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Police accuse couple of allegedly forcing minors to smoke marijuana

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Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 2:00 am | Updated: 10:47 am, Mon Jul 7, 2014.

South Connellsville police have accused a man and woman of allegedly forcing two minors to smoke marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, Kaylee Lashae Brinker, 28, of Connellsville and Kenneth C. Zyskowski, 43, of Greensburg allegedly restrained two male minors, who they did not permit to leave the basement of a home at 136 W. Painter St., South Connellsville, April 11.

The boys allege that Brinker and Zyskowski forced them to smoke marijuana to the degree that one boy passed out and the other started throwing up and became violently ill.

The ages of the minors were not revealed in the criminal complaint.

Police charged Brinker and Zyskowski in June each with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children, two felony counts of unlawful restraint of a minor and two misdemeanor counts corruption of a minor.

They were arraigned June 23 by Magisterial District Court Senior Judge Brenda Cavalcante, who set each of their bonds at $15,000 — 10 percent. They remain in Fayette County Prison.

Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 17 before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.

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