TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021

The New Castle News is reporting two people were arrested on drug and gun charges following a raid of an East Side Home yesterday morning. 27 year old Alvin Perkins along with 19 year old Reilly Rosta were arrested. Agents found suspected heroin along with crack cocaine and a hand gun reported stolen from Youngstown. Perkins is charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substances along with a firearms charge. Rosta faces charges of receiving stolen property, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and several other charges. Both were arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.  

Republican lawmakers are moving forward with their “forensic investigation” of the 2020 election. Yesterday, the GOP-controlled Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee voted to issue subpoenas for information on voters. The information they seek includes voters’ names, dates of birth, addresses, driver’s license numbers, last four digits of their social security numbers and what method they used to vote. The committee also wants records of communication between state and county election officials.

Phony COVID vaccine cards destined for Beaver County have been intercepted in Pittsburgh by agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.  The department announced yesterday shipments of the cards were intercepted August 24th and September 7th after arriving in the U.S. from China.  No arrests have been reported.  Agents say the investigation into the cards is ongoing.

Pennsylvania State Police are in the position this week of disciplining one of their own.  Mercer County State Trooper Jamhal Simon was taken into custody Wednesday on charges that he altered his military orders from the Ohio National Guard and forged an officer’s signature.  Those findings came at the conclusion of an internal investigation into Simon’s actions.  Pennsylvania State Police have suspended Simon without pay and reported the charges to his military leadership.

For the 22nd time this year, a passenger with a firearm in their carry-on has been prevented from getting through security at Pittsburgh International Airport.  Authorities report the most recent incident happened Tuesday when a Butler County resident tried to get through the checkpoint with a loaded nine-millimeter handgun in his backpack.  Police confiscated the weapon and cited the traveler.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is joining a Department of Justice lawsuit against an abortion law in Texas.  On Wednesday, Shapiro and 22 other state Attorneys General filed an amicus brief saying the Texas law violates the Supreme Court’s Roe versus Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States.  The Texas law bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.  Legal experts say the Texas law may violate the supremacy clause of the Constitution.

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-359-thousand. About 45 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 28-thousand-696.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is warning doctors about offering school mask exemptions. Officials did not specify, but they say doctors offering the exemptions to people that they don’t even treat could face disciplinary action. The added that any school permitting a parent’s sign-off without evidence that the student has a medical or mental health condition or disability that precludes the wearing of a face mask is not in compliance with the order.