New Castle News

Current

June 14, 2013

Police arrest 15 in drug roundup

NEW CASTLE — Police in Lawrence County arrested 15 people Thursday as part of an ongoing sweep of accused drug dealers.

Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said the detail, dubbed “Operation Spring Cleaning,” began around 10 a.m. It was the first detail of an extended countywide operation targeting low-level narcotics dealers who allegedly have sold drugs to either undercover officers or confidential informants.

“We have about 34 warrants for these individuals’ arrests,” Lamancusa said.

Of those, 19 warrants were served Thursday — four for one person.

The city of New Castle was the focus Thursday.

Departments participating as members of the district attorney’s drug task force are New Castle Police Department’s street crimes, narcotics and canine units, district attorney detectives, county domestic relations and juvenile probation, state parole and the police departments of Neshannock, Shenango and Union townships and New Wilmington Borough.

Members of those units were grouped into teams of four and given packets of information and criminal complaints on the wanted suspects, along with pictures of them, Lamancusa said.

He noted some of the alleged offenders are wanted on bench warrants.

“This is going to go on for awhile.”

The officers searched the home of Mark Ortiz, 28, who was with Travis Morris, 29. Both face drug-related charges. Addresses for the two were unavailable Thursday.

They each are charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver, possession and criminal use of a communication facility.

They were arraigned by District Judge David B. Rishel and lodged in the Lawrence County jail on $25,000 bond each.

Lamancusa said the police seized about 2 grams of heroin, which the two had tried to flush down the toilet at Ortiz’s house.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Current
  • Police.jpg Man busted in morning drug raid

    A drug raid on New Castle’s East Side Wednesday morning netted one arrest. According to Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa, Trent McHenry was arrested in the raid at 919 Beckford St.

    November 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • 4415e771e5806122400f6a7067002cb5.jpg Senator: Deal avoids national ‘disaster’

    5:15 p.m. update — Up against one last deadline, Congress raced to pass legislation Wednesday avoiding a threatened national default and ending a 16-day partial government shutdown along the strict terms set by President Barack Obama when the twin crises began.

    October 16, 2013 1 Photo

  • Body.tiff Man’s body recovered from creek

    Emergency personnel spent 10 hours yesterday combing the Slippery Rock Creek for a man who apparently fell to his death. The man has been identified as 49-year-old Jeffrey Alborn of Hickory Township.

    July 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • Tornado.tiff Dramatic Video: chasing the tornado

    Like other Lawrence County residents, John Fromlak witnessed the power and scope of last Wednesday’s tornado. Unlike, other residents, he didn’t scramble for cover. Instead, he chased after the funnel cloud and shares his dramatic footage.
     

    July 15, 2013 1 Photo

  • Funnel2.tiff Gallery: 12 dramatic photos from the storm

    Wednesday was indeed a wild afternoon in Lawrence County, as a tornado and storm left flooding and destruction far and wide. Here are some powerful images as compiled by Melissa Nana Deal on the New Castle News Facebook page.
     

    July 12, 2013 1 Photo 1 Slideshow 1 Story

  • Nick's.tiff Photos, Video, Story: A wild afternoon

    A tornado touched down in New Beaver Borough, then high winds and heavy rain caused major flooding throughout Lawrence County. We document a wild afternoon with a photo gallery, video clips and a story.
     

    July 11, 2013 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Tornado.tiff Tornado touches down in the county

    A tornado reportedly touched down in New Beaver borough in southern Lawrence County Wednesday afternoon. Initial reports indicated two barns were destroyed but there were apparently no injuries to people.

    July 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • Morgan.jpg Local man could set foot on Mars

    A former New Castle man could be among the first to set foot on Mars. Dr. Andrew Morgan, 37, is among eight selected by NASA for this year’s astronaut candidate class. The eight-member group — four men and four women — were selected from more than 6,300 applicants.

    June 18, 2013 1 Photo

  • police.jpg Police arrest 15 in drug roundup

    Police in Lawrence County arrested 15 people Thursday as part of an ongoing sweep of accused drug dealers. Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said the detail, dubbed “Operation Spring Cleaning,” began around 10 a.m.

    June 14, 2013 1 Photo

  • lightning.jpg Storm causes power outages

    Penn Power reported that 153 Lawrence County customers had power outages Thursday morning resulting from storms that hit the area.

    June 13, 2013 1 Photo

House Ads
Poll

Summer is a perfect time for a good read. Where's your favorite place to spend off time with your nose in a book?

Relaxing on the couch
On a bench in the park
By the pool
At the closest beach
I don't have time to read
     View Results