The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 8, 2014

News briefs from March 8, 2014


Herald staff

- — Police not ready to file charges from shooting

FARRELL – Southwest Mercer County Regional police continue to investigate the four incidents of shots fired in the 1300 block of Farrell Terrace, Farrell, but are not ready to file charges, Chief Riley Smoot Jr. said Friday.

Police have talked with the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office about what charges would be appropriate to file, but have more work to do, he said.

The latest incident occurred at about 4 a.m. Wednesday, and police searched a home in the 1100 block of Roemer Boulevard, Farrell, where five men entered uninvited, police said.

Two men, whose identities have not been disclosed, were arrested while the other three escaped, police said.

Two guns were found in a sport-utility vehicle tied to the shooting, the fourth in three weeks in the same neighborhood, police said.

Farrell man sentenced to 14 years for assault

FARRELL – A Farrell man convicted in December of aggravated assault and other charges for the Feb. 2, 2013, shooting of a 19-year-old woman in Clarion County, was sentenced Feb. 26 to 14 to 28 years in state prison.

Kevin L. “Deuce” Austin II, 21, of 222 Shenango Blvd., was found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault, one count each of simple assault and prohibited possession of a firearm and four counts of reckless endangerment.

He was found not guilty of attempted homicide and nine other counts.

According to media reports, prosecutors showed that a fight broke out at an outdoor party at an apartment complex and someone showed a gun. The party broke up and a car drove by, from which Austin fired several shots and a Clarion University student was hit in the leg.