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April 19, 2014

News briefs from April 19, 2014

- — Police: Bizarro sold out of Greenville business

GREENVILLE – A Hermitage man was arrested for possession of a large amount of Bizarro that was being delivered to his business in Greenville, police said.

Omar Mataria, 38, of 143 Hermitage Hills, was arraigned by District Justice Brian Arthur for possession of Bizarro, a synthetic marijuana, and paraphernalia including digital scales, metal smoking pipes, metal grinder, small and medium glass pipes for smoking, and other items used for ingesting and inhaling, police said.

Police said the arrest stemmed from a search warrant that was served Dec. 14 at his business, Our Neighborhood Market, 104 S. Mercer St., Greenville. Police found 48 bags of Bizarro and approximately 391 pieces of drug paraphernalia.

Mataria told police he’s been selling the Bizarro for a couple months, after he bought it on the Internet, police said. He told police he believes it is legal, police said. He buys about 100 to 200 packets at a time for $35 a bag and sells it for $60 a bag out of his business, ringing it up through the store as a non-tax item, police said.

Man beaten for soliciting another’s girlfriend

GREENVILLE – A Greenville man was beaten with a tire iron for asking for sexual favors, police said.

Corey Neeley, 26, no address given, was charged Monday with aggravated assault, burglary, possessing an instrument of crime with intent, offensive weapon, and reckless endangerment for an incident at 9:53 p.m. March 31 after he found a text from a man to his girlfriend in which the man offered $100 for sexual favors, police said.

Neeley followed his girlfriend to the man’s house, stormed in after she went inside and was threatened by the man with a handgun, police said. Neeley hit the man about the head and neck four to six times with a tire iron, according to a witness, police said. The man was bleeding about the head, face and neck but refused treatment, police said.

Judge: Witnesses would not have altered outcome

FARRELL – State Superior Court last month denied the appeal of a former Farrell man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman. He argued that his trial attorney was ineffective.

Raymond A. Napolitan, 51, was found guilty at a nonjury trial of sexual assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and a stop sign violation, and was sentenced to a prison term of 5è to 11 years.

The charges stem from separate incidents: that he sexually assaulted a woman June 24, 2007, at his Hamilton Avenue home, and chased her Sept. 22, 2007, through the streets of Sharon.

In his appeal under the Post Conviction Relief Act, Napolitan argued his attorney failed to interview or call to testify witnesses who would have helped his case.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson ruled that the witnesses Napolitan named would not have added anything new to the testimony of others who did take the stand, and that the testimony of one would have been beneficial to the prosecution.

A three-judge panel of Superior Court agreed with Dobson.

After Napolitan is released from state prison, he will be transferred to federal prison to serve 6è years for possessing nearly 2è pounds of cocaine with intent to deliver. Southwest Mercer County Regional police found the drug during a search of his home.


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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