Frog Net News For October 12th, 2016

The Lawrence County Commissioners pledged to help Wampum Volunteer Fire Department in its recovery from a fire Oct. 4. According to the Ellwood City Ledger, at their regular meeting yesterday all three commissoners said they would be willing to provide funding to cover costs from the fire not covered by the department’s insurance policies. The fire destroyed a rescue boat,  brush fire truck, utility truck and a van. The departments two main  fire engines were rescued and were used to fight the blaze , they sustained some damage as well.

A man is behind bars in connection to a deadly shooting in Beaver Falls.  Tyrone Savage Jr. was charged Monday for allegedly killing Justin Simmons in the Morado Dwellings housing complex Friday.  He was identified by a witness and caught on surveillance video.

Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey is not saying whether he’ll support Donald Trump for president.  Toomey has never endorsed Trump and said yesterday that he has “serious reservations” and “serious concerns” about the nominee.  He refused to take a stance on whether or not he’ll vote for Trump.

A Butler County woman is serving probation for improperly labeling and selling cheese.  Michelle Myrter was an executive at Castle Cheese when two of its subsidiaries sold a mixture of cheeses labeled as “100 percent” Parmesan and Romano between 2010 and 2013.  Myrter pleaded guilty in February and the company paid a million dollars in restitution.  Myrter also got three years of probation, 200 hours of community service and a five-thousand-dollar fine.

The State Fire Marshalls Office in investigating a fire in Portersville last Friday.  The fire broke out in a second floor attic at a home on Alben Road owned by 49 year old Terry Raisley of Portersville.  The cause remains under investigation and damage was listed at 50 thousand dollars. No injuries were reported.  Portersville firemen were assisted by a number of other fire departments to put out the fire.

Political activist Gene Stilp is calling for an ethics investigation into Senator Pat Toomey.  Stilp said yesterday that there’s a conflict of interest because Toomey serves on the Banking Committee and also owns stake in a bank.  Stilp claims that bank may have benefited from Toomey’s actions.  Toomey’s campaign claims he follows all rules.

It’s the time of year for nature’s most vibrant colors.  The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is forecasting the brightest fall foliage colors in western Pennsylvania from yesterday until October 24th.  The DCNR says the state’s fall foliage season is longer and more varied than anywhere in the world because of the location, and various elevations across the state.

A Butler woman is accused of stealing more than $11,000 from her grandfather. State police in Butler County report that 30 year old Alicia Gregg allegedly made 33 withdrawls from the victim’s checking account over several months. During an interview with police, Gregg allegedly admitted to taking the money but claimed the two had an understanding that she would pay him back, according to court documents. The victim told police that has not yet happened. A felony warrant has been issued on Gregg.

A tier three sex offender is under arrest after he was found in the lobby of a University of Pittsburgh dorm. William Jameson Burkett, who is also known as William Joseph Burkett allegedly told police he was in the Forbes Hall Pavilion lobby watching TV because he was homeless. Burkett served ten years for a rape in Indiana County and sexual abuse of a child under age 16. He has been found on campus twice more in the last week and received property warnings. Burkett is charged with failing to register within the required 72-hour time period under Megan’s Law and for criminal trespass.