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Oakmont man arrested on weapons, drug charges |

Oakmont man arrested on weapons, drug charges

Chuck Biedka
| Thursday, May 14, 2009 12:00 a.m

Police investigating a weekend assault said they discovered drugs, guns and a large amount of cash when they searched the house where the alleged assault happened.

Andrew Michael Volcheck, 31, of 603 Delaware Ave., Oakmont, was charged with having prohibited weapons, drug possession and possession with intent to deliver. The assault allegedly occurred outside his residence.

Police said he had about two pounds of marijuana and some cocaine.

Volcheck was arrested Tuesday by officers investigating the assault of a 32-year-old Pittsburgh man at 4 a.m. Sunday, Police Chief David R. DiSanti Sr. said.

Police said the victim, who they would not name, allegedly was pushed from Volcheck’s porch and he fell face down. Initially, police said the incident occurred in the 500 block of Delaware Avenue.

Despite serious injuries, the man was able to get to the Unimart on Allegheny River Boulevard before collapsing.

“Police found him in a pool of blood,” DiSanti said.

The man was in serious, but stable condition Wednesday in UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh.

“He had a tracheotomy and still hasn’t been able to speak to us,” the chief said.

No one has been charged in the assault.

Inside the Volcheck house, police allegedly seized a .223-caliber military-style semi-automatic rifle, three pistols in .45 caliber, .380 caliber and 9 mm, a shotgun with a folding stock, a knife with brass knuckles, as well as a “large amount” of cash. The knife is considered a prohibited offensive weapon.

Police contend that the weapons were used in conjunction with drug sales. But Volcheck told them he owns legal guns and is a gun rights advocate.

DiSanti said other charges are possible against Volcheck and others.

He was taken to the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, or via Twitter .

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