Tri County Report For February 6th, 2019

A man is facing charges for providing a deadly dose of drugs to a man he was with in an Ambridge hotel.  Zachary Cymbalak was charged Monday after he and the victim were reportedly doing heroin in the hotel January 6th.  Police say Cymbalak called 911 while the other man was overdosing and would have avoided charges if he had stayed with the victim, under Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law.

Governor Tom Wolf is asking for no tax increase in his proposed budget.  The second-term democrat released his 34-point-one billion dollar spending plan that increases funds for schools, new voting machines and improves worker training.  The plan does include one-point-nine billion in new spending.

A woman is facing charges after overdosing while caring for her four kids in Beaver Falls.  Kelly McDonald was charged last Friday after police found her unconscious at an apartment on the 32-hundred block of Fourth Avenue.  Police say they used Narcan to revive the 33-year-old, who then admitted to snorting heroin.  All four of the children in the apartment were under the age of 12.

Jerry Sandusky is getting a new sentencing hearing.  The former Penn State defensive coordinator is going to be resentenced for a 45-count conviction on child sexual abuse charges.  The state Superior Court ruled Tuesday the 75-year-old was improperly sentenced using mandatory minimums.  Sandusky was sentenced in 2012 for up to 60 years in prison for the sexual abuse of ten boys.

A Cranberry Township EMS worker is being accused of secretly recording women in a restroom.  Police say Matt Leonard hid a camera inside the women’s restroom at the EMS headquarters, capturing images of at least four victims.  Leonard has been suspended without pay from his job as a medic while he faces a host of charges.

A former Duquesne basketball player is pleading guilty to disorderly conduct charges connected to a 2017 rape case.  Nick Washington will serve a year’s probation in exchange for the plea.  Washington allegedly met the victim in the case at a party on campus and was accused of assaulting her in his room.  The rape charges were withdrawn with the consent of the victim, according to a spokesman for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office will not call a use-of-force expert in the homicide case against former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld.  In a pretrial hearing yesterday morning, prosecutors told Judge Alexander Bicket they had no intention of calling any such expert during the trial, even as a rebuttal witness.  Rosfeld is accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Antwon Rose last June as he ran from a traffic stop.  His trial will begin on March 19th.

33 year old Matthew Allen Switzer of Grove City has pleaded guilty to a charge of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. According to authorities, Switzer  persuaded, induced, and coerced a four-year-old female to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions. Switzer’s sentencing will be on May 30 at 9 am. Switzer is facing a sentence of 30 years in prison and possibly a fine of $250,000. According to State Police, Switzer has also been charged with aggravated indecent assault of a nine-year-old and corruption of a minor.

Pennsylvanians are getting closer to gaining the right to hunt on Sundays.  The state game code still bans such activity, but a state Senate committee voted yesterday and by an eight-to-three count moved a bill forward that would authorize the Game Commission to strike down the restriction.  The bill now heads to the Senate floor, and if approved there goes to the state House of Representatives.  If the House passes the bill, it comes down to Governor Tom Wolf to possibly sign it into law.