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Friday, July 8, 2011

Nearly $1,000 in copper wire was allegedly stolen from a local train yard by two men who are now each facing multiple charges.

Charged in the theft are David A. Senica, 26, of 97 Gibson Terrace, Connellsville, and Paul Peter Evans, 35, of 426 Airway Inn Road, Uniontown.

The thefts occurred between Sept. 20 and Sept. 30, 2010, and between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14, 2010, in the Green Junction Area, which is property owned by CSX, in South Connellsville.

Senica allegedly admitted to CSX railroad police that he stole the copper.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr., Senica told police he took the wire to a local scrap yard, from which he had receipts totalling $722.45.

Evans was interviewed in October 2010, when he also admitted to stealing the copper wires.

Evans said he also took the wire to a scrap yard where receipts totalled $250.

Both men were charged with multiple counts. Senica was charged with six each and Evans two each of disrupting, delay or prevention of train or facility, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and defiant trespass.

Charges were filed this week at Haggerty's office.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Senica at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 before Haggerty. A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled for Evans.

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