Shadarryl Jones, one of two men suspected of opening fire on state and local police officers in Erie, has been apprehended. Jones was taken into custody in Mercer County without incident last Thursday during a joint operation by the State Police SERT, Erie SWAT, US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and the Hermitage Police Department. Shadarryl and his brother Rakeem are both suspected of initiating a shootout with police officers in the city of Erie in the early morning hours of June 25th. Jones is now being held in Erie County Prison with a bond amount of $100,000.
Rakeem Jones remains at large and is the subject of a national manhunt, a reward of $4,500 has been offered for information leading to his capture; if you have information call the Pennsylvania State Police in Erie at (814)898-1641 or the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force at (814)464-9680.
A man is facing charges for carelessly discharging a firearm in Mercer County and causing over $1,000 of damage to an unoccupied house while allegedly shooting at a groundhog. Court records show that 33-year-old Cody Thompson of Mercer was arraigned on charges of criminal mischief, trespassing, and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure; Thompson says that he was hunting for groundhogs and missed. Police say his reckless behavior caused about $1,300 in damage to several pieces of property inside a Pittsburgh couple’s vacation home on June the 20th.
Yesterday, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that the commonwealth’s mail-in voting law, Act 77 of 2019, is Constitutional and does not require an amendment to the state constitution to be effective. Earlier this year an appellate court decided in favor of a group of Republican lawmakers, many of whom voted in favor of Act 77 which passed with unanimous consent, but later argued the State Constitution disallowed the law. In the published majority decision Justice Christine Donohue notes that the general assembly has legislative power and there was no express restriction on mail-in ballots in the PA Constitution.