No tax increase for Wheatland residents
WHEATLAND – Wheatland borough residents won’t see a tax increase next year. Council adopted a $528,964 budget Friday that leaves real estate taxes unchanged at 23.25 mills.
Of that amount, revenue from 1.33 mills pays for street lighting and .50 mills goes towards the pension costs related to borough employees.
There will be no changes in rates for water, sewers, street lights or fire protection.
Waste Management will be the borough’s new garbage and recycling hauler for next year. Rates will decrease $26.25 a year, bringing charges to $14.04 monthly or $42.12 per quarter. These prices include weekly garbage, bi-weekly recycling and leaf pick-up.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of a home’s assessed value; assessments in Mercer County are the 1970 value. In West Middlesex, a home assessed at $20,000 would carry a real estate tax bill of $465.
Judge orders probation for Hempfield woman
GREENVILLE AREA – A Hempfield Township woman walked out of the Mercer County Courthouse Friday “on paper” for two years – slang for on probation – but a judge told her she had better keep better company or state prison will be in her future.
Meanwhile, Ashley Dillen’s co-defendant in one case, Shane Patterson, didn’t show up for sentencing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Dillen, 21, formerly of Jamestown, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and Patterson to possession of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in connection to what initially was described as the Feb. 21 discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory at their home, 289 S. Mercer St. – across the street from the Hempfield Township police station.
Dillen also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor retail theft for stealing 14 DVDs Feb. 14 from Walmart in Hempfield, and another theft in Greenville.
The prosecution agreed to a recommendation of probation.
“I appreciate probation,” Dillen said. “I will do great.”
She told Dobson she has no relationship with Patterson, 30.
Dobson also ordered Dillen to be evaluated for a drug and alcohol problem, perform 25 hours’ community service and pay $175 restitution to Walmart.
Gas company offers advice during flooding
ERIE -- National Fuel advises natural gas customers to get qualified help if their basements should flood:
• If flooding affects gas appliances such as furnaces or hot water tanks, customers should not relight the pilot lights. If the appliances’ controls were submerged, water could have caused damage that could affect the safe operation of the equipment. Consumers should call a qualified contractor to inspect the appliances.
• Do not attempt to adjust any gas equipment or gas meters while the basement is flooded.
• Customers should not turn on any gas valve that has been turned off by National Fuel or emergency personnel when flooding has occurred. Once the water has subsided, contact National Fuel at 1-800-365-3234 and the company will test and restore service at no charge to its customers. Appliances affected by floodwater will remain turned off and the customer will be required to contact a heating contractor or plumber to verify that the equipment will operate safely.
• As always, if a gas odor is present, the customer should open a window for ventilation, leave the premises and call National Fuel at 1-800-444-3130 immediately. Do not use any appliances or operate any electrical switches if a gas odor is present. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive emergency calls.
To learn more about natural gas safety, visit www.nationalfuelgas.com
No tax increase for Wheatland residents
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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.
Firm will study timing of traffic signals
Hermitage commissioners on Wednesday hired Whitman, Requardt and Associates LLP to study the timing scheme of traffic signals along parts of Hermitage Road and East State Street.
3 area fire depts. awarded grants
Three area fire departments will share in more than $590,000 in grants meant to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced.
One suspect in home shooting is jailed
The first of three suspects police say were involved in an attempted robbery that ended in a shooting is in jail.
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