TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 22ND, 2022

Students returning to Westminster College for the fall semester are expected to wear masks in indoor spaces. This is because the current community level of COVID-19 in Lawrence County is high.  According to the college’s website when the COVID-19 community level in Lawrence County is deemed high by the CDC, students will be expected to follow high-level protocols. These include wearing a mask indoors, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, and getting tested for COVID-19 when showing symptoms of the virus.

One person is dead and another injured after a Friday night crash in Butler County.  According to police, 92-year-old Norman Jacaszek [[  YUH KAH ZHEK  ]]  was traveling on West Sunbury Road in Clay Township when he crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head-on.  Jacaszek died at the scene while the other driver, 21-year-old Nicolas Michelli, was taken from the crash site to a Pittsburgh hospital to be treated for significant blunt force injuries.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Wilmington Township. According to police, 30 year old Raven Ramsey of Niles, Ohio was eastbound on Interstate 376 when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a ditch. Police said Ramsey was not hurt.

New Castle City Police are investigating a shooting that took place Saturday afternoon. The New Castle News is reporting a man was shot twice in the hand and upper leg around 12:30 in Westview Terrace. Police detained two people who they believe were involved in the shooting. No other details were available.

A Beaver County woman is facing charges after authorities say she struck several people with her vehicle.  The Beaver Falls Police Department says Karen Humphries hit three people around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, sending one to a nearby hospital.  Investigators say Humphries was under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.  She is facing aggravated assault and other charges.

Pennsylvania is now on the list of states affected by an E. coli outbreak.  The CDC is reporting 37 cases have been reported across Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and now Pennsylvania, ten cases that have resulted in hospitalization.  Initially, the source of the outbreak wasn’t known, but it’s now being reported that the virus has been linked to sandwiches with romaine lettuce at Wendy’s restaurants.  There are no reports of any patients affected by lettuce sold at grocery stores, other restaurants, or served in homes.    

As children return to school, AAA East Central has launched its annual School’s Open – Drive Carefully campaign. The campaign aims to encourage parents to talk about the importance of school zone safety with their children and teen drivers. It also advises motorists to take extra caution when traveling through school zones or near school buses.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 20 mph is about two-thirds less likely to be killed as compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 30 mph. The campaign was launched back in 1946.

State Police in Mercer County report one person was taken to the hospital following an accident in Deer Creek Township. According to police 29 year old Reid Jacobs of Carlton lost control of his car on Milledgeville Road and struck a tree head-on. A passenger, 28 year old Stephanie Coria also of Carlton was taken to UPMC Horizon for treatment. Police said Jacobs was charged with driving under the influence.

A nonprofit is working to keep kids in the classroom this school year.  Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania is a group working with eleven school districts to remove outside barriers that prevent kids from attending school regularly.  The group’s main focus is at-risk students who are more likely to drop out of school before high school graduation.  Last year, the nonprofit worked with more than eleven-thousand students and organizers hope to impact even more in 2022-23.