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June 15, 2014

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- — Man told to leave town as part of sentence

SHENANGO TOWNSHIP – Remember those old western movies where a bad guy is told by the sheriff that, as long as he stays out of the sheriff’s jurisdiction, the bad guy will avoid prosecution for whatever crime he is suspected of?

Well, Edward M. Vincent did not escape prosecution, but he was told, rhetorically, to get the heck out of Dodge.

As part of his plea agreement – pleading down a rape charge to simple assault – Vincent was told not to return to Mercer County for the duration of his parole.

Vincent, 31, formerly of Shenango Township, was charged by Southwest Mercer County Regional police with rape for an alleged assault that occurred against a woman Nov. 10 at his home.

Vincent maintained that no sex occurred, and the victim testified at his preliminary hearing that she and Vincent had consensual sex later in the day, attorneys said at a March pretrial. A polygraph test of Vincent was inconclusive.

Thursday, Vincent entered a no contest plea to simple assault. Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel P. Wallace sentenced Vincent to 207 days to 2 years less 1 day in jail and paroled him for having already served 207 days.

Vincent, who now lists an address of Sulpher, La., was given 48 hours to leave town and not return to the county for the duration of his parole. He also was ordered to live in Sulpher, abide by the protection from abuse order already in place through a civil proceeding and have no contact with the victim.

Email court scam spans state

A scam centered on Pennsylvania courts has been making its way through the state.

The email hoax has been reported in York and Washington counties this year, and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts is warning that the messages could still be coming.

The emails have been sent with a subject concerning an upcoming court hearing or a notice to appear in court. They appear to be sent from a variety of random sources, officials said.

Pennsylvania courts do not send any court orders via email, and officials are recommending that anyone who receives an email similar to this should delete it immediately.

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