TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 26TH, 2021

One woman was killed and three other people  were taken to the hospital following a multi-vehicle accident in Mahoning Township. The crash happened around 10 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of West State Street and Carbon-Micco Road. At least three vehicles were involved in the collision that closed the roadway for several hours. Two people were taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown. According to the New Castle News a woman was taken to UPMC Jameson were she was pronounced dead.  A three year-old child was also taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. The accident that occurred in a construction zone is ongoing.

A Butler man has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. 27-year-old Charles Perkins pleaded guilty in court earlier this week to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and crack. State Police pulled over a vehicle driven by Perkins just over one year ago. A search of the vehicle revealed 2.5 grams of crack cocaine, 5.2 grams of fentanyl, other drug paraphernalia, an nearly $1,000. Perkins admitted to being on his way to the City of Butler to sell the drugs. Perkins will be sentenced in December and he will face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of one million dollars or possibly both.

Governor Tom Wolf is calling on state lawmakers to return to Harrisburg to pass legislation to require K-through-12 schools and childcare centers to implement mask mandates.  But a spokesman for House Republicans says they do not want to pass a statewide mask mandate.  The governor wrote a letter to Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman and House Speaker Bryan Cutler in which he noted the recent spike in COVID-19 cases come as students are going back to school.  The governor says that as of the end of last month, only 59 of Pennsylvania’s 474 school districts had submitted health and safety plans that included mask mandates.

A former board member of the United Way in Butler County has been named a co-chair of this year’s campaign for the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Dan LaVallee currently serves on the board of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  In 2014, LaVallee ran for the Democratic nomination for the Third Congressional District.

Students return to class for the fall semester today in the Hopewell School District as a mask mandate remains in place for buses and classrooms.  The Hopewell School Board heard from parents on both side of the issue at its meeting Tuesday night.  Despite some heated discussion, the board left its mask mandate in place for students, teachers and staff in the classrooms and on school buses.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added nearly nine-thousand new cases to the total, however, more than five-thousand of those positive test results were old and dated back to the start of the pandemic. Yesterday’s increase pushed the total over one-million-286-thousand. About 33 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 28-thousand-131.

Congressman Mike Doyle says he has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.  Last night on Twitter, the Forest Hills Democrat says he caught the virus while in Washington for votes.  Doyle says he feels okay and has mild symptoms.  He says he is quarantining in Washington in accordance with DC guidelines.

A new survey out this week from the website Zumper shows Pittsburgh as the 50th most expensive home rental market in the country.  The site shows the cost of an average one-bedroom rental in the city as 1,130-dollars per month with two-bedroom rentals at 1,360-dollars per month.  The most expensive market in the country is New York City with the average one-bedroom going for 2,810-dollars per month.