The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 21, 2014

News in brief for Jan. 21, 2014

By Herald staff

- — Police not sure whether shootings are related

SHARON -- Police are investigating two shootings to see if the Saturday incidents in Sharon are related.

There was property damage in one case but no injury in either burst of gunfire, Chief Mike Menster said.

Someone fired several shots at about 9:30 p.m in the 300 block of Prospect Street. Police recovered three 9 mm bullet casings but found no evidence of damage.

Witnesses described the shooter as a thin black male wearing a black winter cap and dark pants who ran from the area after firing his gun. He may have been driving a small black car with loud exhaust pipes, Menster said.

Two hours later, neighbors several blocks to the east reported shots at about 11:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Spruce Avenue.

Bullets broke the window in the cap covering the bed of a parked pickup and flattened a tire on a parked car. A bullet hit the side of a house just below a second-story window, Menster said.

Police found one spent 9 mm casing on the snowy ground.

“They happened close to each other in time and on the same general side of town,” Menster said. “We don’t know if they’re related but we’ll look into that.”


Man accused of threats against building manager

SHARON – A tenant is accused of using racial slurs and threatening the life of a building manager after an argument earlier this month.

Benjamin F. Porter III, 50, of 632 E. State St., Sharon, sent a letter that included slurs and threatened to kill the Hispanic man who is a manager of the apartment building, Chief Mike Menster said.

Porter, who is black, also made reference in the letter to “justice for Trayvon Martin,” Menster said.

Porter apparently was referring to the February 2012 shooting death of the 17-year-old by George Zimmerman, a mixed-race Hispanic acting as a neighborhood watchman who later was acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder in the Sanford, Fla., case.

Porter was charged Friday with ethnic intimidation, a felony, and misdemeanor making terroristic threats.