Motion detector scares off would-be burglar
SHARON – A homeowner’s motion detector thwarted a burglary early Monday on Sherman Avenue, police said.
The woman was sleeping in her home at about 4:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Sherman when the alarm sounded.
“She called police and they found a lawn chair had been propped against the house outside the window,” Chief Mike Menster said. “Someone was climbing in the window when the alarm went off, so it’s a good thing she had her alarm on.”
Nothing was taken during the burglary. Police found a flashlight the would-be thief apparently had left behind when he ran.
“This is the time of year when you may not want your window to be open at night,” Menster said. “I don’t think it was locked.”
Man arrested after dog bites pedestrian
SHARON – A pedestrian was bitten and the West Hill man who owns the dog was arrested in connection with the incident at about 6:30 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of Lafayette Avenue, police said.
Casey Anderson, of Farrell, was bitten on his leg and foot and had his pants and shoe torn by the pit bull-Labrador retriever mixed breed dog, police said.
Ronald Lindway, the dog’s owner, was drunk and swore at police and the victim and refused warnings to control himself, police said.
Lindway, of 389 Lafayette Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and cited for allowing “Chance” to run loose. Police also notified Shenango Valley Animal Shelter of the biting, police said.
Anderson declined medical treatment for his bite injuries.
DA withdraws charges in Farrell shooting case
FARRELL – Mercer County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday withdrew charges against Maurice L. Davis Jr. in connection with the Jan. 5, 2011, non-fatal shooting of a woman in Farrell.
Assistant District Attorney Tedd C. Nesbit declined comment on the action.
The case was a potentially troublesome one to present to a jury as the victim, Annette Smith, had written letters stating Davis did not shoot her, and that someone else did, but Nesbit had maintained in the last few months she was ready to go to trial.
The case was scheduled for trial Wednesday.
Smith was shot in each leg in the 700 block of Idaho Street, Farrell.
Davis, 29, was sentenced in February to 10 years in prison on a federal charge of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute stemming from an April 12, 2012, search of his former home in the 400 block of Malleable Street, Sharon.
State police said they bought drugs from Davis and used that information to obtain a search warrant. The warrant turned up powder and crack cocaine, marijuana, prescription painkillers, $4,550, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia, police said.