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Manhunt intensifies for police suspect in officer's killing
[Pittsburgh, PA]


March 23, 2001
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Manhunt intensifies for police suspect in officer's killing
[Pittsburgh, PA]

Joel Rosenblatt and M. Ferguson Tinsley, Post-Gazette Staff; Writers March 21, 2001, Wednesday, Sooner Edition
Copyright 2001 P.G. Publishing Co.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 21, 2001, Wednesday, Sooner Edition

(PITTSBURGH, Penn.) -- Hours after slain Aliquippa police officer James Naim was buried, police intensified their hunt for suspects connected to his shooting. At least two more arrests were made, and late last night police were looking for a third man.

Yesterday at about 6 p.m., police were looking for Anthony Tusweet Smith, 23, of Aliquippa. Police said Smith crashed his car into that of another man and then beat him. Last night he was still at large.

Earlier, police arrested the mother and grandmother of Jamie Brown, one of the suspects already charged with Naim's killing.

State and local police have been looking for Smith for two days. On Monday, state police said he was wanted for firearms violations. Last night, police in Ambridge confirmed he was wanted for a felony offense but wouldn't say what the charges were.

They also said that Smith yesterday ran a car driven by Kyle Goosby, address unknown, off of a road in Harmony and into a stone wall and then beat Goosby, who ran away and called police from a nearby home. Last night, Goosby was at the emergency room at Heritage Valley, the Medical Center. His condition was not available.

"[Smith] knows there's a warrant out for him, but he took the time to run [Goosby] off the road," an Ambridge police officer said last night. "There was obviously something there that was very important to him that he had to take care of." The officer asked Goosby what that might be, but Goosby said his head hurt and he had amnesia. State police last night were interviewing Goosby at the hospital, Ambridge police said.

"It's getting pretty ugly out here," an Ambridge officer said. "State police are being very aggressive and are determined they're going to solve this."

Earlier in the day, police arrested Brown's mother and grandmother. Rhonda Brown, 42, of Highland Avenue, and Sylvia Effie Wallace, 61, of Ravine Street, both of Aliquippa, were charged with drug violations yesterday after police searched their homes Saturday.

Rhonda Brown was charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wallace was charged with aiding a crime and possession of drug paraphernalia. The two women were being held in the Beaver County Jail.

Jamie Brown, 23, and Darnell Hines, 19, of Aliquippa, are the only suspects charged with homcide in Naim's slaying Aliquippa Police Chief Ralph Pallante and former Aliquippa Police Chief William Alston and a local church leader, Bernard Wallace of the Church in the Round in Aliquippa, yesterday pleaded for the public to help police with information regarding the shooting. Police have not yet determined a motive for the shooting, state Trooper Cheryl Michalski said.

Oliver Aaron King, 23, of Jackson Street and Tyshon L. Tyson, 22, of Return Street, were arrested Sunday and charged with selling crack cocaine and marijuana "in various locations in Beaver County," said state Trooper Randy McPhearson.

Two others -- Russell Lee McKenzie, 23, of Linmar Terrace, and Derrick Mario Cotman, 24, of Sixth Avenue -- were arrested on firearms violations. Police said the two hid two handguns at Cotman's mother's home in Linmar Terrace moments after the officer's shooting.




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