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April 30, 2014

News briefs from April 30, 2014

- — Former legal secretary accused of stealing

FARRELL – A former law office secretary was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing money from the estate of a client.

Meagan R. Williams, 29, of 555 Cleveland St., Masury, is accused of stealing close to $4,000 from July 5 through August 4, 2011, when she worked at the former Farrell law office of Attorney Andrew Miller, now deceased, police said.

Mercer County detectives discovered that the attorney would have executors of estates sign blank checks to facilitate payment of costs as they arose, police said.

Over a month, Williams made 18 pre-signed checks from one estate payable to her boyfriend and cashed them, police said.

Detectives said Williams admitted the theft in a letter to the attorney before his death.

Police find crack, loaded gun in Farrell home

FARRELL – When the Crisis Incident Response Team and the drug task force descended upon the home of a suspected crack dealer on Friday, they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun along with drugs.

Gavin Lloyd Cobb, 37, of 629 Spearman Ave., also known as “PAC,” was served with a search warrant at home at 9 a.m. after police identified him as a source of crack cocaine in Farrell, police said.

A search of the house produced drugs, pills, plastic bags for packaging crack, and a Ruger model P90 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with six rounds, police said.

Cobb was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm.

Prior felony convictions for drugs and firearm possession prohibits Cobb from having a gun, police said.

Cobb was taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post $75,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for May 8.

Man told police he went to shoot father-in-law

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP – A Greenville man who threatened his father-in-law with a gun was sent to Mercer County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Raymond Robert McCracken, 46, of 45 Ray Road, is accused of trying to hit the victim with his truck then waving a gun around while threatening him, police said.

The victim said he thought McCracken was going to shoot him, police said. McCracken told police that he went to his father-in-law’s house to shoot him, police said.

McCracken was charged with reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, simple assault, and disorderly conduct.

Seminar on state firearms law Thursday

PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP – A seminar on the state’s firearms and concealed carry laws, including the Castle Doctrine adopted by the Pennsylvania Legislature a couple of years ago, is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Mercer County District Attorney Bob Kochems and county Sheriff Gary A. Hartman will speak.

More than 150 residents have registered, said event host state Rep. Michele Brooks of Jamestown, R-17th District.

The seminar will be held in Reynolds Veterans of Foreign Wars, 115 Edgewood Drive, Pymatuning Township.

Traffic restricted on Route 19 bridge

EAST LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – PennDOT said traffic is restricted to one lane on the Route 19 bridge just north of the intersection with Steingrade Road in East Lackawannock Township.

PennDOT’s Mercer County Maintenance Unit is rehabilitating the deck of the bridge, located over a tributary to Neshannock Creek.

Single-lane traffic at the bridge is being controlled with temporary signals. The traffic restriction is expected to continue until May 30.

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