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June 12, 2012

Morning Briefing | 'ZOMBIE' vanity plate leads to stun gun arrest


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.

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