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Homeless man facingdrug, gun charges in New Kensington

Chuck Biedka
| Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, 11:06 a.m.
Austin Coretsky
Austin Coretsky

New Kensington police are accusing a homeless man already on probation of having cocaine, opioid pills and a handgun.

Austin Michael Coretsky, 21, who previously had a Brackenridge address, was a rear-seat passenger in an SUV pulled over for a traffic violation Tuesday afternoon, police said.

District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. arraigned Coretsky on Wednesday on felony and misdemeanor drug charges, having the .380-caliber pistol without a permit and related charges.

Records show he was on probation for a drug offense in Harrison until 2018.

Police said Coretsky was inside a red Jeep Commander that was pulled over for turning onto Seventh Street Extension from Haser Drive without using a signal.

While police were talking with the driver, an officer saw movement from the back seat, and a passenger seemed to be reaching for something, police said in an affidavit.

Police said they got Coretsky and another man out of the Jeep's back seat to search them for possible weapons.

In the pat-down search, police wrote, they felt a bulge in Coretsky's back pocket. In a bag, officers found 94 whole Oxycodone pills and half of a pill. In another of his pockets was about 4 grams of marijuana and about $500 in cash.

Police said they obtained permission to search the Jeep and found about three-quarters of an ounce of powdered cocaine in one bag and about 2.3 ounces of crack cocaine in two other bags inside a blue windbreaker. Police allege it belongs to Coretsky.

A .380 semi-automatic also was found in the rear seat.

Coretsky is in the Westmore‑land County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bond, pending an Aug. 24 preliminary hearing before Pallone.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711 or

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