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•Accident. Police said Richard A. Schochet of Beaver Falls pulled from Nesbitt Road onto Route 18 in front of a car operated by James A. Zanotti of Butler, causing a collision. The accident occurred at 12:37 p.m. Tuesday. There were no injuries, police said, and both vehicles were towed. Police said Schochet is to be cited for a stop sign violation.
•Driving under the influence. Officers said they stopped a speeding vehicle at the intersection of Pulaski Road and Maitland Lane at 2 a.m. Nov. 17. In interviewing the operator, Danielle Barnard, 37, of Slippery Rock, police detected the odor of an intoxicant. Barnard was given a field sobriety test, which she failed. She was then arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Jameson Hospital for a blood alcohol test.
•Driving under the influence. Police said they stopped a vehicle for erratic driving at the intersection of Pulaski Road and Maitland Lane about 2:10 a.m. Nov. 22. Officers said they detected an intoxicant on the driver, Benjamin Lubinski, 23, of 741 Eastbrook-Harlansburg Road. He failed a field sobriety test, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Jameson Hospital for a blood alcohol test.
•Theft. Ronald James Stafford, 50, of 729 Altman Road, was charged for allegedly stealing 120 pounds of wire fencing from Harbor Heights and selling it for $5.36 at a recycling center Nov. 27. Police said they identified him from a Lawrence County Housing Authority surveillance video. He is charged with theft, receiving stolen property and driving while under suspension.
•Theft. Shavon I. Walker, 32, of 716 E. Long Ave., was charged with theft Nov. 30 for allegedly picking up a woman’s wallet from a counter at a drug store in the city on Oct. 14.
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On The Record: Today’s births, police items and district judge reports
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Police arrest four in Union Township drug raid
Four people were arrested and drugs and a gun were confiscated Wednesday when police raided a house in Union Township. Union Township police, with the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and New Castle police special response team and narcotics unit, served a sealed search warrant at 27 Spring St. just before 6:30 a.m.
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.
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