TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 18TH, 2021

Firemen were called out to a West Middlesex business following reports of a structure fire. WFMJ-TV reports the fire started Saturday around 1:30 p.m. at T. Bruce Campbell Construction. A large amount of smoke filled the area while crews worked to control the blaze. Part of Route 18 was closed in that area.

State Police are asking for the public’s help with identifying the suspect or suspects involved in a recent theft that occurred in Lawrence County. Police said that a barn on Haggerty Road in Little Beaver Township was broken into and an ATV and chain saw were reported stolen. Total value of the items was nearly 22 thousand dollars. Anyone with information concerning the theft are urged to contact state police.

The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes in Beaver County on Saturday morning.  The two tornadoes were in Shippingport and the other in the Monaca-Freedom area.  The early morning storms in Beaver County resulted in downed trees, downed power lines, damage to homes, as well as power outages.  No injuries were reported.

Pennsylvania nursing schools are seeing a rise in applications. Officials with the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences say since the start of the pandemic, they have been seeing a strong interest in all of their health care programs, especially nursing. They added that people want to be involved in the cause against the pandemic and help overcome the nursing shortage. However, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association says the rise in more applicants isn’t as big as it was three or four years ago. The group hopes that legislators and folks that can provide scholarships can help get more people into the nursing profession.  

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Since Friday, the state added over 14-thousand new cases, pushing the total over one-million-500-thousand.  About 82 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 30-thousand-418.

Two Butler County social service organizations are benefiting from recently announced grants aimed at tackling the issue of homelessness.  State officials on Friday revealed details of more than 5-million dollars worth of funding from the federal Emergency Solutions Grant program that will be distributed throughout Pennsylvania. In Butler County, that means more than 365-thousand dollars combined for Catholic Charities and The CARE Center.

The state Fish and Boat Commission meets October 25th for its quarterly meeting. On the agenda will be a proposal to adopt the first Saturday in April as the official season opener. Eighteen southeastern counties had a separate opening, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the change to one opening day. Some anglers who lived in that region expressed concern of too many fishing there to get a jump on the season, and a survey of fishermen bore out they prefer a single season opener.

Today is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming election. The municipal election is slated for November 2nd. Those who have yet to register to vote can go online to PAVoterServices-dot-pa-dot-gov to do so. Once registered, Residents can vote by mail, vote now in-person by mail ballot or go to the polls on Election Day.

Officials at the Washington County Jail say over a dozen inmates are currently in quarantine due to an outbreak of COVID-19.  According to a report released yesterday, 18 inmates tested positive for the virus last Wednesday at the Three-East Medium Security Unit, but only two were symptomatic.  Ten of the inmates were unvaccinated, six were fully vaccinated, and two had received only one dose of vaccine.