The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

March 20, 2013

Baker’s dozen accused in meth lab scheme

PERRY TOWNSHIP — The state Attorney General’s Office has arrested seven people and obtained warrants for six more in the investigation of a methamphetamine lab that was raided last summer in Perry Township.

The new charges allege the 13 provided ingredients needed to make meth, most notably the restricted, over-the-counter medication pseudoephedrine. Some of those charged also allowed meth to be cooked in their homes, the AG’s office said.

On June 20, agents searched the mobile home of Donald D. Sturgin, 35, 237 Carey Road, finding items used in making meth – including lye, lithium batteries, cold packs and pseudoephedrine tablets – and four plastic bottles containing a mixture of ingredients in the process of creating meth.

Sturgin was arrested along with his girlfriend, Callie T. Bothun, 35, of 10 S. Second St., Greenville; Aaron W. Allmon, 35, of Orwell, Ohio;  Jesse A. Sullivan, 33, of 1911 Bachop Road, Sheakleyville; and Sarah A. Hetrick, 30, of 59 Thompson Road, Perry Township.

Hetrick pleaded guilty March 11 to a charge of manufacture of meth in a residence with a child present, the child being her then-2-year-old son.

Hetrick told investigators that numerous people supplied ingredients to Allmon, who has been described as the meth cook.

Because of the potential for abuse, the quantity and frequency of pseudoephedrine purchases is restricted, and pharmacies must keep logs of who buys the drug. Drug agents obtained those logs and found the accused bought the drug at pharmacies throughout Mercer County and in Meadville.

Allmon traded meth for pills with some of the accused, agents said.

The 13 charged this week are accused of possession of pseudoephedrine as a precursor to meth and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

The following were arraigned by District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township, and taken to Mercer County Jail on detainers filed by Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole: William E. Sowash, 31, of 1003 Petersburg Road, Sandy Creek Township; Nickola M. Brown, 30, of 374 N. Perry Highway, Coolspring Township; and Richard C. Hovis, 49, of 236 Osborn Road, Salem Township.

Released after posting bond were: Katrina M. Moffatt, 26, of 210 Long Hill Road, Salem Township; Amanda M. Patton, 31, of 118 Orangeville Road, West Salem Township; Amy L. Doffin, 27, of 371 Laver Road, Perry Township; and David P. Moffatt, 35, of 1 Washington St., Greenville.

Allmon used Hovis’ garage and the homes of the Moffatts and Doffin in which to make meth, agents said.

McEwen set preliminary hearings for March 27 before District Judge Brian Arthur, Greenville.

In an unrelated case, Patton has been charged by Greenville-West Salem Township police with theft for stealing a wallet a customer mistakenly left at Last Minit Mart, 62 W. Main St., on March 2, police said. Patton worked at the store at the time, but has since been fired, police said. The wallet was returned to its owner with nothing missing, police said.

Text Only
Local News
  • CIRT team in Jackson Center Man arrested after shooting standoff

    One Jackson Center man is recovering from a bullet wound, and the borough resident accused of shooting him sits in jail after a long night of drinking that state police say turned into a case of attempted homicide.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sharon Speedway location City on track for new Speedway store

    Speedway is lining up its administrative and bureaucratic cones on plans for the gas station and convenience store chain to zoom into downtown Sharon.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Guards, county OK deal

    County officials and guards at the Mercer County Jail have reached a tentative contract agreement that, if approved, halts the idea of privatizing operations at the facility.

    July 31, 2014

  • Doss: Public has right to know

    A major part of Farrell council’s work session Monday was spent deciding whether or not to inform the audience about an unofficial police proposal from the City of Sharon.

    July 30, 2014

  • Budget falling short despite tax hike

    Farrell residents may have seen an income tax increase this year, but the city isn’t seeing the extra dollars City Manager Michael Ceci budgeted for.

    July 30, 2014

  • oakwood graves 1 Resting together

    Visitors to Oakwood Cemetery would see many  familiar local names if they looked down the hillside to the left just inside the gate on Sharon’s North Oakland Avenue.

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • Community thanks its first-responders

    Sharpsville honored its emergency responders Sunday at an event that included Mertz Towers residents as special guests.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kidds Mill Covered Bridge 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.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Intruder hurts woman, takes $5

    A home invasion in Hermitage Friday night sent an elderly woman to the hospital and netted the robber $5.

    July 27, 2014

  • national night out 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.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • high street trail Peaceful pathways

    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.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • balloonquest1 Balloon Quest celebrates 25 years

    Today is the final day of the 25th annual Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest at Scotland Meadows Park.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo