Frog Net News For November 29th, 2016

Two New Castle residents have been charged with attempted homicide in connection with the stabbing of a 32 year old New Castle woman Sunday in Mahoning Township.  State Police in Lawrence County Report say 26 year old Shawn Pounds and 34 year old Patricia Yehlka face a number of charges including attempted homicide, and robbery. Police said the victim was in a vehicle with Pounds and Yehlka when an agrument insued, and the woman was stabbed a number of times in the neck and hands. The victim was first taken to Jameson Hospital then flown to UPMC Presybyterian Hospital. Both suspects are in the Lawrence County Jail on bond.

Police are continuing to investigate a possible hit-and-run in Industry.  Detectives believe Brandon Bixler was walking home from Luanne’s bar along State Route 68 Sunday when he was killed.  Initial reports suggest Bixler’s girlfriend was driving home when she saw his body on the road.  Police are looking for a white vehicle, possibly a Honda.  Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

PennDOT is investigating damage to a road along the Lawrence/Mahoning County line.  PennDot say  the damaged portion of Stateline Road is about 1500 feet north of Route 108. The damage is similar to the damage caused by mine subsidence along Route 108 last year.   Traffic is detoured.  Signs will be posted to guide motorists.  PennDOT is talking to the East Fairfield Coal company about making repairs. There is no word on when the road will open again.

Allegheny County has yet to certify its election results from earlier this month.  The county Board of Elections was scheduled to approve the results yesterday, but the board recessed the meeting until December 12th due to recount requests and petitions.  Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein filed a petition in the commonwealth yesterday, calling the election illegal.  She says there is an issue with the voting process and how voting machines are used. Lawrence and Beaver Counties have already certified there results.

Extended bear season is underway in Butler County.  The season kicked off yesterday and will last until December 10th.  To participate, hunters must have a general license and a bear license.  Bear hunting rules differ across the state but the Game Commission uses the extended seasons in Butler to reduce run-ins between bears and people, as the animals expand into more inhabited areas.

Officials are investigating a barn fire that injured one person in Venango Township.  Crews were called to the Cemetery Road barn Saturday morning and although it was damaged, firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to a nearby home.  One person was taken to the hospital but no additional information was released.

Early reports indicate fewer hunters are out looking for deer this year.  The Game Commission expected 550-thousand people to participate in the first day of deer rifle season yesterday.  Up to 750-thousand hunters were out in previous years.  Officials attribute the drop to more hunters switching to archery.

A man is facing homicide charges in connection to the death of a teenage boy in Fayette County.  Sixteen-year-old Parker Hess died Sunday at the Republic Volunteer Fire Department.  Hess was a sophomore at Brownsville Area High School and a junior firefighter.  Police say George Matis Jr. shot Hess in the face.  Police are trying to figure out if the shooting was intentional or an accident.

An Aliquippa police officer is out of a job following a shooting in Pittsburgh’s Brentwood neighborhood.  Joshua Thomas Gonzalez has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of an off-duty Allegheny County jail guard.  Gonzalez claims he shot the guard in self-defense.