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February 25, 2014

News briefs from Feb. 25, 2014

- — Shenango Township man dies in I-80 accident

EMLENTON – A Shenango Township man died Sunday in a tractor-trailer crash in Butler County near Emlenton.

State police in Clarion said Victor Darling, 59, was eastbound on Interstate 80 near the 44 mile marker.

His truck ran off the right side of the road through a guardrail and down an embankment where it struck a tree. Darling was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.


Police: woman had 119 packets of heroin

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – A woman was charged with drug offenses after a friend turned over to police 119 packets of heroin and drug paraphernalia that he said she left at his home.

Erika D. Edwards, 26, of unknown address, was found apparently having overdosed Friday evening in the 600 block of New Castle Mercer Road, Springfield Township, state police said.

Edwards was treated at Grove City Medical Center, Pine Township, police said.

While Edwards was being treated, police said they went to where she had been found, and encountered her friend. The man turned over the heroin, syringes, a bag of marijuana and a pipe, police said.

Nurses at the hospital also found a bag of pot on Edwards, police said.

Edwards was arraigned by District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer, on charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Edwards was taken to jail after failing to post bond and a preliminary hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. March 6.


Man charged in theft of gates from 4-H park

COOLSPRING TOWNSHIP – A Coolspring Township man has been charged in connection with the theft of steel farm gates between April 1 and June 24 from Mercer County 4-H Park.

Cody J. Brown, 25, of 374 N. Perry Highway, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

Brown said he did not steal the gates from the park at 465 N. Perry Highway, Coolspring Township, but was given them by another man to sell, which he did May 31 at a Slippery Rock metal dealer, state police said. No one else has been charged in the case.

Brown received $161 for the gates that were worth $9,061, police said.

Brown was released following his arraignment before District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer, and faces a preliminary hearing at 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

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  • 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.

    July 25, 2014

  • 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.

    July 25, 2014

  • 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.

    July 25, 2014

  • 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.

    July 25, 2014

  • Dancing kids K.I.D.S. day

    Hoping to reach children at just the right age, when they are old enough to understand but not past the point where it may be too late, Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission counselors held an “alternative activities” day at the courthouse Thursday, complete with music and dancing, hot dogs and treats, games and T-shirts.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Better security Grant available to boost security in district courts

    County officials are looking to quickly upgrade security systems in the five district judge offices, not due to an increase in risk, but because current systems are antiquated and there is a short window to apply for some financial help with the costs.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials split over selling older monitors

    What to do with a pile of older LCD computer monitors, keyboards and mice remains up in the air until the third, and often absent, county commissioner makes a decision.

    July 24, 2014

  • Police anxious to talk with victim

    Sharon police want to talk to a West Hill man about several other men who came to his house shortly before he was shot and critically wounded Tuesday.

    July 24, 2014

  • AED presentation Heart-friendly pool

    The Lackawannock-Shenango-West Middlesex Pool has some pretty obvious changes from when it was opened almost 46 years ago.

    July 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • Sharon man 'stable' after being shot in his West Hill home

    A Sharon man was in stable condition this morning after being shot by one of several men he had let into his West Hill home, police said.

    July 23, 2014

  • GJR killer not eligible for parole, court rules

    State Superior Court on Tuesday reversed a local judge’s decision that the sentence for one of two men who killed a night supervisor at George Junior Republic, Pine Township, was unconstitutional.

    July 23, 2014

  • Duplicated files, former worker confesses

    A Mercer woman accused of stealing customer lists, billing information and other data from her former employer headed off trial Monday by pleading guilty to a charge of unlawful duplication.

    July 23, 2014

  • Starved house Vandals vent their emotions

    Vandals kept police busy Sunday and Monday nights at a home in Greenville where the Mercer County District Attorney’s office said a boy was starved and beaten by his mom.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Couple, another man charged in thefts

    Pennsylvania State Police have filed charges of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief against an East Palestine, Ohio, couple and another man in connection with two robberies in rural Mercer County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Taking stock Where’s the beef? Bull’s still missing

    Is it possible that an alien abduction took place in the Mercer area last week? A solid red, 2-year-old Watusi bull with 3-foot-long horns has been missing since July 14 with no trace of its existence left on earth.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo