Frog Net News For March 20th, 2017

Penn State’s former president is about to go on trial on charges that children were put at risk by how he responded to complaints about Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago, and two of his former top lieutenants who just pleaded guilty in the case could testify against him. Jury selection begins today in Harrisburg in the case that will determine whether Graham Spanier’s handling of the Sandusky scandal amounted to the three felonies he stands accused of. He’s charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children and a single conspiracy charge. Spanier headed the Penn State university system when Sandusky was charged with child molestation in November 2011. Spanier was forced out as president days later.

A man is behind bars after allegedly threatening to kill his two sons.  Police were called to a Summit Township home last week for a domestic dispute.  The 17-and-25-year-old victims told officers Michael Mazurek held a knife to the family cat’s throat and then threatened to kill them when they tried to intervene.  No one was injured.

Congressman Mike Doyle is urging people to contact more U.S. lawmakers to vote against the GOP healthcare plan that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act.  The Allegheny County Democrat spoke this past weekend at a town hall, noting there’s a 50-50 chance of stopping what the Republicans call the American Health Care Act.  He told hundreds of people gathered at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum that the proposal offers nothing to lower premiums.  He also said the measure is a ploy to cap the Medicaid program.

A suspicious package is being blamed for an evacuation at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.  About 150 travelers had to temporarily leave the facility Saturday while crews dealt with the item, which was later determined to be harmless.  The incident interrupted the boarding process for a Spirit flight to Tampa, Florida but passengers were able to get on the plane about two hours later.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is getting rid of the “traffic lights” that show drivers whether their E-ZPass has been read.  The devices are now prohibited by federal guidelines so more modern toll equipment is being installed.  Turnpike officials say the removal process began at the Harrisburg West interchange over the weekend and will continue at other tollbooths throughout the year.

State Police in Butler County continue to investigate a rash of burglaries.Police said a home in Oakland Township was broken into where suspects got away with a substanial amount of money and prescription medication.  The other burglary took place at a home in Center Township.  Police said entrance was gained by breaking the front door of the home.  Once insaid e police said money and a small amount of jewelry was reported stolen. Both robberies took place last Thursday.

A state senator from McKeesport is pushing to raise the cost of resident fishing licenses in Pennsylvania.  Democrat Jim Brewster has submitted a measure that would increase the cost of a license by over six-dollars, from 21-dollars to 27-dollars and 30-cents.  If passed, the new fee would take effect next year and it’d be the first time in a dozen years that the fee would go up.  The state’s Fish and Boat Commission executive director tells “TribLive” that he hopes raising the fee would lead to increased services to people who fish as the commission is faced with either raising revenue or cutting services.

A ten-year-old girl is dead after being found unresponsive in a Monroeville hotel pool.  Keaoziae Brown was discovered in the water at the Hampton Inn on Mosside Boulevard Friday night.  Police say there were other people in the pool at the time.  Brown was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later.

Columbia Gas has begun to replace more than three thousand  feet of underground pipe in Neshannock Township along Hazelcroft Avenue, Fairfield Avenue, Mercer Street, Carlisle Street, Albert Street, and Highland Avenue.  Work is expected to last through late spring, weather permitting, and will take place Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with temporary lane restrictions possible during working hours.  Saturday work also is possible.