High Speed Chase Ends with Car Crashing into House
Rocky Grove – A Franklin man faces 117 criminal charges after fleeing from police during a traffic stop in Venango County. A Pennsylvania State Police officer attempted to stop Sean Penker (35) for a summary vehicle code violation on Monday night, but he fled to avoid arrest for an existing warrant. For 10 minutes Penker led the trooper on a chase through Sugarcreek and Rocky Grove until he crashed through a gate at Rocky Grove Volunteer Fire Department and bailed from his vehicle to flee on foot while the car crashed into a house. Penker was taken into custody while attempting to run away on foot and has been charged for every single summary violation he committed during the chase as well as seven felonies including counts of aggravated assault on each occupant of the house his car hit.

State Rep Seeks New Funding for Schools

Harrisburg – In State News, Representative Jason Ortitay, a Republican from Washington and Allegheny Counties, has proposed legislation he says would reduce property taxes. Rep Ortitay’s proposal would allow school districts to reduce property taxes by getting funds through different means such as earned income or mercantile taxes. More than half of all funding for public schools comes from property taxes on landowners in the district. Ortitay says his proposal is more equitable than current laws.

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