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June 8, 2013
The Herald-Star

Trial date set for homicide case

WELLSBURG - A Nov. 13 trial date has been tentatively set in the case against a Burgettstown, Pa. man for the shooting death of 30-year-old Jason Lee Pratz at his McKinleyville home in February.

Rocco Jesse Zuccaro, 28, of Burgettstown, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge for which he was indicted, appeared with his attorney, Michael Nogay, for a status hearing Friday.

First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson set the trial date, pending a psychological evaluation to determine Zuccaro's competence to stand trial.

Wilson also set a Sept. 30 pre-trial hearing for the case and deadlines.

At an April 31 hearing, Nogay was granted a court order seeking medication he said Zuccaro needs for treatment of "a serious mental condition."

Zuccaro was arrested by the Brooke County Sheriff's Department following his release from a mental health facility where he had voluntarily undergone treatment.

He is being held at the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $1 million bond set in circuit court.

County engineer releases schedule

STEUBENVILLE - Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan released the work schedule for next week for the highway department.

Pavement repairs - Pleasant Hill Road (county Road 45).

Patching - Pleasant Hill Road; Timothy Ridge Road (county Road 58); and Monroeville-Irondale Road (county Road 55).

Road closings will be announced.

Church to host blood drive June 15

WELLSBURG - The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, 1340 Washington Pike, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15.

Walk-ins are welcome.

Drug and alcohol committee to meet

STEUBENVILLE - The finance and drug and alcohol committee of the Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the board's office, 524 Madison Ave.

Road worker rescues drowning kittens

DILLONVALE - A road worker is being called a hero after rescuing three day-old kittens that a woman had stuffed in a plastic bag and thrown into a creek, according to officials.

Reports said crews were laying asphalt when workers saw the women throw the bag into the creek. They could see the kittens moving and heard meowing. One of the workers, Bobby Bumgardner, went into the water and got them out.

The kittens were safe and recovering at the Jefferson County Humane Society, where Humane Officer Cassandra Howell said Bumgardner is a hero.

The county sheriff's office is investigating, but the woman accused of throwing the baby cats in the water hasn't been charged.

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