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Carnegie police who patrol the borough arrested Jason Bugansky, 29, of Pennsbury Boulevard last Thursday after they received a call that a shot had been fired inside a dwelling and that a possible hostage situation was under way involving a woman and a child.

Police said they found that a domestic situation had led to a 45-caliber loaded handgun being pointed at a woman, who had fled outside. Mr. Bugansky, the gun's owner, said he was unloading the weapon when it went off.

Also recovered were other handguns, a long rifle and three assault-style rifles. Mr. Bugansky was charged with assault, recklessly endangering other persons and possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was taken to Allegheny County Jail after being unable to post $50,000 bond.

Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek noted that Pennsbury Mayor Lucy Harper had sent a heartfelt thank-you for the police intervention. At Monday's Carnegie council meeting, Mr. Kobistek also praised the officers for their work.

In January 2012, Crafton police took Mr. Bugansky into custody on similar charges for, police said, shooting at his girlfriend.


Two men face a preliminary hearing today before Scott District Judge Gary Zyra on multiple charges stemming from two Jan. 8 residential burglaries on Meadowlark Drive in Scott.

Grant Goeckeler, 29, of Scott and Brian Butt, 27, of Bridgeville have been in Allegheny County Jail since they were arrested on four felony charges involving burglary. They also were charged with possessing instruments of crime, prohibited acts and criminal mischief.

According to court documents, neither could post the $5,000 bonds required for release.

The two men are accused of prying a lock free from a ground-floor window of a resident's home while she was out of the house. They then proceeded to enter another home nearby where they were caught by the homeowner, police said.

All of the stolen merchandise -- which included silverware, coins, jewelry, cameras, cell phones and a gun -- were recovered and returned to the owners.

Both men are known to police in surrounding municipalities. They were charged by Bridgeville police Dec. 27 with theft and receiving stolen property after a $300 generator was reported stolen.



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