The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

January 26, 2014

Housing complex will get security cameras

HERMITAGE — City officials approached managers after neighbors of the park complained in October about drug activity and violence, noting they have found drug paraphernalia in their yards and saw people coming from the 200-apartment complex running through their properties.

“We’re going to put up cameras,” said Randy Hillard, senior vice president for NDC Real Estate, which manages the complex.

There are cameras posted on the property, but they will be upgraded and more will be installed, particularly at the entrances to the complex, he said. The cameras will take sharper images that will allow license plate numbers to be seen, something the current cameras cannot do.

The system also will allow Hermitage police to access the camera images from the police station, Hillard said. In many cases, police have to ask businesses that have surveillance cameras to provide discs of images, something that takes time.

Hillard said he expects the cameras will be installed “when the weather breaks.”

“I think cameras are a good start, a good deterrent,” said city Commissioner Duane J. Piccirilli, who sat in at the meeting.

Hillard said management will take other steps, but did not want to discuss them publicly.

Piccirilli told commissioners apartment management also will “address the perpetrators,” and be more strict in enforcing their regulations.

“I think he was trying to be accommodating to the residents of the housing units and the neighbors,” Piccirilli said, noting that Hillard said the cameras and other changes are techniques that have been used successfully in other apartment complexes.

Shenango Park resident Maxine Peagler said she wished management had involved tenants in the discussion. While she appreciated more cameras, she said she would like to see them within the apartment buildings.

“They are nowhere where the tenants are, and that’s a problem,” she said.

Currently, cameras are placed at the office, the laundry room and the mailboxes, she said.

Peagler said she is hoping a tenant group will form with the intent of addressing safety issues.

Text Only
Local News
  • Prison term upheld for sex offender

    A sex offender challenging a 4- to 8-year prison sentence for a probation violation lost an appeal of that sentence.

    April 23, 2014

  • Man, 24, must register as sex offender for life

    The Ohio man who exposed himself to Sharon girls on their way to school last fall must register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life when he gets out of jail.

    April 23, 2014

  • Man deemed predator – for now

    A former Sharon man was sent to the state prison system Tuesday for corrupting the morals of a teenage girl, but the question of whether his penalties under Megan’s Law will stand could be subject to future legal proceedings.

    April 23, 2014

  • Not even waste will be wasted

    Tom Darby admits he wishes the startup of the anaerobic digestion process at the Hermitage Water Pollution Control Plant had moved along much faster.

    April 23, 2014

  • 3rd Earth Fest draws families to Penn State

    Penn State Shenango’s Earth Fest has become a spring tradition for area residents.
    Families poured into downtown Sharon for the campus’ third annual sustainability celebration.

    April 22, 2014

  • Amish clean Shenango River Volunteers protect Shenango River

    Shenango River Watchers has spent more than a decade working to clean up the Shenango and improve recreational access to its water and banks.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • For many, recycling’s become way of life

    When Pennsylvania mandated curbside recycling for its larger municipalities in 1998 – those with more than 5,000 people – there was grumbling about government interference in the lives of everyday people.

    April 22, 2014

  • Many items can’t be thrown away

    The computer screen in front of you isn’t likely to do you much harm, at least not until it’s tossed in a landfill where the lead-filled components start to leak and eventually find their way into your drinking water, according to Jerry Zona, director of the Lawrence-Mercer County Recycling/Solid Waste department.

    April 22, 2014

  • David Sykes' solar panels Earthworks

    While touring Germany last year, David Sykes spotted solar panels resting in a residential back yard.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burned using Icy Hot, woman claims

    A Grove City woman has sued Chattem Inc. and Rite Aid of Pennsylvania Inc., alleging she suffered a second-degree chemical burn using one of Chattem’s Icy Hot pain relief products.

    April 21, 2014

  • Family outing Family friendly

    “We’re No. 5’’ isn’t a sports cheer you’ll hear any time soon.
    But considering the lumps the greater area has gotten over the years on economic rankings, it’s an outright victory.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • To demolish or not Tear it down? Fix it up?

    In 2007, Richard D. Givens bought a home at 831 Knobwood Drive in Hermitage for $245,000.
    Today, the city of Hermitage is seeking the demolition of the now-vacant house, arguing the damage from water infiltration makes the structure not worth saving.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from April 19, 2014

    April 19, 2014

  • Man admits having child porn

    A Mercer man accused of soliciting and downloading photographs of nude teenage girls pleaded guilty April 8 to sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography.

    April 19, 2014

  • Police getting new tool to fight crime

    Sharon police working at crime scenes will be putting a powerful new investigative tool to work as soon as next month.

    April 19, 2014