The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

November 13, 2013

Police, Fire from Nov. 13, 2013

Herald staff

- — Hermitage

• Amanda L. Hoffman, 29, of 270 Boyd Drive, Hermitage, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, Trazadore and an unnamed antidepressant, driving at an unsafe speed and a turn violation at 2:20 a.m. Nov. 5 in the 400 block of North Buhl Farm Drive, police said.

• Blake J. Bralich, 26, of Butler, has been charged with burglary and theft for stealing two televisions, a 12-gauge shotgun, a computer and food Oct. 13, 2012, from a home in the 2500 block of Romar Drive, police said.

Bralich had lived at the home until two days before the burglary and kept his key, police said. A television and the shotgun were recovered, while other items were sold, police said.

• Samantha L. Place, 23, of Akron has been charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft for stealing a wallet from atop a gasoline pump at 8:33 p.m. Aug. 16 at Sheetz, 2381 S. Hermitage Road, police said.

New Wilmington

• A Westminster College student was beaten unconscious before 11 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of Waugh Avenue, police said.

Richard Conti Jr., 20, of New Castle, was attempting to unlock his car when he was pulled back and down by his backpack strap, police said. As he turned, he was hit in the head and face by an unknown number of people, police said.

He was treated at a regional hospital, police said. New Wilmington volunteer firefighters assisted.


• Robert Earl Hall Jr., 59, of 45 N. Railroad St., faces charges after a disturbance that began outside his room at Sharon Hotel.

Hall was running naked through the hallway at about 6:15 a.m. Saturday and challenging others to fight him, police said.

Police got him to dress and took him for a mental health evaluation at Sharon Regional Health System. He became combative, kicked one of the patrolmen and broke a glass partition at the hospital, police said.

The patrolman was not seriously injured.

Hall was admitted to the hospital and police got a warrant charging him with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. He will be arraigned later, police said.

• Two Youngstown men face charges after police arrested one of them on a warrant.

Police on patrol spotted Brandon Lee Lightbody, 21, who was wanted on a warrant, at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday downtown.  He ran but the patrolman caught him after a short chase in the 200 block of Sterling Avenue.

The policeman suffered a hand injury while struggling with the suspect, whose friend, James Van Tasel, 19, began trying to help him escape. Another policeman providing backup got Van Tasel under control and both men were arrested, police said.

The injured patrolman was treated at the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System.

Lightbody, wanted on a Mercer County warrant for absconding parole, was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. VanTasel was charged with obstructing justice and disorderly conduct and both were taken to Mercer County Jail, police said.

• A Wilmington Township man faces burglary charges after someone saw him trying  to pry open the door of an apartment at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday and called police.

Robert A. Davis Jr., of 3148 Bethel-New Wilmington Road, ran when police arrived at the address in the 100 block of Woodrow Court and caught him behind a nearby garage, police said.

He had forced open the door but hadn’t had a chance to take anything, police said, adding that he had left a bag of tools when be ran.

Davis, who was named in a Brookfield warrant for burglary and aggravated assault in Hermitage, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and possessing instruments of crime. He was taken to Mercer County Jail as a fugitive from justice.

Southwest Mercer County Regional

• Robert A. Davis Jr., 35, of 3148 Bethel New Wilmington Road, Shenango Township, has been charged with theft for stealing 28 silver dollars and a cordless drill from a relative at about 10:15 a.m. Oct. 17 at home, police said.

Eight of the coins were sold to a local jeweler, police said.

State police

• Robert S. Sippos Jr., 61, of Pittsburgh, has been charged with theft for accepting a $2,000 down payment for the sale of windows and never delivering them, police said. Sippos placed an advertisement for the sale of windows on Craigslist and the victim met Sippos May 20 at a Springfield Township business, where the deal was made, police said.

• Shane M. Waites, 21, of 104 Jacobs Road, Hubbard, has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud for using a man’s debit card without permission to withdraw $200 from an automated teller machine at 1:27 a.m. Nov. 6 at a Mercer business, police said.

• Nicholas E. Ragula, 18, of Monaca, has been charged with possession of marijuana, driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, underage drinking, a lane violation, driving at an unsafe speed, careless driving and driving without inspection for a crash Sept. 22 in East Lackawannock Township, where his car went off U.S. Route 19 and hit gas meters and signs just north of Interstate 80, police said.

He was seen giving a bag of pot to a woman before police arrived, they said.



• Christopher M. Dingess, 39, of 314 Liberty St., Sharon; at 7:40 p.m. Nov. 1 at East State Street and Snyder Road; also charged with a turn violation and driving straight from a left-turn lane.

State police

• Ronald S. Kommer Sr., 78, of 25 Lake St., Stoneboro; at 10:01 p.m. April 22 on state Route 358 west of Long Hill Road, Otter Creek Township, where his van hit a utility pole and rolled onto its side; also charged with a lane violation and careless driving.


Mercer County sheriff

• Christina Vaughn, 24, of 230 Orange Drive, Hermitage; Tuesday on a bench warrant for failing to appear for sentence court Nov. 4 on a Hermitage police charge of misdemeanor retail theft.