NEW CASTLE —
•Theft. Someone broke into a garage and two cars in the 1500 block of Blaine Street around 10 p.m. Saturday. A GPS, loose change and an ash tray were removed from them. Police found a number of other items in the bushes nearby, including a black and gray lunch box, sunglasses, a pocket knife, a gray key, red plastic cups, perfume and a car charger.
•Burglary. Someone broke into a house in the 400 block of East Division Street between 3 and 5:45 p.m. Saturday and stole $200.
•Accident. Police said Brian K. Miller, 48, of 334 Halltown Road, Wampum, was driving south on Route 168 near First Energy about 2:25 p.m. Sunday in West Pittsburg when he spilled coffee, causing him to hit a fence owned by the utility company. No injuries were reported.
•Burglary. Miscellaneous food items were stolen from a concession stand at Taggart Stadium on Dushane Street between 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 6 p.m. Sept. 25. The incident was reported to police Oct. 3.
•Theft. A Kubota tractor with a backhoe and front loader was stolen overnight Saturday at the corner of Routes 388 and 108 in Hickory Township. Police said the thieves loaded the tractor on a trailer and fled sometime during the night. Anyone with information should call state police at (724) 598-2211.
•Criminal mischief. On Edinburg Road, North Beaver Township, between 1:30 and 9 a.m. Oct. 3. Police said someone wrote with a permanent marker on the front door of a home.
•Harassment. A 17-year-old resident spit on two staff members at the Youth Development Center in Shenango Township around 9:30 p.m. Monday. The resident will be charged with aggravated harassment.
•Assault. Police said a 17-year-old Youth Development Center inmate punched a 15-year-old resident in the face around 7 p.m. on Monday, causing a scratch under his eye. A juvenile petition was filed.
•Accident. Daniel C. Havalo, 23, of Hubbard, Ohio, was driving west on Interstate 376 in Union Township at 6:19 p.m. Monday, and apparently lost control while changing lanes on wet pavement, according to police. The car slid off the road, hit an embankment and rolled onto its roof. No injuries were reported.
•Accident. Police said a car driven by Belinda P. Davis, 44, of 210 N. Cedar St., hit the back of a vehicle driven by Fred Buswell a New Castle police officer, around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11 on North Beaver Street at Falls Street, while Buswell was stopped at a stop sign. No injuries were reported.
•Theft. Police said a small amount of cash was reported missing from two unlocked vehicles on Glenkirk Road in New Beaver Borough overnight Sept. 9 to Sept. 10.
•Accident. Police said a car driven by Michael Quear, 18, of 1311 Croton Ave., hit the back of a car stopped on Route 18 at Chapin Road at 10:09 a.m. on Wednesday and sustaining severe front end damage. Police said charges are pending against Quear. Officers said the other driver, who was not named, was taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment for minor injuries.
•Assault. John Cook of Melvin Drive was charged with simple assault following an incident at about 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 on Faddis Avenue. Police said Cook and others showed up at the home of the 27-year-old victim who was punched and kicked.
•Theft. Police said tools and a pool stick were reported missing from vehicles parked on Kenneth Avenue overnight Oct. 8 and 9.
•Attempted burglary. Police said sometime after 10 p.m. Friday someone cut a screen on a locked door leading to a porch area at a home on Okinawa Drive. The intruder reached inside and unlocked the hasp, but did not try to enter the house, police said.
•Accident. Police said David George Hase, 61, of Fombell was traveling east on Frew Mill Road near Daugherty Road at 4:15 p.m. Saturday when his Honda scooter swerved and tipped over onto its side. Hase was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel for a cut to his head. He was arrested for driving under the influence.
•Accident Police said Autumn Taylor of 219 E. Sheridan Ave. was driving south on Elmwood Street at 10 a.m. Sunday when she became distracted by another accident that had just occurred. Her car struck a car driven by Ronald M. Calvert of 242 Iroquois Drive that was stopped on the highway, waiting for a vehicle in front of him to turn into a driveway. Police said Taylor will be cited.
NEW CASTLE —
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.
Police use Taser in wanted man’s arrest
New Castle police say they used a Taser to arrest an Ellwood City man who was wanted on warrants. Police on Wednesday took 21-year-old Colby James Marshall of 5213 Ellwood Road into custody when they learned he was at a New Castle pharmacy.
Police: Man facing fourth DUI rams Shenango cruiser
Two weeks after a Shenango officer was killed during an attempted traffic stop, another fleeing driver rammed another township cruiser. A Scott Township man smashed into a cruiser early Friday while allegedly fleeing police.
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.
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