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Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Two people wanted locally on drugs and weapons charges were arrested Tuesday in Riverside, Calif.

Frank Gillon Jr., 24, of Cathedral, Calif., and Kayla Kathleen Creamer, 28, of Moultrie, Ga., were arrested by U.S. Marshals and lodged in the Riverside County Jail.

They are awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

Last month, Southwest Regional Police charged Gillon with possession of a firearm with an altered or obliterated serial number, endan-gering the welfare of children, possession of a prohibited offensive weapon, possession of small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and cruelty to animals.

Creamer, was charged with endangering the welfare of children, possession of a small amount of marijuana (two counts), and cruelty to animals.

Charges were filed following state police forensic testing on the sawed-off firearms confiscated during the investigation.

Hartman said police initially responded Aug. 7 to a report of three pit bulls being kept in Gillon's vehicle with minimal ventilation.

Police conducted an investigation with the Fayette County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Police obtained a search warrant for the car and found what was described as alleged “growing materials” for marijuana, along with paraphernalia and how-to manuals on growing.

Police eventually confiscated the vehicle.

Police obtained a search warrant for the residence and found additional drug-related items scattered among the child's clothing and belongings.

Most significantly, police seized a sawed-off shotgun with its serial number scratched off, a 20-gauge shotgun and several boxes of am-munition, most of which was hidden inside a child's toy box.

Southwest Regional Chief John Hartman said Gillon allegedly transported a sawed-off shotgun across the country and stored it next to a child's toy box at 310 C. Market Street in Belle Vernon, while stopping for a few days to visit a friend.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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