New Castle News

District Judges

August 30, 2013

On The Record: Today’s births, police items, district judge reports and court sentences

NEW CASTLE — Births

JAMESON HOSPITAL


To Kristen Book of New Castle and Daniel Price of New Castle, a daughter on Aug. 28, 2013.

To Ashley and Travis Parker of Sandy Lake, Pa., a daughter on Aug. 28, 2013.

OUT OF TOWN

To Mark and Sheri Iwanejko of New Castle, a son on Aug. 27, 2013, in Horizon Hospital, Farrell.

Police

NEW CASTLE


•Arson. A fire was set inside a Nissan Rogue parked in the 200 block of East Leasure Avenue around 3 a.m. Aug. 21. Police said the rear passenger side had extensive fire damage and the rear passenger window was shattered. The owner said he had heard a noise and looked outside to see his car burning. He extinguished it with a garden hose. Police found a cigarette lighter on the ground near the driver’s side.

•Theft. A Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun was stolen from a closet in a house in the 500 block of Epworth Street between Jan. 1 and Aug. 20.

•Burglary. Someone broke into a home in the 500 block of East Division Street and stole about $30 in coins between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday.

•Theft. About 90 assorted rare collectible quarters were stolen from an apartment in the 1200 block of Highland Avenue between Aug. 15 and Friday.

•Shots fired. Someone reported hearing gunshots in the Dean Park area of Taylor Street around 1:50 a.m. Saturday.

•Shots fired. People on Huey Street reported hearing gunshots in the area of Cunningham Avenue and Lutton Street around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

•Theft. A bank card was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 900 block of North Mercer Street between 11 p.m. Friday and 5:50 p.m. Saturday. The inside of the car was ransacked.

•Accident. A burgundy Ford Taurus sedan hit a utility pole on East Lutton Street at Mill Street around 12:40 a.m. Sunday. The driver, David Crenney, 64, of 426 Galbreath Ave., told police he had been driving through a lot and accidentally hit the pole. No injuries were reported. The car was towed.

•Theft. A gold necklace and a gold ring with diamonds were stolen from a home in the 700 block of West Avenue between Aug. 12 and 16.

•Theft. A purse with gold rings was stolen from a law office in the 400 block of North Jefferson Street. An employee told police a woman had entered the office around 2:50 p.m. Aug. 20 and asked to use the telephone. The worker left her desk to allow the woman privacy, and when she returned, the woman had left and her purse was gone.

•Accident. Police said Linda Lee, 63, of 806 Croton Ave. drove into a ditch that had been cut into the road on West Falls Street because of construction. Lee was taken by ambulance to Jameson Hospital for medical treatment, and her car was towed, police said.

•Theft. A laptop computer was stolen from a car parked in the 100 block of Phillips Street between midnight Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the car had been left unlocked.

•Prostitution. Police arrested Donna Gravatt, 43, of Apt. 2, 606 Court St., around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday after she allegedly propositioned an undercover officer. She was found to have several bottles of medication, including one with six broken Seroquel antidepressant tablets without a prescribed name, police said. She also had a cigarette case containing two suspected crack pipes and a push rod. She is charged with prostitution, adulteration or misbranding of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Prostitution. Police arrested Latoya Lynette Brown, 27, of 302 E. Division St., around 10:30 p.m. Monday. Police said she allegedly solicited a plainclothes officer and directed him to drive toward Boardman, Ohio, and she allegedly tried to snatch a $50 bill from him. She is charged with one count of prostitution.

NESHANNOCK TOWNSHIP

•Driving under the influence. Police said they stopped a vehicle for speeding on Route 18 early Saturday morning. Officers said they detected alcohol on the breath of the driver, Stephen Hohmann, 19, of 3046 Fairview School Road, Ellwood City. After he failed a field sobriety test, officers said, Hohmann was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Jameson Hospital for a blood test.

•Drug arrest. Officers said they stopped a vehicle at the corner of Route 18 and Mitchell Road for an equipment violation at 1 a.m. July 6. According to officers the driver, Andrew Klaus, 23, of Slippery Rock, consented to a search of his vehicle, and a small amount of marijuana was found. He was charged with possession.

•Aggravated assault. Police said they responded to a report of one male juvenile punching and choking another male juvenile at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Meadowview Boulevard. According to officers, the victim had marks and bruises on his head and shoulder. The accused youth was taken into custody and placed in the Kraus Juvenile Center.

District judges

Melissa A. Amodie


New Castle police charged the following people:

•Jabril Malik Henley, 21, of New Castle, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and intent to possess a controlled substance.

•Latoya Lynette Brown, 27, of New Castle, promoting prostitution.

•Donna A. Gravatt, 43, of New Castle, three counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia and one count each of promoting prostitution and adulterating or misbranding any controlled substance.

•Wilfredo Torres Jr., 51, of New Castle, harassment.

Jerry G. Cartwright

The Lawrence County district attorney charged the following people:

•Ronald M. Harker, 41, of North Jackson, Ohio, bad checks.

•Marilyn M. Lamoreaux, 36, of Butler, bad checks.

Jennifer Nicholson

•Michelle M. Lewis, 25, of New Castle, charged by Union Township police with retail theft.

•Donald John Tankovich Jr., 20, of Canfield, Ohio, charged by state police with four counts of driving under the influence and one count each of possession of marijuana, purchase of an alcoholic beverage by a minor, failure to keep right and careless driving.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission charged the following people:

•David Louis Basile, 31, of Orwell, Ohio, control of property regulations violation.

•Carl Wilson Karbarcka Jr., 25, of Windsor, Ohio, control of property regulations violation.

•Brett Michael Sturgill, 18, of Orwell, Ohio, control of property regulations violation.

•Jess David Shrock, 29, of Canfield, Ohio, control of property regulations violation.

David B. Rishel

•Brian Kent, 21, of New Galilee, charged by Hickory Township police with simple assault and harassment.

Scott A. McGrath

Neshannock Township police charged the following people:

•Stephen P. Hohmann, 19, of Ellwood City, two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of minor prohibited from operating with alcohol, disregarding traffic lane and exceeding the speed limit.

•Andrew James Klaus, 23, of Slippery Rock, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and remove or render inoperable registered equipment.

Common pleas

court sentences

J. Craig Cox


•Nancy Michele Smith, 58, New Castle — Thirteen days to six months in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 13 days served, costs of prosecution, $4,215 restitution to the victim. She pleaded guilty to bad checks.

•Isabella Judith Lane, 19, New Castle — Twelve months probation, costs of prosecution. She pleaded guilty to retail theft.

•Tracy Lynn Padilla, 48, New Castle — Seven to 14 days in the Lawrence County jail with credit for one day served. She pleaded guilty to manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

•Tracy Lynn Padilla, 48, New Castle — Seven to 14 days in the Lawrence County jail with credit for one day served, to be served concurrently with any other sentence being served, costs of prosecution. She pleaded guilty to manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

•Dalton Tyler Yaromey, 26, Fombell — Twelve months probation, costs of prosecution. He pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.

•Donald Jeffrey Santana, 48, Sharon — Twelve months in the intermediate punishment program with the first 10 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring and the remaining 11 months, 20 days on house arrest, costs of prosecution, $9.99 restitution to Shop ’n Save, Mercer County Drug and Alcohol assessment. He pleaded guilty to retail theft.

•Alvin Ernest Emery, 70, New Castle — Forty-nine days to one year in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 49 days served, costs of prosecution, $1.25 restitution to Shop ’n Save. He pleaded guilty to retail theft.

Dominick Motto

•Stephen J. Elliott, 60, New Castle — Two years in the intermediate punishment program with the first 90 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, work release is granted, $1,500 fine, costs of prosecution, 18-month license suspension, Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol assessment. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

•Walter E. Wilson Jr., 26, New Castle — A $200 fine. He pleaded guilty to driving without a license.

•Walter E. Wilson Jr., 26, New Castle — Seven months probation, $100 fine, costs of prosecution. He pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.

•Matthew Anthony Benegasi, 46, New Wilmington — Two years in the intermediate punishment program with the first 90 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, work release is granted, $1,500 fine, costs of prosecution, $52 fee, Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol referral, 18-month license suspension. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

•Brandon Downey, 24, Wampum — Two years in the intermediate punishment program with the first 90 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, $1,500 fine, costs of prosecution, $52 fee, Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol assessment, 18-month license suspension. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

•Miranda June Smith, 29, Ellwood City — Eighteen days to 12 months in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 18 days served, costs of prosecution. She pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension.

•Richard Alex Pagley, 22, Bessemer — A $25 fine. He pleaded guilty to driving without headlights.

•Richard Alex Pagley, 22, Bessemer —Six months in the intermediate punishment program, the first seven days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, $1,000 fine, costs of prosecution, attend and pay for Lawrence County driving under the influence countermeasures school, 12-month license suspension. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

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