The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

February 14, 2014

News briefs from Feb. 14, 2014

Herald staff

- — Birthmother asks judge to let her out of jail

SHARON – The birthmother of a 12-year-old girl who has been the subject of a long, bitter custody fight by former same-sex partners has asked a judge to let her out of jail.

Jeannette Rowan was ordered jailed for 6 months with 2 days’ credit on Jan. 8 for violating court orders by Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John.

Rowan was arrested Dec. 20 in Lakewood, Ohio, on an arrest warrant issued by St. John, and the girl was turned over to Lisa Lewis of Sharon, Rowan’s former partner.

Rowan and Lewis share legal and physical custody and Rowan has participated in visits with the girl organized by Mercer County Children and Youth Services.

Rowan, now represented by the Mercer County Public Defender’s Office, called the six-month jail sentence “manifestly excessive given the particular and individualized circumstances of the defendant.”

She is asking for a reduction, modification or suspension of the sentence or early parole, calling the five weeks she has spent behind bars “sufficient sanction.”

She also would like St. John to set conditions as to how she can “purge” the contempt of court declaration.

St. John set a hearing for Feb. 21.

Sharon bar appeals order refusing license renewal

SHARON – A Sharon bar has appealed the Liquor Control Board’s refusal to renew its liquor license, and a local judge has set aside the order pending a hearing.

361 North Water Street Inc., which does business as the Zoo, argued in a petition filed Feb. 4 that the board did not have substantial evidence to refuse to renew the license.

The board in a Jan. 15 order said that an opinion will be issued if an appeal is filed.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert G. Yeatts set a hearing for March 3.