NEW CASTLE —
•Accident. Police said Brandon Bailey struck the back of a car operated by Ann Zelena on the eastbound off ramp of Route 422 at Ellwood Road. The accident occurred about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
•Accident. Police said Gerald Lee Miller, 58, of Mosser Drive was in a pickup truck, traveling south on East Washington Street at noon Wednesday when he stopped for a vehicle making a left turn onto Cascade Street. At that point, officers said, Miller’s truck was hit from behind by Melissa Jean Gardner, 46, of East Wallace Avenue, who was unable to stop on wet pavement. No injuries were reported, police said.
•Theft. Police reported several incidents where vehicles were entered and items removed while the cars were parked at homes in the Neshannock Trails and Parkside Drive area. The incidents occurred early Friday morning. Items taken include a laptop computer and change.
•Accident. Police said Kurtis Williams of Youngstown pulled from Old Pulaski Road and turned left onto Pulaski Road, into the path of a southbound auto driven by Kristian Ranieri of 229 Abby Lane. The vehicles collided, causing severe damage to both, police said. Ranieri and an 8-year-old passenger in her vehicle were injured and transported to Jameson Hospital, according to police. Both vehicles had severe damage, police said. They cited Williams for a stop sign violation in the incident, which happened about 8 p.m. Friday.
•Accident. Police said Edwin L. Cracraft, 18, of New Castle, was traveling west on Route 422, just east of Route 388, about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said Cracraft failed to see stopped traffic and struck the rear of an auto operated by Danielle L. Stoner, 20, of New Castle, which in turn hit the rear of a vehicle driven by Carolyn S. McMurdy, 67, of Prospect. Police said there were no injuries. Officers cited Cracraft for driving too fast for conditions.
•Accident. Police said Eleise L. Emery, 61, of New Castle was traveling west on I-376 near Nashua Road at 6:40 a.m. Saturday when she struck a deer. Emery was not injured, officers said.
•Burglary. Someone entered a home on East Poland Avenue in Bessemer at 3:15 p.m. Thursday. Police did not say if any items were taken.
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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