Frog Net News For April 18th, 2017

A Lawrence County man is recovering after a canoeing accident.  It happened on Saturday afternoon in a creek in Hickory Township.  The 70-year-old man was in a canoe when it flipped over.  The man suffered from hypothermia because of it and was taken to the hospital.

The New Castle News reports an Ohio man faces charges after causing a commotion at the UPMC Jameson Hospital emergency room. 61 year old Patrick Preston of Newbury Ohio faces two counts of aggravaged assault, one count of simple assault  and several other charges. Police report that he was yelling, and fought with police and UPMC security after he was asked to leave the emergency department. He was in the emergency room with a family member.  Police had to used a stun gun to subdue Preston.

Governor Tom Wolf is still waiting on a report from the inspector general about Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack’s treatment of state employees.  Wolf made the comment yesterday saying he has spoken to Stack numerous times in the past about the issue.  Wolf claims he met with Stack as recently as last month and told him “to stop” the alleged behavior.  Stack told reporters last week he has said things out of anger, stress and frustration that he wishes he hadn’t.  Wolf says he will have more to say when he sees the report.

No one is hurt following a car fire in Moon Township.  The car caught fire on Saturday night on University Boulevard.  It was soon completely engulfed by flames.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Traffic deaths in Pennsylvania are at the lowest point ever on record.  PennDOT announced yesterday that eleven-hundred-88 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2016, which is seven less than the previous lowest total on record in 2014.  The state has been keeping track of the statistics for almost 90 years.

The Pennsylvania state trooper who survived being shot in an attack on the Blooming Grove barracks is talking about that 2014 shooting.  In a Pike County court yesterday, trooper Alex Douglass says he felt like he was hit in the back with a baseball when he was shot as he tried to drag another wounded trooper to safety.  The testimony was part of the third week of Barrett Township man Eric Frein’s trial on dozens of charges including first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and terrorism.

No one was hurt after a car struck a Perkins Resturant in Hempfield Township yesterday afternoon. Authorities in Mercer County report the car drove from the parking lot off Hadley Road and struck one of the towers that decorate each corner of the brick building. Police believe the driver pushed the car’s accelerator pedal instead of the brake by mistake.The occupants of the car, both adults, were not hurt according to police. No one inside the restaurant was injured.

Governor Tom Wolf says the state’s medical marijuana program is proceeding on schedule.  Supporters rallied with Wolf at the Capitol yesterday to celebrate the program’s halfway mark.  Wolf signed legislation legalizing the drug for medical purposes one year ago, and says the system will be fully up and running next year as planned.

More information is coming out about the shooting that took place at a Pepsi plant in Allegheny County.  The shooting happened yesterday at the facility on the 400 block of Graham Street in Stowe Township.  Police arrested Michael Anthony Harris in connection to the shooting.  Police say Harris was in an argument with the victim about a video that Harris shot in the facility’s break-room earlier this month.  Harris posted the video on Snapchat.  The argument escalated last night and Harris claims he was “body slammed” by the shooting victim.  Police say that’s when Harris got a pistol out of his car and went back into the facility to shoot the victim.