Frog Net News For October 18th, 2016

The driver of a car involved in an accident Saturday night in Hickory Township has died.  The New Castle News reports 22 year old Robert Iwanejko of Hickory Township was traveling west on Harlansburg Road when he collided with a pickup operated by 26 year old Keith Hall, also of Hickory Township.  Iwanejko was pinned in the vehicle and was flown to St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, along with a passanger, 34 year old Priscilla Masello of New Castle.  Iwanejko died Sunday night. Masello is in serious condition. Hall was treated and released from UPMC Jameson.

The victim of a pedestrian accident in Lawrence County could be facing charges. Pennsylvania State Police say 48-year-old Perry Lawry ran into traffic on Route 422 in Slippery Rock Township and was hit by a car shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. Lawry was taken by helicopter to an area hospital with serious injuries. During the investigation, troopers found that Lawry had recently trespassed. They say charges against him are coming, for both trespassing and the accident, which shut down Route 422 during the accident investigation.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala is denying rumors of a “rigged” election.  Zappala made the remarks yesterday calling the accusations, “unsubstantiated and reckless political rhetoric.” Zappala went on to say, “with respect to Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh, there is absolutely no evidence that has been presented as of this date that there will be any type of voter fraud in our jurisdiction, let alone systemic voter fraud or rigged polling places.”  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is alleging large-scale voter fraud, but his running mate, Mike Pence, says they will “absolutely accept the results of the election.”

Two Mercer County communities are receiving a little over 1.2 million dollars in state funding for street projects. Governor Tom Wolf announced $40 million is coming from the transportation department for 37 PennDOT projects around the state, including those in Farell and Sharon. The City of Farrell has been granted $467,400, Sharon received over 663 thousand dollars. PennDOT evaluated 251 applications totaling more than $282 million and made selections based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.

Table game revenue is up statewide, but not locally.  The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released the September figures yesterday.  The statewide take of almost 69-million dollars in gross revenue last month was almost three million more than 2015.  Locally though, the Meadows Casino was down almost 17-percent from last year and the Rivers Casino dropped ten-percent.

A Montgomery County judge is allowing former State Attorney General Kathleen Kane to be considered as a candidate for house arrest.  The judge yesterday ordered the county’s parole and probation department to assess Kane’s suitability for the program.  Kane was found guilty in August of leaking grand jury information and lying about it.  Sentencing guidelines allow for a maximum 14-to-28 year sentence.

A bill that would punish Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania cities that call themselves “sanctuary cities” is advancing through the state legislature.  The proposal would penalize cities that do not cooperate with federal authorities who seek to deport illegal immigrants.  It would also make a sanctuary city responsible for damages caused by an illegal immigrant.  The Pennsylvania House has approved the bill and it is now heading to the State Senate.

Testimony will continue for the second day in a former assistant football coach’s defamation and whistleblower lawsuit over his treatment by Penn State. Mike McQueary claims the school put him on paid leave and then didn’t renew his contract in retaliation for reporting that Jerry Sandusky abused a child in a team shower, and for helping prosecutors convict him. He’s seeking more than $4 million in lost wages and other damages.

The U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania is coming down to the wire.  Incumbent Pat Toomey and challenger Katie McGinty were on the debate stage yesterday in Pittsburgh.  McGinty says it’s time for Toomey to announce who he will vote for in the presidential election next month.  She is also just ahead of Toomey in the RealClearPolitics polling average.