Thursday, February 9, 2012
Lucas Michael Rubin will stand trial on several charges after the accident in Richland Township.
A 19-year-old Saxonburg man will stand trial in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on a felony charge after a head-on collision in Richland Township that left another man seriously injured. Lucas Michael Rubin waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Blaschak. He is charged with causing an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury when he was not properly licensed. Rubin also faces five summary counts of driving without a license, driving while his license was suspended, driving an unregistered vehicle, careless driving, and operating a vehicle without insurance, according to court documents. A misdemeanor charge of being a habitual offender was withdrawn. The case stems from a head-on …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Patrick J. Rock will stand trial on charges of theft, forgery and receiving stolen property.
A 52-year-old man will go to trial on charges of stealing $88,300 in cash and $14,000 in jewelry from his former girlfriend in Pine Township over a 19-month period, according to court documents. Patrick Joseph Rock, of Allison Park, will stand trial in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. He waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge William K. Wagner; a formal arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 29. Rock is charged with felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor count of forgery. A Citizens Bank branch manager called Northern Regional police in early December and said she wanted to file a fraud report on behalf of a bank customer, the criminal complaint states. The bank …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Patricia K. Smith of Cranberry Township pleads guilty in federal court.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The former controller of the Baierl Acura dealership pleaded guilty today in federal court to a charge of wire fraud in a $10.2 million embezzlement case, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced. Patricia K. Smith, 57, of Cranberry Township, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty to one count of wire fraud before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond, according to a news release from Hickton's office. The court was advised that from Dec. 2004 until July 28, 2011, Smith embezzled more than $10 million from her employer, Baierl Acura of Wexford. The money paid for Smith's extravagant lifestyle. Diamond scheduled sentencing for 10 a.m. May 9. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Twenty-one women testified against Dr. Thomas Tyma in preliminary hearings.
The trial of Dr. Thomas Tyma, a Wexford rheumatologist charged with improperly touching 21 female patients, has been postponed until March 12. Tyma has pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault and harassment. The trial originally was set for today. The case will be tried in the courtroom of President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Northern Regional, McCandless and New Castle police departments filed the charges against the 54-year-old doctor, who lives in Sewickley. He previously practiced at Allegheny North Arthritis Center in Wexford. The women are not identified because they are alleged victims of sexual assault.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Erik Sigal, Brittanny Jenkins and Christina Naill face charges in a number of townships.
A trio charged with burglarizing a Marshall Township home is facing multiple charges in other cases across the North Hills. In the Marshall case, Brittanny Jenkins, 29, of West View, and Christina Naill, 21, of Avella, were ordered this week to stand trial by Magisterial District Judge William K. Wagner. Neither women showed up for her preliminary hearing. Erik Sigal, 24, of Bellevue, is charged as their co-conspirator. He faces felony burglary charges, but his preliminary hearing was postponed until Jan. 18. The charges stem from a Dec. 13 burglary in the 100 block of Wheatland Road in Marshall Township, in which two Samsung TVs and jewelry were stolen, according to Northern Regional Police Department. The home is close to the Warrendale…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Cranberry resident charged with burglary, criminal mischief and theft.
A 26-year-old Maryland man will stand trial on a felony count of criminal conspiracy in a burglary at a home in Pine Township. Nathan Charles Roupe of St. Michaels, MD, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge William K. Wagner. He is charged with conspiring with Cranberry resident David Chisholm, according to the criminal complaint. Charges against Chisholm, 26, were filed Wednesday in Wagner's court. Chisholm is charged with a felony count of burglary and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, court papers show. Chisholm already is facing a long list of charges in Allegheny and Butler counties that include burglary and theft, according to court records. Northern …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Pine man alleges John R. Nicely pulled gun on him, police said.
A trial was postponed today for a Darlington Township public official who is accused of threatening a Pine man with a gun. John Raymond Nicely, 59, is charged with making terroristic threats, simple assault and defiant trespass. He is a member of the three-person Darlington Township Board of Supervisors in northwest Beaver County. The non-jury trial was rescheduled for April 27 before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel. The incident allegedly took place at the Old State Road home of Joseph Alan Piole, 46, in Pine Township, according to a report from Northern Regional Police. Piole said he had hired Nicely’s son to build a pond in his front yard, police said. On the morning of Aug. 16, Piole said he observed men he did …
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Mail fraud, money laundering, conspiracy alleged.
A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has returned a six-count indictment against three individuals – including one with a Wexford connection – that charges them with mail fraud, mail fraud conspiracy and money laundering in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme, according to U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton. James C. Platts, 59, of P.O. Box 1168, Wexford; Deean Haggerty, 36, of 112 Oticon Drive, New Castle; and Bernard J. Flugher, 62, of 202 Sandalwood Drive, Cranberry Township, were indicted Tuesday. Platts was the president and treasurer of Easy Realty Solutions; Haggerty was employed with S&P Mortgage; and Flugher was an attorney who conducted real estate closings with an office in Cranberry Township, the U.S. attorney’s office said…
Monday, January 10, 2011
Supreme Court must review proposal to cut three district magistrates.
The magisterial district judge’s seat held by Regis Welsh Jr. is on the cutting block and may be eliminated in 2012. Welsh, who is scheduled to retire at the end of the year, was elected to serve Pine, Richland and Hampton townships. The state’s Supreme Court has called for a 10-percent cut statewide in magisterial district courts because of state budget cuts. Common Pleas Court President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel today announced plans to eliminate three magisterial district court offices in Allegheny County. In addition to Welsh’s seat, she also is asking for elimination of the seats currently held by Ross C. Cioppa and Nathan N. Firestone. Cioppa serves the boroughs of Braddock Hills, Braddock, Swissvale and Rankin. Firestone’s district …