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Shots fired in Uniontown, bullet misses baby "by inches"

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Fayette County


Shots fired, bullet misses baby ‘by inches'

Police in Uniontown are investigating after several bullets were fired into two apartments, narrowly missing an infant.

A bullet entered a Pershing Court apartment sometime overnight between Friday and Saturday and missed a sleeping infant “by inches,” police said in a report. In a nearby apartment in the same public housing complex, bullets struck a chair, end table and a wall, according to the report.

Police Chief Jason Cox said an investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-430-2929.

2 robbers hold up pizza delivery man

A pizza delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint in Uniontown, according to city police.

The driver for Domino's told police he had delivered an order to a Shady Lane residence at 11:50 p.m. Monday and was returning to his vehicle when someone told him to “give me the money.”

The driver said he saw two men wearing hooded sweatshirts. One of them brandished a handgun. The men fled with an unspecified amount of cash.

Police searched the area but could not locate the men, according to the report.

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Fredericktown man jailed in sex sting

A 28-year-old Washington County man who thought he was sexting a teenage girl is facing multiple criminal charges after his arrest Monday in a Fayette County park, police said.

Donald Duricic of 1619 Morey Road, Fredericktown, was arrested by Southwest Regional Police, who set up a rendezvous between Duricic and a purported 15-year-old girl in Belle Vernon Borough Park.

Police Chief John Hartman said Duricic thought he was having an email conversation with a teenage girl, but he was really chatting with an undercover police officer. Police said the conversations began Saturday and ended with Durcic's arrest about 10 a.m. Monday.

“Mr. Duricic engaged in a lengthy conversation relating to having sex with, taking photos of and making a pornographic movie with someone whom he believed was a 15-year-old female,” Hartman said.

Duricic was arrested by an undercover officer when he arrived at the park.

He was arraigned before District Judge Jesse Cramer and sent to the county prison in lieu of posting $40,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday before Cramer.


Point park fountain begins test spouting

The water at Point State Park's fountain is flowing again — temporarily — ending a four-year shutdown.

On Tuesday, the water was turned on as the fountain underwent testing in preparation for a June 7 event that will mark the completion of a $35 million renovation of the park, said Christina Novak, spokeswoman for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The testing, which will include making sure that sediment is removed and that pumps are operating correctly, will be conducted intermittently for up to two weeks.

The fountain will feature a raised base, more accessible seating and a cascade waterfall, as well as new stone paving surfaces, plumbing and lighting.


Finger, sliced by door to bank vault, retrieved

Emergency responders on Tuesday were able to retrieve a man's finger that was severed when he got it caught in the door of a bank vault, according to authorities.

Paramedics were called to the First National Bank in the 1100 block of East Carson Street shortly after 4 p.m., according to an Allegheny County 911 supervisor.

The victim, who was not identified, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland so surgeons could attempt to reattach the digit.


Robber claims to have bomb, hits drugstore

Cranberry police are searching for a man who claimed to be holding a bomb as he tried to rob a drugstore.

Police said the man walked into the Rite Aid on Route 19 just before 9:25 p.m. Monday and demanded drugs from the pharmacist. The man fled before police arrived without obtaining any drugs.

The man is described as white, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, with a thin build and brown hair. He was wearing a sleeveless green shirt, bluejeans, a black bandana covering the lower portion of his face, blue surgical gloves and a black covering on his upper right arm.

Police can't say for certain whether the device, with two silver pipes, wires or a wick and attached to a box, was an actual bomb, police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said, but authorities are treating the incident as if it was a real explosive device.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cranberry police at 724-776-5180, ext. 5.

Probation expected for punch that led to death

A former Butler man is expected to serve three years' probation since he pleaded no contest last week to involuntary manslaughter for the death of a Butler resident.

Police said Andrew Freshwater, 24, who now lives in North Carolina, punched Christopher A. Kutchell, 22, in the face during a fight May 3. Prosecutors said Kutchell fell and hit his head on a sidewalk and died of head injuries.

A no-contest plea means that Freshwater is not pleading guilty, but accepts the information filed against him by prosecutors.

Butler County court records indicate that Freshwater is scheduled to be sentenced June 10.

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