TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2ND, 2021

New Castle City Police have arrested a New Brighton man wanted in a fatal shooting from last month. According to the departments Facebook page 18 year old Daniel Tweedle was arrested early this morning after members of the New Castle City Police Department and the Lawrence County Critical Incident Response Team surrounded a residence located on McClearly Avenue. Tweedle was placed in the Lawrence County Jail on criminal homicide charges. The victim in the case, 21 year old Devin Thompson of Beaver Falls was found shot on Leasure Avenue on October 24th, and was taken to UPMC Jameson where he later died.

In Mercer County, authorities are investigating the weekend death of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle.  The incident in Sharon happened Saturday evening along the Shenango Valley Freeway.  The 46-year-old male victim, who had been walking across the roadway at the time of the accident, was taken from the scene to a local hospital where he later died.  No other injuries were reported.  Authorities have said that the driver of the involved vehicle was not impaired. 

A Beaver County jail inmate who escaped custody for just a few hours earlier this year will now have some extra time to look back on his brush with freedom.  John Broman escaped the jail on January 7th and was rearrested by authorities not long after.  Officials this week report that he has been sentenced to 2 to 4 years additional time behind bars for the incident. 

Leaders at Sto-Rox High School in Allegheny County say that they won’t be hosting any playoff football games this season.  Yesterday’s announcement follows a weekend shooting near the school that left one man injured.  Police have expressed concerns since the incident about security in the neighborhood.  This Friday’s game pitting the Sto-Rox Vikings against Shady Side Academy has been moved to Peters Township.

It is Election Day in Pennsylvania.  Voters across the commonwealth will be making choices in many local races.   Voters will have their chance to also weigh in on statewide judicial races including a position on the state supreme court.  Polls in the Keystone State are open today from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Officials say they are looking into the cause of a fire on Monday at a large apartment complex in Moon Township.  According to reports, crews responded to a call at the Thorn Run Apartments after 5 p.m. and found an office building near the pool engulfed in flames.  The office was empty at the time, but firefighters had to deal with powder chlorine in the basement, which can put off fumes when wet.  No one was injured, and the Fire Marshal is now investigating.    

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is offering five days of paid leave to state workers who get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The plan revealed Monday would have an end-of-year deadline.  The five days of verification leave can be used between December 20 and March 31. The administration said employees who don’t use the days by then will be paid for them. Also, an employee who has verified their fully vaccinated status will automatically receive the days.  State Treasurer Stacy Garrity is against the move, saying it could cost the state more than 105-million.

In Pennsylvania, deaths attributable to the coronavirus per capita are even more common than they are nationwide. Officials say across the state, just over 31-thousand people have died from the coronavirus — that’s equal to about 242 deaths for every 100-thousand people. Of all states — and Washington D.C. — Pennsylvania has the 18th highest death rate per capita. One factor that might contribute to that is the high number of elderly people, which are disproportionately affected with COVID. In Pennsylvania, about 19 percent of the population are 65 and older. Nationwide, that’s about 17 percent.