The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 24, 2014

News briefs from April 24, 2014


Herald staff

- — Elderly woman given ARD in lottery scam

GROVE CITY – A 70-year-old Hermitage woman has been entered into a diversionary program to resolve charges that she stole $24,300 from a Florida woman in a lottery scam.

Barbara S. Strange, 19 Orchard Drive, was accepted into Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, a probation-like program, for one year. If she completes the program, charges of theft will be dismissed.

Strange must perform 25 hours of community service and pay restitution, although officials said it is unlikely she will pay all she owes.

Grove City police said they were contacted July 23, 2012, by Pinellas County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office that a woman there had sent four checks to Strange. The victim reported she had received multiple telephone calls from unidentified people advising her she had won the lottery and would need to send money to cover the taxes, police said. The checks were addressed to and cashed by Strange, police said.

Three days later, Strange admitting depositing the checks into her bank account, sending the money minus 5 percent to Jamaica.

Woman found guilty of homicide by vehicle

LAKE TOWNSHIP – A North Carolina woman has been found guilty of homicide by vehicle in the death of her boyfriend on June 20, 2012, in Lake Township.

Audra L. Brown, 33, of Raleigh, also was found guilty of drunken driving, a lane violation and careless driving following a nonjury trial April 15 and 16 before Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel P. Wallace.

The most serious charge, homicide by vehicle, is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 5 to 10 years in prison.

Wallace set sentencing for June 24.

The crash claimed the life of Jonathan D. Newcomb, 27, of Inez, Ky. State police said Brown told them she and Newcomb had been in town for unspecified work training and were staying at a motel.

They had had dinner and drinks at a Springfield Township restaurant and then went to a Stoneboro bar, police said. They were headed back to the motel when the crash occurred.

The car was westbound on Fredonia Road when it went off the road at a sharp curve near Fairlamb Road and entered a field, where it spun and rolled, police said.

Newcomb, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Brown, who was wearing a seatbelt, was treated at two hospitals.