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By OWEN WALSH
Posted 7/24/20

COVID-19: 'Good news' and enforcement

Roy Den Hollander, the anti-feminist lawyer who was found dead in the Town of Rockland on Monday, has now been linked to two recent murders. Law enforcement …

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COVID-19: 'Good news' and enforcement

Roy Den Hollander, the anti-feminist lawyer who was found dead in the Town of Rockland on Monday, has now been linked to two recent murders. Law enforcement officials say they are investigating his connection to the murder of a rival men’s rights lawyer in California, and the murder of a federal judge’s son in New Jersey. According to the New York Times, the pistol found at the scene of Den Hollander’s suspected suicide is the same caliber as the weapon used in both of the previous murders.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced “all good news” with COVID-19 numbers going into the weekend. On Friday, the number of new positive cases was the lowest it’s been since March 18. And the rate of positive test results was below one percent. He again urged local governments to enforce social distance and mask rules.

Lake Superior State Park is closed this weekend through Monday morning. The parks director said that the park has seen crowds of people who have not been wearing masks or social distancing. He said that some have also been swimming, even though this is prohibited due to lack of lifeguards. The park will be patrolled this weekend to ensure compliance with the closure.

The New York State Department of Health has implemented a fine for businesses and customers who are not following COVID-19 regulations. Businesses that allow people to enter their facilities without masks could be fined up to $1,000. Customers who refuse to wear a mask or social distance also face a maximum penalty of $1,000.

Tax credit and election lawsuit

Gov. Tom Wolf signed multiple pieces of legislation into law this week: Including a bill which establishes a mental wellness and stress management program for emergency responders who suffer trauma from the job. He also approved a $670 million tax credit for the petrochemical industry, meant to boost demand for natural gas. PA Republicans have applauded the governor for doing so. But others who feel PA should shift away from fossil fuels say the governor should have vetoed the bill.

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has filed suit against all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. In response, Wayne County is now part of a consortium with Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Snyder counties. These counties have entered into a contract with the law firm Newman Williams to represent them. The lawsuit deals with Pennsylvania’s new voting procedures, and specifically the new option to vote by mail. The counties have agreed to share the cost of the firm’s rate, which is $200 per hour.

In the latest chapter of an ongoing local story, Wayne County District Attorney A.G. Howell has determined that accusations against Commissioner Joe Adams are unfounded. Since Honesdale’s first Black Lives Matter protest in June, some residents have accused Adams of pressuring a local news website to remove a story about the demonstration. The DA has said Adams did not make any demands upon the outlet.

  • COVID-19: 'Good news' and enforcement

  • Tax credit and election lawsuit

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