Hearing to suppress evidence continued

SHARON — A hearing to suppress evidence in the trial of Jeremy D. Archer on murder charges has been continued.

The hearing set for next week has been rescheduled for Dec. 6 before Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Francis J. Fornelli, according to court filings.

Archer, 29, is charged with first- and third-degree murder in the death of Kristen L. Truchan, 24, of Masury.

Police say Archer killed her with an ax at about 6 a.m. Oct. 24, 2005, in his apartment at 139 N. Water Ave., Sharon.

The defense is asking to suppress evidence obtained from the search of Archer’s home and from the traffic stop when he was arrested. A probation officer found Miss Truchan’s body Oct. 26 when he entered the apartment after failed attempts to contact Archer.

Archer also faces charges of burlgary, possession of a firearm, theft and two counts of robbery for allegedly breaking into a South Oakdale Avenue home in Hermitage Oct. 27 and holding a woman hostage at gunpoint before stealing her car.

He was arrested in another vehicle about 1:15 p.m. that day on East Street in Hermitage.

Archer’s attorneys have filed a notice of insanity or mental infirmity defense.

Officials not talking about apparent drug raid

SHARON — Officials have not released any information about an apparent drug raid Oct. 24 in Sharon.

Neighbors of an apartment building at the corner of King Street and Baldwin Avenue said agents with guns and dogs surrounded the building at about 10 a.m. and left about 30 minutes later for Mesabi Street.

Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies parked on Mesabi that morning said they could not say anything about what was going on but that they were not handling it. Sharon police and several unmarked vehicles were also in the area at the time.

Repeated messages left with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Pittsburgh have not been returned and Sharon Police Captain Mike Menster said he cannot comment on the incidents.

Farrell residents asked to bag leaves

FARRELL — Gerald “Bugs” Multari, the city’s public works director, is asking residents to refrain from raking leaves into the street.

Leaves that are raked into the street can clog storm sewers and the city doesn’t vacuum leaves from the street.

Instead, Multari suggests that residents bag their leaves.

Residents’ input sought on Wheatland ordinance

WHEATLAND — Residents and property owners in Wheatland are being asked to provide input on a proposed rental ordinance council is mulling.

Township Secretary Sharon Stinedurf said the ordinance was drafted to curb slumlords from letting properties become run-down and to protect tenants of properties in the borough.

A meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the borough building.

Housing rehab applications sought

WHEATLAND — Applications for the borough’s housing rehabilitation program are being sought.

Wheatland residents who would like to participate in the program can pick up applications at the borough building or the Mercer County Regional Planning Commission’s offices.

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