Interstate 80 roadwork to start near state line



SHENANGO TOWNSHIP — PennDOT is beginning repairs on Interstate 80 near the eastbound rest area about 1.5 miles from the state line due to mine subsidence, or shifting soil, associated with long-closed coal mines.

Work is set to begin the week of June 23 and to be finished in late September, PennDOT said in a news release.

Eastbound work will require round-the-clock lane restrictions. Westbound work will require daylight lane restrictions and normal traffic flow during the weekends. 

Normal traffic patterns will be restored in both directions during the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays.

The contractor is Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., Grove City, and the federally funded project costs $2.4 million.

Work includes drilling and filling subsurface mine voids, repair of existing pavement, milling, and repaving with asphalt. 

Ohio trucker used rig to steal diesel, police say



HERMITAGE — A Trumbull County asphalt and trucking company owner was arraigned Friday for using a truck trailer with a hidden vacuum system to steal 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel from a Hermitage convenience store.

Hermitage police charged 56-year-old Larry Donaldson of North Bloomfield, Ohio, with theft, conspiracy and possessing instruments of crime — in this case, a pickup truck trailer that contained the vacuum. Police say the truck’s engine powered the vacuum and a hose was lowered through a trap door in the trailer into underground diesel tanks at the Tic Toc Food Mart BP station on East State Street.

Police say Donaldson stole the fuel on April 27, and two other times in 2005.

Police said they received an anonymous tip about Donaldson May 27 after publicizing the thefts and pictures of the pickup and trailer allegedly used in the thefts.

Witnesses told of Donaldson bragging about stealing gasoline for years, police said.

Donaldson has an unlisted phone number. He’s been a suspect since police found the trailer on his property last month.

Ex-secretary stole $15,000 from township, police say



DEER CREEK TOWNSHIP — A Deer Creek Township municipal secretary is charged with felony theft by deception for allegedly stealing over $15,000 from the township over 12 years.

Linda L. Peak, 48, of 51 Grange Road, Cochranton, was charged recently by state police for taking $15,243 in payments to the township for her own benefit, police said.

An investigation by the State Ethics Commission was spurred when a March, 2006 audit showed discrepencies like the altering of checks, police said.

The “payment” section of the checks had white-out over the money amounts and the amounts were altered, police said.

Ms. Peak cooperated with the commission and they discovered she took the money, police said.

Ms. Peak was employed at the township from 1992 to December of 2004.

Sharon man charged after kids found in streets



SHARON — A Sharon is charged with endangering the welfare of children after his two children were found Friday morning wandering their neighborhood.

Adam J. Blauser, 27, of 394 New Castle Ave., Sharon, was arraigned Friday by District Judge James E. McMahon on the charge and released on his own recognizance.

Blauser’s 3- and 4-year-old children were seen about 8:35 a.m. wandering streets and yards two and three blocks from their home, according to court documents. The children were barefoot and wearing overflowing diapers, court documents said.

Blauser was responsible for their care when they were found and he failed to supervise them or secure the home, court documents said.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 24.

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