Frog Net News For December 8th, 2016

State Police in Lawrence County report an armed robbery at a Slippery Rock Township business for the second time in the last week.  Police said that a male suspect came into the Tic Toc Food Mart on Route 65 carrying a handgun and demanded money from two store employees.  The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of money.  The store was also held-up back on December 3rd and investigators believe the robberies are related.  Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police.

A Pittsburgh teen is being charged following a three car accident in Slippery Rock Township.  State Police in Butler County report 18 year old Tariq Miller is be charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance. Police said the accident occured at the intersecton of Branchton road at Harmony Road around six o’clock Wednesday night.  No injuries were reported.

A reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in a hit-and-run in Industry.  Brandon Bixler was found dead along Route 68 last month and police believe a Honda Civic with a white or light-colored bumper was involved.  Police are looking for anyone who witnessed the accident or who lives on Route 68 and has surveillance video.

Police are investigating a theft from a Butler business.  Officers say someone broke into the Butler RV Center on Pittsburgh Road last week and took a king size mattress and two pillows from one of the vehicles.  Detectives are reviewing area surveillance video to try to identify the thief.

A Beaver County District Court judge is accused of misconduct.  The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board filed a complaint yesterday against Judge Andrew M. Hladio.  The board asked for his interim suspension for the alleged six years of misconduct toward court clerks.  Among the alleged incidents was Hladio asking a clerk out on a date.  He could be removed from office if found guilty.

A convicted child molester from Green County is going back behind bars.  Benjamin Miller got one-to-seven years yesterday for assaulting an eight-year-old girl while she was napping in 2015.  Miller previously served 12 years in state prison for three different sexual assault crimes.

Pennsylvania’s highest court is considering what to do about inmates serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles after the U.S. Supreme Court limited that punishment to the most extreme cases. The state Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in 25-year-old Qu’eed Batts’ request for a new sentencing hearing. He’s convicted of killing a teenager and wounding a man in a gang-related attack in Easton a decade ago. The court will decide whether to establish new rules for sentencing juvenile killers and, if so, whether they should include the types of legal safeguards in place for defendants facing the death penalty. Batts has been sentenced to life twice without parole.

Butler County property taxes will likely not be going up next year. Inside Butler County reports Commissiones presented the 2017 budget yesterday morning and it did not include a real estate tax increase. Last year Butler County increased taxes by 12 percent.  The 63 million dollar budget will be voted on by commssioners in three weeks.

Pittsburgh is considered one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. recently released a list of the best places to celebrate the holiday.  The website created the list after researching factors such as the price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket and the legality of fireworks.  Pittsburgh came in at number-nine on the list.

Police in Ellwood City have arrested a New Kensington man on theft charges.  The Ellwood City Ledger reports 40 year old Michael Battaglia is accused of working for a contractor on a roofing job along Second Street in Ellwood City back in early November and allegedly took an estimated 900 dollars worth of shingles.  Battaglia is being charged with theft and receiving stolen property.