News Live 365 for June 7th, 2017

Arrests Made in Deadly Crawford County Shooting

Jimmy Johnson’s shooter and one other suspect arrested

Meadville, PA –

Stephen Kozak and Brandon Frantz both of Meadville were arrested yesterday as suspects in the Sunday morning murder of Jimmy Johnson. According to State Police 21 year old Jimmy Edward Johnson of Erie was shot twice by Stephen Kozak using a 9mm pistol after a fight broke out between numerous people at a party near Teepleville Flats Road and Eddies Road at around 2:30 am Sunday morning. Friends of Jimmy loaded him in a car and took him to Meadville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead in the ER. Kozak was arraigned  on Monday in front Judge Amy Nicols for criminal homicide and was denied any chance for bail.

Brandon Frantz was arraigned before Judge Nicols yesterday and was charged with multiple felonies and had his bail set at a cool $500,000. Frantz was in possession of the murder weapon, a Hi-Point 9mm Pistol, which he tried to destroy by breaking into several pieces and scattering them around, he also tried to file off the serial number. While searching Frantz’s home an illegal marijuana growing operation was also discovered by authorities. Frantz is charged with multiple felonies – concealing or destroying evidence, possession of a firearm with the manufacturer’s serial number altered, providing false information, and possession of firearms not to be carried without a license. Frantz also faces the following misdemeanor charges: tampering with or fabricating evidence, obstructing the administration of law, and possession of an instrument of crime.

The fight which turned deadly was between two groups of partygoers over the supply of beer. The State Police are still pursuing more leads in the case and are still asking witnesses to call them at (814)332-6911.


Contractor Faces Three Centuries in Prison for Fraud

Lloyd Davis pleaded no contest to dozens of fraud charges

Erie, PA –

A contractor from Erie could be facing a 328 year prison sentence and $820,000 in fines after defrauding 40 customers. Lloyd Davis pleaded no contest to to dozens of crimes related to his fraud case and will be sentenced in August. Davis defrauded 40 customers of his contracting business out of $446,000 by keeping money that was to be used to purchase building materials for projects, he also left several projects only partially completed before abandoning them entirely.


Second Arrest Made in Blue Canoe Burglary Case

Silas Yashinski was arrested by Harrisburg Police after refusing to turn himself in in Titusville

Titusville, PA –

On Monday Silas Yashinski was arrested in Harrisburg in service of a warrant by Titusville PD for the burglary of the Blue Canoe Restaurant in January. The 20 year old suspect was contacted by phone at his parent’s house in Harrisburg and refused to return to Titusville and turn himself in so HPD arrested. Yashinski was brought to Crawford County for arraignment yesterday and is charged with the felonies of burglary and trespassing among other crimes. Police Chief Harold Minch said in a press release that the investigation continues and more charges on other suspects may be forthcoming.


Erie Police Investigating Strangulation Murder of Young Mother

26 year old Anita Jones died in the hospital

Erie, PA –

Anita Jones of Erie died at UPMC Hamot on Saturday after being found unresponsive by her mother last Friday. Her death has been ruled homicide by strangulation. Anita had two children ages three and five years old that were inside the house with her when she was attacked and the Children’s Advocacy Center is interviewing her children to help the police find out what happened. Detectives have also combed the scene including getting all available security footage from nearby buildings to see if they can piece together any evidence from it.


Clarion University President to Step Down

Dr. Karen Whitney is currently the longest serving University President in Pennsylvania

Dr. Karen Whitney, the President of Clarion University has announced that she will only be staying on for one more year. Her announcement came on Monday night through an email letter to the college and community which reads: 

I have always taken the early part of the summer to reflect upon our accomplishments and challenges as a way to chart future efforts. I continue to marvel at the accomplishments and important work that our administration, faculty and staff perform on behalf of our students, alumni and the commonwealth. It is during this time of reflection and organizing our future efforts that I have decided to make my 8th year as president my last year. Even though the Trustees and the Chancellor have asked me to remain, I have notified the Clarion University Council of Trustees as well as the system chancellor of my intention to retire from the Presidency on June 30, 2018.

I am proud of the thousands of Clarion students who have graduated over the last 8 years. I am proud of the faculty and staff who have worked to build the Clarion experience as a transformative life changing experience. We have changed and become more focused and better organized to fulfill our mission. Our successes are because of the faculty, staff and leadership of this great university. It’s the people. We have overcome many challenges while always keeping our focus on our students’ success.

As I enter my final year as president, there is still very important work to do. My priorities for the year are to enable more students to obtain more Clarion credentials; ensure academic program excellence and relevance; continue cost cutting and efficiency efforts across the university; confront major issues of campus and public concern; and of course celebrate Clarion University as part of our 150th anniversary milestone.

Dr. Whitney’s replacement will be found by a national search starting later this year.