The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

March 30, 2013

Fire damages Americorps office

SHARON — Firefighters were faced with waist-high flames when they entered the Keystone SMILES Americorps office at about 9 p.m. Thursday at 67 Euclid Ave., Sharon.

“Flames were coming out of the pantry up to the second floor just behind the bricks adjacent to the fireplace,” said fire Chief Terry Whalen.

Firefighters, who were assisted by Farrell volunteers, said they found heavy fire inside the wall and they were trying to figure out the source.

“It looks accidental,” Whalen said, adding that the wood-burning fireplace had been converted to natural gas.

Nicole Potase, a preschool teacher for Keystone SMILES, said, “We came in and the house was filled with smoke. There was smoke coming from the pantry.”

Mila Hiles works in the Americorps office on the bottom floor and lives in the apartment upstairs. She called 911 and got out of the house safely. No one else lives in the building.

Whalen said Hiles would be displaced, possibly to a local hotel, and the furnace shut off until the building is checked.

Americorps is a nonprofit organization, with a mostly volunteer staff. “Americorps serves the underprivileged youth and sometimes the senior building behind us,” Potase said.

The building is owned by Mercer County Housing Authority.

Joe Minto, the on-call maintenance person for the housing authority, said he would “board up the back windows, and any other window that was damaged” and other maintenance workers would assess and repair damage on Friday.

Text Only
Local News
  • News briefs from April 19, 2014

    April 19, 2014

  • Man admits having child porn

    A Mercer man accused of soliciting and downloading photographs of nude teenage girls pleaded guilty April 8 to sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography.

    April 19, 2014

  • Police getting new tool to fight crime

    Sharon police working at crime scenes will be putting a powerful new investigative tool to work as soon as next month.

    April 19, 2014

  • Soap box derby finds new home

    The Greater Pennsylvania Super Kids soap box derby for special-needs kids is moving to Sharpsville.

    April 19, 2014

  • News briefs from April 18, 2014

    ‘Nonspecific threat’ prompts evacuation

    Supreme Court refuses to hear couple’s appeal

    Lung Association offering free radon test kits

    April 18, 2014

  • Man admits to choking; rape case is dropped

    A Greenville man on Thursday pleaded down a rape case to simple assault and continued to deny that he committed any sexual crimes.

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge issues tabletop ads injunction against couple

    A judge recently handed down an injunction prohibiting a Sharon man, his wife and two companies associated with the wife from working in the tabletop advertising business within 100 miles of Sharon.

    April 18, 2014

  • Tech waste eyed for new contact

    The current Hermitage solid waste contract was designed to increase recycling while reducing the amount of garbage placed at the curb, and it has lived up to its promise.

    April 18, 2014

  • WaterFire Rekindled

    WaterFire Sharon has chosen themes for its festivals to be held on three Saturdays in downtown Sharon. “Elements” will be the theme July 19, “Origins” for Aug. 23 and “Motion” for the Sept. 27 celebration.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from April 17, 2014

    Man arrested for running from accident scene

    UPMC, Southwest eyeing security at hospital

    Crashes cause diversion of Interstate 80 traffic

    Court supports prison term in chase case

    Woman gets 5-10 years in crash that killed officer

    April 17, 2014

  • Officials pledge support to sewer project

    Publicly declaring their intention to donate county land to the Upper Neshannock Watershed Authority, Commissioners Matt McConnell and John Lechner said there’s no need for Commissioner Brian Beader to worry about the loss of the sewer project at the Interstate 80/Route 19 interchange.

    April 17, 2014

  • Griswold Avenue fire Neighbors tried to save victim

    As flames and thick smoke poured out of a Sharon house Tuesday evening, neighbors rallied to try and save the man who lived there alone.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woman nabbed, sister sought in assault

    Southwest Mercer County Regional police have arrested a Hermitage woman for breaking into a home in Farrell and beating a woman and are seeking the alleged assailant’s sister.

    April 16, 2014

  • Despite good deeds, man going back to prison

    Linda K. Kretzer had nothing but praise for Raymond C. McKelvey.

    April 16, 2014

  • 15-year-old legal battle returning to county court

    State Supreme Court has let stand a Superior Court decision sending a landmark medical malpractice case back to Mercer County Common Pleas Court.

    April 16, 2014