Frog Net News For August 25th, 2016

The founder and former CEO of the Pennsylvania Cyber-Charter School in Midland, is pleading guilty to tax fraud.  Nicholas Trombetta admitted yesterday to siphoning more than eight-million dollars from the school.  Officials say he used the money to buy a vacation home, houses for his girlfriend and mother and other personal items.  He faces up to five years in prison.

One person was taken to the hospital following an accident in Pulaksi Township.  According to State Police, 45 year old Chad Green of Pulaski lost control of his vehicle on Marr Road causing it to fall onto its side.  Police said Green fled before they arrived on the scene.  Green was taken to UPMC Jameson Hospital and faces several traffic violations.

A Peters Township woman is facing public drunkenness charges following an incident at the Meadows Casino.  Police were called to the venue Monday night to help Mary Gubala find her car.  Officers say she had trouble standing and appeared to be intoxicated, so they put her in the back of the cruiser and called her husband to come get her.  A short time later, her husband called 911 to report she had jumped out of his vehicle.  He later found her walking on Route 19, but she would not get in the car.  Police came, took her into custody and then gave her a ride home.

Officials are investigating an accident involving a school bus in Ambridge.  The bus collided with another vehicle yesterday in front of the Laughlin Memorial Library on 11th Street.  Medics were called to the scene but it’s not clear if there were students on the bus.  Witnesses say the injuries did not appear to be serious.

The State System of Higher Education says classes are going to start on time.  Rumors of a possible strike had some students nervous, but the organization released a tweet yesterday saying, “The year will start as planned regardless of APSCUF’s consideration of a faculty strike.”  APSCUF is the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.  Fall semester classes at the state’s universities are set to start Monday.

State Police in Butler County have released the name of a man killed in an accident Tuesday afternoon.  66 year old Daniel Yarington of Slippery Rock was operating a motorcycle on William Flynn High in Brady Township Tuesday afternoon when he struck the side of a truck driving by 34 year old Michael Maddas of Pittsburgh.  Yarington died from his injuries. Maddas was not hurt.

Quick response time was credited with saving a Shenango Township mobile home Tuesday. The New Castle News reports the fire took place at the Devin Williams residence on Berger Street.  When firemen from Shenango Township arrived a wall was on fire when an air conditioning unit had ignited. Firefighters mananged to contain the fire to the window area.  No injuires were reproted and damage was listed at 10 thousand dollars.

With the Labor Day Holiday approaching State Police would like to remind the motoring public to drive safely and be alert and obey all the traffic laws.  Additonal patrols will be out in Lawrence, Mercer, Beaver and Butler counties for the next two weekends. Police will have a greater emphasis placed on detecting imparied drivers, speeeding and safety equipment violations during the holiday enforcement period.

A couple whose Westmoreland County property was destroyed in an April natural gas line explosion is suing their insurer.  Randy and Wendy Gillis recently filed the suit against State Automobile Mutual Insurance, alleging the company paid “less than the policy limits and less than the amount of the claim.”  The blast scorched more than a third of their 150-acre cattle farm, destroyed a home, and severely burned a tenant.  The Gillises claim State Automobile Mutual is violating state laws by trying to get reimbursed by the company that operates the pipeline, before they fully reimburse the Gillises.