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April 4, 2014

News briefs from April 4, 2014

- — Ohio murder suspect surrenders in Farrell

FARRELL – A Struthers, Ohio, man was taken to Mercer County Jail  Thursday on a fugitive warrant from police in his home city where police said he was accused of murder.

Southwest Mercer County Regional Police said Matthew Alexander, 26, turned himself in at 3:30 a.m. after he was treated at UPMC Horizon, Farrell, for undisclosed injuries.


School plans to fireformer FHS principal

WILKINSBURG, Pa. – Former Farrell High School Principal Lee McFerren has been placed on administrative leave as superintendent of the Wilkinsburg School District in suburban Pittsburgh and will be fired at the end of June.

The news of McFerren’s fall from grace in Wilkinsburg was reported by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The Wilkinsburg School Board in March voted 9-0 to exercise an early severance option in the three-year contract McFerren started July 1, according to the Post-Gazette story.

In a prepared statement, board President Ed Donavan said the decision resulted “from differences of opinion regarding the administration and operation of the school district,” according to the story.

McFerren, of Meadville, was hired as a principal in Farrell on July 1, 2005. He was fired in 2008 after a series of public hearings on allegations of misconduct. He appealed to the Commonwealth Court and ultimately was vindicated.

He alleged federal Civil Rights Act and state Human Relations Act violations of retaliation and breach of contract in lawsuits against the district. A settlement was reached in 2011 and McFerren was rehired as assistant to the superintendent, a job that paid him $94,484 per year.

He left the Farrell job nearly two years ago when he was hired as Wilkinsburg’s superintendent.


Stolen car report ends with drug, gun charges

SHARON -- A Youngstown man faces drug and gun charges after an initial report of stealing a car from friends at about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Torrance Dwayne Hawkins took the keys of a car rented by his friends Brian and Debbie Mosely of 194 Third Ave., Sharon, police said.

Hawkins returned in a different car with another man about a half hour later and was in the Moselys’ garage when investigators arrived, police said.

He told them he had turned the car over to a cousin whom he wouldn’t identify. Patrolmen looked in a trash can where Hawkins had been standing and found three plastic bags of suspected heroin. Under a barbecue grill, they also found a loaded Glock pistol with an extended magazine, police said.

The man who had brought him back to Third Avenue told police he had picked Hawkins up on East Budd Street where they agreed that Hawkins would sell him heroin, police said.

Hawkins was charged with robbery of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, prohibited possession of a gun, carrying a gun without a license, possession and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond.

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  • Couple, another man charged in thefts

    Pennsylvania State Police have filed charges of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief against an East Palestine, Ohio, couple and another man in connection with two robberies in rural Mercer County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Taking stock Where’s the beef? Bull’s still missing

    Is it possible that an alien abduction took place in the Mercer area last week? A solid red, 2-year-old Watusi bull with 3-foot-long horns has been missing since July 14 with no trace of its existence left on earth.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Buhl Day honorees

    The Buhl Day committee has chosen for this year’s celebration five honored guests whose volunteer work they feel best showcases the legacy of philanthropic work left behind by Frank and Julia Buhl a century ago.

    July 22, 2014

  • GC pair not hurt in accident injuring 2

    Two drivers were taken to a hospital after an accident at the intersection of state routes 965 and 173 in Worth Township, police said.

    July 21, 2014

  • WaterFire crowds WaterFire doused

    Sharon’s WaterFire wasn’t lacking either of its elements on Saturday. There was steady, day-long rain but the day concluded with the Shenango River ablaze.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘Starved’ boy released from hospital

    A 7-year-old boy allegedly starved and beaten by his mother is out of the hospital and ordered out of his Greenville home by Mercer County Common Pleas President Judge Thomas R. Dobson.

    July 20, 2014

  • WaterFire walking tour Time traveling

    A group of more 50 people walked between the raindrops Saturday during an historical tour of downtown Sharon during the city’s WaterFire celebration.

    July 20, 2014 6 Photos 1 Story

  • News briefs from July 19, 2014

    Michigan man charged with assaulting girl here

    Sharon man charged with raping woman

    July 19, 2014

  • For sale Realty transfer tax hike headed for ballot

    Sharon voters will be deciding through a referendum whether city council can raise the realty transfer tax. Council gave first reading Thursday to an ordinance that phrases the question that will be printed on the November ballot.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bella recovering Vet: Dog lucky to be alive, should survive

    Although a veterinarian said an underweight dog found Thursday with a gruesome neck wound was lucky to be alive, her prognosis for recovery is good.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Alleged hit-run driver arrested

    Sharon police said Friday afternoon they had arrested a man believed to have driven a vehicle that struck an 11-year-old boy Thursday and left the scene.

    July 19, 2014

  • Boy ‘was being starved’

    A 7-year-old Greenville boy described as looking like a human skeleton had been starved and beaten by his mother for a year, authorities are saying.

    July 19, 2014

  • Corruption case puts ex-youth leader in rehab program

    The former commander of the local Civil Air Patrol squadron has been admitted into a diversionary program to resolve a criminal case, but the conditions of the program all but forbid his involvement with CAP, his attorney said.

    July 18, 2014

  • GACT’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ opens tonight at Thiel

    Beauty parlor gossip, southern drawls and big hair may sound out of place for Mercer County, but it’s very much a real scene in Thiel College’s William Robinson Theater.

    July 18, 2014

  • Police seek hit-and-run driver who struck boy

    A boy riding a Mongoose bike on Second Avenue in Sharon Thursday evening was struck straight on by a truck whose driver never hit the brakes or looked back, witnesses said.

    July 18, 2014