Charges withdrawn

A Pittsburgh area man was cleared Wednesday of drug and firearms allegations raised by Indiana Borough police following a traffic stop April 4 near downtown Indiana.

A co-defendant in the case earlier waived his right to a hearing and agreed to face adjudication in Indiana County Common Pleas Court.

Borough police withdrew the charges as Amir Mithcell, of Wilkinsburg, appeared for a scheduled hearing before District Judge Guy Haberl in Indiana.

Court records show Mithcell, 21, had been lodged at Indiana County Jail, unable to post a $50,000 bond, since his arrest in April.

Police had charged him with three felony counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs — heroin, crack cocaine and Xanax — a felony count of possession of a gun without a permit and four misdemeanor counts of possession of drugs or paraphernalia.

Mithcell, the driver of a car halted on the 300 block of Philadelphia Street, was defended by Aaron Ludwig, of the Indiana County public defender’s office.

A passenger in the car, Matthew Pacconi, of Regency Square, White Township, faces two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count each of possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Investigators said he was holding 57 bags of heroin.

Pacconi, 33, remains free on $25,000 unsecured bond and faces formal arraignment June 25 in the common pleas court.

He is represented by public defender William Stephens Jr.


Borough police reported a 35-year-old Indiana man stole unspecified merchandise at 10:34 p.m. June 6 from an unspecified business on the 300 block of Philadelphia Street.

A retail theft charge could not be confirmed.

White Township


A 23-year-old Homer City woman was suspected of stealing a 12-pack of 50 ml bottles of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday from the Fine Wines & Good Spirits state liquor store in TownFair Center along Ben Franklin Road South.

Charges have not yet been filed.


David Deem, of Indiana, punctured the tires of vehicles owned by a man and woman from Indiana at 9 p.m. May 19 at 82 Regency Square, according to state police.

Troopers charged Deem, 38, with a second-degree misdemeanor count of criminal mischief in a complaint filed Wednesday at Homer City District Court.

Center Township


An Indiana man, 27, was tested at Indiana Regional Medical Center for evidence of driving under the influence following a traffic accident at 3:11 p.m. Sunday on Old Route 56, state police reported.

Troopers withheld the motorist’s name and reported that charges are “forthcoming.”

Burrell Township

Narcotics offense

State police on Wednesday charged Patrick Spaid, of Forbes Road, Westmoreland County, with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and two summary traffic offenses stemming from a traffic stop at 12:12 p.m. June 8 on Route 119 near Main Street.

Spaid, 28, was ordered to appear July 24 for a preliminary hearing in Blairsville District Court.


State police charged Raymond Duffy, 67, of Black Lick, with DUI and one summary traffic violation in a complaint filed in Clymer District Court.

Troopers encountered Duffy at 3:36 p.m. May 20 after his car became disabled on a curb in the parking lot at McDonald’s restaurant in Resort Plaza along Route 22.


Two men from Altoona were found with marijuana in their possession during a traffic stop at 4:19 p.m. May 24 on Route 22 near Club Lane, according to state police.

Troopers charged Joshua Hogans, 21, and Ethan Potter, 20, with misdemeanor counts of possession of pot for personal use. Hogans also was cited with three traffic violations.

Police filed the charges June 4 in Blairsville District Court. Both men are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 24.

Loyalhanna Township, Westmoreland County

Drugs, DUI

Jason Pazak, of Saltsburg, was charged Tuesday by state police at Kiski Valley with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs after troopers halted him for speeding on Bush Road near Mannitto Road at 12:15 a.m. June 9.

In a complaint filed at Washington Township District Court, troopers also charged him with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and five summary traffic infractions including traveling 43 mph in a 25 zone.

Pazak, 48, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing July 24.

Cowanshannock Township, Armstrong County

Animal cruelty

A cat suffered a BB shot wound of its shoulder between 12:01 a.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Saturday, in the neighborhood of Ninth Street, state police reported.

Troopers canvassed the neighborhood with no results, then closed the investigation because of a lack of leads, according to the report.