Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The assaults took place at two different Ross Township apartment complexes, and the home of a Hopewell Township woman.
Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of Arthur Lamont Henderson, who is charged with raping and robbing women in Ross and Hopewell townships a year ago. Among the first to testify was a Hopewell nurse, who told jurors she pleaded with Henderson not to rape her as he held a gun to her head early on the morning of Jan. 7, 2012. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported the woman testified with tears in her eyes. “I kept telling him don't do this to me. Please don't do this to me,” she said. “I knew what my eyes were seeing, but my mind was not believing it.” The woman, 50, was stoic when she took the stand and relayed to the jury what occurred, the Trib reported. She choked up when describing how Henderson raped her twice and barely winced when…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A former Moon Township woman is headed to trial on a series of drug charges.
A woman is slated to go to trial today on charges she used her children to help her sell drugs from her Moon Township home. Pamela Smallis, 49, who formerly resided in Moon but now lives in Oakdale, is charged with dozens of counts of drug possession with intent to deliver and endangering the welfare of children, stemming from a series of drug sales monitored by Moon Police in 2011. In a criminal complaint, police said Smallis met with police informants to sell them marijuana and narcotics on five occasions in 2011, including twice in Sewickley. They said she frequently brought her children along with her while she made drug sales. Smallis arranged for informants to come to her home on December 16, 2011 at the 300 block of Stocker Drive…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Timothy Sepella and Joseph Stickles are accused of cashing stolen checks from the Leetsdale employment business.
Two Beaver County men accused of cashing stolen checks from Labor Ready will stand trial. Joseph Stickles, 39, of Hopewell Township, waived three counts of bad checks and one count each of theft and receiving stolen property to court. Timothy Sepella, 28, of Ambridge, waived eight counts of writing bad checks, and one count each of forgery and theft. Leetsdale police said Sepella stole checks from Labor Ready, where he previously worked in the office, and used an old typewriter to issue three checks to Stickles and eight to himself. Police said a total of $2,922 in checks were forged. Labor Ready became aware of the theft in June after all of the checks bounced, police said. Both men have been ordered to repay the money within 90 days…
Monday, July 9, 2012
From the office of Magisterial District Judge Robert Ford for the week of July 3.
A preliminary hearing was postponed for an Ambridge man accused of stealing checks from a local labor employment company where he worked and forging nearly $3,000. Leetsdale police charged Timothy Sepella, 28, of Ambridge, with eight counts of writing bad checks, and one count each of forgery and theft from Labor Ready off Route 65 in Leetsdale. According to a criminal complaint, Sepella had been working for Labor Ready in the office in a light-duty capacity and was supposed to destroy and dispose of the old payroll checks that were stored in the office. Instead, police said Sepella took around 150 checks and made out eight of them to himself. He also made out three additional checks to a friend and a fourth check to another friend, …
Monday, June 25, 2012
This time, the Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by Marcellus Shale industry representatives to be a party to the challenge against Act 13.
The Supreme Court on Friday denied representatives from the Marcellus Shale industry the opportunity to participate in an appeal of the injunction against Act 13 filed by multiple municipalities, a doctor and a non-profit. The Public Utilities Commission and the state appealed the Commonwealth Court decision to grant an injunction in the case regarding the zoning portions of the law. Industry representatives had also asked the Commonwealth Court to be a party to the suit at the level of the proceedings. That was also denied. Senate President Pro Tem Joseph Scarnati and House Speaker Samuel H. Smith, also moved to intervene on behalf of the Legislature on appeal—as they did on at the Commonwealth level. No decision has been made on that …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
A panel of seven judges heard the argument Wednesday morning.
A panel of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judges Wednesday morning heard oral arguments in the legal challenge to Act 13—the state’s newly passed law governing Marcellus Shale drilling activities. Seven judges heard the arguments from lawyers representing the state, as well as those representing a cluster of communities—including Cecil Township—which filed the constitutional challenge to the portion of the act that eliminated local zoning control. Cecil attorney John Smith, who represents the communities, doctor and nonprofit making the challenge, said Wednesday afternoon that the proceeding went as well as can be expected—and added that the courtroom was standing-room only. “The president judge understood and framed our argument,” he …
Monday, May 28, 2012
From the office of Magisterial District Judge Robert Ford.
An delivery driver who was taken last month to a Pittsburgh hospital after falling off the back of his truck has waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week. Brian Maclean, 43, of Beamsville, Ontario, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Sewickley police reported that Maclean had to be transported to Allegheny General Hospital April 1 after suffering a severe cut on his leg and ankle while making a delivery to Robinson’s Home and Garden on Blackburn Road. Maclean was driving for Beamsville-based Foliera Logistics Inc. A witness told police that Maclean drove over and knocked down the stop sign at the intersection of Blackburn Road and Centennial Avenue, police said. After the incident, police said Maclean asked …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Twenty-one women testified against Dr. Thomas Tyma in preliminary hearings.
The trial of Dr. Thomas Tyma, a Wexford rheumatologist charged with improperly touching 21 female patients, has been postponed until March 12. Tyma has pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault and harassment. The trial originally was set for today. The case will be tried in the courtroom of President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Northern Regional, McCandless and New Castle police departments filed the charges against the 54-year-old doctor, who lives in Franklin Park. He previously practiced at Allegheny North Arthritis Center in Wexford. The women are not identified because they are alleged victims of sexual assault.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
From the office of Magisterial District Judge Robert Ford through Feb. 1.
The following people were charged and scheduled for preliminary hearings Feb. 1 at District Judge Robert Ford's office in Leetsdale: Held for Court Reduced Waived to Court Postponed Warrant Issued
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Dr. Thomas Tyma of Sewickley arraigned for third time and charged with indecent assault and harassment.
Dr. Thomas Tyma of Sewickley was formally charged with seven counts of indecent assault and seven counts of harassment today at an arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Regis Welsh. That brings to 24 the number of charges against Tyma in cases where women have alleged that he touched them inappropriately, according to police and court documents. Bail was set at $50,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Feb 11. Tyma, who practiced at Allegheny North Arthritis Center in Wexford, was arrested Jan. 11 at his office at 150 Lake Drive after a 31-year-old Butler woman went to the Northern Regional Police Department with accusations about the doctor. As of yesterday, 11 more women have contacted police, said Northern …