TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 3RD, 2021

Voter turnout in Lawrence County was just shy of 32 percent in Tuesday elections. Republican Tammy Crawford was the winner in the race for Register and Recorder defeated the Democratic candidate Andrew Henly. Eric Ritter and David Ward won two seats on New Castle City Council. School Districts in the county also had school board races. Nearly 18 thousand county residents’ casted ballots yesterday.

A Mahoningtown man is facing drug and gun charges following a search of his home yesterday morning. The New Castle News reports 27 year old Davon Johnson of North Layfayette Street, formerly of Michigan was charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and several other charges. Police found suspected crack cocaine, and suspected heroin along with a loaded handgun and nearly 10 thousand dollars in cash. Johnson was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

Multiple people were taken to the hospital and two people were killed after a crash involving a school bus in Butler County. The Butler Eagle is reporting a teenage student and the driver of the school bus were killed as a result of the crash. Police report the driver of the bus rear-ended the big rig on Interstate 79 near Route 422.  At least four other students were injured on the bus though no official count has been provided. 

A Republican candidate will be the commonwealth’s newest judge, but the incumbent Republican did not win in Tuesday’s voting.  Stacy Wallace won to incumbent Drew Compton by a little over 100-thousand ballots or nearly 28 percent of the vote. Democrat Lori Dumas drew 24 percent to fellow Democrat David Spurgeon’s near 22 percent. In all, just over 4-million 5-hundred thousand ballots were cast in the race. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports a little over 31-hundred new cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday. The statewide total now stands at more than one and a half million cases.  State officials say currently, there are just over 27-hundred  people hospitalized with the virus, with 653 in intensive care. There have also been 78 more deaths, bringing the statewide total to just under 32-thousand since the pandemic began.

Staffers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are receiving some welcome news this week.  Leaders of the healthcare organization yesterday announced that the estimated 92-thousand people who make up their workforce will each be receiving 500-dollar bonuses.  The bonuses are meant as a display of appreciation for the workers’ service during the COVID pandemic.  UPMC says the move will be followed by additional announcements this week regarding the improvement of compensation and benefits for their workers.  UPMC operates 40 hospitals across the state.

The body of a missing 23-year-old Allegheny County man has been found in the Ohio River.  The victim had not been seen since October 23rd.  When family reported his disappearance, they said that he had been depressed.  His body was recovered Monday night from an area near the Montgomery Lock and Dam in Beaver County.

The estranged wife of Republican Senate candidate Sean Parnell testified in court that she endured years of rage and physical abuse during their marriage.   Laurie Snell Parnell spoke in Butler County court during divorce and child custody proceedings on Monday.  During her testimony, Snell told a judge that Parnnell had choked her so hard that she had to bite him to escape.  Snell also said Parnell slapped one of their three children hard enough to leave fingerprint-shaped welts through the back of the child’s t-shirt.  Parnell was endorsed over the summer by former President Donald Trump.  He has denied the claims of abuse.