No reported injuries in structure fire
SANDY CREEK TOWNSHIP – A structure fire around 4 p.m. Thursday at 118 Osborne Road in Sandy Creek Township resulted in no reported injuries, according to a Mercer County 911 dispatcher.
According to 911, five fire departments were called to the scene, including Sheakleyville and Hempfield Township volunteer fire departments. Three other fire stations from Crawford County also reponded.
No other details were available Thursday evening.
Credit card scam netted $88,000 in cash, goods
HERMITAGE – A Sharon man has been accused of participating in a credit card scam that resulted in $88,038 in unauthorized cash withdrawals and merchandise purchases, Hermitage police said.
Richard J. Subasic, 70, of 392 Hembold Way, told police he was approached online and sent credit cards to use, police said. He bought wire money orders and laptop computers and mailed them to South Africa, police said.
Subasic admitted knowing that he was breaking the law, police said.
The credit cards came from companies in Durham, N.C., Pennsylvania and Iowa, and the transactions were made between October 2012 and January at banks and stores in Hermitage and Sharon, police said.
Subasic gave conflicting stories as to whether he got any of the money, police said.
Subasic posted bond after his arraignment on charges of 18 counts each of access device fraud and forgery and one count of theft. His preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. Tuesday before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.
Hermitage man charged with raping girl, 15
HERMITAGE – A Hermitage man has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl when he asked her to help him find a lost cellular telephone.
Barrian O. Moyer, 44, of 220 Easton Road, denied having sex with the girl, police said.
The girl, a friend of Moyer’s daughter, said she asked Moyer to drive her to a Mercer-area business from Hermitage Nov. 2, and agreed to pay him $10, police said.
While en route, Moyer said he wanted to look for his cell phone at home and asked for her help, police said.
Once they were in Moyer’s house, he attacked her, police said.
The girl told him to stop and he ignored her pleas, police said.
Afterward, Moyer dropped the girl off at her destination and left, police said.
The girl said Moyer sent her text messages that read, “Wish I could c u,” “It’ll be better too,” “U felt soo good tho,” and “U was looking so good tonight too.”
Moyer told police he sent the text “U was looking so good tonight too” in response to a comment the girl made about looking fat, but did not remember the others.
Mercer County Children and Youth Services notified police on Nov. 11.
Moyer has been charged with rape, statutory sexual assault, corruption of a minor, indecent exposure, and indecent assault.
He has posted bond and awaits a preliminary hearing at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 19 before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.
Authority expects law will require CO2 units
MERCER COUNTY – Mercer County Housing Authority officials are getting a jump start on the requirement of a law they expect to be passed – that all rental units be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors.
Such a law already requires smoke detectors.
“It’s a good idea,” authority Executive Director Nannette Livadas said of the pending legislation, but it will take a pretty big chunk of cash to comply with the law.
With an average cost of $50 a unit, it will cost $42,000 to outfit all of the authority-controlled apartments with carbon monoxide detectors, Livadas said.
The authority has started installing carbon monoxide detectors – dual units sensitive to carbon monoxide and smoke – when an apartment is vacant, but still will have a large cash outlay at some point to buy new units for the rest of the apartments.
While authorities had been asking for four years to install carbon monoxide detectors in all units, it looks like the law will give them 18 months, once it is enacted, Livadas said.
No reported injuries in structure fire
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While touring Germany last year, David Sykes spotted solar panels resting in a residential back yard.
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.
“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.
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.
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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.
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.
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