NEW CASTLE —
•Theft. Someone stole a metal ashtray valued at $200 from the outside basement stairwell of St. Mary Church between Dec. 28 and Wednesday. A church custodian said he has found homeless people sleeping in the stairwell during the past few months and has requested extra patrol in the area.
•Theft. A blue Chrysler Town and Country sedan was stolen from a lot in the 400 block of East Long Avenue between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 3:15 a.m. Thursday. The owner told police he had left the keys in the car.
•Counterfeit bills. A West Pittsburg convenience store reported to police that five counterfeit $10 bills were used to pay for merchandise Dec. 27. The bank discovered the bills when the store made a weekend deposit, police said. The bills all have a serial number of JK 02619506 A.
•Burglary. Copper plumbing was stolen from the basement of a house in the 800 block of Frank Avenue. The break-in was discovered around noon Wednesday.
•Theft. A woman at the Crisis Shelter on West State Street reported that about $91 was taken from her locker between Tuesday and Wednesday. The locker had been forced open, police said. The woman also reported her prescription medication — about two dozen 10-mg oxycodone pills, 80 Valium and about 40 Soma pills — were missing from her purse in her room.
•Burglary. Someone broke into a house in the 1300 block of Croton Avenue around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday. The house was ransacked and multiple items were broken, police said, and trash was strewn throughout the rooms.
NEW CASTLE —
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.
On the Record: A listing of today’s police items and district judge reports
On the Record is a periodic update of public information coming out of the Lawrence County Government Center and local police departments. Look inside for the latest listing of police items and district judge reports.
Broken jaw leads to assault charge
A Pittsburgh man has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly breaking another man’s jaw in New Wilmington. Matthew Vincent Wagner, 22, was charged by New Wilmington police as the result of an incident early May 5 at the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity house on Waugh Avenue.
South Side robbery being probed
New Castle police are investigating a robbery on the South Side. A 22-year-old woman told police she had been walking in the alley between Hamilton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue around 3:30 a.m. May 8 when someone grabbed her from behind and punched her numerous times in the left side of her face.
Man reports being robbed on East Side
New Castle police are investigating a report of robbery on Arlington Avenue. A 24-year-old man told police he had been in the 800 block, walking to a friend’s house, around 12:50 a.m. Saturday, when he was jumped by a man who stole his wallet and cell phone.
Men riding four-wheelers help catch burglar suspects
Two men on four-wheelers helped New Castle police catch two Remacor burglary suspects. Brian John Scott, 26, and Charles John Mulroy II, 32, both of New Galilee, are accused of breaking in through a hole in Remacor’s fence to steal about 200 feet of wiring, phone line and pipe around 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
Ellwood City club receives citation
An Ellwood City club has been cited for gambling activities. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has cited the Ellwood City Saxon Club at 901 Millview St.
Police arrest South Side burglar suspects
A South Side man and a male juvenile are facing charges for allegedly trying to break into two houses. New Castle police reported the incidents occurred around lunchtime Tuesday.
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