TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 12TH, 2021

The New Castle news reports that a  motorcyclist was killed Sunday when the cycle he was riding went off the road and down a ravine around 3 p.m. in the 4200 block of Hollow Road, Shenango Township. The accident is being investigated by the Shenango Township Police Department. No other details have been released.

A Beaver County infant who reportedly overdosed on heroin last month has died.  Authorities yesterday reported the death of 10-month-old Myla Rushman just weeks after she had ingested a stamp bag inside an Ambridge residence.  First responders had used Narcan to bring the unresponsive child around and she had been hospitalized ever since.  The child’s mother has been charged in the incident.  Those charges may be upgraded now with the little girl’s passing.

State residents will soon have another candidate to consider in the race to become the commonwealth’s next governor.  State Attorney General Josh Shapiro is expected to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination tomorrow.  Those close to the AG advise he plans to release a video announcement in the morning with a news conference to take place later in the Steel City.  Shapiro is considered to be the favorite to win his party’s nod.

Two Ohio residents were arrested following a traffic stop in Beaver County. According to State Police, 27 year old Jordan McMillan of Columbiana along with 25 year old Courtney Rankin also of Columbiana both had active warrants out in Ohio. They were taken to  the Beaver County Jail prior to extradition to Ohio.

The Pennsylvania State system university enrollment is the lowest it has been in over 30 years.  The 14 state owned universities lost more than five-thousand students this fall dropping total enrollment below 89-thousand students.  The drop in enrollment is expected to come with a loss of 36-million-dollars in tuition revenue.  Clarion University saw the biggest drop of the four schools, which fell by 14-percent.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added nearly 29-hundred new cases, pushing the total over one-million-482-thousand.  No new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 29-thousand-907.

Data on breakthrough COVID-19 cases in the state is now available to the public. On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released its report that shows that since January of this year, about 9-percent of COVID cases came from people who were fully vaccinated before infection. The report also shows that 93-percent of reported COVID hospitalizations this year have been from unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals. The same group made up 93-percent of COVID-related deaths this year. Officials say the data is further evidence of the effectiveness of getting vaccinated.

Operators of the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County are preparing for the venue’s rebranding later this week.  Penn Gaming, who took over gaming operations of the casino in 2018, will relaunch the property as Hollywood Casino at the Meadows this Friday.  Penn operates Hollywood Casinos in a number of other cities. 

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming municipal election is approaching. State officials say Pennsylvanians have until October 18th to register to vote in the November 2nd election. Residents can vote by mail, vote now in-person by mail ballot or go to the polls on Election Day. Officials say whichever voting option you choose, the important thing is to get out and vote.


Pennsylvania is inching toward herd immunity. As of yesterday, nearly 70-percent of Pennsylvanians 18 and up are fully vaccinated from COVID-19. Pennsylvania ranks 5th in the nation for doses administered. However, it is also one of five states still seeing an increase in COVID cases as the rest of the nation sees case rates level off.