•Someone smashed a window of a car owned by a man who was moving and stole $1,800 worth of items, including a circular saw and other tools, a 12-gauge shotgun, an iPod and a tent, said police, who received the report at 7 a.m. Monday.
The vehicle was parked in a driveway in the 400 block of South Stateline Road, police said. The vehicle’s dashboard was damaged by the thief trying to rip out the car stereo, police said.
•Someone stole a black Honda bicycle between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday from a garage at 221 E Pine St., police said. They did not give a dollar value of the bike.
•Devon A. Williams, 22, of 919 Hamilton Ave., Farrell, has been charged with theft and summary retail theft for selecting a baby stroller and walking directly to the customer service desk to return it with a receipt for a stroller his girlfriend had bought a week earlier at Walmart, 1275 N. Hermitage Road, police said. Williams received $137 for the return, police said. The incident happened at 12:44 p.m. July 9, police said.
•Jewelry, cigarettes and computer items were stolen in a burglary of an unlocked home between 7 a.m. and noon Tuesday in the 800 block of North Buhl Farm Drive, police said.
•Trae A. Yakell, 18, of 695 N. Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage, was arrested at 2:06 a.m. July 19 the 200 block of North Buhl Farm on charges of driving under the influence of marijuana and a lane violation, police said.
•Two men – one with a gun – robbed a city woman at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
The 38-year-old victim told police she was walking in the 400 block of Orchard Street when a young black man wearing a red hoodie ordered her to the ground and held a gun to her neck.
He and an accomplice wearing a black hoodie stole the woman’s black shoulder bag containing blood pressure pills, a cell phone and some papers, but no money. The victim was not injured by the robbers who ran in a northerly direction, police said.
•Firefighters responded to a kitchen fire at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday that they said was caused by an overheated pot on the stove in a unit at Pine Hollow Apartments, 331 E. Connelly Blvd.
No one was hurt in the unit leased to Lana Blakely, firefighters said.
American Red Cross is providing emergency assistance to Blakely, two other adults and in infant, and to a tenant next door whose apartment was filled with smoke.
•An iPhone was stolen at 3 p.m. Tuesday from a store on state Route 58, Pine Township, police said.
DRUNKEN DRIVING ARRESTS
•Willie A. Richardson, 34, of 188 Elm Ave., Sharon; at 12:12 a.m. July 15 at Longview Road and Likens Lane; also charged with obscuring the license plate and failing to notify PennDOT of change of address.
•George H. Allen III, 64, of Holland, Pa.; at 11:32 p.m. July 19 in the 2600 block of East State Street; also charged with lane and turn violations.
•William E. Flynn, 50, of 406 Ellsworth Ave., Sharon; at 12:13 a.m. July 19 in the 600 block of North Buhl Farm Drive; also charged with a lane violation.
•James E. Black, 21, of 374 N. Perry Highway, Coolspring Township; on U.S. Route 19, Mercer, where his car hit another, after being followed from Jefferson; also charged with reckless and careless driving, driving without insurance and hit-and-run.
•Sharyl A. Gearhart, 53, of 40 Shadeland Estates, 3752 N. Hermitage Road, Pymatuning Township; at 11:46 p.m. Monday after she turned from Wall Street onto Edgewood Drive Extension and drove into a front yard, police said.
•Shawn Axtell, 34, of 118 Orangeville Road, West Salem Township; at 11:50 p.m. Monday on Rutledge Road and Saranac Drive; also charged with reckless driving and not wearing a seatbelt, police said.
•Roberto Velazquez, 31, of 917 Stambaugh Ave., Sharon; at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday after being found asleep in his running car in the 200 block of Mesabi Street.
•Eleanor E. Ulan, 59, of 333 Smith Ave., Hermitage; with highest rate of blood alcohol content; after a June 30 accident near Smith Avenue and Griswold Street.
•Michael G. Lumpp, 28, of 7448 Oakwood Drive, Brookfield; found sleeping in his vehicle at 3:13 a.m. Saturday on Stateline Road.
South Pymatuning Township
•Stephan James Cico, 31, of Sharpsville; July 17.
Mercer County sheriff
•Aaron Blomgren, 39, of 341 Independence Court; Tuesday on a bench warrant.
•Shantasia Kirchell, 20, of 33 Mill St., Sandy Lake; Tuesday on a bench warrant.
•Eugenia Shelton, 53, of 1120 Hamilton Ave., Farrell; Wednesday on a bench warrant.
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City to spend $2M on projects, equipment
Hermitage city officials are closing 2013 satisfied with the city’s financial position and with high hopes of completing a lot of quality-of-life projects in the new year.
CCL revision anticipates job growth
CCL Container Corp. is closing a Canadian aerosol manufacturing plant, and its Hermitage and Mexican plants are competing to take on the additional workload.
2 found dead from gunshots
Responding to a call to Mercer County 911, police found two men dead of gunshot wounds Monday afternoon, one in a South Pymatuning Township home and the other, the apparent caller, in a Hermitage cemetery.
Nine-year-old Alexander Holmes of Grove City stole the show at Buhl Model Train Society’s sixth annual display.
Man charged with contempt for failing to show up for prison
A Farrell man has been charged in a federal indictment with contempt for failing to show up for prison for a probation violation.
Plan links Medicaid expansion, job search
Gov. Tom Corbett’s version of Medicaid expansion would make Pennsylvania the only state in the union to require working poor people to look for better jobs in order to get government-subsidized health insurance.
Homeowner safe; 7 pets perish
Beverly Bentley came home from church Sunday to a hole in her roof and seven pets lost in a fire.
News in brief for Dec. 9, 2013
A collection of short news stories from the Mercer County area.
Jobless rate of 7.8% best in 2 years
Mercer County’s unemployment rate hit 7.8 percent in October, the best rate in nearly two years.
Borough seeks halt to firing lawsuit
The borough of Greenville has asked a federal judge to dismiss the former borough secretary’s lawsuit alleging violations of federal and state law over her firing.
Court moving again
The Mercer County District Court office in Farrell will be moving to the Farrell city building Monday for the second time in six years because of a mold problem.
Grand jury invoked
Local conservatives, tracing their rights to the American Revolution and farther back to the Magna Carta and the Bible, voted Thursday to form a common law grand jury they say is needed to reform government because it has become corrupt at the local, state and federal levels.
Such panels lack authority, officials say
Mercer County’s president judge and district attorney say they recognize that all Americans have the “absolute” right to assemble, speak their political minds and seek redress of their grievances.
Red Kettle drive donations lagging
While donations to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive normally take a dip in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, overall donations across a 28-county region are down more than $307,000 compared to last year at this time, according to statistics released this week by the organization.
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