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Owner forfeits New Kensington bar in cocaine guilty plea

| Sunday, April 29, 2012, 12:22 p.m.

A New Kensington man has agreed to forfeit the tavern he owned as part of a guilty plea for his role in a cocaine conspiracy that operated in Westmoreland County.

Walter Matthew Leonard, 33, who was co-owner of Big Dawgs Bar on 10th Street in New Kensington, was accused of selling more than 11 pounds of cocaine from the tavern from July 2004 through February 2007.

Five other members of the conspiracy — including Anthony Dwayne Hilson, 38, known as "Southern Comfort," who used various addresses in Pittsburgh, Harrison and New Kensington — pleaded guilty in recent days, prosecutors said Friday.

The other four are: Dowona Ranae Johnson, 31, and Anthony Demetrius Green, 32, both of Arnold; Freddie L. "Freeze" Miller, 31, an Arnold resident also known as Keyon Jackson, who has been in jail since 2006 for a variety of crimes; and Jennifer Price, 34, of New Kensington.

U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti scheduled sentencing dates in June.

Prosecutors said five other people were indicted for being members of the conspiracy.

Two of them — Evelyn Michelle Leviner, 28, and Gerald Anthony Allen, 58, both of Arnold — previously were convicted and sentenced.

The other three — Jermaine "Big Man" Allen of Lower Burrell; Heather Irene Houser, 33, of Arnold; and Kirwin "Sheldon" Trim, formerly of Jamaica and New York — are awaiting trial.

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