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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