Tri County Report For November 23rd, 2016

A Sharon man was found guilty of sexually assaulting a female victim in 2014. WKBN-TV reports Glavin Justan Ivy was convicted of rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint and simple assault following a four-day trial, according to the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office. Ivy faces 10 to 20 year sentences on each count of rape, aggravated assault and kidnapping. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Ivy is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 4, 2017.

Former State Representative Mike Veon,  who served jail time for misusing a nonprofit for his own benefit was awarded a new trial Tuesday after a state high court justice called his conviction a “criminalization of politics.” The state Supreme Court ruled a Dauphin County judge erred when he told jurors hearing the case against Veon that he did not have to gain financially to be convicted of violating the conflict-of-interest law. The Supreme Court’s main opinion said the crime must involve a financial benefit, and that intangible political benefits are not sufficient. The court’s ruling pertains to the Beaver Initiative for Growth case, for which Veon was found guilty in 2012. The decision does not involve the bonus case, for which Veon was sentenced to six to 14 years and ordered to pay $1.9 million in restitution.

A man is facing charges after his toddler was found on a roof in Butler.  A neighbor saw the three-year-old sitting in a pile of snow on the roof Sunday with no shoes, socks or diaper and called police.  Officers say the little girl’s dad was sleeping when she opened the window and went out to see the snow.  The child was also found wandering alone a block from her home last month.  She’s now in the custody of a grandparent.

Things are back to normal following a police stand-off in Evans City.  Officials say a man called 911 Monday to report a problem but then would not come out of his Belle Street home when officers arrived.  The suspect claimed to have a rifle in the house, prompting a large law enforcement response.  He surrendered peacefully a short time later.

A Rochester Area School Board member is facing charges for getting mixed up in a prostitution sting.  WPXI reported yesterday the little league football coach was arrested and charged for patronizing prostitution.  Joseph Howard Long allegedly solicited a woman in Center Township to buy about half an hour of sex for 120-dollars.  The incident took place November 16th.

A 54-year-old Butler County man is charged for allegedly sexually assaulting four minors.  Mark Leroy of Renfrew was indicted November 9th, and the case was unsealed yesterday after his arrest.  Leroy is accused of sexually exploiting the children between 2009 and 2016 during a pair of trips out of state and at his home.

A report on offensive emails shared by judges and employees on state computers is now out.  The report was released yesterday and calls the racism and misogyny in the emails “startling.”  Attorney General Bruce Beemer is questioning the report, saying many emails were flagged unnecessarily.  He says he will not release the names of anyone involved and claims there is no evidence to suggest the emails tainted any cases.

Police are going to be out in force on Pennsylvania roads throughout this holiday week.  The state is conducting Operation Safe Holiday, which will include roving checkpoints, DUI patrols and seatbelt enforcement.  Thanksgiving weekend is the top holiday for traffic injuries and deaths.

State Police in Butler County report a one car accident in Lancaster Township.  According to police 20 year old Grady Davis of Erie was traveling on Interstate 79, when a tire on his car blew out causing him to lose control and strike a guard rail.  Davis and a passanger were not hurt.