The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 4, 2014

News briefs from April 4, 2014

Herald staff

- — 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.


Cops: Woman provided alcohol to assault victim

LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – A Lackawannock Township woman has been charged with alcohol offenses related to a party at her home in which a 15-year-old girl allegedly was sexually assaulted, state police said.

Amber N. Moon, 19, of 6814 Frogtown Road, has been charged with corruption of minors, furnishing alcohol to minors and underage drinking.

Moon held the party Feb. 15. Three days later, police took a report from the sexual assault victim and filed charges against Ryan S. Grace, 20, of 1585 Pulaski Mercer Road, East Lackawannock Township, police said.

The victim said she drank so much that she bruised herself stumbling around the house and passed out in a chair, police said. She said Moon and Grace gave her alcohol, police said.

Moon told police that Grace brought the alcohol and that she did not know that he was going to do so, police said.