Port Vue fire chief cited for on-duty drinking
Port Vue's fire chief was ordered to stand summary trial on charges of public drunkenness stemming from his alleged actions during a blaze near the fire hall.
Police said Cash Cortazzo, 24, was sent a summons to appear before Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin on Nov. 18 at 8:30 a.m.
Police said the fire occurred on Sept. 17 around 4:45 a.m. in a vacant house along Tacoma Avenue, two doors from Vigilant Hose Co. No. 1.
“Our officer Christopher Adams did cite him for public drunkenness on the scene of the fire,” Chief Bryan R. Myers said on Wednesday.
Cortazzo declined comment.
The fire was quickly extinguished by Vigilant Hose volunteers with help from Liberty and Lincoln fire departments. Myers said damage was minor and the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's office was called to investigate the cause.
The fire marshal's office did not return calls requesting a report on the investigation.
According to court records, charges were filed on Sept. 27. The summons was issued on Oct. 3 and Cortazzo acknowledged receiving it on Tuesday.
On June 27, Cortazzo was found not guilty in a Pittsburgh court of public urination charges from a Jan. 27 incident.
On Sept. 5 he waived a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Valarie Costanzo in Cecil Township, Washington County, on charges of driving under the influence.
The charges filed by township police on July 16 allege general impairment and a blood alcohol count of more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Cortazzo waived his right to have counsel appear with him before Costanzo and was freed on an unsecured bond of $2,500.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mon Valley called ‘ground zero’ for blight
- Elizabeth prepares for annual Riverfest
- North Versailles Township receives fully loaded street sweeper
- Driver escapes serious injury in McKeesport heavy-equipment accident
- UPMC McKeesport president reiterates hospital will remain open
- Jefferson Hospital doctor serves as panelist for mental health legislation
- EPA brings Clean Power Plan hearings to Pittsburgh
- Lincoln council passes ordinances to help ‘protect residents’