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Rostraver man who fought with firefighters at burning home gets probation

Renatta Signorini
| Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 2:50 p.m.

A Rostraver man who fought with firefighters trying to extinguish a blaze at his home last year was sentenced Monday to two years of probation.

Donald Panepinto Jr., 48, entered a guilty plea to five counts of reckless endangerment and a single count of obstructing emergency services. More serious charges of aggravated assault were dismissed.

Firefighters responding to the fire at Panepinto's Indian Hill Road home on July 14, 2016 , repeatedly warned him that it was unsafe for him to enter the house to look for a cat, according to preliminary hearing testimony . He allegedly punched two firefighters and elbowed a third in the face as they tried to get him out of the house, witnesses testified.

A Rostraver officer went inside to escort Panepinto out, according to testimony.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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