The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

January 23, 2013

Story of shooting slowly emerges

Police still trying to locate gun

SHARON — Police investigating the shooting death of a Sharon High School sophomore said the alleged shooter and a key witness told evolving stories about what led up to the shooting early Sunday morning in Sharon.

Between eight and 10 young people were at the house at 20 Strawbridge Ave. where authorities allege Le’Angelo “Lee Lee” Crumby Ford was shot by Jontae Maurice Barnes.

Sharon police Chief Mike Menster said he wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of the “gathering,” but said a group of teens and some twenty-somethings were there.

Le’Angelo, 17, was pronounced dead at 1:47 a.m. Sunday in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System; he was shot before 12:07 a.m., the time that police were called to the hospital.

Barnes and Vandell Lamont Spicer, 21, who lived at 20 Strawbridge, drove the boy to the hospital, Menster said, adding police are still interviewing people to determine what really happened.

An affidavit of probable cause attached to the documents charging Barnes with criminal homicide indicates the stories Barnes and Spicer have told police have evolved in the course of the police investigation.

Initially, Spicer told police he and Barnes were driving on East State Street and came upon Le’Angelo slumped over in a parking lot near Forker Boulevard.

“After further questioning, Spicer admitted the shooting had happened at his residence,” the affidavit said.

Spicer said he was outside talking on the phone when he heard a gunshot. He “indicated he thought Barnes had shot” Le’Angelo, but didn’t witness it.

Barnes, 19, of 381 Liberty St., was taken into custody at about 12:15 a.m. at Prindle Street and Edgewood Road. When questioned, he confessed to police that he shot Le’Angelo.

“Barnes claimed he found a small revolver in the sofa in Spicer’s living room and was examining it,” Sgt. Steve Ray wrote in the affidavit. “Barnes advised he was cocking the hammer and easing it forward when he pulled the trigger.

“Barnes admitted to seeing two rounds in the cylinder. Barnes claimed (Le’Angelo) approached him and asked to see the gun. Barnes claimed he initially extended the gun toward (Le’Angelo) but thought better of letting (Le’Angelo) see the gun. Barnes claimed (Le’Angelo) grabbed a hold of the gun and began pulling it.

“Barnes claimed he was holding the pistol by the grip and the victim was pulling on both his hand and the revolver. Barnes claimed the gun ‘went off’ and (Le’Angelo) was struck in the chest. Barnes stated he dropped the gun on the floor and he and Spicer carried (Le’Angelo) to a car and drove him to the hospital,” Ray wrote.

Spicer later admitted he had seen Barnes “playing around” with the gun prior to going outside to talk on the phone, according to the affidavit.

Police executed a search warrant at the house and an inventory returned Tuesday to District Judge Brian Arthur’s Greenville court revealed police seized one blood-stained wash cloth as evidence.

The gun has yet to be located; Menster said police believe it’s a small-caliber revolver.

Mercer County District Attorney Robert G. Kochems said he didn’t yet have information about the case and couldn’t comment on it.

“This is a murder investigation, it’s going to be very thorough,” Menster said.

Barnes is the only person charged thus far, he said.

“We’re still interviewing, still evaluating evidence,” Menster said.

The criminal homicide count that Barnes faces is a “general charge” that will be amended to specify a crime that could range from “everything from involuntary manslaughter to first-degree murder,” Menster said.

“At this point we believe there are elements to this crime that include negligence and recklessness,” he said.

Barnes is in Mercer County Jail on $200,000 bail.

Obituary information on page A-5.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Police: Kids in car were OK

    The mother of two young children was drunk and passed out when police found them all in a car parked along a city street, Sharon police said.

    July 29, 2014

  • To talk – or not – about police

    The mysterious agenda item, “No. 10,” at Farrell’s council meeting Monday became the center of a heated workshop and business session.

    July 29, 2014

  • Community thanks its first-responders

    Sharpsville honored its emergency responders Sunday at an event that included Mertz Towers residents as special guests.

    July 28, 2014

  • Drilling boom challenges state inspectors

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kidds Mill Covered Bridge A span of time

    Four generations of the Cadman family have enjoyed the Kidds Mill Covered Bridge, which is in Pymatuning Township near where the family’s ancestral farm is located.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Intruder hurts woman, takes $5

    A home invasion in Hermitage Friday night sent an elderly woman to the hospital and netted the robber $5.

    July 27, 2014

  • national night out March against crime set for Aug. 5

    At the last Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Commission meeting, Chief Riley Smoot Jr. presented the number of incidents for each of the four communities in May.

    Farrell topped out at 819.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • high street trail Peaceful pathways

    History buffs and picnickers in the Shenango Valley won’t have to drive to Sharpsville to hang out at the old Erie Canal extension lock. They’ll soon have the option to walk or roll in on bicycles and even powered chairs to visit Canal Park near the outflow of Shenango Dam.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • balloonquest1 Balloon Quest celebrates 25 years

    Today is the final day of the 25th annual Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest at Scotland Meadows Park.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from July 26, 2014

    Man faces bomb threat charges

    June building tops $4 million in Hermitage

    July 26, 2014

  • Elderly man survives plane crash

    An elderly man survived wrecking his plane into a bank, then landing into a wetland, about 200 feet south of Runway 28 at Grove City Regional Airport in Springfield Township on Friday.

    July 26, 2014

  • Dontae Rashad Pinkins Man arrested for April gunfight

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April gunfight with another man in a Sharon alley.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing changed in starving case

    The time and place for the preliminary hearing of a Greenville mom accused of starving and beating her 7-year-old young son has been changed.

    July 26, 2014

  • Schell working on mural Drawn to Mexico

    Jason Schell probably is not exaggerating when he says that millions of people have seen his art.

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Farrell man, 24, arrested on warrant in connection with April shooting

    Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April shootout in Sharon.


    Pinkins, 24, of Farrell, is in Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond on gun charges.

    Additional details to follow.
     

    July 25, 2014