TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 10TH, 2020

A Wampum man was sentenced in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of child pornography. 33 year old Stephen Dayton was sentenced to 2 ½ to six years in prison and comply with lifetime registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The New Castle News reports Dayton who is a registered sex offender had been facing a total of 56 charges, 55 of which were dropped as a result of the plea agreement. Dayton will also have serve one year probation.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is extending protections for homeowners from foreclosures and tenants from evictions through August 31st. The order is intended for those who have not received assistance from a Housing Finance Agency program or are not already receiving relief from a federal foreclosure moratorium program.

Pennsylvania health officials are confirming more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of 719 new cases, with the state total getting closer to 93-thousand. About 36 more deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is now 68-hundred-48. Lawrence County saw five new cases and now has 146 cases with nine deaths.

Allegheny County Health officials are announcing another day with a three-digit COVID-19 case increase.  On Thursday, the county’s number of confirmed or probable coronavirus cases rose by 153 to 43-hundred-67 since the start of the pandemic.  Three more deaths were announced Thursday as well, with the death toll now standing at 193.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is rolling out a new grant program to help smaller food retailers struggling amid the pandemic. Wolf says the program is meant to ensure that everyone has access to fresh food. About ten-million dollars in grants is available for retailers that serve customers that live in low-to moderate income areas and 50-percent of their sales must be from staple and perishable foods. The Department of Agriculture is accepting applications until August 14th.

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association officials are dispelling rumors that they were planning to cancel the fall sports season during next Wednesday’s meeting. Executive director Bob Lombardi says the rumors are unfounded and in fact, they’re looking into what needs to be done to ensure that fall sports can continue. He added that they’re cautiously optimistic as the start of the 2020 high school football season is more than a month away.

Penn State’s fall sports season is going to focus on its Big Ten Conference rivals.  In an announcement from the Big Ten last night, its member schools will move to conference-only schedules for football and any other sports that will happen in the fall.  The conference added that any athletes who chose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics this year will have their scholarship honored by the institution and will stay in good standing.

After a four-day delay, Kennywood is opening for the season today.  The West Mifflin amusement park was supposed to have a friends-and-family day Monday, but instead postponed it due to restrictions on gatherings over 25 people.  Season passholders and those who scheduled their visit for today can keep their plans, while Saturday and Sunday are reserved for passholders only.