NEW CASTLE —
To Jennie and Joe Anderson of New Castle, a daughter on March 19, 2013.
To Charles and Karmin Dando of New Castle, a son on March 20, 2013.
Melissa A. Amodie
•Scott Matthew Haley, 31, of New Castle, charged by New Castle police with three counts of criminal attempt and one count each of simple assault and harassment.
Jerry G. Cartwright
•Nicole Ann Schilling, 33, of Ellwood City, charged by Ellwood City police with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
•Micah Daniel Peffer, 21, of Wampum, charged by Wayne Township police with two counts of simple assault and one count of harassment.
•David M. Plohr, 43, of New Castle, charged by state police with five counts of corruption of minors, four counts of statutory sexual assault, three counts each of unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault on a person less than 16, two counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 and selling or furnishing liquor to a minor and one count of displaying explicit sexual material to a minor.
David B. Rishel
•Matthew J. Goodrich, 31, of New Castle, charged by Shenango Township police with retail theft.
State police charged the following people:
•Josiah Wallace Beck, 35, of New Castle, two counts of harassment.
•James Robert Patton Jr., 41, of New Castle, harassment.
Scott A. McGrath
•Ghianni A. Lane, 20, of New Castle, charged by Neshannock Township police with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, purchase of an alcoholic beverage by a minor, driving while operator's license suspended or revoked and exceeding the speed limit.
J. Craig Cox
•Valerie Rochelle Roberts, 53, New Castle — One to two years in a state correctional institution, with credit for 124 days served, to be served concurrently with any other sentence she is serving, costs of prosecution, $197.12 restitution to the victim. She pleaded guilty to robbery.
•Valerie Rochelle Roberts, 53, New Castle — One to two years in a state correctional institution to be served concurrently with any other sentence being served, costs of prosecution, $197.12 restitution to Walmart. She pleaded guilty to retail theft.
•Valerie Rochelle Roberts, 53, New Castle — One to two years in a state correctional institution to be served concurrently with any other sentence being served, costs of prosecution, $270.52 restitution to Walmart. She pleaded guilty to retail theft.
•Valerie Rochelle Roberts, 53, New Castle — One to two years in a state correctional institution, costs of prosecution, $15.98 restitution to Shop ‘N Save. She pleaded guilty to retail theft.
•Valerie Rochelle Roberts, 53, New Castle — Her parole is revoked and she is re-sentenced on a guilty plea of retail theft to one to two years in a state correctional institution with credit for 33 days served, to run concurrently with any other sentence being served.
•Donald Ray Frelin II, 24, New Castle — Fifty-five days to six months in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 55 days served, costs of prosecution. He pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Donald Ray Frelin II, 24, New Castle — Twenty-one days to two years in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 21 days served, costs of prosecution and $145.96 restitution to Uni-Mart. He pleaded guilty to theft.
•Robert Shawn Carder, 25, Waterford, Mich. — A $200 fine and costs of prosecution. He pleaded guilty to loitering and prowling at night.
•Justin Steven Lewis, 33, Pulaski — Six to 12 months in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 29 days served, costs of prosecution and $1 restitution to the New Castle Area School District. He pleaded guilty to burglary.
•John Junior Fuqua II, 32, New Castle — Six to 23 1/2 months in the Lawrence County jail with credit for one day served. When paroled, he is granted work release. Following the maximum period of incarceration he will serve two years probation. Sentence also includes costs of prosecution in cash or community service, Drug and Alcohol referral, provide a DNA sample and forfeit $64 to the Drug Task Force. He pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
•Krista L. Riccio, 27, New Castle — Six months in the intermediate punishment program with the first 30 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring. She is granted work release and her driver’s license is suspended for 12 months. She pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.
•Justin David Matuz, 26, New Castle — Six months in the intermediate punishment program with the first 30 days on house arrest, $750 fine, costs of prosecution. He is granted work release and his driver’s license is suspended for 12 months. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.
•Alison Ann Brown, 30, New Castle — Nine to 18 days in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 18 days served. She pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
•Aaron Andrew Duffy, 32, Edinburg — Resentenced to state intermediate punishment program for 24 months to be served concurrently with any sentence now being served, restitution to Kmart, supervision fees as required by the state board of probation and parole and costs of prosecution. He pleaded guilty to retail theft.
NEW CASTLE —
- Closer Look
County considers 911 land purchase
A 42-acre tract in Hickory Township is likely to become the home of Lawrence County’s 911 center. The county commissioners said they will vote Tuesday on a sales agreement for the purchase of property owned by Frank R. and Kimberly Augustine and Michael H., Janet, Michael A. and Kathlene Linz.
Pulaski approves changes for wells
The Pulaski Township supervisors approved zoning changes for two more well pads and several wells for Hilcorp Energy Co.
Our Opinion: Local tax incentive efforts have little in common
There’s been a lot of local activity lately in terms of tax abatement. In New Castle, a proposal surfaced last month to change the existing property tax abatement schedule in the city.
County sets deadline on accepting checks
The Lawrence County treasurer’s office will not be accepting any personal checks after this week. Starting Monday, the office will not take a personal check at the counter or one that is postmarked later than Dec. 15.
Corbett wants job search added to Medicaid
Gov. Tom Corbett’s version of Medicaid expansion would make Pennsylvania the only state in the union to require working poor people to look for better jobs in order to get government-subsidized health insurance.
Photo Gallery: Annual Ellwood City Christmas parade
Hundreds came “Home for the Holidays” to Ellwood City during the borough’s annual Christmas parade. More than 30 floats participated in the day’s procession, which started at Lincoln High School and wound its way through Lawrence Avenue.
Governor could get child abuse bills by month’s end
Cumbersome legal definitions of child abuse can stymie doctors, nurses and caseworkers who might believe a child is in danger, according to advocates lobbying for changes to the state’s child welfare system.
John K. Manna: Party labels shouldn’t matter in local contests
Anything is possible in elections, but often improbable when it comes to school board races in Pennsylvania. In the Nov. 5 election, voters went to the polls in six of the eight school districts in Lawrence County and were faced with little choice.
Our Opinion: Purchase of city house raises policy issues
Having the city buy a house on East Hillcrest Avenue because of neighbor complaints is bad public policy. The house in question was the scene of a shooting in October, in which three people were injured.
Revised county tax abatement targets downtowns
Lawrence County’s revised tax abatement program is intended to promote development by providing more tax breaks over a longer period.
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