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May 29, 2013

City man charged after shooting

NEW CASTLE — A man who police said had two guns and drugs following a May 7 shooting has been charged.

Zachary Ryan Loughner, 20, of 610 Spruce St. had the guns in his house, police said, and one was being handled by 19-year-old Zachary Glaude of Arlington Avenue. It reportedly was fired by accident and he was shot, police said.

He is recovering from his injury.

Police were called around 3:15 p.m. that day to Loughner’s house, where they found Glaude lying on a bed in the upstairs master bedroom, bleeding from the abdomen. Loughner told police Glaude had shot himself accidentally.

Officers found a Glock handgun and a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver with nine live rounds in a paper bag hidden under a china closet, they said, along with a pill bottle containing a foil wrapper of suspected heroin.

An officer found a slug on the hallway floor outside of the master bedroom and numerous pills on the bedroom dresser. A bottle containing suspected marijuana was in view in an open drawer, police said.

Officers served a search warrant at the house later that day and found hydrocodone pills, more marijuana and scales.

Police said they had interviewed Glaude at the hospital in Pittsburgh and learned the gun belongs to Loughner.

Union Township police had arrested Loughner May 9 on a different incident that involved a firearm and drugs officers said they had found during a traffic stop.

While Loughner was in jail on those charges, a jail detective reviewing recorded phone calls heard Loughner talking about Glaude’s shooting and contacted city officers. According to police, the tapes allude to Loughner allegedly trying to get Glaude to claim ownership of the guns to the police.

Officers also learned the Glock had been reported stolen to the Crafton police May 5.

Loughner was nervous because he is a felon who is not allowed to possess a firearm, police said, and the tapes revealed he felt Glaude would get less jail time if he told police the guns were his. Loughner also allegedly discussed drug deals with his girlfriend in the taped conversations.

He is charged with two felony counts of illegal possession of a firearm and one felony count each of receiving stolen property and possession with intent to deliver heroin.

In addition, he is charged with one count each of possession, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Loughner was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set his bond at $10,000. The bond from his May 9 arrest also is $10,000. He remains in jail.

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