Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Felon Sentenced for Guns, Drugs [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Felon Sentenced for Guns, Drugs [Derived Headline]

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Felon sentenced for guns, drugs

A felon who federal agents said stored guns and sold drugs from the Washington County gas station he managed was sentenced today to 46 months in federal prison.

Feliz Cruz, 50, will also be on probation for three years after he gets out.

The case against Mr. Cruz began Nov. 8, 2011, when Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided the Sunoco station he managed in Canonsburg.

Agents recovered a pistol, two semi-automatic rifles with high- capacity magazines, another rifle, a shotgun and 1,290 rounds of ammunition.

Mr. Cruz wasn't allowed to have guns because of a prior felony conviction in New York. Some of the weapons ATF found had been bought for him by straw purchasers, one of them his wife, who have also been prosecuted as part of the investigation.

Agents said Mr. Cruz was also dealing synthetic drugs from the station and had threatened to kill a state trooper who was part of the ATF task force investigating him.

The U.S. attorney's office had asked for a harsh sentence because of what prosecutors said was Mr. Cruz's "violent and combustible behavior" and the "brazen nature" of his repeated attempts to obtain guns illegally despite his criminal past.

Beaver couple dies in house fire

A husband and wife killed in a house fire in Industry on Sunday suffocated from a combination of carbon monoxide and smoke inhalation, the coroner's office in Beaver County said.

Thomas and Jeanne Modony, a couple in their 50s, were found dead in their gutted house on Pine Grove Road.

The blaze started at about 5:30 p.m. in the living room, State Police said.

The cause is under investigation but troopers don't believe the fire is suspicious.

Pilot arrested in marijuana bust

NEW CASTLE - Authorities say a Utah man who was allegedly transporting marijuana worth $1.2 million in a plane was caught at a Western Pennsylvania airport. …

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