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Pricedale man accused of threatening police officers

| Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Maurice Ross on 6-28-13

A Pricedale man is in jail for allegedly threatening to kill two Donora police officers.

Maurice Ross, 55, of 57 Zundel St., allegedly told Donora officers Michael Parry and Robert Dorcon he would “murder” both of them while they were attempting to arrest him at 9:07 p.m. June 27 at a duplex at 50 2504 McCrae Ave.

Ross also allegedly threatened to harm them “like they did” to Clairton police Officer James Kuzak, who was shot and paralyzed when he responded to a report of a home invasion and robbery in Clairton on April 4, 2011.

The Donora incident started when Charles Ross called police to report that an unknown black male was harassing his daughter and using profanity. When the officers arrived, Maurice Ross was intoxicated, uncooperative, and using racial slurs toward the officers, the affidavit of probable cause states.

Parry stated in the affidavit officers had to physically remove Maurice Ross from the porch as he continued to struggle with them. Dorcon used a Taser to subdue Ross during the struggle, according to the affidavit.

Ross allegedly threatened to kill the officers and go after their families, the affidavit states.

Ross refused to tell the officers his name before and after his arrest. During his arraignment at night court before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins, he was charged and remanded to jail as “John Doe.”

Donora police later learned his name and amended the complaint.

Maurice Ross is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault-attempt, resisting arrest, obstruction of law, and terroristic threats.

He is in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bond set by Hopkins.

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. July 11 before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at swolford@tribweb.com.

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