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January 3, 2012

Morning briefing: Man punched officer over icy roads, police say

NEW CASTLE – A Lawrence Coupnty man is in custody on charges he punched a police officer after becoming upset about slick road conditions that apparently contributed to a crash involving his daughter.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 36-year-old Adam Ginocchi, of New Castle, who was arrested Monday evening.

Police say Ginocchi and his wife drove to the scene of the accident. After a firefighter told Ginocchi his daughter was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries he allegedly yelled that the firefighter should have been out plowing the roads instead.

Shenango Township police say they interceded and tried to subdue Ginocchi with a stun gun, but that he punched an officer in the face and neck.

A woman who answered Ginocchi’s home phone says he was still in custody, but otherwise declined comment this morning.

Police cite cross-dressing man chained in car

UNIONTOWN – Police have cited a man for disorderly conduct for allegedly chaining himself inside his car while parked outside a western Pennsylvania drug store and dressed as a woman.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Uniontown police were called to a Walgreen’s store about 11:20 p.m. Sunday when someone reported seeing the 28-year-old man chained inside the car.

When police arrived, the man told them he had restrained himself because he had come to buy his wife a drink at the store, but found it difficult to work up the courage to enter the store dressed as a woman. A police report says the suspect chained himself “to build himself up to going into the store dressed like a woman.”

The man his charged with disorderly conduct “for causing a public alarm.”

Three gunmen sought in fatal Pittsburgh porch shooting

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh police are searching for three men wearing black hooded sweat shirts who fired at least 10 shots, killing a man standing on the rear porch of his second-floor apartment.

Police say 21-year-old Chaz Anger died from wounds to his head and back. Police say the shooting happened Monday about 7:10 p.m.

Police say shots were fired into the same six-unit apartment building in October, but that nobody was hurt during that incident.

Witnesses told police they saw men fire the shots from the back yard of the apartment building before they ran away.

Police have not named any suspects in the shooting.

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