TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 30TH, 2020

Lawrence County added 11 more Covid-19 cases yesterday bringing the total to 319. The death toll remained the same at 11. Statewide Officials say yesterday saw an increase of 834 new cases, with the state total surpassing 110-thousand. About 16 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll yesterday, which sits at 71-hundred-62.

Control of the former Ellwood City Medical Center will likely be determined soon.  There are two suitors looking to take over the shuttered facility.  There was a telephone conference hearing scheduled for yesterday in U-S Bankruptcy Court, which was to conclude what offer made the most sense for the hospital’s debtors.

The girlfriend of a man who barricaded himself inside a home in Greenville on Monday is now facing charges. WKBN-TV reports, Haylie Upton is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children and two counts of unlawful restraint. Matthew Thompson barricaded himself, along with Upton and two young children in a home on Church Street. Police say Upton was an active participant in the incident. The couple’s children, who are both under the age of 2, were placed in the care of their grandmother after the incident.

An Ohio man is facing charges after ripping off his clothes and fighting in Butler County.  State police say Ronald Sito stripped down and became belligerent this past weekend at the Starlight Drive-In in Center Township.  Sito is accused of roughing up three security guards before scuffling with troopers during his arrest.

Eight people are facing federal charges after violent protests in Pittsburgh May 30th.  The eight are accused of throwing I-E-D and bricks at police officers, striking police horses, and damaging police cruisers.  The suspects face at least four-to-five years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.  U-S Attorney Scott Brady says he will continue to identify and prosecute these agitators, whose acts of violence hijacked a lawful protest.

According to the Sharon Herald, The PIAA Board of Directors remained on course to start fall sports and approved “Return to Competition” guidelines on Wednesday afternoon. The guidelines passed by a 29-3 vote. PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Lombardi and the board conceded Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, and the state departments of education and health ultimately will have the final say in whether sports will be played this fall.Lombardi said spectators initially will not be permitted to attend school athletic events this fall as per the guidelines.

More Pennsylvanians have taken to waterways this year, but with that has come more incidents. Aspokesman for the Fish and Boat Commission notes there have been eight boat-related fatalities sofar this year, equal to the number for all of 2019. Officials remind boaters must always wear a personalflotation device; in addition, anyone operating a craft with a 25 horsepower or higher engine must complete a safety course. Regulations can be found at fish and boat dot com.

Organizers of a gun safety rally at the state Capitol say they want tougher laws for unlicensed gun dealers.  The Pennsylvania Safety Alliance says there should be more strict gun licensing laws, since states who tighten those restrictions have fewer homicides and suicides.  The group claimed the decrease was dramatic, with the death rate decreasing by double-digits.

Penn’s Adventurers DiscoverE Day Camps start today at Moraine State Park in Butler County.  Beginning today and running for the following two Thursdays, those in attendance will learn outdoor skills like fishing and disc golf.  Equipment and materials are provided by the park, though mask and social distancing guidelines much be followed.  Those interested in taking part can still call the park office to pre-register.