…Brockport man arrested for assault…..Benezette man scammed out of $200…Theft by deception investigated in McKean County…St. Marys man arrested for having unstamped cigarettes….Bill requiring economic impact approved approved in Senate…

Elk County

A 45 year old Brockport man was arrested by Ridgway State police for assault following a domestic violence incident Monday in Horton Township. Police claim the suspect slapped a 50 year old Brockport woman causing visible injury and broke her phone. The victim slapped the suspect in retaliation. Her phone was a Samsung Galaxy valued at $999.00.

Ridgway  state police report a 73 year old Benezette man was scammed out of $200 Tuesday. The victim told police he had received a phone call from someone claiming to be a representative of Publishers Clearing House telling him he had won a GMC Denali. The victim paid the cyber crook $200 via a gift card and contacted troopers after he realized a scam had occurred.

McKean County

State police at Lewis Run are investigating a theft by deception taking place on April 30 in Keating Township. A $2,000 check belonging to a 76 year old Rew man was stolen and the investigation is continuing.

Another case of unstamped cigarettes is being probed by state police at Lewis Run. Corey Cheatle, 47 of St. Marys was stopped for a traffic violation early Sunday morning on Route 219 in Lafayette Township and was allegedly found in possession of 6 cartons of unstamped cigarettes. This is the third case within days in McKean County. A Dubois woman was caught with 118 cartons of unstamped cigarettes in her  car last week.


The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) requiring a one-time review of all economically significant regulations in Pennsylvania. Under Senate Bill 190, regulations with an economic impact or cost to the Commonwealth, to its political subdivisions, and to the private sector exceeding $1 million annually would be reviewed for their need, effectiveness and efficiency three years after implementation.

After three years, the agency with the regulation must review it and then report to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) the following findings:

    The status of implementation

    The effectiveness and efficiency of the regulation, as well as any steps taken to increase efficiency in implementing it

    The direct and indirect cost of the regulation, and whether the fiscal impact was over-estimated or under-estimated, as well as the nature of any public comments on the regulation

    Whether Pennsylvania’s current laws require the regulation’s repeal or amendment

    If the agency with the regulation is considering changing the regulation, and whether the regulation itself is still needed

The IRRC would then collect public comments about the submitted report for at least 30 days. Within 30 days of the end of the public comment period, IRRC would determine whether the regulation is still in the public interest and whether statutory changes should be considered.

This one-time, automatic review would help protect businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions and individuals from costly, burdensome regulations and hold state regulators accountable. The bill now advances to the House of Representatives for consideration.