TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 4TH, 2019

A West Middlesex man, arrested in Mahoning County as part of the Justice Department’s national crackdown on child sex offenders is going to prison. WKBN-TV reports 31-year-old Thomas Yakemovic was sentenced to nine months in prison. Yakemovic pleaded guilty importuning, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and corrupting another with drugs. In addition to a mandatory 5-year probationary period after he completes his prison sentence, Yakemovic has been declared a Tier Two Sex Offender.

Investigators say a homeless man is facing charges after burglarizing a Butler pizza shop.  The break-in happened overnight between September 26th and 27th at Penn Street Pizza on the 500-block of West Penn Street, where Dustin Scott reportedly made off with around 120-dollars in cash.  Scott is facing burglary and theft by unlawful taking charges.

Investigators say one person is seriously hurt after an incident in Karns City Wednesday evening.  It happened on Kittanning Pike and prompted a helicopter to land at the Karns City High School football field to take a motorist from the scene.  There’s no word on the extent of the injuries in the incident.

The Commonwealth is joining a collaboration of states in an effort to battle climate change.  Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive action ordering the state Department of Environmental Protection to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  The initiative combines the efforts of nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in a strategy intended to reduce emissions while pumping up economic growth through a regional cap-and-trade program involving electric power plants.  Wolf claims that due to the threat of climate change, Pennsylvania must take serious but economically sound steps to reduce emissions.

Charges are pending after a huge marijuana bust in Beaver County.  Franklin Township police were acting on a tip yesterday when they found 100-thousand-dollars of pot growing in a resident’s swimming pool.  The plants were seized and destroyed.  Two people were arrested at the scene.

T-S-A officials say they stopped a Butler County man with a handgun who tried to pass through a security check point at Pittsburgh International Airport this week.  The man was stopped Wednesday with a loaded nine-millimeter.  The gun is the 29th found at the checkpoint this year.  Officials say 34 guns were found in all of 2018.

The Sharon Herald reports a Sharon man accused of trapping and drowning cats waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday. 86 year old Henry Yudt Jr. is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and cruelty to animals in connection with reported incidents last month at his home. Yudt told police he was tired of stray cats running and urinating in his yard. He was released on his own recognizance.

Mike Turzai says invocations are returning to the House.  P-A’s House Speaker announced yesterday they will be given before the start of session October 21st following a federal court ruling.  That ruling found the invocations are a prayer and not an inspirational speech.  Nonbelievers had been barred from giving their version of a prayer before the session begins.