The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 27, 2012

Midday briefing: Police saw woman's home video caught pill thief

NEW CASTLE — Police say they thought a western Pennsylvania woman might have been overmedicating herself with painkillers until she brought them home video proving her neighbor was stealing her prescription drugs.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 30-year-old Erica Rossi, who has been charged by Shenango Township police with stealing her 66-year-old neighbor's drugs.

Township police say they couldn't find evidence of any break-ins so the alleged victim set up a video camera. Police say it shows Rossi entering the woman's bedroom, where the pills were stolen.

Township officer William Phillips tells WPXI-TV that the victim "went above and beyond. This is something most people wouldn't think of. She did a great job."

Mom: Son, 23, didn't snatch old woman's cross

NEW CASTLE — The mother of a 23-year-old western Pennsylvania man jailed on charges that he ripped the gold cross necklace from the neck of an 87-year-old woman says that's not what happened.

Instead, Melissa Micco tells WPXI-TV that her son, 23-year-old Michael Yesko, merely took the necklace in exchange for $40 he was owed — and never physically ripped it off the woman's neck.

Whatever the case, online court records show Yesko, of Shenango Township, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on robbery and other charges and is now set to stand trial in the Sept. 11 incident.

New Castle police contend Yesko asked to speak with the victim's son. Told he wasn't home, police say Yesko began writing down his phone number to give to the woman's son before snatching the cross.

New $38 million Corry hospital set to open Sunday

CORRY — The new Corry Memorial Hospital in northwestern Pennsylvania is set to open Sunday.

The hospital was built on a donated 42-acre site behind the town's Wal-Mart store. Funds for the $38 million facility include $35 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural development funds. The hospital is located about 25 miles southeast of Erie.

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