Frog Net News For January 17th, 2017

A man is recovering after being stabbed at a child’s birthday party in Butler.  Police say two men got into a fight at the five-year-old’s party at Bon Aire Bowl Saturday.  Witnesses claim Austin Young pulled out a knife and began stabbing Dillon Mayberry, who suffered two cuts but is expected to be fine.

The old Dunlap Mansion is no more.  Crews tore the abandoned Bridgewater building down yesterday.  It was a national historic landmark that was once a safe house for slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad.  The Borough got a court order to demolish it after the owner let it become a nuisance.  Officials say the building was becoming a public safety issue because drug addicts began using it and children often played there.

Officials are reminding people to lock their vehicle doors, even if they are only going to be away for a few moments.  Police say cars at three daycares in the Cranberry Township area were recently burglarized while the drivers were dropping off their children.  Investigators believe the incidents are related.

The big question in Pennsylvania’s Capitol is: How will Gov. Tom Wolf balance his budget proposal without a major tax increase? He’s due to release it Feb. 7 and most details are still under wraps. The Governor says he won’t propose a broad-based tax increase, but analysts are projecting a $2 billion-plus hole in the state’s finances. The promise of a lean budget has some groups alarmed. That includes county governments, which say they’ve been squeezed by the state for years into footing a larger share of the cost of social services.

Beer drinkers in Pennsylvania have more buying choices beginning today.  Distributors can now sell any quantity of beer, including 12-packs, six-packs and growlers.  Bars can now also start selling beer at 9 a.m. on Sundays without having to serve food too.

At least one person was injured as a result of an accident Monday afternoon in Buffalo Township. State Police in butler County say the accident took place shortly after 3 p.m. in the 700 block of South Pike Road. Police said a vehicle struck a guard rail.  One person was hurt.  No other details were released.

State Police continue to warn against an email scam surrounding the Pennsylvania Lottery. Officials say scammers are posing as “claim officers” and contacting consumers telling them they have won $1 million from a Pennsylvania Lottery online drawing. The email includes a gmail.com email address and a phone number with a 281 area code, neither of which are associated with the Pennsylvania Lottery. Officials say scammers like these are difficult to prosecute because many times they are located out of the country. The Pennsylvania Lottery will never ask for personal financial information or ask people to pay a processing fee to claim a prize.

Police are investigating a deadly fire in Washington County.  Cynthia Ann Scott passed away last week in the Barr Run Road blaze.  A passerby reported the flames but firefighters were not able to get Scott out.  The cause of the fire has not been determined and the cause and manner of death are pending.