A long-delayed criminal case appears on today’s Criminal Call list for action before Indiana County President Judge William Martin.
43-year-old John Milo Reome of Commodore is accused of shooting his then-girlfriend, Billie Jo Varner, on January 29th, 2012 at a home in Green Township. Varner had moved out of the home she had shared with Reome but he called her to come and take care of their puppies. When she showed up in the company of her father, prosecutors say Reome shot her through the front door. Police said that Reome then put down his shotgun and got a rifle, but Varner’s father, Beryl Shaffer, talked him into giving up the guns and locked them in his pickup truck. Shaffer then returned to his daughter, who was gravely wounded in the abdomen. She survived her wounds.
Two days before the shooting, Reome had attacked Varner, pulling her by her hair, throwing peroxide on her, and threatening to kill her.
Reome is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and terroristic threats. His case has come up for Criminal Call four times before and been continued each time.
Also scheduled for Criminal Call today before Judge William Martin is the case of Daniel Yasick, the 38-year-old man accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the five-parish charge of the Church of the Resurrection, based in Clymer.
Yasick is the church’s former business manager. He’s charged with fifty felony counts each of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, and receiving stolen property, as well as 24 felony counts of failure to make required disposition of funds, eight felony counts of fraud, six misdemeanor counts of forgery, and single charges of tampering with records and tampering with evidence.
He was arrested in January 2012 after church officials noticed discrepancies in the books and conducted an audit. Prosecutors say that on the day of his arrest, Yasick admitted that he stole about $23,000, but later that day, he logged on to the church’s account and altered some records, and he also shredded documents that investigators later reassembled. Those records showed much more than $23,000 missing.
Yasick’s case has been continued at the Criminal Call stage twice before.
There are more than seventy cases on the Criminal Call list today. That means they could see some sort of court action, but many will simply be continued to a future date.