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April 18, 2014

News briefs from April 18, 2014

- — ‘Nonspecific threat’ prompts evacuation

SHARON – Someone wrote a “nonspecific threat” on a restroom wall causing an evacuation at 1:20 p.m. Thursday at Sharon High School, police said.

Staff evacuated students according to district policy while police and school employees searched the building. No bomb was found, police said.

Students, who had walked to Case Avenue Elementary School, returned to the high school after about 30 minutes, police said.


Supreme Court refuses to hear couple’s appeal

MERCER COUNTY – State Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling that a Mercer County couple is not entitled to any more money as a result of an arbitration award stemming from an automobile crash.

The court denied a petition for appeal March 13 filed by William L. and Kathleen A. Whiting.

William Whiting was injured in the crash Oct. 28, 2004, and he and his wife filed an underinsured motorist claim against their own insurance carrier, Erie Exchange Group and Erie Insurance Exchange.

An arbitration panel on Jan. 6, 2012, awarded the Whitings damages of $70,000, but Erie sent the couple a check for $20,000, the $50,000 difference being the amount of coverage provided by the other driver’s insurance company.

The Whitings took the dispute to Mercer County Common Pleas Court on March 6, 2012, asking that Erie be ordered to pay $70,000.

Judge Robert G. Yeatts sided with Erie, saying the arbiters did not know about the $50,000 provided by the other driver’s insurance. He said the Whitings’ coverage allowed the arbiters only to determine the amount of damages, not to allocate the damages between the Whiting’s underinsured motorist coverage and any potentially available liability coverage.

The Whitings’ policy also allowed the $50,000 deduction, he said.


Lung Association offering free radon test kits

The American Lung Association offers residents free home radon test kits, while supplies last, at

Radon is a naturally occurring colorless, odorless, and tasteless, radioactive gas. It is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking. The U.S. Surgeon General and the American Lung Association recommend all homes be tested. Nearly one in 15 homes nationwide has a high level of indoor radon

Info: 1-800-LUNG-USA

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  • Couple, another man charged in thefts

    Pennsylvania State Police have filed charges of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief against an East Palestine, Ohio, couple and another man in connection with two robberies in rural Mercer County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Taking stock Where’s the beef? Bull’s still missing

    Is it possible that an alien abduction took place in the Mercer area last week? A solid red, 2-year-old Watusi bull with 3-foot-long horns has been missing since July 14 with no trace of its existence left on earth.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Buhl Day honorees

    The Buhl Day committee has chosen for this year’s celebration five honored guests whose volunteer work they feel best showcases the legacy of philanthropic work left behind by Frank and Julia Buhl a century ago.

    July 22, 2014

  • GC pair not hurt in accident injuring 2

    Two drivers were taken to a hospital after an accident at the intersection of state routes 965 and 173 in Worth Township, police said.

    July 21, 2014

  • WaterFire crowds WaterFire doused

    Sharon’s WaterFire wasn’t lacking either of its elements on Saturday. There was steady, day-long rain but the day concluded with the Shenango River ablaze.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘Starved’ boy released from hospital

    A 7-year-old boy allegedly starved and beaten by his mother is out of the hospital and ordered out of his Greenville home by Mercer County Common Pleas President Judge Thomas R. Dobson.

    July 20, 2014

  • WaterFire walking tour Time traveling

    A group of more 50 people walked between the raindrops Saturday during an historical tour of downtown Sharon during the city’s WaterFire celebration.

    July 20, 2014 6 Photos 1 Story

  • News briefs from July 19, 2014

    Michigan man charged with assaulting girl here

    Sharon man charged with raping woman

    July 19, 2014

  • For sale Realty transfer tax hike headed for ballot

    Sharon voters will be deciding through a referendum whether city council can raise the realty transfer tax. Council gave first reading Thursday to an ordinance that phrases the question that will be printed on the November ballot.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bella recovering Vet: Dog lucky to be alive, should survive

    Although a veterinarian said an underweight dog found Thursday with a gruesome neck wound was lucky to be alive, her prognosis for recovery is good.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Alleged hit-run driver arrested

    Sharon police said Friday afternoon they had arrested a man believed to have driven a vehicle that struck an 11-year-old boy Thursday and left the scene.

    July 19, 2014

  • Boy ‘was being starved’

    A 7-year-old Greenville boy described as looking like a human skeleton had been starved and beaten by his mother for a year, authorities are saying.

    July 19, 2014

  • Corruption case puts ex-youth leader in rehab program

    The former commander of the local Civil Air Patrol squadron has been admitted into a diversionary program to resolve a criminal case, but the conditions of the program all but forbid his involvement with CAP, his attorney said.

    July 18, 2014

  • GACT’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ opens tonight at Thiel

    Beauty parlor gossip, southern drawls and big hair may sound out of place for Mercer County, but it’s very much a real scene in Thiel College’s William Robinson Theater.

    July 18, 2014

  • Police seek hit-and-run driver who struck boy

    A boy riding a Mongoose bike on Second Avenue in Sharon Thursday evening was struck straight on by a truck whose driver never hit the brakes or looked back, witnesses said.

    July 18, 2014