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April 19, 2014

News briefs from April 19, 2014

- — Police: Bizarro sold out of Greenville business

GREENVILLE – A Hermitage man was arrested for possession of a large amount of Bizarro that was being delivered to his business in Greenville, police said.

Omar Mataria, 38, of 143 Hermitage Hills, was arraigned by District Justice Brian Arthur for possession of Bizarro, a synthetic marijuana, and paraphernalia including digital scales, metal smoking pipes, metal grinder, small and medium glass pipes for smoking, and other items used for ingesting and inhaling, police said.

Police said the arrest stemmed from a search warrant that was served Dec. 14 at his business, Our Neighborhood Market, 104 S. Mercer St., Greenville. Police found 48 bags of Bizarro and approximately 391 pieces of drug paraphernalia.

Mataria told police he’s been selling the Bizarro for a couple months, after he bought it on the Internet, police said. He told police he believes it is legal, police said. He buys about 100 to 200 packets at a time for $35 a bag and sells it for $60 a bag out of his business, ringing it up through the store as a non-tax item, police said.

Man beaten for soliciting another’s girlfriend

GREENVILLE – A Greenville man was beaten with a tire iron for asking for sexual favors, police said.

Corey Neeley, 26, no address given, was charged Monday with aggravated assault, burglary, possessing an instrument of crime with intent, offensive weapon, and reckless endangerment for an incident at 9:53 p.m. March 31 after he found a text from a man to his girlfriend in which the man offered $100 for sexual favors, police said.

Neeley followed his girlfriend to the man’s house, stormed in after she went inside and was threatened by the man with a handgun, police said. Neeley hit the man about the head and neck four to six times with a tire iron, according to a witness, police said. The man was bleeding about the head, face and neck but refused treatment, police said.

Judge: Witnesses would not have altered outcome

FARRELL – State Superior Court last month denied the appeal of a former Farrell man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman. He argued that his trial attorney was ineffective.

Raymond A. Napolitan, 51, was found guilty at a nonjury trial of sexual assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and a stop sign violation, and was sentenced to a prison term of 5è to 11 years.

The charges stem from separate incidents: that he sexually assaulted a woman June 24, 2007, at his Hamilton Avenue home, and chased her Sept. 22, 2007, through the streets of Sharon.

In his appeal under the Post Conviction Relief Act, Napolitan argued his attorney failed to interview or call to testify witnesses who would have helped his case.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson ruled that the witnesses Napolitan named would not have added anything new to the testimony of others who did take the stand, and that the testimony of one would have been beneficial to the prosecution.

A three-judge panel of Superior Court agreed with Dobson.

After Napolitan is released from state prison, he will be transferred to federal prison to serve 6è years for possessing nearly 2è pounds of cocaine with intent to deliver. Southwest Mercer County Regional police found the drug during a search of his home.

 

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