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February 28, 2014

News briefs from Feb. 28, 2014

- — Police seek aid in probe of shootings in Farrell

FARRELL – Southwest Mercer County Regional police are asking for help in investigating two reports of gunshots fired at a house in the 1300 block Farrell Terrace, Farrell.

The latest incident was reported at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, when the home was struck three times, police said.

No one inside was injured.

Police said no one reported seeing anyone suspicious prior to the shooting.

The first shooting occurred at 1:10 a.m. Feb. 14, and police recovered five spent 7.62 mm shell casings. No reports of property damage or injury were received.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-983-2720 or use Text-a-Tip to 274637 or CRIMES.

Man, 20, charged with sex assault of girl, 15

LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP – A 20-year-old East Lackawannock Township man has been charged with sex offenses for assaulting a 15-year-old girl at a party Feb. 15 in Lackawannock Township, state police said.

Ryan S. Grace, 1585 Pulaski Mercer Road, has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault.

He was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township, and released after posting bond. Ryan faces a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. March 10 before District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer.

Police said the incident occurred between 4 p.m. and midnight at a home in the 6800 block of Frogtown Road.

Ryan and the girl had consumed alcohol, police said.

Required dog licenses on sale in county

All dogs in Mercer County age 3 months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 each year. The fee is $6.45 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.45 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.45 for their spayed or neutered dogs and $6.45 for others.

Violators can be fined up to $300 per violation plus court costs. Purchase a license by calling 724-662-3800, ext. 2514, visiting or at these Mercer County-area locations:

• Clarks Mills – Wagler’s Camp Perry

• Grove City – Ace Fix-it Hardware and Agway

• Hermitage – Agway, Hillcrest Flynn Pet Funeral Home and Crematory and Shenango Valley Animal Shelter

• Mercer area – Twig’s Reloading Den

• New Wilmington – Wilmington Township municipal building

• Sandy Lake – Sandy Lake Mills

• Volant – Country Crossing Gifts and Collectibles.

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