NEW CASTLE —
•Missing person. Police received a report of a 77-year-old woman who was missing from an Abby Road home Tuesday after suffering a head injury. Officers and members of the Neshannock Volunteer Fire Department began a search, and the woman was found at a nearby home by a volunteer firefighter. The woman was transported to Jameson Hospital.
•Theft. Police received multiple reports of thefts Sunday from vehicles along Old Butler Road, Old Princeton Road, Muzzy Drive and Brookshire Drive . Cash, a GPS unit, wallets, credit cards, handbags, iPod, tools and other item were taken. Some of the items were found in nearby yards. Police said a 2001 white Dodge Dakota pickup truck was also stolen from a home on Old Butler Road.
•Accident. Police said Gary Yanul struck a deer on Ellwood Road near Center Church Road about 10:10 p.m. Saturday. There were no injuries, police said, but heavy damage to the vehicle.
•Burglary. Police said at least three people were involved in a burglary in the 600 block of Lake Road in Washington Township Friday afternoon. The suspects forced open a back door to a home and took a 20-gauge shotgun, a 40-inch flat-screen television and a laptop computer. They fled in a silver sedan.
•Theft. Unlocked vehicles were entered at homes along Hickory Drive, Moffat Road and Eastbrook Road in Hickory Township the morning of Oct. 31. Money, backpacks, wallets and other items were taken.
•Burglary. Thieves broke into a building along Route 18 in New Beaver Borough Oct. 31 and took four welders and a plasma cutter. Witnesses told police they left in a blue pickup truck. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at (724) 598-2211.
•Theft. A 9-mm Ruger handgun was stolen from a car parked in the 400 block of Beckford Street between midnight Sunday and 5:20 p.m. Monday.
•Assault. Terrance Renal Murphy, 21, of 124 Park Ave., is charged with simple assault, flight to avoid apprehension, defiant trespass, simple trespass, harassment and domestic violence. He allegedly tried to run away from police at Harbor Heights, where he was on a no-trespassing list. Police said he assaulted a woman by holding a pillow over her head and hitting her in the head during a domestic dispute around 8:20 a.m. Monday.
•Theft. Copper pipe was stolen from the former Nifty Fifties Restaurant at 1130 Butler Ave. Friday.
NEW CASTLE —
Cleaners cause fire in vacant Halco unit
Lawrence County Housing Authority employees cleaning a vacant unit sparked a blaze Monday, according to city firefighters. The fire just before noon in the Halco Drive apartment caused $10,000 damage to the kitchen, they said.
Business ‘total loss’ after fire
A Little Beaver Township business was destroyed when a fire started in a garage. Enon Valley Volunteer Fire Chief Ben Hostetler said the blaze broke out about 12:20 a.m. Sunday in the garage of John Curea at 1791 State Route 551.
Vacant house fire may have been intentional
A vacant house on the city’s West Side burned over the weekend. The New Castle police department fire investigator has been called to determine what caused a blaze at 418 Conn St., near Bell Avenue.
Ex-attorney faces new set of charges
A disbarred attorney, already jailed on theft-related charges, is facing a new criminal case. Michael Frisk, formerly of Ellwood City and now serving time in the Lawrence County jail, is charged with forgery and other counts for allegedly taking money from an Allegheny County client.
Man charged in South Side break-in
A South Side man accused of breaking into a neighbor’s vacant house is facing charges. Alex John Benkosky, 21, of 821 S. Mercer St. faces one count each of burglary, criminal trespass, flight to avoid apprehension and criminal mischief.
Police use Taser in wanted man’s arrest
New Castle police say they used a Taser to arrest an Ellwood City man who was wanted on warrants. Police on Wednesday took 21-year-old Colby James Marshall of 5213 Ellwood Road into custody when they learned he was at a New Castle pharmacy.
Police: Man facing fourth DUI rams Shenango cruiser
Two weeks after a Shenango officer was killed during an attempted traffic stop, another fleeing driver rammed another township cruiser. A Scott Township man smashed into a cruiser early Friday while allegedly fleeing police.
Police: texting led to fatal accident
Police claim a woman’s texting on a cell phone contributed to a fatal accident earlier this month in Hickory Township. Laura E. Gargiulo, 42, of 2662 State Route 956, Volant, faces homicide by vehicle and other charges in connection with the May 7 death of Daniel E. Gallatin of Scott Township.
Hillsville man dead following shooting
A Mahoning Township man involved in a weekend shooting has died. Joseph Lupo, 50, of 4812 W. Main St. in Hillsville was pronounced dead Thursday by the Mahoning County, Ohio, coroner’s office.
Woman charged in fatal accident
A woman involved in a fatal accident in Hickory Township has been charged. Laura E. Gargiulo, 42, of 2662 State Route 956, Volant, faces charges of homicide by vehicle and others in the crash that led to the death of Daniel E. Gallatin of Scott Township.
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