NEW CASTLE —
•Theft. An electronic game set and oxycodone pills were reported missing from a home in the 2700 block of Mercer Road Dec. 4.
•Accident. Police said Theodore Landegger, 17, of Oakville, Pa., approached a stop sign on Route 208 at Main Street in Washington Township around 11:30 p.m. Friday and his van hit a car from behind that had been stopped at the intersection. The driver of that vehicle was Stephanie Sumner, 25, of New Castle. No injuries were reported. Landegger was cited for careless driving.
•Accident. Richard J. Hake, 51, of Warren, Ohio, was driving east on Interstate 376 in Neshannock Township around 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 when he hit a deer. No injuries were reported.
•Accident. Police said Duane Arisman Jr., 52, of Enon Valley, was westbound on Enon Road in Darlington Township, Enon Valley, when he went off the road and hit a pole around 11 p.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported. He was cited for careless driving.
•Accident. Police said Dustin R. Jacobs-Jordan, 21, of Ellwood City, was on Portersville Road in Perry Township around 2 a.m. Saturday when he went off the road and hit a guard rail. He was charged with driving under the influence. Police said he sustained minor injury.
•Accident. Police said Jared L. Kaufman, 18, of New Wilmington, was driving south on Route 956 in Wilmington Township around 7:40 p.m. Dec. 2 when his car went into a ditch and overturned. No injuries were reported. He was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.
•Criminal mischief. Someone used blue paint on four sections of aluminum siding on a white house in the 300 block of Beaver Dam Road in New Beaver Borough overnight Friday to Saturday.
•Arrest. Thomas Anthony Joseph III was arrested for driving under the influence around 1:30 a.m. Nov. 24 on Route 224 at Winter Road in Union Township. Police said he had refused a blood alcohol test and while at the hospital he allegedly used obscene and vulgar language despite being warned to stop several times. He also is charged with disorderly conduct and multiple traffic violations.
•Accident. Police said Robert L. Sedgwick, 64, of Wampum, was westbound on Vine Street around 9:15 p.m. Friday when his car went across the lane and hit the left side of a car driven by Brian Fransain, 61, of Ellwood City. Sedgwick then left, police said. No injuries were reported. Sedgwick was cited.
•Criminal mischief. Someone shot a hole in the outside wall of a house in the 400 block of Burns Road in Slippery Rock Township between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.
•Accident. Police said Daff Gardner, 18, of Hubbard, was northbound on Martin Kelly Speer Road in Mahoning Township around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when his car went off the road into a ditch, back onto the road, spun counterclockwise, then hit a concrete drainage pipe. Gardner was not injured, according to police. He was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.
NEW CASTLE —
Man charged with arson after his house burns
A Taylor Township man who allegedly doused his home with gasoline faces multiple charges of arson and assault. Jason P. Merlini, 39, of 309 Warner Alley was charged with six counts of arson, five counts of aggravated assault including one for domestic violence, one count of reckless burning and five counts of recklessly endangering another person.
‘Carelessness’ caused Overlook fire
The state fire marshal has determined a blaze at the Overlook Health and Rehabilitation Center was caused by carelessness. Trooper David Jungling issued his report Friday and said the blaze was determined to have been caused by the careless disposal of smoking materials.
Police called to Halco Drive disturbance
An apparently intoxicated Halco Drive man drew a crowd Thursday night. New Castle police were called about 6:30 p.m. and found a 19-year-old man cutting his face and head with the razor blade of a utility knife.
Two injured in Mill Street, Taylor accidents
Two people were injured in a pair of accidents Thursday, New Castle police reported. One involved a car that went over an embankment off West Pittsburg Road in Taylor Township around noon.
Drug charges filed after raid
Police have charged four people arrested during a drug raid Wednesday in Union Township. Members of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force executed a sealed search warrant at 27 Spring St. All four suspects live at that address, according to court records.
North Hill man hospitalized after crash
A New Castle man who hit a tree in Pulaski Township has been admitted to St. Elizabeth Health Center. According to Pulaski Township police, Adam Welsh, 36, of 202 E. Fairmont Ave., was eastbound on Route 422 about 1:30 a.m. Thursday when his pickup truck left the road.
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East Side garage ‘total loss’ in fire
The New Castle police department fire investigator was called for a blaze at a garage. The three-bay garage at 626 Superior St. was a total loss, according to New Castle firefighters, who were called about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday. They remained at the scene until nearly 3 a.m.
Hearings in fatal crashes are postponed
A hearing for the woman accused of striking a police cruiser and killing a Shenango Township officer has been rescheduled. Kylee Gwen Barletto, 26, of 693 Hoover Road, will face a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. June 6. It had been scheduled for Thursday morning.
Shenango man accused of breaking into car
A Shenango man was arrested after he allegedly was caught breaking into a car on New Castle’s East Side. New Castle police charged Jessie Lauderbaugh, 23, of Highview Drive with fleeing from police, theft from a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct and loitering and prowling at night.
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