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Article published January 23, 2013
Trio charged after celebratory gunfire
CRANBERRY TWP — Celebratory gunfire marking the new year is no joking matter as three people found out this week. Cranberry Township police on Tuesday filed felony and other charges against the trio for firing a pistol and shotgun into the air and ground Jan. 1 in the Fernway neighborhood. Several rounds from both guns, police said, ended up hitting two nearby houses. Both homes were occupied but no one was hurt. “Luckily,” police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said Wednesday. Charged in the case are Rachel A. Sherd, 28, of Cranberry Township; Lucinda R. Vincent, 34, of Finleyville, Washington County; and Christopher N. Nemit, 29, of Pittsburgh. Police began investigating at 12:04 a.m. Jan. 1 when they got the first call. Moments later, they got a second call. The callers reported their homes on Sherwood Drive and Lincolnshire Drive had been hit by gunfire. Those homes are in back of Sherd’s house on Robinhood Drive, a fairly densely-populated residential neighborhood where police traced the shooting. Sherd was hosting a New Year’s Eve party there.