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January 9, 2013

Evening News Brief | Homeless man held on stolen ambulance charge



The Beaver County Times reports the incident happened about 11 p.m. at a bar in Ambridge, not far from where 23-year-old Herb Pope starred at Aliquippa Junior-Senior High School.

Police say Pope was upset when an underage friend was denied service. The bartender testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday that Pope called him names, became "aggressive" and pulled out the gun — though he never aimed it at the bartender or threatened to shoot him.

Pope's attorney argued the behavior was "irresponsible" but not a crime, but a district judge disagreed.


Freezing rain icing roads, causing crashes

BUTLER — Police have been warning motorists to stay off the roads or use extreme caution in the suburbs and counties north of Pittsburgh, where rain is freezing on roadways despite above-freezing air temperatures.

The National Weather Service says the icy spots are developing because the ground remains cold enough from a recent cold spell.

State police in Butler, 30 miles north of the city, issued a plea for people to stay off the roads temporarily, and police in Punxsutawney, 60 miles northeast of the city, report they're dealing with multiple crashes.

Social media sites have been buzzing with reports of icy pavement and crashes on Route 28 northeast of the city, as well as Interstate 79 between Portersville and Zelienople in Butler County.


Ex-Pa. tax collector cooperating in theft probe

WEST BROWNSVILLE — The attorney for the former tax collector in a tiny southwestern Pennsylvania borough says she's cooperating with investigators who have charged her with stealing $115,000 from the municipality over several years.

Attorney Herbert Mitchell won't say why 58-year-old Cindy Lacey, of West Brownsville, stole the money, but says she's working to resolve the charge "fairly and expeditiously."

Lacey's arrest was announced Wednesday by Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone, whose office began investigating about six months ago because borough officials noticed declining tax revenues over the last several years.

The single charge Lacey faces of failure to make required disposition of funds indicates the thefts stretch back to at least 2005. Other details on the thefts were not immediately available. Lacey remained jailed Wednesday, unable to post $115,000 bond.


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