Frog Net News For July 5th, 2016

State Police in Mercer County report a tractor-trailor overturned last night on Interstate 80 in East Lackawannock Township.  According to police the accident happened around 7:30 about three miles west of the Mercer Interchange. The driver, who was not seriously injured, told troopers he was not sure what caused him to lose control. Traffic was down to one eastbound lane until the truck could be removed.

A 23-year-old convicted sex offender is in the Mercer County Jail awaiting his next court appearance for failing to comply with rules requiring him to register his whereabouts.Sharon Police arrested Nicholas Andrew Tarr on Friday. Tarr, who was convicted of corruption of minors in 2013, was sentenced to 60 days to 23 months in jail. He was also declared to be a tier one sex offender, which under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law, requires him to report his current address and other information to authorities. His next hearing is scheduled for Friday.

A portion of Route 65 is closing to continue a two-year project to rebuild the highway between two bridges.  The section of road between the Marshall Avenue/Beaver Avenue exit and West End Bridge will be shut down starting at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.  The closure will last until mid-September.  The more than 25-million-dollar project is set up to improve the highway between the McKees Rocks and Fort Duquesne bridges.

10th District State Rep. Jaret Gibbons,  said the Commonwealth Financing Authority on Friday approved $296,188 in grants to improve local parks and trails. The Ellwood City Ledger reports Gibbons said the projects include: $32,000 greenways, trails and recreation grant for Wampum Borough Park; $52,000 for Wampum Station Park; and $212,188 for Slippery Rock Trail. The Commonwealth Financing Authority administers and finances projects and is an independent agency created by the legislature.

The state fire marshal is being called in to help determine the cause of a three alarm house fire in Sharon. Firefighters were called out just before ten o’clock yesterday morning to a home on Division Street. Sharon firemen were assisted from departments in Brookfield, Hermitage and Farrell.  No injuries were reported. The owner of the home had recently moved out. All utilities except electricity had been turned off. The fire started in the rear of the first floor and spread to the attic upstairs and attic.

Starting next week, a bridge on State Route 208 will be closed for approximately five weeks. PennDOT said the bridge just west of State Route 551 will be replaced. PennDOT says the bridge was built in 1930 and averages almost 1,800 vehicles per day.They ask that drivers prepare for an alternative route if they travel 208 west of 551 or 208 east from 422. The  bridge will close Monday, July 11th.

Results from the Friday, July 1 DUI checkpoint in Mercer County have been released. According to State Police, nine people were arrested for DUI, while five people are facing misdemeanor drug charges. The checkpoint lasted from 10pm Friday until 3am Saturday on route 62 north and south at Walnut street. The Pennsylvania State Police Department for Mercer County, Sharon Police Department and the Mercer County Department of Public Safety were involved in the traffic safety initiative.

A Greensburg man is suing the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  The suit was filed earlier this month and claims Nicholas Carpellotti was given undesirable work assignments and then fired for complaining about the use of racial slurs at the agency’s Adamsburg Stock Pile.  He reportedly spoke about the issue at a forum for PennDOT employees in Westmoreland County and was fired two months later.