ADA to judge: Throw the book at repeat offender

MERCER COUNTY — It wasn’t Scott D. Vogan’s first time in front of a judge, and Assistant District Attorney Neil McEwen on Monday was clear on how he wanted to keep him out of the courtroom in the future.

“He does nothing but commit crimes. The only way to stop him is to put him in state prison for as long as possible,” McEwen said.

Common Pleas Judge John C. Reed sentenced Vogan, 36, Conneaut Lake, Pa., to one year and two months to four years in prison for a consolidated charge of bad checks, a misdemeanor.

“He is a drain on the county. He has 34 adult convictions,” McEwen said. He emphasized that was the number of convictions, not how many times Vogan has been charged or arrested.

“I have 36,” said Reed.

Vogan said he is also sentenced for 15 to 30 months in Crawford County and 17 months to six years in Venango County, and will be up for parole this month.

“I need to put it together,” Vogan said. “I think that’s the answer.”

Woman sentenced for kicking Sharon cop

SHARON — A 36-year-old Sharon woman who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for kicking a city patrolman was sentenced to three to six months house arrest and three years’ probation Monday.

Shelly M. Mihalson, of 276 Oak Way, entered an Alford plea on March 10 to the assault charge, meaning she did not have to admit her guilt but it is considered a guilty plea . Charges of criminal mischief, resisting arrest and public drunkenness were dropped.

She was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge John C. Reed for the Aug. 7 incident.

Police said she kicked Sharon patrolman John Miller and the frame of a police cruiser’s rear window, which she damaged. Miller did not need medical attention.

After getting a call about a “drunken woman” from George Street, police said they found Ms. Mihalson on the same street several blocks away.

Sharpsville schools have early dismissal Friday

SHARPSVILLE — Sharpsville schools will have an early dismissal Friday, the last day of the year.

Middle school students who ride the bus will be let out at 11:45 a.m. with walkers at 11:50 a.m.; high schoolers who ride the bus will get out at 11:55 a.m. and walkers at noon.

Elementary dismissal will begin at 12:50 p.m. and there will be no afternoon kindergarten. Lunch will be served.

Staff and local reports

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