8-year-old boy stable after running into car



OTTER CREEK TOWNSHIP — A Hempfield Township boy ran onto the road and into the side of a vehicle Thursday morning in Otter Creek Township, state police said.

Travis D. Cox, 8, of 18 Grove St., suffered moderate injuries when he ran into an eastbound vehicle driven by Timothy Rodgers at 10:58 a.m. on state Route 358, police said.

Cox was in stable condition at UPMC Horizon, Greenville, Friday, a hospital spokesperson said.

Rodgers, 23, of 1015 Scofield Road, Sandy Creek Township, was not hurt, police said.

Council signs lease with library



SHARON — Sharon council members Thursday approved a two-year lease with the Community Library of the Shenango Valley Inc. for the library building at 11 N. Sharpsville Ave.

The library will pay $1 a month for use of the building.

Library board President Tom Rookey said the lease and terms are “excellent” because it’s affordable and it will allow the board to more actively seek grants. It also clarifies the situation, he said.

The library severed ties with the city earlier this year and became a separate, nonprofit organization.

City to pay leave due library retirees



SHARON — Three former employees of the former Shenango Valley Community Library will be paid by the city of Sharon for a total of $35,040 in sick leave owed to them.

Council members Thursday authorized the transfer of funds from the unappropriated surplus to the library.

Council President Fred Hoffman said the city is contractually obligated to pay the money and the union had been holding off on filing a grievance because city officials said they would do so.

If council had not approved the payment this month, Hoffman said the union would likely have taken action.

A motion that included a statement that next year’s library subsidy would be reduced by that amount failed by a vote of 3-2, with council members Victor Heutsche, Jennifer Barborak and Hoffman voting “no.”

At the end of the meeting, Hoffman proposed a motion without the restrictions on future funding and it passed unanimously.

Hourly pay set for per diem firefighters



SHARON — After discussing it last month, Sharon council members Thursday approved setting the pay rate for per-diem firefighters at $12 an hour.

Council member Frank Connelly voted against the motion, which was not on the agenda but brought up at the end of the meeting by council member Victor Heutsche.

Connelly said he did not like getting the item “at the last minute” and didn’t like the idea of hiring day-to-day firefighters while a full-timer is laid off.

Council President Fred Hoffman asked Connelly if he wanted to move that firefighter Jason Korpon be brought back to duty and Connelly said he wasn’t ready to do that.

Mayor Bob Lucas later asked that Korpon be called back because many men in the fire department will be taking vacation this summer and the city will have to pay a lot in overtime to cover those shifts.

Firefighters can be called in on a per diem basis for an emergency or when there are only three men available for a shift, Hoffman said.

The last time the resolution regarding that was updated was in 1986 and it set the pay at what is now less than minimum wage.

Coroner: Driver in crash that killed 3 legally drunk



SLIPPERY ROCK — A driver had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when his car crashed head-on into another car last month, killing him and two other people, authorities said.

Brian Benscoter, 26, of Hilliards, had a .208 percent blood-alcohol level, according to the Butler County coroner’s office. The limit for drivers in Pennsylvania is 0.08 percent.

Benscoter’s Dodge Neon was traveling more than 70 mph in a 45 mph zone when it crossed into oncoming traffic and hit another car on April 27 along state Route 308 in Cherry Township, state police said.

The crash killed two people in the other car, driver John Spinetti Jr., 28, of New Kensington, and his 24-year-old fiancee, Angela Barnhart. Benscoter’s 28-year-old brother, Robert, of Boyers, was thrown from the vehicle and taken to a Pittsburgh hospital.

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