New Castle News


September 28, 2011

Daily Record for Sept. 28



•Criminal mischief. Police said youths were seen throwing rocks at a car between 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Moody Avenue. The rear passenger window of a car parked there was smashed.

•Attempted burglary. A resident of the 400 block of East Leasure Avenue heard a window breaking in the back of the house Saturday morning and saw a man standing there. He ran when he saw the resident.

•Theft. A console was reported stolen from a van parked in the 200 block of North Ray Street Sunday morning. The console was found inside a recovered stolen vehicle in the 200 block of Scott Street.

•Burglary. A flat-screen computer, MP3 player, two movies and a blue laundry basket were stolen from an apartment in the Lincoln Avenue projects over the weekend.

•Criminal mischief. The rear passenger window of a pickup truck was smashed around 1:40 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of East Washington Street.


•DUI. Police said they stopped a car about 1:15 a.m. Thursday at King’s Chapel and Pulaski roads for an equipment violation. Police said the driver, Anthony Frank Scalzo, 21, of 2906 Haven Point Drive, was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. They charged him with driving under the influence of alcohol and traffic violations.


•Arrest. Police discovered Brandon Lee Fortuna, 26, of Grove City, in a parking lot at Routes 208 and 18. They determined he was wanted on several fugitive from justice warrants issued by Trumbull County, Ohio. He was arraigned before District Judge David Rishel and lodged in the Lawrence County jail on $100,000 bond.


•Assault. Stephen Andrew Brunswick, 35, of 1407 Johnson St., was charged with simple assault following an alleged domestic incident at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at his home. He was arraigned before District Judge David Rishel and released on a non-monatary bond.

•Accident. Police said a car driven by Krista L. Moose, 23, of East Palestine, Ohio, was eastbound on Interstate 376 in Neshannock Township at 5:30 a.m. Sept. 4 and struck a construction apparatus at the side of the road. Officers said following the collision, Moose’s vehicle continued another quarter-mile before coming to rest on the berm. Police said Moose apparently fell asleep while driving. No injuries were reported.

•Theft. Two 8-foot sections of aluminum handrail were reported taken from the Perry Township Municipal Authority property on Johnson Road, Wilmington Township, between 5 p.m. Sept. 19 and 5 p.m. Friday. The material was recovered nearby.

•DUI. Police charged Matthew Burns, 49, of New Castle with driving while under the influence of alcohol at 11:40 p.m. Sept. 2 on Williams Street near Acorn Street.

•Accident. Police said two vehicles, both northbound on Route 18 in Big Beaver Borough at 11:40 Sept. 21 collided. Officers said a car driven by Thomas A. Pontzloff, 51, of New Castle, pulled onto the road from the east berm at a low speed. John A. Calabria Jr., 43, of Ellwood City, attempted to avoid collision but was unable to, according to police. No injuries were reported. Calabria was charged with driving at an unsafe speed.

•Accident. Police said Emily A. Thompson, 19, of New Castle, westbound on Route 108 in Hickory Township, attempted to turn onto Fairground Road about 3:15 p.m. Sept. 21 and turned into the path Kathryn A. Yeager, 44, of Franklin, Pa. Officers said both vehicles were towed. No injuries were reported, but police said the road had to be closed for about 45 minutes. Police said Thompson will be cited for making an illegal left turn and careless driving.

•Accident Police said they believe Dwight D. Short, 27, of New Wilmington, lost control of his vehicle while rounding a bend on Paden Road in North Beaver Township at 6:40 a.m. Sept. 20. Officers said the southbound car crossed the center line and struck a culvert on the west berm. No injuries were reported.

•Theft. Police said Jesse Paul Myers, 28, of 2151 Martha St. was arrested on charges of taking electric motors from Berner Industries between 3 p.m. Sept. 19 and noon Sept. 23.

•Accident. Police said Merl McDeavitt, 62, of New Castle, southbound on Copper Road in Slippery Rock Township about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21, left the road, struck several mailboxes and became stuck in a muddy ditch. Officers said McDeavitt fled, failing to report the crash or to inform the property owners of the damages. The vehicle was towed the next day, officers said, and McDeavitt did not return calls from police until Friday. No injuries were reported.

District judges


Pulaski Township police charged the following people:

•Dianne McConnell, 56, New Bedford, weed ordinance violation

•Paul M. Hornung, 31, Youngstown, operating or permitting the operation of unsafe equipment.


Union Township police charged the following people:

•Allyson Mae Koziol, 23, of New Castle, retail theft and defiant trespass.

•Cazzie Lee Tutson, 60, of New Castle, driving under the influence, habitual offender and traffic violations.

•Rose D. Sklenchar, 43, of New Castle, harassment.

•Veronica Lynn DeRosa, 27, of New Castle, retail theft.

•Dorian M. Stewart Sr., 38, of New Castle, possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct.

•Daniel Brian Eisenhuth, 48, of Pulaski, driving under the influence and traffic violations.

•Tracy Ann Rife, 45, of New Castle, bad checks.

•Robert Johnathan Barkley, 19, of Bessemer, terroristic threats and harassment.

•Samuel A. Destefano, 44, of New Castle, driving under the influence and traffic violation.

•James R. Scott Jr., 34, of New Castle, driving under the influence and traffic violations.

•Stephen Andrew Brunswick, 35, of New Castle, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with simple assault and harassment.


 New Castle police charged the following people:

•Francisco W. Molina, 26, of 703 Harbor St., simple assault and harassment.

•James A. McCormick, 47, of New Castle, disorderly conduct.

•Bobbie Jo Hernandez, 36, New Castle, harassment.

•Dillon S. Merrill, 21, of Danielson, Conn., soliciting without a permit.

•Robert C. Turpie, 73, of New Castle, harassment.

•Michael William Haggard, 56, of New Castle, disorderly conduct.

•Justin E. Gregory, 21, of New Castle, simple assault and harassment.

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