TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2021

A Lawrence County woman is facing charges in connection to the riot at the Capitol Building on January 6th.  Prosecutors said yesterday that Julia Jeanette Sizer of Ellwood City is charged with entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, and demonstrating in a Capitol building.  After an initial hearing in Western Pennsylvania, Sizer was granted release on the condition she makes all future appearances at hearings in Washington D.C.  Sizer is next due in court on September 8th.

The New Castle News is reporting an Enon Valley man is being charged in an accident that killed a motorcyclist two years ago in North Beaver Township. 35 year old Jacob Winterbauer is wanted on a warrant facing charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence along with DUI. 50 year old James Adkins of Lisbon Ohio was killed in the September 5th 2019 crash that occurred at the intersection of Smalls Ferry Road and Columbiana Road.

A lawsuit filed this week by the U.S. government accuses a top doctor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of submitting false Medicare claims and endangering the health of his patients.  The suit claims that Dr. James Luketich performed multiple surgeries at once, moving back and forth between operating rooms, and requiring patients to remain under anesthesia longer than otherwise necessary.  Government lawyers say that Luketich’s actions led two patients to later require amputations.  Attorneys for Dr. Luketich and UPMC, who is also named in the suit, deny any allegations of wrongdoing.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added over 48-hundred new cases to the state total, pushing it over one-million-308-thousand. About 90 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 28-thousand-325.

Pennsylvania is expected to hit its COVID-19 infection peak later this month. That’s according to an updated model from the University of Washington. The model projects infections to peak around September 25th with about 13-thousand-500 cases per day, and cases will mostly stay flat then slightly trend downward through the end of the year. The university’s model also predicts that the state will see nearly five-thousand more deaths related to the virus by December 1st.

A Washington County woman is heading to prison after pleading guilty to abusing her developmentally disabled sister.  On Thursday, 53-year-old Leona Biser pled guilty to abuse and neglect of a care-dependent person and will spend almost two-years in prison.  Prosecutors say Biser kept her disabled sister locked in a wooden cage and illegally cashed her social security checks.  Authorities say Biser’s sister was given proper medical care and has since recovered. 

President Biden is pledging federal help for Pennsylvania and other states impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Speaking from the White House yesterday, Biden said there’s a lot of damage as he made it clear to the governors that his team at the Federal Emergency Management Agency is on the ground and ready to provide all the assistance needed.

Governor Tom Wolf is condemning a new anti-abortion law from Texas. The law forbids nearly all abortions after six weeks and allows citizens to report and sue any woman who gets an abortion. Other states are looking to pass anti-abortion laws, including Pennsylvania. Wolf says he will veto any anti-abortion legislation that lands on his desk, and the Texas ban defies all understanding of modern individual health care and will have detrimental impacts on the state’s residents.

Area Walmart employees could soon see a bump in their paychecks.  The retailer on Thursday said that it would be increasing pay for many store workers by at least a dollar-per-hour.  More than half-a-million workers are among those who the company says will receive the raises by September 25th. 

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is warning residents to be careful this Labor Day weekend. Officials say water levels will be at dangerous levels this holiday weekend, and heavy debris and fast moving currents could lead to deadly situations. They urge residents not to go boating in rivers and instead consider going to a lake as those waterways could absorb the rainfall. Residents are also urged to wear life jackets and be alert for debris underneath the water.