The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

October 3, 2013

Searchers recover body of boater

SANDY LAKE — Searchers have found the body of the man who had been missing since Friday after a boating accident in Sandy Lake.

A rescue crew on Wednesday recovered the body of Jason Mathieson, 29, of Sandy Lake, in the lake where he had been canoeing with two friends. They survived when the canoe capsized at about 5 a.m. Friday.

Chief Rick Reither of Stoneboro Fire Company said friends of Mathieson’s family using an underwater camera spotted his body, which was recovered at about 3:30 p.m. by rescue crews in water 20 feet deep within the initial search area.

The six-day search in the murky waters of the weedy lake began with rescue crews and was taken over by family and friends, Reither said.

Mike Mathieson, the older brother of Jason Mathieson, said Jason had been boating with friends Nicki Heister and Jason Greggs when the canoe capsized.

They stayed together for a while at the canoe before they decided to let go of it and split up and get help, Mathieson said in a Tuesday story in The Herald.

“Nicki said my brother told her he couldn’t make it anymore, that he was just wore out. She said he was floating face down in the water when she went back to him, but he started taking her down with him,” Mathieson said.

Mercer County Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle pronounced Mathieson dead at 4:05 p.m.

His body was taken to Erie for an autopsy scheduled for 10 a.m. today by Dr. Eric Vey, forensic pathologist, McGonigle said.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Man admits having child porn

    A Mercer man accused of soliciting and downloading photographs of nude teenage girls pleaded guilty April 8 to sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography.

    April 19, 2014

  • Police getting new tool to fight crime

    Sharon police working at crime scenes will be putting a powerful new investigative tool to work as soon as next month.

    April 19, 2014

  • Soap box derby finds new home

    The Greater Pennsylvania Super Kids soap box derby for special-needs kids is moving to Sharpsville.

    April 19, 2014

  • News briefs from April 18, 2014

    ‘Nonspecific threat’ prompts evacuation

    Supreme Court refuses to hear couple’s appeal

    Lung Association offering free radon test kits

    April 18, 2014

  • Man admits to choking; rape case is dropped

    A Greenville man on Thursday pleaded down a rape case to simple assault and continued to deny that he committed any sexual crimes.

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge issues tabletop ads injunction against couple

    A judge recently handed down an injunction prohibiting a Sharon man, his wife and two companies associated with the wife from working in the tabletop advertising business within 100 miles of Sharon.

    April 18, 2014

  • Tech waste eyed for new contact

    The current Hermitage solid waste contract was designed to increase recycling while reducing the amount of garbage placed at the curb, and it has lived up to its promise.

    April 18, 2014

  • WaterFire Rekindled

    WaterFire Sharon has chosen themes for its festivals to be held on three Saturdays in downtown Sharon. “Elements” will be the theme July 19, “Origins” for Aug. 23 and “Motion” for the Sept. 27 celebration.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from April 17, 2014

    Man arrested for running from accident scene

    UPMC, Southwest eyeing security at hospital

    Crashes cause diversion of Interstate 80 traffic

    Court supports prison term in chase case

    Woman gets 5-10 years in crash that killed officer

    April 17, 2014

  • Officials pledge support to sewer project

    Publicly declaring their intention to donate county land to the Upper Neshannock Watershed Authority, Commissioners Matt McConnell and John Lechner said there’s no need for Commissioner Brian Beader to worry about the loss of the sewer project at the Interstate 80/Route 19 interchange.

    April 17, 2014

  • Griswold Avenue fire Neighbors tried to save victim

    As flames and thick smoke poured out of a Sharon house Tuesday evening, neighbors rallied to try and save the man who lived there alone.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woman nabbed, sister sought in assault

    Southwest Mercer County Regional police have arrested a Hermitage woman for breaking into a home in Farrell and beating a woman and are seeking the alleged assailant’s sister.

    April 16, 2014

  • Despite good deeds, man going back to prison

    Linda K. Kretzer had nothing but praise for Raymond C. McKelvey.

    April 16, 2014

  • 15-year-old legal battle returning to county court

    State Supreme Court has let stand a Superior Court decision sending a landmark medical malpractice case back to Mercer County Common Pleas Court.

    April 16, 2014

  • Southwest mulls how to adopt study points

    Even though some members of the Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Department had little respect for a study of the department completed by a consultant, Chief Riley Smoot Jr. pledged to implement as many of the study’s recommendations as he could.

    April 16, 2014