Former letter carriers union official sentenced |

Former letter carriers union official sentenced

Westmoreland COUNTY

Mt. Pleasant BOROUGH

Ex- union official gets probation

The former secretary-treasurer of the Mt. Pleasant branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers has been sentenced to three years' probation, five months on house arrest and to pay restitution after admitting he embezzled $12,515.

Frank Rysz, 47, of New Stanton, former secretary-treasurer for National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1124 in Mt. Pleasant, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.

Rysz admitted in November before Judge Gary Lancaster that he embezzled the union funds between 2007 and 2010.

Prior to the March 28 sentence, Lancaster received letters of support from several of Rysz's fellow letter carriers in Mt. Pleasant asking the federal judge to impose a lenient sentence for the 27-year postal veteran.

According to court documents, Rysz already has reimbursed the union $7,600. Rysz was ordered by Lancaster to repay the union the remaining $4,915 he embezzled.


Man faces drug, firearms charges

State police confiscated 192 bags of crack cocaine, a loaded firearm, cash and drug paraphernalia from a Monessen home on Friday.

Arthur Otto Simpson, 46, of Summit Avenue, faces drug charges and illegal possession of a firearm because he is a convicted felon.

A state police vice and narcotics unit executed a search warrant at Simpson's home Friday morning.

Police seized 192 bags of separately packaged pieces of crack cocaine, a loaded .32 caliber pistol, drug paraphernalia and $2,886.

Simpson is charged with possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and persons not to possess a firearm.

He remains in the Westmoreland County Prison on $50,000 straight bond.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 3 before Monessen District Judge Joseph Dalfonso.

allegheny county

U.S. court

Murrysville woman indicted in scheme

A Murrysville woman is accused of stealing three credit cards from small-business owners and using them to make more than $16,000 worth of purchases.

Dawn Penzera-Lackey, 40, has been indicted by a federal grand jury, according to a news release.

Penzera-Lackey allegedly took the credit cards from friends who owned the businesses to make purchases for herself and her family.

She faces charges in a second theft scheme during her employment as a food manager at Sewickley Heights Golf Club in Allegheny County.

Penzera-Lackey is accused of taking an $1,800 check from her employer meant to pay a vendor. After allegedly depositing the check in her personal bank account, she mailed the vendor a fake check for a nonexistent account, according to the news release.

She faces charges of mail fraud, credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft. Penzera-Lackey was convicted of credit card fraud in 2006, according to the news release.

Man accused of child porn possession

An Indiana County man is accused of possessing videos and photographs of minors engaging in sexual conduct.

Christopher Murdock, 27, formerly of South Fifth Street, Indiana Borough, was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, according to U.S. Attorney David Hickton.

According to the indictment, the videos and images were found on Murdock's computer in November. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The investigation was part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. The initiative has been in place since May 2006.

FAYETTE county


Teen charged in shooting inside home

A Uniontown teen has been charged as an adult with firing a weapon multiple times into a city home this week.

Dayoge Oshay Bush, 16, was arraigned Friday on five counts each of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and simple assault and one count each of possession of a firearm by a minor and discharge of weapon in an occupied structure.

Bush fired eight bullets into a Pearl Street home early Wednesday morning, city police said.

Five people were in the home at the time, according to the complaint.

A witness asked Bush about the incident the next day, police said in an affidavit.

Bush replied, “Yes, I did it … and so what?” according to the affidavit.

Bush has been charged as an adult because a weapon was involved, authorities said.

Bush was jailed in lieu of posting $25,000 bond and faces a preliminary hearing June 11.

Police: Child found living in filth

A Uniontown woman has been charged with criminal offenses after city police said they found her 7-year-old daughter living in deplorable conditions in a city apartment.

Crystal Dodson, 26, was charged Friday with endangering the welfare of a child in District Judge Michael Metros' Uniontown office, court records show.

On Thursday, police and the city code enforcement officer said they went to the apartment on North Gallatin Avenue and discovered the child, four adults, nine cats, at least five dogs and other animals living in filth.

An officer said in a report that his eyes burned from urine and feces in the apartment. Six fly strips, covered with insects, were hanging from the ceiling, police said.

Authorities condemned the apartment.

Police contacted county child welfare workers to help the girl. Another place was found for the other adults to live, authorities said. The Fayette County SPCA was called to retrieve the animals.

Dodson will be notified about the charges by Metros' office.

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