NEW CASTLE —
•Driving under the influence. Police said they stopped a vehicle for traffic violations at 2:50 a.m. Friday on Pulaski Road and the driver, Kristopher Boline, 25 of 4221 Route 158, New Wilmington, had a suspended license and failed a field sobriety test. He was arrested and taken to Jameson Hospital for a blood test, which police said he refused.
•Accident. Police said Elaine D. Harper, 48, of New Wilmington was eastbound on I-376 in Neshannock Township at 12:45 a.m. Monday when it struck a deer. No injuries were reported.
•Accident. Police said Tina M. Cole, 64, of Hermitage, lost control of her vehicle on Lakewood Road in Hickory Township at 2:30 p.m. Monday and struck a vehicle operated by James K. Plunkard, 70, of New Castle. Both drivers and a passenger, Brenda J. Plunkard, 70, of New Castle, suffered what police described as minor injuries and they were taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment.
•Accident. Police said James W. Wise, 61, of New Castle was northbound on Mercer Road near Cottage Grove in Wilmington Township when he slid off the snow-covered road. The accident occurred at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police said Wise and a passenger, Dale A. Peiffer, 54, of New Castle, suffered minor injuries and were taken to Jameson Hospital.
NEW CASTLE —
Man charged as store burglary accomplice
New Castle police have arrested a South Side man for his alleged role in a convenience store burglary. Alex John Benkosky, 21, of 821 S. Mercer St., is accused as an accomplice in the March 26 break-in at the Country Fair on Croton Avenue.
Man accused of cutting woman
A New Castle man is accused of allegedly assaulting a Crestview Gardens woman. Police said Dajoi Taylor, 19, of 509 W. North St. allegedly hit an 18-year-old woman in the cheek with a purple eyebrow razor and pulled the weave out of her hair during an encounter around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Vacant house burns on South Side
A vacant South Side house burned Monday morning. New Castle firefighters were called at 12:50 a.m. to 510 Galbreath St. They said the structure “was fully involved” when they arrived and flames could be seen on all four sides of the building.
Man reports being pistol whipped
A Detroit man reported to New Castle police he had been pistol whipped by two men in Crestview Gardens. The man told police the incident occurred around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Parkwood Court.
Police: Dog had no food, water or space
A Lower East Side woman is facing charges for allegedly leaving her dog without food or water during hot temperatures.
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.
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