One of the two men charged with robbing a Hermitage jewelry store in July pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of robbery and has agreed to testify against his co-defendant, police said.
Anthony D. Jacobs, 23, of Columbus, will undergo a mental health evaluation before sentencing, and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison.
Prosecutors withdrew six charges, including theft, receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license and conspiracy.
The case against Terrance K. Jackson, 41, of Columbus, is pending.
Jacobs and Jackson entered King’s Jewelry, 3407, E. State St., together and talked to different employees. Jacobs pulled up his shirt showing a gun and Jackson jumped the counter, employees testified at their preliminary hearing in July.
Jackson pulled a crow bar out of his sleeve, and jimmied open a locked display case, employees said. He filled a bag with $76,000 worth of jewelry, jumped back over the counter and he and Jacobs left the store, employees said.
The men ran across the Shenango Valley Mall parking lot, raising the suspicion of passersby, and threw objects - including a gun - over a brick wall at Sears Auto Center.
They did not stop for traffic on East State Street, and ran across the parking lot of Hermitage Square Plaza. Passersby directed police to where the men ran and Jacobs was arrested in the Dumpster area by Bob Evans Restaurant.
Jackson went into the bathroom of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grille and Bar and was forced out by irritants.
The men stole a station wagon from Gargano Towers in Farrell, parked it by Sears Auto Center and left it running, police said. Although they stashed some of the jewelry in the station wagon, they did not use it to get away, police said.
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Interest high in housing program
The first day Mercer County Housing Authority accepted applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program in November, 111 came in.
Civil Air Patrol official corrupted girl, police say
A Mercer County official of the Civil Air Patrol has been charged with corrupting a 15-year-old girl member of the group by offering to buy her a sexually explicit movie and telling her she has a sexually transmitted disease, Hermitage police said.
Housing authority appeals inspection score
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Ex-PTO officer pleads guilty to theft
One of the two women charged with stealing money from the Hermitage Parent-Teacher Organization has entered a guilty plea.
Turns out words key to fighting poverty too
Attacking poverty locally is an overwhelming and consistently frustrating effort that first requires everyone involved to speak the same language, which would go a long way toward solving problems for both the poverty-stricken and the bureaucrats trying to help them, according to Ron Errett, director of the Mercer County Community Action Partnership agency.
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Transportation law’s impact unknown
Although it’s clear Pennsylvania public transportation agencies will be getting more money under a recently passed law that will increase gas taxes and other vehicle-related fees, agencies are still waiting for details.
Landlords weigh in on proposal
Some landlords aren’t happy about a proposed revision of the rental inspection ordinance. But most of the eight who talked it over Monday with Sharpsville council said they can live with the plan to tighten building safety procedures in the borough.
Police decluttering won’t include Tommy gun
Some old police records are heading for the shredder to clear some storage space at Sharon Police Department.
Regional police seek 3% increase
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Official rules deaths murder, suicide
The deaths of two South Pymatuning Township men on Monday were ruled a murder-suicide, according to Mercer County Deputy Coroner John Libonati.
This time, bell has different ring
With a diamond ring too big to fit in the Salvation Army’s red kettle, Capt. Scott Flanders proposes a local jeweler buy the ring from him and help support the agency doing its best to help the less fortunate.
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