Frog Net News For October 7th, 2016

State Police in Mercer County report  A 15-year-old girl from Grove City has been charged as an adult for assaulting a police officer. Police arrested the teen just after midnight on Wednesday. They said the girl was being transported to Keystone Adolescent Center in Greenville for a previous incident. During the drive there, the teen kept trying to take her seat belt off and was uncooperative, according to a police report. Police said she spit on the face of a Mercer State Police trooper and kicked and bit the trooper. She was taken to the Mercer County Prison on assault charges.

Three Pine-Richland High School students are suing the district for changing its rules about transgender restrooms.  The suit was filed yesterday in response to last month’s school board resolution that forces students to use restrooms that correspond to their biological sex.  The plaintiffs claim they feel discriminated against.  The district has ten unisex bathrooms in addition to the gender-specific facilities.

The deadline to register to vote is fast approaching.  Registering is easy at the state’s voter services website, but the last day to sign up is Tuesday.  Go to VotesPA.com for more information.

Grove City Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they say robbed Citizens Bank. WKBN-TV reports The robbery was reported at 10:49 a.m. Thursday at the bank on S. Broad Street. Police said a man, who did not use a weapon, robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber was described as a 40- to 50-year-old white man, approximately 5’8″ tall and 150 pounds. Police said he had dark brown balding hair, a medium complexion, and he was wearing tinted glasses, a long-sleeved denim-type shirt and jeans. Police are investigating and ask anyone with information to call 724-458-7925.

Paying for school with property taxes in Pennsylvania could be a thing of the past if one lawmaker gets his wish. State Representative Jim Cox introduced the Property Tax Independence Act yesterday. The act would replace school district property taxes with other revenue sources. Personal income taxes would go up almost 2 percent while the state sales tax would increase from 6 to 7 percent. Lawmakers won’t consider the proposal until next year.

A Butler man is behind bars after allegedly threatening a woman with a knife and stating he was “going to kill her and cut her into little pieces.” Inside Butler County reports 60 year old Claude Taylor Sr., was arrested by Butler City Police and charged with assault following the alleged attack, which happened late Monday at a home the two share on Virginia Avenue. According to police,  Taylor and the victim got into an argument over letting  when he began hitting and pushing her. Police allege Taylor then grabbed a kitchen knife and stated he was going to kill the woman. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.  Taylor remains in the Butler County Prison.

A lawyer is facing charges for an illegal gambling ring in the Washington County.  Attorney Louis Caputo was indicted this week in connection to “Operation Pork Chop,” a long running state investigation.  He’s accused of using his position to protect illegal gambling operations.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia is speaking out about his recent vice presidential debate.  Kaine made a stop at Carnegie Mellon University yesterday to review his performance against Indiana Governor Mike Pence earlier this week.  Kaine also spoke about Donald Trump’s unreleased taxes.  Meanwhile, Pence was in Johnstown yesterday as well.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are celebrating their Stanley Cup title once again.  The Pens visited the White House yesterday and were honored as the NHL’s champions by Commissioner Gary Bettman and President Obama.  The Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks to win their second title in the last eight seasons.  Pittsburgh ends the preseason tomorrow and begins the regular season Thursday against Washington.