TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf came to Greenville yesterday to talk about the challenges small communities face when trying to get disaster relief.  The Governor also used the visit to promote his Restore Pennsylvania Plan. Back in June Greenville was hard hit by heavy rains. Homes were flooded, roads and bridges damaged. Governor Wolf joined local leaders on a walking tour of some areas damaged by flooding.

A Mercer County man was sentenced in connection with a shooting from 2017. 20 year old Seth Hamilton was found guilty of aggravated assault and other charges stemming from Hamilton’s fatal shooting of 19 year old Zachary Cutshall in Fairview Township. Hamilton was sentenced to 15 to 30 years followed by four years probation. He was found not guilty of first- and third-degree murder and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

State Police from Butler County continue to search for a Slippery Rock man wanted on a felony warrant. Police said they tried to arrest 27 year old Cody Isaacson yesterday afternoon but fled into a wooded area. Authorities believe Isaacson to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact state police or 9-1-1.

A former candidate for Butler County Court of Common Pleas judge is forming an eleventh-hour write-in campaign for the seat.  In a Facebook post Wednesday night, Jennifer Gilliland-Vanasdale asked for support going into the November general election.  William Robinson won the primary on both the republican and democratic tickets and is the only name that will appear on the November ballot.  It’s reported Gilliland-Vanasdale lost the democratic primary by just six votes.

Midland Municipal Authority officials are having a forensic audit done on its finances.  The move is being made in the wake of what the authority calls false rumors and incorrect assumption about the potential mismanagement of funds.  At a council meeting earlier this month, some members floated the idea of dissolving the authority and expressed distrust toward its leaders.

Deer hunters are being warned to watch out for tuberculosis.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning just ahead of deer hunting season which is starting across the country.  The CDC believes a man who diagnosed with the disease in 2017 came into contact with a deer that had a bacteria and was spread to him, causing TB.  Doctors say the bacteria was inhaled after the deer was killed.  Hunters are advised to wear protective equipment while field-dressing.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf believes he has the public’s support in backing plans to legalize recreational marijuana.  The governor talked up plans to make pot legal yesterday during a visit to Monongahela.  Wolf says the time is right to offer marijuana to all adults and to issue pardons to people who are in jail for possessing small amounts of the drug.  Local police chiefs say legalization will allow them to focus on other crimes and more serious drug problems.

State leaders are encouraging people convicted of non-violent marijuana-related crimes to apply for pardons.  Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman announced earlier this week that the Board of Pardons is expediting the application process to be pardoned for marijuana-related charges.  The decision comes after the call for legalization of recreational marijuana across the state which is being supported by Governor Wolf.

The son of a Westmoreland County judge is off to prison for dealing large amounts of marijuana.  Stephen Yakopec the Third was sentenced yesterday to as much as 23 months behind bars.  Yakopec pleaded guilty earlier this year to funneling more than one-million-dollars in marijuana into western Pennsylvania to fund an opioid addiction.