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January 29, 2014

News briefs from Jan. 29, 2014

- — Jury convicts Sharon man in Farrell shooting

FARRELL – A Sharon man who withdrew his guilty plea in a Farrell shooting case to take a stab at trial came out on the short end of the stick.

Instead of just facing sentencing on a second-degree felony charge stemming from his May 22 guilty plea to a charge of aggravated assault, Lennie Harvey Jr. now faces sentencing on a first-degree felony, a second-degree felony, a second-degree misdemeanor and a summary offense.

A jury on Jan. 23 convicted Harvey of two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief following a two-day trial.

The first-degree felony carries a maximum sentence of 10-to-20 years in prison, while the second-degree felony carries a sentence of 5 to 10 years.

Harvey, 32, formerly of Farrell, fired at an unknown man across the 800 block of Roemer Boulevard, Farrell, on Aug. 4, 2012, Southwest Mercer County Regional police said.

No one was hit in the gun battle, but a window of Jac’s Kitchens and Counters, 700 Beechwood Ave., was shattered by a bullet, police said.

Harvey’s bond was revoked based on the jury verdict and he was taken to Mercer County Jail to await sentencing.

Man charged in shooting says he was disorderly

HERMITAGE – The second of two men charged in a March 30 shooting in Hermitage pleaded guilty to a summary offense of disorderly conduct.

Daniel L. Odem Jr., 22, of 1126 Washington St., Farrell, was sentenced Jan. 23 to the 52 days he had served in jail.

His co-defendant, Terran D. Page-Hughes, 25, of 360 Orange Drive, Hermitage, pleaded guilty Jan. 13 to a charge of simple assault. His sentence is pending.

Floyd Royal Jr. testified at a May preliminary hearing that he was walking to his girlfriend’s apartment in the 1400 block of Parke Drive when three men approached and asked who he was.

After some jawing between Royal and the men, one of them pulled out a gun and hit Royal in the back of the head with it. Another man punched him in the mouth, Royal said.

Royal said he was up for a fight, but didn’t want to go it alone. He went in the apartment building and recruited Teddy “Chris” Greer.

Royal and Greer went back outside, confronted the men and two of the men fired revolvers. A bullet passed through Greer’s right arm.

Man charged with trying to lure girl out of house

PERRY TOWNSHIP – State police have filed a charge of luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure against a 20-year-old Perry Township man for text messages he sent to a 13-year-old girl that encouraged her to sneak out of her house to see him.

Benjamin A. Swogger, 3792 Hadley Road, has been sent a summons to appear in district court in Mercer.

The Perry Township girl’s mother approached state police Nov. 3 with text messages between her daughter and Swogger.

In a Jan. 28, 2013, text, Swogger mentioned he would be doing better if he was “getting laid” and asks, ‘Well do u wanna hangout and do something? Can you sneak out?”

Swogger also said, “I don’t wanna do anything cuz your really young.”

In an Oct. 22 text exchange, Swogger asks the girl if she wants to “hang” sometime. She says she wants to but is worried about her mom.

Swogger replied: “Well don’t tell her ... but u could walk to the end of the road and we can hangout in the van and hang if u don’t wanna come to my house and just chill in the drive way to the gas well at the end of ur road.”

Swogger goes on to say that they could “cuddle and whatever you want to do.”

Police interviewed Swogger Jan. 12. He said he knew the girl was 13 or 14. When asked why he wanted to meet the girl in his van, he said, “I just wanted to hang out and give her a ride to her friend’s house,” police said.


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