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Police had a busy day Sunday at Trader Jack's Flea Market on Steen Road after a 911 operator received a call about a male selling pirated DVD movies.
Police seized hundreds of DVDs that had been unlawfully produced or copied, according to a press release issued by Collier. Officers also seized $180 in cash proceeds from the illegal sales.
Kevin Walker, 50, of Pittsburgh, and a male juvenile will be charged by summons for their participation in the scheme, police said.
While finishing their investigation, police were informed that another man had abandoned his sales space upon their arrival, leaving behind name brand perfumes and colognes. Police determined that the items were counterfeits of name-brand products.
In the process of searching for the man, police discovered another vendor also appeared to be selling large quantities of counterfeit merchandise, including toys, clothing, pillows, dinnerware and NFL and MLB apparel.
After seizing more than 1,000 items and $1,128 in cash, Dai Zhongming, 41, a male from North Versaillies, and Liangle Sun, 39, a female from Elmhurst, N. Y., were charged with the felony of trademark counterfeiting. Mr. Zhongming also was charged with resisting arrest.
Both face a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Monday before District Justice Maureen McGraw Desmet of South Fayette.
A second man from Ohio fled the scene, but police are receiving help from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and the Pennsylvania State Police in locating him.
• Police say a 36-year-old woman from Wheeling, W. Va., was so intoxicated shortly before midnight Friday that four Collier police officers and two Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department medics were needed to subdue her.
The woman, Melanie Buck, was stopped on Pinkerton Run Road because, police said, she was speeding and driving erratically on Noblestown Road. Police said she nearly hit a police car.
Police said she kicked the officers and a medic, spit on a medic and was so combative that she lost consciousness at one point. She was transported to St. Clair Hospital for evaluation and care.
Police have obtained warrants to be served against her when she is released from the hospital. Expected charges are resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of drugs, criminal mischief, careless driving and four counts of aggravated assault towards police.
Police said Ms. Buck told them she was looking for Route 910, which connects to Interstate 79 in northern Allegheny County.
First Published December 13, 2012 12:00 am