The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

May 9, 2014

News briefs from May 9, 2014


Herald staff

- — Shot fired when group robs two people in Farrell

FARRELL – A shot was fired in a robbery of two people at 9:17 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Indiana Avenue, Farrell, said Southwest Mercer County Regional police.

No one was injured, police said.

The victims told police they were walking southbound near Bond Street and saw six people standing across the street.

Four of the people started walking behind the victims, caught up to them and demanded that they get on the ground and turn over everything they had, police said.

One of the victims refused and someone pulled out a handgun, police said. The victims turned over their wallets, police said.

A shot was fired near the head of one of the victims, who was on the ground, police said.



Three arrested after scooting from vehicle

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP – Three people were charged with substance-related offenses after they ran from a vehicle police were seeking for traffic violations at 6:52 p.m. Monday, Hempfield Township police said.

Charleen Calloway, 49, of Andover was charged with possession of a prescription medication without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness.

Matthew J. Calloway, 28, of Jamestown, was charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness.

James McFarland, 45, of 38 Wilbur St., Greenville, was cited with public drunkenness.

Police said they saw the vehicle speeding at Williamson and Leech roads in Sugar Grove Township and run a stop sign. Police were directed to the vehicle behind a Williamson Road business, where they found the vehicle abandoned, police said. The trio was arrested after a brief chase, police said.

McFarland has pleaded guilty and been fined $50 and costs.



Man admits attempting to assault two girls

SHENANGO TOWNSHIP – A Shenango Township man charged with molesting two girls pleaded guilty April 24 to a charge of attempted aggravated indecent assault, consolidating two cases into one.

Robert F. Little, 43, of 359 Sieg Hill Road, agreed to be sentenced to a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 to 10 years in prison.

Little will be examined by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board. If the board recommends that he is a sexually violent predator, and Mercer County sentencing Judge Robert G. Yeatts agrees, Little’s reporting and counseling requirements will be more stringent.

Southwest Mercer County Regional police said they were notified Aug. 12 when the victims, girls ages 12 and 13, were treated at a hospital and reported that Little had assaulted them Aug. 4 and 5 on his home property.

The girls said Little served them alcohol but believed he had put something in the drinks, police said.

The plea deal got Little out from under charges including rape of the 13-year-old and furnishing alcohol to minors.



Judge imprisons man for possessing cocaine

FARRELL – A former Farrell man has been sent to state prison for having cocaine in his home when it was raided by drug agents in March 2011.

Edward W. Patterson, 40, pleaded guilty in March to a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. Mercer County Common Pleas Court sentenced Patterson May 2 to 1è to 7 years in prison with credit for 241 days.

Patterson was arrested in September in Ohio and returned to Pennsylvania after being a wanted man since charges were filed in May 2011.

Mercer County Drug Task Force said they used an informant to buy heroin three times in February and March 2011 from Patterson and his wife, Barbara.

Police said they searched their then-home at 1211 French St. in Farrell on March 4, 2011, and found 48 bags of heroin, about 1.3 ounces of cocaine, a digital scale, a box of bags, $965 and two cell phones.

Mrs. Patterson pleaded guilty Nov. 14, 2012, to a charge of conspiracy to commit possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and was sentenced Jan. 31, 2013, to 5 years’ probation.