WAYNESBURG - The Messenger recently obtained information regarding updates on unrelated criminal cases that were reported this week in local and state courts, including one suspect charged on multiple drug counts and another suspect arrested for injuring an infant.
Man charged with injuring infant to stand trial
A Waynesburg man accused of injuring a baby in his care in Greene County in December will have his day in court.
Greene County Assistant District Attorney Linda Chambers said Dusty Neal McCauley, 23, was charged in January before Magisterial District Judge Glenn Bates with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.
Bates held one count of each charge filed against McCauley for Greene County Court following a preliminary hearing on Feb. 23. The second count of each charge was dismissed.
Chambers said the charges were filed after McCauley allegedly assaulted 11-month-old Miranda Turk at 123 Mountain View Gardens in Franklin Township.
According to police, the incident occurred at 6 p.m. Dec. 26 when McCauley requested emergency personnel at 123 Mountain View Gardens for a baby that was having trouble breathing.
Police said the girl was taken from the residence to Southwest Regional Medical Center in Waynesburg, where doctors recognized she suffered bilateral subdural hemorrhages.
Police said she was then flown by medical helicopter to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh for medical treatment.
According to Chambers, further evaluation of the baby by doctors in Pittsburgh revealed the child suffered multiple subdural hemorrhages in several regions of the head and extensive retinal hemorrhaging.
Chambers said doctors concluded that the injuries suffered by the child were consistent with abusive head trauma or shaken-baby syndrome.
McCauley remains in the Greene County Prison on $50,000 straight cash bond.
Drug charges filed against area man held for court
A Greene County man will stand trial on multiple charges after he allegedly sold prescription pain medication to a confidential informant near a school in Uniontown last fall.
Detective Ryan Reese of the Fayette County Drug Task Force said Arleigh Seaton Courie, 22, of Carmichaels was charged before Magisterial District Judge Michael M. Metros with possession with intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy to deliver drugs following the undercover sting conducted Oct. 12.
Following a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Metros held all charges against Courie for Fayette County Court.
Reese said that the sting occurred when a confidential informant working with police arranged for a drug purchase in the parking lot of a business on Connellsville Street, adjacent to Lafayette School.
Reese said that Courie met the informant in the parking lot, where the informant paid cash for 25 Oxycontin pills.
Reese said that as soon as the transaction was completed, police arrested Courie without incident.
According to Reese, Courie gave police a verbal and written confession regarding the drug sale and also told officers that he had another person with him act as a lookout during the sale because he was "scared to death."