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August 24, 2013

On The Record: Today’s police items and district judge reports



•Burglary. Coins, a laptop computer and bicycle were reported stolen from a Muddy Creek Road home in Slippery Rock Township between Aug. 14 and 17.

•Theft. Batteries reported taken from vehicles parked at a Smalls Ferry Road business in North Beaver Township between Aug. 16 and 19.

•Accident. An all-terrain vehicle ridden by Richard J. Fisher, 13, of Portersville, flipped and rolled over after he hit a pickup truck while trying to cross Route 422 in Slippery Rock Township at 12:26 p.m. on Tuesday, police said. Officers said Fisher had been riding through a field. Fisher sustained a minor injury. He was cited for a summary traffic violation. Pickup driver Dennis L. Barnhart, 53, of Butler, was not injured.

•Accident. At 9 a.m. Aug. 13 on Route 351, Enon Valley. Police said Thomas S. Haines, 35, of Ellwood City, and Thomas C. Heasley, 72, of Enon Valley were traveling eastbound. Haines was following too closely to Heasley’s sport utility vehicle, police said. As Heasley attempted to make a left turn into his yard, Haines attempted to go around him on the left side and hit Heasley’s vehicle. Police said Heasley sustained a moderate injury. Police said Haines will be cited for following too closely.

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New Castle police charged the following:

•Gerald Stewart, 58, of New Castle, hindering apprehension or prosecution.

•Gary Dewayne Milton, 31, of New Castle, intent to possess a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, driving without a license and turning movements and required signals violation.

New Castle's code enforcement department charged the following:

•Karen L. Sokevitz, 47, of New Castle, accumulation of rubbish or garbage.

•Tommy Shropshire, of New Castle, accumulation of rubbish or garbage.

•April Hayden, of New Castle, failure to cut weeds or grass.

•Anthony Bailey, 26, of New Castle, failure to cut weeds or grass.

•Elaina Quirarte, of New Castle, gutters and downspouts violation and exterior walls violation.

•Walter John Wasilewski, 63, of New Castle, failure to cut weeds or grass.

•Jackson H. Moore Jr., of Charleston, S.C., failure to cut weeds or grass.

•Maria Lourenza, of New Castle, exterior paint violation, chimneys and towers violation, stairways, decks, porches and balconies violation and sidewalks and driveways violation.


•Andrea Custer, of Ellwood City, charged by municipal code enforcement with failure to keep pet confined in the premises of the owner.


•Tommy J. Haswell, 34, of Ellwood City, charged by Union Township police with cruelty to animals.

•Kamel Mina, 19, of Canfield, Ohio, charged by Mahoning Township police with disorderly conduct.

State police charged the following:

•Phyllis Ann Stachowiak, 60, of West Pittsburg, retail theft.

•Tavish James Weber, 20, of New Castle, public drunkenness and purchase of an alcoholic beverage by a minor.

•Kapis Holmes, 34, of New Castle, retail theft.

•Tony's Lounge, of Edinburg, control of alarm devices violation.

•R.E. Yates Electric, of New Castle, control of alarm devices violation.

•Joshua Clayton Vankirk, 20, of New Galilee, disorderly conduct.

•David Agnello, 20, of New Galilee, disorderly conduct.

•Michael Joseph Burrelli, 28, of New Castle, criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.


•Gary Lee Moore, 64, of New Wilmington, charged by the Lawrence County sheriff with defrauding secured investors.

Neshannock Township police charged the following:

•James R. Penwell Jr., 20, of New Castle, disorderly house.

•Shelly Denise Anderson, 44, of New Castle, obtaining controlled substances by misrepresentation.

•Jennifer Park, 36, of New Castle, forgery and receiving stolen property.

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