Defendant evaluated for state program suitability
DELAWARE TOWNSHIP – A Crawford County man who pleaded guilty to three charges in connection with a 2012 traffic death has been sent to the state Department of Corrections for evaluation of his suitability for the State Intermediate Punishment program.
Casey S. Wilkins, 20, pleaded guilty April 8 to charges of involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence of a controlled substance-first offense and driving under suspension.
SIP is a two-year program of incarceration, counseling and treatment for people with substance-abuse problems.
If the DOC finds him eligible for the program, Wilkins will be formally sentenced to it later, said Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert G. Yeatts.
Wilkins had methamphetamine, methadone, marijuana and other drugs in his system when his car crashed into a tree and rolled Oct. 20, 2012, on Route 58, south of Young Road, Delaware Township, state police said.
A passenger, William G. Trgovic II, 20, of New Castle, formerly of Jamestown, died in the crash.
Two run away from car involved in accident
WHEATLAND – The driver of a car that allegedly ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle ran from the scene, but has been identified, police said.
DeShaun Emery, 25, of Erie, was westbound at 12:12 p.m. Sunday on Chestnut Street in Wheatland when he drove into the intersection with Council Avenue, police said.
Emery’s car spun after impact and hit a stop sign and a fire hydrant, police said.
Emery and a passenger ran before police arrived, police said.
Brandon Dick, 17, of Sieg Hill Road, Shenango Township, was driving the other car northbound on Council.
A third passenger in Emery’s car, Angel Conner of Emerson Avenue, Farrell, was taken to a local hospital, police said.
Truck knocks out phone, electric service to docs
FARRELL – A tractor-trailer ripped down low-hanging wires, knocking out electric and telephone service to doctor’s offices, at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in Farrell, police said.
The driver of the USF Holland Inc. truck was turning from Memorial Drive to Green Street when the top of the trailer caught the wires, police said. The truck also damaged several utility poles, police said.
Utility companies worked through the night to restore services, police said.