Three Johnstown men have been charged with breaking into a New Stanton motel Sunday and robbing a New Jersey man and woman.

Jabari Robinson, 23, Alrashaad Jones, 26, and Angelo Gomez, 18, were apprehended while fleeing the scene by state police on the turnpike near Somerset. All three were charged with receiving stolen property, with Jones also charged with carrying a firearm without a license. The three were lodged in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of bail.

Police said Gomez was known by the victims – Paul Cosentino, 43, and Margaret Recasens, 22, both of Montague.

Police said the three defendants forced their way into the couple’s room at the Howard Johnson Inn around 3 p.m. The victims were assaulted with Gomez and Robinson pointing pistols at the victims, police said. Two cell phones and $800 were taken from the victims as well as numerous autographed, sports trading cards, police said.

The defendants fled but were apprehended near Somerset.

The stolen items were recovered, police said.

Pair allegedly swap driver’s license IDs

Two Clymer women have been charged with providing false information at the driver’s license center outside Johnstown in order to get licenses containing the other's identification.

Amanda Lynn Koffman, 25, and Angela Sue Bash, 20, were charged by state police.

Police said that on Jan. 16, both applied for replacement licenses indicating that they had lost their original licenses.

They exchanged identification information and had licenses made using their photograph and the other’s information, police said.

Judge blocks charges in ‘sexting’ case

ALLENTOWN – A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a prosecutor from filing child pornography charges against three northeastern Pennsylvania teenagers who appeared in racy photos that turned up on classmates’ cell phones.

U.S. District Judge James Munley ruled against Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick Jr., who has threatened to pursue felony charges against the girls unless they agree to participate in a five-week after-school program.

Skumanick, who has said he can prosecute the teens as “accomplices” in the production of child pornography, said he would consider an appeal.

The photos surfaced in October, when officials at Tunkhannock Area High School confiscated five cell phones and found that boys had been trading photos of scantily clad, semi-nude or nude teenage girls. The students with the

cell phones ranged in age from 11 to 17.

Energy company sues Forest Service

PITTSBURGH – The U.S. Forest Service is illegally refusing to allow energy companies to drill for gas and oil in the Allegheny National Forest even though they own the mineral rights, an energy company claimed in a lawsuit.

Catalyst Energy Inc. claims the Forest Service recently began requiring it and other companies to obtain a “notice to proceed” before drilling but is not issuing the notices.

Catalyst contends the notice is “unauthorized and illegal, and has been unilaterally created by the (Forest Service) without following any rule-making procedures, and without any statutory or regulatory authority,” according to the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.

Catalyst, based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Cranberry Township, claims it is only required under law to provide the Forest Service 60 days’ notice before it plans to drill. It is asking a judge to stop the Forest Service from interfering with its drilling rights.

Weather service confirms tornado

STATE COLLEGE – The National Weather Service confirms that Sunday’s severe weather in south-central Pennsylvania was a tornado.

A meteorologist at the weather service office in State College confirmed Monday that it was a tornado that hit Lancaster County.

Randy Gockley, the county’s emergency management coordinator, said Monday that he thought property damage would be at least $2 million to $3 million. Three people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

Body pulled from river near PNC Park

PITTSBURGH – An autopsy is set on the body of a man pulled out of the Allegheny River near PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Police say a passerby spotted the body about 9 a.m. Monday and alerted authorities.

Police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki says there are no obvious signs of trauma on the body.

Police say the man has been identified as 53-year-old George Moon. They say Moon was last seen in February.

Police say his family reported Moon missing on March 28 when they were unable to contact him at his Pittsburgh home.

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