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April 17, 2014

News briefs from April 17, 2014

MERCER COUNTY — Man arrested for running from accident scene

FARRELL – A Hermitage man was arrested for running away from the scene of an accident he caused at 1:26 p.m. Saturday at Pike Street and Shady Drive, Farrell, police said.

Donald J. Sever Jr., 51, of 129 S. Darby Road, was westbound when he ran a stop sign and his vehicle went into the path of one driven by Odette Pacsi, 57, of 333 E. Judy Lynn Drive, Farrell, police said.

Pacsi was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, police said.

Sever’s vehicle flipped onto its side, police said. He kicked out a window, ran, and was caught a few minutes later at Shenango Boulevard and Park Avenue, Farrell, police said.

Sever was arraigned by District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township, on charges of having an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, driving under suspension and a stop sign violation.

He was taken to jail for failing to post bond. He faces a preliminary hearing at 9:15 a.m. April 22 before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.

 

UPMC, Southwest eyeing security at hospital

FARRELL – Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Chief Riley Smoot Jr. said he is negotiating with UPMC Horizon about providing 24-hour security at the Farrell hospital.

“We’re looking at numbers,” Smoot told the police commission Tuesday, adding that he might have to fill additional part-time patrolmen to fulfill the contract.

“If this happens, it probably won’t be up until late summer to work out the kinks,” he said.

A message left with a UPMC spokesman was not returned.

 

Crashes cause diversion of Interstate 80 traffic

MERCER COUNTY – The westbound lanes of Interstate 80 between the Shenango Township and Mercer exits were closed for about an hour Wednesday morning while two traffic crashes were cleaned up, a PennDOT spokesman said.

Traffic was diverted from about midnight Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday, PennDOT said.

The crashes occurred in Lackawannock Township.

PennDOT described one crash as a rollover incident, but state police did not issue a report about it.

Police issued a report on the other crash, when a tractor-trailer jack knifed. Driver Thomas A. Schmuck, 58, of Williamsport, was cited with driving at an unsafe speed for the incident at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday. Schmuck lost control on snow and ice, police said.

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