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Domestic dispute leads to drug bust in Port Vue

| Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, 3:57 a.m.
Port Vue police Chief Bryan Myers, left, and Liberty police officers John Thompson and Troy Mitchell, right, look over evidence confiscated after search warrant execution on Wednesday morning in the 1300 block of Coronado Drive in Port Vue.
Port Vue police Chief Bryan Myers, left, and Liberty police officers John Thompson and Troy Mitchell, right, look over evidence confiscated after search warrant execution on Wednesday morning in the 1300 block of Coronado Drive in Port Vue.

A Port Vue couple has been charged in a domestic dispute that ended with a shot being fired in an area where a woman and her child were walking.

C.J. Nickalas DeCicco, 22, and Melissa Runion, 25, each face two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of endangering the welfare of children, the result of a police search Wednesday at a home in the 1300 block of Coronado Drive.

Confiscated were 25 bags of suspected marijuana packaged for distribution, 19 marijuana roaches, a box of .380-caliber shells with full-metal jackets, a digital scale, two glass pipes, a marijuana grinder, a marijuana hose, two glass jars with a small amount of suspected marijuana, a small bag of suspected marijuana, a 2-inch blade knife and a bag of 21 round blue pills.

The criminal complaint said three small children were living in the residence, and packages of the suspected marijuana were in a dresser drawer easily accessible by the oldest child.

A .380-caliber semi-automatic weapon was seized Tuesday when Port Vue police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Coronado Drive because a witness reported that a white male exited a house and discharged a weapon.

Runion denied knowledge of a weapon when officers arrived, according to the criminal complaint. The witness told police she was walking with her young child on Pasadena Drive when she heard a gunshot and looked to see the man, later identified as DeCicco, firing a small handgun.

Court documents say DeCicco admitted to police that he fired the weapon outside, then retrieved the gun from a diaper bag in another room.

According to the criminal complaint, neither DeCicco nor Runion was the lawful owner of the firearm, which had four live rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.

That incident resulted in DeCicco and Runion being charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of children and three counts of recklessly endangering another person. DeCicco faces two additional charges of recklessly endangering another person.

Port Vue police Chief Bryan Myers filed the charges in both cases. Assisting in the arrest were Liberty officers Don Harrison, Troy Mitchell and John Thompson, and constable David Durosko.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970 or slee@tribweb.com.

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