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Suspected Marijuana User Waives Preliminary Hearing

Zachary Revay, of Kittanning, was released on his own recognizance from the Armstrong County Jail earlier this week. (jail file photo)

by Jonathan Weaver

A Kittanning man jailed for nine days after driving through Manor Township with bags of marijuana in his vehicle a few weeks ago was released from jail earlier this week.

Zachary Revay, 24, waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday afternoon before District Magisterial Judge Daniel George and was released on his own recognizance.

Manor Township Police seized about seven pounds worth of marijuana from the backseat of Revay’s Honda CRV February 19 after calls about Revay driving recklessly through the municipality as well as Kittanning Township.

Police found four large plastic bags and a small bag of the marijuana.

Manor Township Police Officer and ARMNET Area Coordinator Frank Pitzer estimated a street value of about $15,000 for the substance.

Manor Township Officer Steven Cippel said Revay was taken to the State Police barracks in Kittanning to be evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert after possibly driving under the influence.

“From the smell of the vehicle, what we found and Mr. Revay had made some comments that he was under the influence; that made our determinations a little easier. Looking at his eyes, that smell (allowed us to) take him into custody,” Officer Cippel said in February.

Revay later declined to give a blood sample at ACMH Hospital in East Franklin Township and was taken to the Armstrong County Jail in Rayburn Township.

Revay is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture or deliver drugs, misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Officers were optimistic that they were able to get more drugs off the streets of central-Armstrong County.

Kittanning Township Man Sentenced to Long-Term Imprisonment

Todd Johnson could spend the rest of his life in jail for the killing of Derrike Roppolo last year. (Armstrong County Jail File Photo)

A Kittanning Township juvenile could spend life in prison after shooting and killing a Leechburg man in February 2015 .

Yesterday morning, Todd Johnson – who celebrated his 18th birthday less than a month ago – was sentenced to serve between 31 years and life in The State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill in Cumberland County for the murder of 18-year-old Derrike “Bubble Gum” Roppolo of Leechburg last year.

Armstrong County Judge James Panchik made the final sentencing about two months after Johnson was found guilty of criminal homicide.

Last year, District Attorney Scott Andreassi said the Commonwealth’s investigation determined that Todd has a drug and alcohol issue, has a valid driver’s license and visited a Basin Drive apartment February 10 with another juvenile with the intent to rob the occupants of marijuana.

Johnson was tried as an adult.

According to the criminal complaint, Todd fired one round into Roppolo’s chest as well as pointing a weapon at another person. Roppolo died of the gunshot wound at Allegheny Valley Hospital.

Johnson is not eligible for the Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive (RRRI) program to reduce his minimum sentence and was also sentenced to serve at least three years after previously being found guilty of felony robbery. That sentence will run consecutive to the murder imprisonment.

Johnson is credited with 141 days of time served in prison and must also perform 100 hours of community service, pay restitution and fines and undergo evaluation at ARC Manor.

Todd was previously also incarcerated in Westmoreland County Regional Youth Services Center in Greensburg on $500,000 bond

Johnson, who was previously enrolled as a junior in the Lenape Tech welding program and took Armstrong School District cyber classes, was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a firearm, terroristic threats and another felony robbery charge, but those charges were not processed.