Frog Net News For August 9th, 2016

A 19-year-old Montgomery County man is dead following a wreck in Mercer County.  Scott Loper Junior was traveling east on Interstate 80 near Wolf Creek yesterday afternoon when he went off the road.  Loper was wearing his seatbelt, but he was partially ejected after his Jeep Wrangler rolled several times.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one car accident in Perry Township that sent one person to the hospital.  According to police 20 ya rold Erick Turnbull of Parker, lost control of his car on route 488 sturck a stop sign along with several trees.  Turnbull was taken to Ellwood City Hospital for treatment. Police said Turnbull will be charged with DUI along with several traffic violatons.

A New Castle man faces charges in connection with an incident that took place in South New Castle Borough.  State Police in Lawrence County have charged 39 year old Michael Clingensmith with simple assault. Police said Clingensmith and a female were involved in an argument when it turned physical and the female was allegedly assaulted and threatened. Clingensmith was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment. He was arraigned and bond was set at five thousand dollars.

A familar voice during the holiday season has passed away.  B.E. Taylor of Aliquippa died Sunday at the age of 65 from complications from an inoperable brain tumor. Taylor is most known for his Christmas tours that included a stop at the Scottish Rite Cathederal in New Castle. He is survived by his wife and three children.  Taylor was diagnosed in March 2007.  There will be a private funeral.

Pennsylvania’s new alcohol laws are now in effect.  Six-packs will soon be available in more gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants that sell takeout beer can now apply to sell wine and wineries in other states will be allowed to ship directly to Pennsylvania customers.  More state stores will also have expanded Sunday hours.  Governor Wolf says the changes will make buying alcohol more convenient and make pricing more competitive.

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence is going to be in Pittsburgh today.  The Indiana governor will be at the Heinz History Center on Smallman Street in the Strip District at 7 p.m.  Free tickets are available at

The Allegheny Aquatic Alliance in Freedom is cleaning up the Connoquenessing Creek.  About 250 volunteers will work on a 20-mile stretch of water between Harmony and Fombell on August 27th and then again on September 10th.  For information go to

Gas prices are down in the Western Pennsylvania  area. GasBuddy says the average price for a gallon of unleaded has fallen three-point-nine cents over the last week to two-dollars and 30-cents.  The national average is two-dollars and 12-cents a gallon.

An advisor to three former Pennsylvania governors is facing charges.  Former Budget Secretary Charles Zogby is accused of assaulting his wife Georgina over the weekend.  Zogby served under Governors Tom Ridge, Mark Schweiker and Tom Corbett.

A jury is in place for the criminal trial against Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  The 12-member jury will begin hearing the case today in Montgomery County.  Kane is accused of leaking grand jury information and then lying about it.  She is not seeking reelection.

A new report from the State Coroners Association says almost ten people die from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania every day.  The report was released yesterday and looked at all 67 of the state’s counties in 2015.  The study shows the total number of drug-related deaths was just over 35-hundred.

Two staff members of a juvenile treatment center were assaulted by a teen resident over the weekend. The incident happened Saturday evening at the YES Academy in Mercer County. According to State Police, the 17-year-old verbally threatened and then assaulted two staff members a 47-year-old man from New Castle and a 24-year-old man from Emlenton No word if the teen will be charged or if the two victims were injured.Youth Educational Services, is a private facility specializing in the rehabilitation of juvenile sex offenders, fire starters and excessive aggressive behaviors.