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May 27, 2014

News briefs from May 27, 2014

- — Man accused of setting fire to his apartment

GREENVILLE – A Greenville man has been charged with arson and other offenses for setting a fire at about midnight Sunday in his apartment at 53 S. Mercer St., Greenville, Greenville-West Salem Township police said.

Nathaniel D. Leonard, 25, has been charged with two counts of arson, four counts of reckless endangerment and one count each of risking a catastrophe, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Leonard started the fire by stuffing blankets in his oven and putting them on the stove top, said police, who arrested him at 12:26 a.m. Monday.

Leonard was arraigned by District Judge Brian Arthur, Greenville, and sent to Mercer County Jail after failing to post $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. June 3.


One of three suspected in outlet thefts arrested

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – An Erie man charged with stealing items from 11 stores at Grove City Premium Outlets in Springfield Township has been arrested, while police continue to search for two others.

Merle A. Page, 23, is in Mercer County Jail on charges of receiving stolen property, felony retail theft, organized retail theft, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit retail theft.

He faces a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. June 2 before District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Queonia Q. Robinson, 19, and Lashana L. Henderson, 22, both of Erie.

Henderson was driving a car stopped for speeding March 18 on Interstate 79 in Crawford County and police smelled pot, they said.

Page, Henderson and Robinson gave differing accounts of who they were, where they were coming from and what was in numerous shopping bags that could be seen in the car, police said.

Obtaining their consent to search the vehicle, police recovered clothing and merchandise with the tags still on them from 11 stores at the outlet mall, but no receipts for the items, which were valued at about $6,300, police said.

Police said they also found cutting pliers, an envelope of marijuana and a pot-filled cigar.


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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