliquippa community turned out yesterday at a fundraiser for a local resident who’s in need of a kidney transplant.  The spaghetti fundraiser at the Aliquippa Serbian Club was held for Jimmy Lubert, who was diagnosed last year with Alport syndrome, a genetic disorder that damages blood vessels and kidneys.  Lubert has been a popular mentor and coach to youth sports teams in Aliquippa.

Health systems across western Pennsylvania are offering signing bonuses to find nurses that are in high demand this year.  Signing bonuses reported on Excela Health’s jobs board range from two- to ten-thousand dollars, depending on position.  UPMC is advertising for almost 800 open nursing positions and 150 in-patient care support.  Allegheny Health Network has been offering similar bonuses.  But nursing executives say those big bonuses are targeted at senior executives who are already making top salaries and are reluctant to leave their current jobs.

Hundreds turned out this weekend for the fourth annual Officer Brian Shaw Benefit Ride in New Kensington.  Shaw was shot and killed four years ago at a traffic stop.  Almost 700 motorcyclists turned out for the ride through more than 20 Alle-Kiski Valley communities on Saturday.  The luncheon after the ride attracted some two-thousand people at the Pittsburgh Shrine Center in Harmar, markin the biggest turnout ever for the luncheon.  Proceeds will go toward the Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Pennsylvania State Police are cautioning motorists to be especially vigilant this week as it’s back to school for many area school districts.  State Police say most schools are returning to in-person instruction, which means more school buses and pedestrians will be on the roads than last year when the pandemic kept many people indoors for remote instruction.