TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2021

Two people were taken to the hospital following an incident yesterday afternoon in Shenango Township. Police responded to a medical call at a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue where there found two victims had been assaulted with blunt objects and edged weapons. 38 year old Charles Trott was flown to St.Elizabeth Hospital where he’s listed in critical condition. 38 year old Vincent Perrotta was treated at UPMC Jameson Hospital. His condition is unknown. State Police say charges are pending against two known suspects.

Dr. Elizabeth Piccione has been named interim President of UPMC Jameson and UPMC Horizon. Piccione, a New Castle native previously served as vice president of medical affairs. Piccione has been with UPMC for 10 years. She attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before returning home to practice as a cardiologist in Lawrence and Mercer counties.

A Farrell man wanted in connection with an attempted homicide in Sharon back in June was arrested in North Carolina, where he is being charged with homicide. WKBN-TV reports 18 year old Tyree Mosby is charged with murder, kidnapping and burglary in the case in North Carolina. Mosby has been on the run since June, after a shooting in Sharon where a man was shot four times. For that crime, he’s charged with attempted homicide and assault.The investigation is still ongoing.

A Beaver County woman is jailed today after her baby got into a stash of heroin.  Twenty-seven-year-old Melissa Miller was taken into custody following the Saturday morning incident that left her 10-month-old child unresponsive and not breathing.  First responders used Narcan to bring the child around.  Investigators say the baby had ingested a heroin stamp bag.  There has been no update on the child’s condition.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says vaccine providers across the state are ready to administer COVID-19 booster shots for select groups. The shots are immediately available for members of select groups who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine at least six-months ago. The booster shot is recommended for people 65 and older, people with underlying medical conditions and people who are at an increased risk of exposure.

A state lawmaker is proposing a bill to give schools more power over masking guidelines for sports. The Sports Mask Freedom Act proposed by state Representative Eric Davanzo would give schools “exclusive authority” to set masking policies for student athletes. Davanzo says our children deserve to enjoy sports unencumbered and free from the negative effects masks have while engaging in physical activities. A state House committee passed the legislation yesterday, and it now heads to the full House for a floor vote.

The state Department of Health is launching a new COVID-19 vaccine dashboard. Governor Tom Wolf says the dashboard releases vaccination reports by legislative district to help members of the legislature and the public better understand how each district is performing. The governor added that he hopes it encourages more to get vaccinated from COVID. The state will be updating the dashboard on a monthly basis.  

Members of the faculty at Ohio’s Youngstown State University are joining with concerned students in protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates.  Demonstrators carrying signs promoting vaccine-choice marched Monday in front of the campus’ Tod Hall.  Youngstown State does not have a COVID vaccine mandate but does require students and staffers to wear masks in indoor settings.

Hunters across the state are now able to store their information digitally. Pennsylvania Game Commission Communications officials say hunters must still have their paper tags for harvesting, but the digital option is going to be more convenient. They added that those who already have licenses can still upload all their information online at pgc-dot-pa-dot-gov to have it stored digitally on their phones. Those who hunt without their proper documents could face fines.