Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

West Virginia/east/city/south [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

West Virginia/east/city/south [Derived Headline]

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WEST VIRGINIA

22 netted in drug sweep

U.S. marshals and police swept through Hancock County, W.Va., early Thursday and arrested 22 of 39 people charged in federal and state courts with trafficking in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and oxycodone in West Virginia's northern panhandle.

Most of those charged are from West Virginia and Ohio, but five are from Beaver and Allegheny counties.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said several regional drug task forces organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration collaborated on the early-morning raids.

Authorities were still looking for 17 defendants Thursday afternoon.

EAST

Guilty in child pornography

A Westmoreland County man has pleaded guilty to creating child pornography, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Timothy E. Shearer, 54, of Avonmore pleaded guilty to one count of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor before U.S. District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

Around October 2006 and from about February through September 2009, Mr. Shearer "persuaded, induced, and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, for the purpose of producing visual depictions of that conduct, namely a digital video and other images," according to the Department of Justice.

He will be sentenced Aug. 7.

CITY

Deputy resigns after arrest

A Westmoreland County sheriff's deputy resigned Thursday after Pittsburgh police charged her and another woman with possessing heroin in the parking lot of the Target store in East Liberty.

Deputy Erika Ditch, 24, of Greensburg and Leeann Wechtenhiser, 24, of Derry were arrested Wednesday night after detectives from the city's Zone 5 station in Highland Park said they watched as the two pulled into the Target parking lot in a pickup truck and sat there for several minutes.

Police wrote in a complaint that they found the two with heroin and needles.

Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held said he suspended Ms. Ditch without pay following her arrest and Ms. Ditch then turned in her resignation letter.

Tunnel shut for the weekend

The outbound/eastbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel will be closed for construction this weekend. …

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