NEW CASTLE —
MELISSA A. AMODIE
•John Robert Lee, 34, of New Castle, charged by the Lawrence County district attorney with seven counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
New Castle police charged the following people:
•Virgil Eldon Coonfare, 67, of New Castle, four counts of reckless driving; three counts of driving on sidewalk; two counts each of accident involving death or injury, accident damage to unattended vehicle or property, failure to stop and give information or render aid and accident involving death or personal injury; and one count each of homicide by vehicle while under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, driving under the influence, driving while operating license is suspended or revoked, driving an unregistered vehicle and lack of regulation bumper.
•Angel Lee Samuels, 31, of New Castle, retail theft and theft by deception.
•Jordan E. McMullen, 19, of New Castle, charged by Union Township police with six counts each of fleeing or attempting to elude officer, recklessly endangering another person and failure to stop at stop sign; five counts each of exceeding the speed limit and reckless driving; two counts each of assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault and criminal mischief; and one count each of retail theft, simple assault, harassment and driving with license suspended.
Scott A. McGrath
•Zachary Allen Jones, 22, of Pittsburgh, charged by New Wilmington police with harassment.
Neshannock Township police charged the following people:
•Jordan M. Smiley, 25, of Volant, use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Shawn Paul Johnson, 26, of New Castle, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and disregarding traffic lane.
NEW CASTLE —
MELISSA A. AMODIE
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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