The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Crime

April 13, 2014

Police, fire from April 13, 2014

- — Brookfield

• Police arrested two women early Thursday morning who were both wanted by authorities in Florida, West Virginia and Georgia, as well as Niles and Warren police in Ohio.

Police said they stopped Tania Jo Cordwell, 28, of West Virginia, for driving erratically along Route 82 near Werner Road, shortly after midnight.

A passenger in her car, Jessica L. Merdell, 34, of Niles, Ohio, was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments related to heroin after police said she admitted to having syringes and spoons. Cordwell also was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments, police said.

Cardwell was wanted in Florida, Georgia and West Virginia for larceny, fraud and parole violations and Merdell was wanted by Niles police for passing bad checks and by Warren police for driving under suspension, police said.

Sharon

• A Hermitage woman is accused of risking a catastrophe after police said she dropped off some of her former boyfriend’s clothes and set them afire on his porch.

Samantha L. LaRosa, 18, of 6967 E. State St., set the fire that the victim put out at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of Nimick Street, police said.

LaRosa is expected to turn herself in for arraignment on charges of risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief.

• Police are looking for a Youngstown man accused for the second time of attacking a former girlfriend at her home in the 400 block of North Street.

Ralph G. Stoddard, 22, shouted obscenities at the victim and choked her, leaving welts on her neck. He took her cell phone and left, police said.

He was charged with simple assault and theft and had posted bond on an earlier assault charge, police said.

• Kyle Dupree Childs, 23, faces additional charges for running from police during a warrant arrest at about 9:50 p.m. Thursday on Quinby Street.

Childs, a native of Detroit whose last known local address was on Sterling Avenue, was caught after a short chase and subdued with an electronic shock.

He had been sought on a warrant for an Oct. 30 robbery for forcibly taking a woman’s phone. Childs was charged additionally with fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest.

State police

• The driver was cited but not hurt in a crash at about 1:45 a.m. Friday in Jefferson Township, police said.

Cory J. Evans, 20, of New Cumberland, W.Va., ran his eastbound pickup off Lake Road after failing to round a curve near Charleston Road.  The truck rolled onto its side and struck a tree, police said.

Evans, who was wearing a shoulder belt, was cited for a lane violation.

WARRANT ARRESTS

Sharon

• Todd Christian Porterfield, 27, no known address, at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on East State Street; on a warrant for violating parole; also charged with possession of suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia after he was found to be carrying syringes and a spoon with suspected drug residue.

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