Man charged with sexual assault of girl, then 13



HERMITAGE — James D. Caperelli, 38, of Jeannette, Pa., has been charged with aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault for assaulting a 13-year-old girl in July or August 2007 when he was living with the girl’s mother in the 3000 block of Morefield Road, Hermitage police said.

Mercer County Children and Youth Services received the initial report in June, police said.

Caperelli was arraigned Friday and taken to Mercer County Jail for failing to post bond. His preliminary hearing was set for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 15.

3 children hurt in truck-SUV crash



EAST LACKAWANNOCK TOWNSHIP — Three children were flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, after a sport utility vehicle in which they were riding crashed Tuesday on Mercer-New Wilmington Road in East Lackawannock Township.

Two of the girls, ages 4 and 7, were discharged Wednesday, said a hospital spokeswoman. They were in serious condition after the crash, police said, according to police.

A 3-year-old girl suffered moderate injuries, police said. She is in stable condition, said the hospital spokeswoman.

The SUV was driven by Lisa Ann Watson, 34, Lackawannock Township, police said, but they did not say if she is related to the girls. Ms. Watson was taken to Grove City Medical Center, Pine Township, with a moderate injury and is no longer in the hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Ms. Watson pulled the SUV onto Mercer-New Wilmington Road from Steingrabe Road and it was hit on the right by a tri-axle truck, police said.

The truck driver was not hurt, police said.

Local schools getting state tutoring money



MERCER COUNTY — The state this week announced that 175 “academically challenged” school districts — five in Mercer County — will receive funding for tutoring through the Educational Assistance Program.

Mercer County districts chosen and their funding levels are: Farrell, $102,246; Grove City, $81,367; Sharon, $63,498; Sharpsville, $32,049; and West Middlesex, $31,750.

The goal of the tutoring is to help students meet state math and reading proficiency targets under the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. The assistance program began in 2003.

Tutoring offered through the program provides additional learning time before, during and after school.

“Targeted tutoring is one of the most strategic, cost-effective ways to help those struggling students and schools that need it most,” Governor Ed Rendell said in a news release.

The 2008-09 education budget includes $65.1 million for tutoring targeted to eligible students enrolled in seventh through twelfth grades in 163 school districts and 12 career and technical schools.

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