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Farrell police

• Lorenzo Harris, 45, of 700 Beechwood Ave., Suite B, Farrell, was charged with access device fraud for an incident at 3:31 p.m. Dec. 12 in the 400 block of Indiana Avenue. Police said he used someone’s credit card to purchase $715.34 worth of items.

Greenville-West Salem police

• Ricky Lee Thompson, 43, of 250 W. Jamestown Road, Greenville, was charged with obstructing the administration of law or governmental functions and resisting arrest at 6:43 p.m. Nov. 26, at the residence, after police said he attempted to flee from officers.

• Tammy Marie Liska, 42, of 250 W. Jamestown Road, Greenville, was charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and obstructing the administration of justice or other governmental functions at 6:43 p.m. Nov. 26, at the residence, after police said she tried to stop officers from arresting a suspect and threatened to shoot another person.

Hempfield Township police

• Austin Pierce, 22, Greenville, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 10:22 a.m. Nov. 27 at a Hadley Road business after the business reported that he left a marijuana pipe there, police said.

• Chad Everett Cross, 30, of 451 Randolph St., Meadville, was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and public drunkenness at 12:39 a.m. Nov. 24 after police said he damaged a residence on Ray Road, Greenville, and attempted to run from police officers.

• Wayne Frederrick McNeal, 38, of 8085 Pennington Drive, Laurel, Md., was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop at 12:23 a.m. Nov. 23 on Greenville- Sheakleyville Road.

Police said they searched McNeal’s vehicle and found a single marijuana cigarette and a glass smoking device.

Hermitage police

• Dustin Sheakley Deitz, 30, of 392 Frank St., Sharon, was charged with burglary, trespass and criminal mischief after police said he broke into a residence in the 2800 block of Crosswhite Drive on Dec. 25 by cutting a screen window.

• Nicole Michele Vasconi, 34, of 880 Mayfield Road, Sharpsville, was charged with false, fraud, incomplete insurance claim, false reports, unsworn falsification and false swearing after police said she gave officers and State Farm Insurance false information regarding items she claimed were stolen from her house. She said the items were valued at $15,599 but police said they found them at a relative’s house.

• Jazhmine Lanae Phillips, 29, of 1570 Parke Drive, Apartment 2C, Hermitage, was charged with assault after an incident at 8:31 p.m. Dec. 28 at home, where police said she hit a man in the head, causing a small cut. Police said Phillips also stabbed the man with scissors.

• John Robert Bottenfield, 54, of 985 S. Keel Ridge Road, Hermitage, was charged with reckless endangerment and possession of a controlled substance at 6:21 p.m.

Dec. 28 at home. Police said he lost consciousness and his elderly father attempted to help him, which could have exposed the older man to heroin.

Mercer County Sheriff

• Nicholas M. Tantuo, 22, of 3465 Mount Hickory Blvd., Hermitage, was arrested at 10:34 a.m. Dec. 31 at home after the sheriff’s department said Tantuo fled from his parole.

Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General

• Gail Teshawn Hopson, 26, of 211 Fruit Ave., Farrell, was charged with possession with intent, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia after agents served a search warrant at 9:39 p.m. Nov. 20, at Hopson’s home.

Police said they found Carfentanil, digital scale, plastic bags, and cutting agents used for processing and packaging. She was also charged with endangering the welfare of children because police said she had a child under the age of 6 near the drug.

State police

• A laundry basket containing several open Christmas presents with discarded wrapping paper were found at 11:33 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Sunoco, 850 Franklin Road, Mercer, police said.

• Someone stole a vehicle at 1:16 a.m. Nov. 4 from South Madison Avenue and Pinchalong Road, Pine Township, police said. The vehicle was later found in Scott Township, Columbia County.

• Daniel Wain, 45, Cleveland, was charged with escape at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 27 after police said he failed to report as required to the Mercer County State Parole Office, 8362 Sharon Mercer Road, East Lackawannock Township on Dec. 23 and Dec. 27.

• Jordan Williams, 23, Greenville, was charged with harassment at 6:49 a.m. Dec. 24 in the 400 block of Hadley Road, Otter Creek Township, after police said a verbal argument with a woman turned physical.

• John Valentine, 52, Jamestown, was charged with assault after a domestic at 1:30 a.m. Dec. 24 at Penn Road and Martin Drive, South Shenango Township, Crawford County after police said a verbal argument with turned physical. Police said Valentine hit a woman in the face and side of her head, leaving her with visible injuries.

• Corey Gibson, 18, Greenville, was charged at 12:54 p.m. Dec. 22 in the 2100 block of Kennard Road, East Fallowfield Township, Crawford County, with drug possession after police said he admitted to having drugs.

• Police are investigating a Childline referral received 8 a.m. Nov. 12 involving a 15-year-old Stoneboro girl who allegedly received sexual messages on her Snapchat account, police said.

• A burglary was reported at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the 300 block of Diamond Street, Pine Township, where several tools were stolen Dec. 6 from a garage, police said. The tools were stashed in a wooded area near the garage, police said. Taken was a welder, and three long pipe wrenches worth a total of $1,200.

• Someone used nine stolen checks from a bank account belonging to a 93-year-old Fredonia woman. Police said the checks were used before Dec. 3 to make $1,379.90 in purchases at Walmart, 45 Williamson Road, Hempfield Township.

• A Jamestown woman said a burglar broke into the front door of her residence and tried to enter through the back door, but left without taking anything at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 3, police said.

• Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer- West Middlesex Road, Lackawannock Township, said someone broke a $200 rear window of the church at 11:41 a.m. Jan. 1, police said.

• Christopher Clevenger, 43, of Oil City, was charged with improper sale or transfer of firearms and giving unsworn falsification to authorities. Police said Clevenger attempted to purchase a firearm at 6:49 p.m. Sept. 4 at Outlet Firearms, Springfield Township, but was denied because of previous criminal charges.


Greenville-West Salem

• Travis Ray McCallion, 26, of 7104 state Route 609, Burghill, Ohio, at 10:46 p.m. Nov. 24 in the 100 block of South Stateline Road, Greenville, police said.

Grove City

• David Grossman, 33, of 319 Barkey Hoffman Road, Harrisville, at 7:16 p.m. Dec. 30, near the intersection of Stewart and Stockton avenues, police said. Also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said.

• Jason Parquette, 43, of 1517 Perry Highway, Mercer, at 12:18 a.m. Dec. 20 on South Center Street, police said.

• Adam Coulson, 48, of 50 Spangler Lane, Grove City, at 11:18 p.m. Dec. 20 on Harvard Street, police said.

Hempfield Township

• David M. Cook V, 23, of Maple Lane, Atlantic, Crawford County, at 1 a.m. Dec. 25 in the 500 block of Conneaut Lake Road, Sugar Grove Township, after a vehicle accident. Police said Cook was traveling north on Conneaut Lake Road when his car traveled in the southbound lane and hit two trees. Cook was ejected from his vehicle, landed in the ditch and sustained injuries to his leg, lungs and ribs, police said. He was taken to a local hospital.

State police

• An unnamed 43-yearold man of Hilliards, Pa., at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 17 on North Perry Highway, Coolspring Township, police said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: These reports are taken from police files and do not indicate guilt or innocence.

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