Man, not woman, was shot; hearings on hold



FARRELL — One of the victims of Sunday morning’s shooting at a Union Street bottle club was a standout high school basketball player, not a 20-year-old woman as The Herald published Wednesday.

Kelsey Williams, 20, of Sandusky, Ohio, is a freshman at California University of Pennsylvania. He was shot in the right side of his face and hit by a fragmented round, Southwest Mercer County Regional Police said.

He was one of three people hit in a chaotic shooting rampage inside Big E’s Social Club, 313 Union St., Farrell.

Police haven’t charged anyone for what happened inside the club.

Preliminary hearings for the five people facing charges related to subsequent chase and shoot-out with police that ended in a crash on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard have been continued indefinitely because of scheduling conflicts with the county public defender’s office. The hearings were initially slated for Friday before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.

Those arrested live in New Castle and have ties to Detroit, according to police. They are: Antonio DeShawn Gardner, 24, Otis York, 19, Dontae C. Terrell, 21, DaJuan Dawson, 21, Dominique S. Taylor, 21. Each faces a litany of charges including aggravated assault stemming from the chase and shoot-out with police.

Amish men’s conditions change at St. Elizabeth



PERRY TOWNSHIP — Two Amish men hurt in separate crashes last month on state Route 358 in Perry Township were in serious condition Wednesday at a Youngstown hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Benjamin Kempf, 29, of 299 Carey Road, Perry Township, and his four children were hurt when their horse-drawn buggy was allegedly struck by a truck driven by Jennifer Crenshaw, 38, of Geneva, Ohio, about 7 p.m. May 10.

Kempf’s condition was upgraded from critical Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Health Center, a hospital spokeswoman said, while Erven Byler, 22, of 5824 Pine Road, East Fallowfield Township, Crawford County, was downgraded from satisfactory.

Byler was thrown from his buggy and his horse killed in a hit-and-run May 5.

Timothy Fredrick Alter, 29, of 90 Shenango Park Road, Lot 7, Pymatuning Township, has been charged with driving the van that hit Byler’s buggy.

Ms. Crenshaw faces a preliminary hearing June 16 on charges of drunken driving, aggravated assault by vehicle, accidents involving death or injury, drunken driving with the highest rate of blood alcohol content, failure to stop and render aid, reckless driving, careless driving, speeding, disregarding traffic lanes and failing to keep right.

Coudersport man lost his Zinger Winger on I-80



MERCER COUNTY — If you found something on Interstate 80 that looks kind of like a hybrid between a television stand, a trampoline and a catapault, the owner would like it back.

Gregory T. Sharer of Coudersport, Pa., was driving along Interstate 80 between Grove City and Dubois at about 6:30 a.m. May 24 when his Zinger Winger — an automatic bird-launcher used to train retrieving dogs — fell off the back of his truck.

The remote-controlled launcher helps teach dogs how to track the fall of downed game, according to the product’s Web site www.zingerwinger.com. Zinger Wingers, made of tubing and synthetic fabric, can launch either live or dead birds.

Police said the model Sharer lost is worth about $2,000. Anyone with information about the lost avian catapault should call state police at 724-662-6162 or 814-274-8690.

Sewer construction contracts awarded



HERMITAGE — The Hermitage Municipal Authority Wednesday awarded contracts for the Magargee Run Sewage System.

The lowest bidders received the contracts: Utility Contracting Inc. for $329,715, Kirila Contractors Inc. for $254,500 and McCurley Electric Inc. for $85, 390.

Next, the plans will be submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection for review, which will take up to days, according to consulting engineer Joseph P. Pacchioni. Construction could begin within 30 days of approval from the DEP.

The authority also approved land development plans for the proposed Hoss’s restaurant on Route 18 and the National Guard Armory on Route 62.

The normal meeting time next month has been changed to July 9.