Mon City police return to full strength
Bill Fusco said he felt at home Wednesday night, shortly after being promoted to full time on the Monongahela police force.
“This is where I knew I was going to wind up,” Fusco said after the city council meeting.
“This is like family.”
Fusco has worked as a part-time officer for the city for the past 4 ½ years. He worked in the same capacity in Elizabeth Borough for three years.
The move is effective Oct. 1. It will bring the police department staff to seven full-time and six part-time officers.
The department had been down one full-time officer since Robert Boyer retired Feb. 8, 2012.
A Clairton native, Fusco lives in Greensburg.
The officer was honored in May by Mayor Bob Kepics for his actions April 23 in arresting Brad A. Behanna, 27, of 866 Route 481, Carroll Township, and William Arthur Leasure, 35, of 177 First Ave., New Eagle, as the two allegedly were trying to steal scrap metal from the former Patterson Supply facility.
The vote to promote Fusco was 3-1 with Claudia Williams casting the lone dissenting vote. Tom Caudill, Kepics and Ken Kulak supported the action.
In other news, council authorized thank you letters to Joseph Price, resident agent in charge of the Bureau of alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Pittsburgh; U.S. Attorney David Hickton in Pittsburgh; and Akeia Conner, special agent for the IRS in Philadelphia.
The letters recognize the efforts of the federal agencies in prosecuting Daniel Young 38, of 2671 Route 136 of Nottingham Township.
Young was convicted in federal court of conspiracy and structuring financial transactions.
Authorities said he paid cash for a pickup truck, a front-end loader, a tractor and two houses – and deliberately structured the purchases to avoid questions about where the money came from, a federal jury decided July 19.
Young is serving 12 to 24 years in prison after his conviction in June 2011 on cocaine trafficking charges in Washington County.
Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest said federal authorities seized roughly $500,000 in assets from Young following his conviction. The city will receive a portion of that forfeiture, although Tempest said Monongahela officials have not yet learned how much.
“It is not often when a municipality in which a crime has occurred benefits from the enforcement of the law in a financial sense,” the city wrote in the letters, dated Wednesday.
“The City of Monongahela is especially grateful for the additional consideration that it was given in the distribution of the proceeds derived from this arrest and seizure.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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