New Castle News


July 11, 2013

Photos, Video, Story: A wild afternoon

NEW CASTLE — A tornado touched down Wednesday in Lawrence County.

And while some structures suffered, there were no initial reports of injuries.

Two barns and a machinery shed were demolished, windows were “blown out” of a mobile home and trees were uprooted in the North Beaver Township/New Beaver Borough area by the high winds.

That happened about 4:15 p.m. and was followed by heavy rain that caused flooding and landslides as well as downed trees and wires.

Tim Caughey of McBride Road in North Beaver Township said the wind came through between 4 and 4:15 p.m.

“I looked out the window and saw the clouds, dark and churning, and then the rain,” he said. “I saw what I think was a funnel cloud. My momma didn’t raise any fools so I headed for the basement. I’ve seen enough television of what tornadoes can do to stand around and take pictures.”

Caughey said he was told that Walt Werner’s barn on Route 168 and a barn on McBride Road — formerly owned by his father-in-law, Phillip Zohvic and now owned by Angelo Medure — had been obliterated.

When he emerged from his basement, Caughey said, he saw debris and heavy cloud cover headed away.

“I was fortunate,” he said.

Pat McCready of Wampum-Mount Air Road said he understands a tornado passed through, but he had not seen the funnel cloud.

“This is crazy weather,” he noted.

David McBride, a Union Township police officer, was sent to help North Beaver’s Volunteer Fire Department about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. He said most of the damage was concentrated between Halltown and Mallory roads along Route 168 in North Beaver Township.

“I haven’t heard that anyone was hurt,” he added.

McBride confirmed the trailer damage, but said he does not know who lives there.

Brian Melcer, Lawrence County’s public safety director, said the 911 center was “inundated” with calls and emergency responders had to prioritize.

Between 4 and 6:30 p.m., Melcer said, 410 calls were received. Generally, this is as many as are received in three days, he pointed out.

Most of the callers reported downed trees and wires or power outages, according to Melcer. He said people should not call 911 for those types of problems.

“Don’t call 911 unless it is an emergency,” he stressed.

Most damage — road flooding, debris on roads and downed trees and wires — was in the central part of the county, he said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • 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

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 fell from the sky in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. Many are speculating that Russian rebels (supported by Vladimir Putin) are responsible for downing the aircraft. What do you think?

Yes. All evidence points that way.
No. Everyone is so quick to point fingers, but there's not enough evidence to support claims of Russian guilt.
I'm not sure. I'll just wait until the investigation is over to make up my mind.
What is up with these Malaysian Airlines planes? I know one airline I won't be flying any time soon...
     View Results