TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 15TH, 2021

An Ellwood City woman awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to a federal charge related to her involvement with the riot at the United States Capitol on January 6. According to court records, Julia Jeanette Sizer  pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of, Demonstrating, Picketing, in a Capitol Building. Sizer signed a document admitting that during the January 6 intrusion into the U.S. Capitol, she recorded video on her mobile phone as she and others entered through the Capitol’s Parliamentarian Door without permission. She faces a maximum of six months in prison and a fine of $5,000. Sentencing is scheduled for February 1, 2022.

State Police in Lawrence County report a New Castle man was injured after he struck a deer. Police said 40 year old James Griffith was southbound on Route 388 in Hickory Township when he struck the deer then traveled off the roadway and struck a utility pole. Griffith was taken to UPMC Jameson Hospital for treatment.

Pennsylvania is now seventh-most among the 50 states in the number of cases of COVID-19  since the pandemic began.  It follows California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois and Georgia. The Keystone State has now accumulated one point six million, 19-thousand total cases since March of 2020.  Pennsylvania also has the fourth-most cases over the last week, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, following California, Michigan and New York.

Allegheny Health Network is now distributing the pediatric COVID-19 after opening the first of three clinics for children over the weekend.  Allegheny Health Network officials say local children received their first COVID-19 vaccine shots at their first clinic for kids with more than 300 in attendance.  You can find a full list of vaccination clinics from Allegheny Health Network and schedule an appointment online at AHN-dot-org.

State Police in Mercer County report the investigation of a corruption of minor’s incident. Police said the alleged incident took place between January of 2020 and February of this year in Jackson Township. No other details were released.

A Portersville man suffered minor injuries following a two vehicle accident in Perry Township. State Police report 75 year old Harry Stewart was traveling south on Portersville Road when he struck a vehicle from behind that was delivering mail. Authorities say that Stweart’s vehicle then rolled over twice before coming to a final rest in the opposite lane of travel.  Stewart suffered suspected minor injuries, but was not transported to a local hospital for treatment. He will be cited with a traffic violation.

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee heard that Pennsylvania’s nursing homes are among the most expensive in the nation, but advocates noted staffing shortages, low pay and continued stress have pushed many care workers out. Increased state funding, an estimated $350-million a year was called for, which would be matched by federal Medicaid dollars. These funds, lawmakers were warned, must be made long-term, and benefit patients and especially the workers.

A Carnegie-Mellon University trustee who went to space last month with Star Trek actor William Shatner has died.  Forty-nine-year-old Glen de Vries was identified Friday as one of two people who perished in the crash of a single-engine plane in northern New Jersey.  De Vries, who was also co-founder of the software company Medidata Solutions, was among the four-person Blue Origin flight crew that took a roughly 11-minute mission to space in October.