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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Police: Kids in car were OK
The mother of two young children was drunk and passed out when police found them all in a car parked along a city street, Sharon police said.
To talk – or not – about police
The mysterious agenda item, “No. 10,” at Farrell’s council meeting Monday became the center of a heated workshop and business session.
Community thanks its first-responders
Sharpsville honored its emergency responders Sunday at an event that included Mertz Towers residents as special guests.
Drilling boom challenges state inspectors
The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.
A span of time
Four generations of the Cadman family have enjoyed the Kidds Mill Covered Bridge, which is in Pymatuning Township near where the family’s ancestral farm is located.
Intruder hurts woman, takes $5
A home invasion in Hermitage Friday night sent an elderly woman to the hospital and netted the robber $5.
March against crime set for Aug. 5
At the last Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Commission meeting, Chief Riley Smoot Jr. presented the number of incidents for each of the four communities in May.
Farrell topped out at 819.
History buffs and picnickers in the Shenango Valley won’t have to drive to Sharpsville to hang out at the old Erie Canal extension lock. They’ll soon have the option to walk or roll in on bicycles and even powered chairs to visit Canal Park near the outflow of Shenango Dam.
Balloon Quest celebrates 25 years
Today is the final day of the 25th annual Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest at Scotland Meadows Park.
News briefs from July 26, 2014
Man faces bomb threat charges
June building tops $4 million in Hermitage
Elderly man survives plane crash
An elderly man survived wrecking his plane into a bank, then landing into a wetland, about 200 feet south of Runway 28 at Grove City Regional Airport in Springfield Township on Friday.
Man arrested for April gunfight
Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April gunfight with another man in a Sharon alley.
Hearing changed in starving case
The time and place for the preliminary hearing of a Greenville mom accused of starving and beating her 7-year-old young son has been changed.
Drawn to Mexico
Jason Schell probably is not exaggerating when he says that millions of people have seen his art.
Farrell man, 24, arrested on warrant in connection with April shooting
Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April shootout in Sharon.
Pinkins, 24, of Farrell, is in Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond on gun charges.
Additional details to follow.
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