Aspiring rap musician arrested on cocaine charges in Wash High incident

May 23, 2014
In this screenshot from his YouTube rap video, Zane “Z Breez” Zebrasky performs inside Washington High School.

An aspiring rap musician who came under fire for filming a video at Washington High School last month was arrested Friday on drug charges by city police after he allegedly dropped a bag of suspected cocaine in a stairwell at the school while working as a therapy support staff member for an outside contractor.

Zane Ryan Zebrasky, 24, of 1006 Maplewood Drive, Canonsburg, was charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children. He is accused of dropping a plastic bag containing 32.5 grams of suspected cocaine in a stairwell between the ground floor and basement of the school at 201 Allison Ave. about 2:40 p.m. Thursday. An official with the Washington County District Attorney's Drug Task Force said that quantity of cocaine would have a street value of at least $3,000.

Zebrasky was taken into custody by Washington police Friday morning when he came to work. He is employed by a third party to work with special-needs students and is not an employee of Washington School District.

Officer Todd Foreman, the school resource officer, said a student found the bag in the stairwell and turned it over to a teacher. The teacher gave it to the principal, who in turn gave it to Foreman. The powdery substance field-tested positive as being cocaine. Zebrasky was identified as the person who allegedly dropped the bag after security camera video was reviewed, Foreman said.

Efforts to reach Washington School District Superintendent Dr. Roberta DiLorenzo and other district officials were unsuccessful.

Zebrasky became a focus of controversy after he filmed a rap video in the high school last month. He reportedly received permission to film the video from a school administrator and board member, although the superintendent and several other school members said they did not know the school property was being used.

The high school's gymnasium, hallways and the Prexies logo are featured in the “You Don't Know Me” rap video by Zebrasky, who uses the moniker “Z Breez.” The video's director, Wiley Abbas, told the Observer-Reporter earlier this month that the crew received permission from at least two school officials. Abbas, a 2008 Washington graduate, now lives in New York City, where he is pursuing a career in film directing. He said he wanted to return to his alma mater and feature it in a video.

School board member Marsha Pleta also told a reporter that the video crew, all former Washington students, asked her and Richard Mancini, the district's director of facility operations, for permission and were granted approval. The crew received a key and was escorted by Pleta's husband during the April 19 shoot.

Zebrasky went to Washington schools but transferred to Canon-McMillan High School before his freshman year. His mother, Kelley Zebrasky, is principal at Washington Park Elementary.

Zebrasky was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger and released after posting $2,500 of a $25,000 percentage bond. As part of the conditions of his bond, Zebrasky is not permitted on school property and may not contact any of the witnesses in the case. A preliminary hearing is set for June 4 before Redlinger.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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