A Pennsylvania woman who allegedly hit a man with a stun gun during a pedestrian hit-and-run was arrested after police say her vanity license plate made her easy to track down.
Allentown police say Yardley Joy Frantz was promptly arrested Friday after witnesses spotted her "ZOMBIE" license plate.
Investigators say Frantz ran into a man and his nephew with her car around 7 p.m., then zapped the man's son with a stun gun after he confronted her.
The Morning Call of Allentown reports Frantz claimed she didn't know who had been driving her car.
Frantz is free on bail as she faces charges including aggravated and simple assault. A phone number for her could not immediately be located.
Bear causes Allegheny Forest wildfire by climbing power pole
BRADFORD — Investigators say a black bear caused a small wildfire in the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania by climbing a utility pole and knocking down some power lines.
Firefighters from Lafayette and Corydon townships responded to the fire about 130 miles northeast of Pittsburgh about 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Penelec officials determined the bear was electrocuted when they responded. Lafayette Township Fire Chief Don Fowler tells the Bradford Era that investigators believe the bear might have detected a buzzing noise from the wires and climbed the pole thinking there was a beehive.
The wildlife damaged less than a quarter of an acre.
Firefighters were on the scene about 45 minutes.
Court papers: Suspect stabbed Sharon woman 30 times
SHARON — Court papers alleged a 19-year-old man charged in the death of a western Pennsylvania woman stabbed her roughly 30 times and later told relatives he had done something "terrible."
Online court records don't list an attorney for Anthony Argenziano, of Sharon. He was arrested in Youngstown, Ohio on Saturday where police say he planned to take a bus to New York.
He's being held in the Mercer County Jail without bond in the murder of 42-year-old Tracey Goga was found in her Sharon apartment Saturday afternoon. Police in the city about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh believe she had been killed early Thursday, when Argenziano was seen outside her apartment..
The Herald of Sharon reports Argenziano had a prescription drug problem, but police don't know if that led to the alleged murder.
Westmoreland Co. farmer dies when pinned under burning tractor
JONES MILLS — A western Pennsylvania farmer is dead after investigators say he was pinned beneath his tractor after it tipped over and caught fire.
The Westmoreland County coroner's office says 56-year-old Floyd Snyder Jr., of Stahlstown, was gathering hay on his farm in Donegal Township when the tractor tipped over about 2 p.m. Monday.
Investigators say the fire was fed by diesel fuel that leaked from the wrecked tractor. The coroner's office says Snyder died at the scene from burns.
Autopsy set on Erie woman found at 'crime scene'
ERIE — An autopsy is set on the body of a northwestern Pennsylvania woman whose apartment is now being treated like a crime scene by police.
Erie police and the county coroner have yet to release the name of the 51-year-old woman found dead about 12:30 p.m. Monday. Police say two people who came to visit the woman found her dead.
Police Lt. Kirk Werner tells the Erie Times-News that no outward signs of trauma have been found on her body.
Police say they're treating the woman's apartment as a crime scene until an autopsy is performed Tuesday, saying, "We're being cautious at this point."
Ex-girls soccer coach sentenced in Philly sex case
PHILADELPHIA — A former Philadelphia girls' soccer coach was ordered to spend at least a dozen years in prison for sex charges involving six teenage girls he met online.
Prosecutors say 35-year-old Vincent Mickle apologized Monday for the encounters involving the 14- to 16-year-old girls he met through Facebook and MySpace, including one he met for sex at his home.
Although authorities say Mickle never assaulted girls he coached, they say he used his status as a volunteer coach to earn the victims' trust and manipulate them.
Prosecutors tell the Philadelphia Daily News Mickle posed as an 18-year-old in his initial contact with the girls and solicited lewd photographs from them.
Police: Ex-public defender brought pot to Allegheny jail
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former assistant public defender from a neighboring county has been charged with bringing marijuana to a client in a western Pennsylvania jail.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the charges Tuesday against 32-year-old Michael Yagercik, of Ambridge. Online court records do not list an attorney for Yagercik and it was unclear if he had been arrested on the charges filed Monday by Allegheny County police.
Officials at the Beaver County public defender's office say Yagercik no longer works there.
Police say Yagercik brought an envelope containing tobacco and three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana into the county jail for a client, who is a convicted cocaine dealer, on May 15.
Police say they were tipped off by a confidential informant, who claims Yagercik was paid $500 to bring the drugs into the jail.
Temple basketball star arrested in Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A Temple University basketball player is apologizing to his family and team following his arrest on prostitution and resisting arrest charges in Atlantic City.
Khalif Wyatt issued a statement in which he says he was celebrating his 21st birthday on Sunday and "exercised very poor judgment."
The senior guard was among seven men and 16 women arrested during a two-day sweep that targeted suspected prostitutes and their clients.
Police Sgt. Rodney Ruark tells The Press of Atlantic City Wyatt and a friend solicited undercover female officers who were posing as prostitutes.
Police arrested Wyatt after they said he fled from a hotel room when officers announced the sting.
Wyatt says he intends to cooperate with authorities.
Wyatt finished fourth in scoring in the Atlantic 10 Conference last season.
'Rock snot' algae spotted in Yough river
OHIOPYLE — An invasive form of algae called "rock snot" that disrupts the aquatic food chain has been found in a western Pennsylvania river.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says the slimy goop was spotted earlier this month in the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County.
Officials say the algae can cover river beds, snuffing out insects and other organisms that feed larger fish. The algae known also as Didymo can also make swimming and boating a slimy, unpleasant experience.
State officials want boaters and fisherman to make sure they properly clean their gear before using it in a new waterway to prevent the spread of the algae.
Rock snot has also been spotted in the Delaware River in Bucks County and the Dyberry Creek in Wayne County.
Ethics court to hear Orie Melvin pay question
HARRISBURG — A special Pennsylvania court that enforces ethics rules for judges will determine whether Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin should be paid while she defends herself against criminal corruption charges.
The Court of Judicial Discipline was scheduled Tuesday to hear the case against Melvin, a Republican justice from Pittsburgh's suburbs. Her salary is $195,000 a year.
Melvin was charged May 18 with illegally using her taxpayer-funded Superior Court staff in her 2003 and 2009 campaigns for a seat on the state's highest court. She has pleaded not guilty to charges filed by the Allegheny County district attorney's office.
Melvin's sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, went to prison earlier this month for her conviction for similarly misusing her legislative staff.
Harrisburg financial custodian threatens action
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Harrisburg's new state-appointed financial overseer says he'll take the city's elected officials to court if they fail to enact portions of a financial recovery plan, including a tax hike.
William Lynch sent a letter threatening legal action to Harrisburg City Council President Wanda Williams on Monday.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reports the letter gives council a week to fill a pair of vacant jobs and increase the city's earned income tax or he'll file a petition to Commonwealth Court to compel council to act.
Williams says the council won't be bullied to act on parts of the plan they don't agree with.
The cash-strapped capital is struggling under about $300 million in debt tied to an incinerator renovation project.