News Live 365: December 13th, 2021

One man is dead and another has been arrested after a Sunday morning shooting in Venango County. According to the Pennsylvania State Police a 29 year old black man from Allegheny County named Peter Spencer died after receiving multiple gunshot wounds in Rockland Township sometime after midnight. A 25 year old man whose name has not been revealed is in custody while an investigation into the shooting continues. Police have located multiple firearms at the scene and the investigation is ongoing and considered sensitive.

547 students were recognized as graduates from Edinboro University in a commencement ceremony on Saturday. 268 students who graduated in 2020 were finally able to have their commencement ceremony and 279 new graduates from 2021 also received their degrees. No commencement ceremonies were held in 2020 because of the pandemic and this was Edinboro’s first commencement since 2019.

On Friday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a Commonwealth Court ruling putting an end to the statewide school mask mandate issued by acting Health Secretary Allison Beam. The Commonwealth Court ruled in November that without an emergency declaration there was no authority for the mandate and the PA Supreme Court decided to uphold the ruling without a hearing; no opinions were released, but the court said opinions will be forthcoming. The end of Secretary Beam’s mask mandate means that individual school districts will be empowered to make their decision on mask policies.