July 3, 2020 6:07 pm
A man was killed in a shooting in a Washington County neighborhood, according to investigators. Police said the shooting happened around 4 p.m. Friday on Hanover Acres Drive in Hanover Township. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene. The details surrounding what led to the deadly shooting are still unclear. Authorities have not provided any details regarding a suspected shooter, and no arrests have been made. Hanover Township Police and Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the incident.
July 3, 2020 3:48 pm
Officials from The Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel announced that they are suspending onsite race wagering effective at 11:59PM on July 3. Vice President and General Manager of The Meadows, Tony Frabbiele says that “It is out of an abundance of caution that we are suspending onsite race wagering and prohibiting spectators at Live Races.” Racing will continue as scheduled at 12:45 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Casinos remain open 8 AM to 4AM Sundays through Thursdays and 8 AM to 5 AM Fridays and Saturdays. Casinos will close each night to disinfect and sanitize the property.
July 3, 2020 4:17 pm
The Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency announced Friday that the Washington County Greene County Covered Bridge Festival scheduled for September 19-20, 2020 has been cancelled. The Covid-19 emergency is the cause for the cancellation of the traditional arts and crafts festival that has 8 locations and supports over 400 vendors. Jeff Kotula, President of the WCTPA said the decision to cancel the event was to ensure public safety during the Covid-19 situation. Kotula says the event attracts 20,000 people and Department of Health limits to gatherings of no more than 250 people make the event impossible to hold. The cancellation of the Covered Bridge Festival follows several other cancellations in the county, they include the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, PONY Baseball World Series, The Washington County Agricultural Fair and West Alexander Fair.
July 3, 2020 4:00 am
WASHINGTON, Pa. — The City of Washington has gotten numerous complaints about residents setting off fireworks in city neighborhoods. City Council was addressed on Thursday during their first face to face regular council meeting about people setting off fireworks on a nightly basis since Memorial Day. West End Resident Fern Sibert told council that the previous night she had to call police about fireworks being set off after 3:00 AM. Mayor Scott Putnam called the behavior ridiculous and instructed affected residents to call 9-1-1 and the events will be reported to City Police. Putnam also indicated that extra police patrols will be used to address fireworks complaints over the holiday weekend. In other council business, Councilman Joe Manning was able to provide a financial update both current and projected. Manning states that financially the city should be ok until the end of the year, but because of lost revenues due to the Covid-19 pandemic shut down revenues for 2021 could be down as much as 25%. Budgeted funds for overtime are currently 60% depleted. Two city employees are either currently or will be on military leave of absence due to deployment. That and the extra fireworks patrols this weekend will put a strain on those funds going forward. Manning indicated that his department will keep a very close eye on the budget for the remainder of the year.
July 3, 2020 3:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. But former intelligence officials say presidents are routinely informed about intelligence even when it’s not definitively confirmed. They say it strains credulity to think Trump wouldn’t have been told of something so important, whether corroborated or not. Intelligence that may be on shaky ground today may foreshadow tomorrow’s calamity, so briefers are expected to ensure presidents have the fullest possible picture to prepare for something that may soon require full attention.
July 3, 2020 3:17 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A suspect has died and a police officer who was shot in the head during a Kansas City shooting remains in critical condition. Kansas City police on Twitter said that an officer was hospitalized for emergency surgery after the Thursday evening shooting. The Missouri State Highway Patrol tweeted that the suspect fired at police, who returned fire. The Patrol tweeted that police fatally shot the suspect. The shooting is the second that injured a Kansas City officer Thursday. Three people including a police officer were shot earlier Thursday after a reported robbery at a bus stop.
July 3, 2020 3:16 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conservative justices granted Alabama’s request to stay a federal judge’s order that would allow local officials to offer curbside voting in the July runoff and loosen absentee ballot requirements in three of the state’s large counties. The order will remain stayed while the court decides whether to hear Alabama’s appeal. Alabama argued that it would be confusing to change absentee ballot rules in three of Alabama’s 67 counties and that curbside voting would be a major change done right before the election.
July 3, 2020 3:11 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered that face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state. The move announced Thursday is a dramatic ramp-up of the Republican governor’s efforts to control spiking numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Abbott had pushed Texas’ aggressive reopening of the state economy in May. He previously said the government could not order individuals to wear masks. His previous orders had undercut early efforts by local governments to enforce mask requirements. Thursday’s order requires “all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive” coronavirus cases.”
July 3, 2020 3:13 am
TORONTO (AP) – Canadian police say an armed man crashed his truck through a gate and breached the grounds where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives before being arrested two hours later. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say Trudeau was not present at the time of the incident in Ottawa on Thursday. The man, a member of Canada’s armed forces, is in custody and being interviewed. Police say charges are pending. Canada’s defense minister has declined to comment while the investigation is in progress.
July 3, 2020 3:15 am
HONG KONG (AP) – Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location, he revealed on his Facebook page shortly after testifying at a U.S. congressional hearing about the tough national security law China had imposed on the semi-autonomous territory. Law told reporters in a WhatsApp message that he would not reveal his whereabouts. His departure comes days after Hong Kong’s national security law took effect, targeting vaguely defined crimes of secessionist, subversive and terrorist acts, as well as any collusion with foreign forces. Hong Kong government also said that popular protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times” is a call for independence and as such could be in violation of the new law.