NEW CASTLE —
To Adam and Sarah Ruffner of New Castle, a daughter on March 21, 2013.
Melissa A. Amodie
New Castle police charged the following people:
•Raymond Ellis Rice, 53, of New Castle, disorderly conduct and disorderly house.
•David J. DeSalvo, 47, of New Castle, defiant trespass.
•Marlin D. Scott, 19, of New Castle, scattering rubbish on land or stream.
•Steven Ayersman, 21, of New Castle, harassment.
•Kathy Kordish, 36, of New Castle, harassment.
•Robyn M. McConahy, 44, of New Castle, two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of accident involving serious bodily injury, aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, accident involving damage to attended vehicle or property, accident involving death or personal injury, reckless driving, careless driving, disregarding traffic lane and failure to keep right.
•Diondre Q. Calhoun, 20, of New Castle, charged by New Castle police with simple assault and harassment.
David B. Rishel
•John Andrew McCormick, 20, of New Castle, charged by state police with retail theft.
The Lawrence County district attorney charged the following people:
•Phoebe Hohn, 34, of New Castle, failure to keep dog licensed, failure to apply for dog license and failure to have dog or cat vaccinated.
•Tara Kennedy, 45, of New Castle, failure to keep dog licensed, failure to apply for dog license and failure to have dog or cat vaccinated.
Shenango Township police charged the following people:
•Jacob R. Isenberg, 17, of New Castle, retail theft.
•Rene A. Isabella, 54, of Wampum, harassment.
•Charity Lynn Isabella, 29, of Wampum, harassment.
•Zachary Dean Moffatt, 34, of New Castle, two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked, driving at an unsafe speed and careless driving.
Scott A. McGrath
•Marshall McKean, 19, of Mercer, charged by New Wilmington police with disorderly conduct.
•Joseph Mark Ban Jr., 26, New Castle — Twelve months probation, costs of prosecution, forfeit the firearm in his possession. He pleaded guilty to simple assault.
•Michael Paul Ayersman, 28, New Castle — Seventy-seven days to 23 1/2 months in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 77 days served, costs of prosecution, $321 restitution to the victim. He pleaded guilty to access device fraud.
•Elissa Ann Heemer, 30, New Castle — Six months probation, costs of prosecution, $1.58 restitution to Walmart. She pleaded guilty to retail theft.
•Heather Ward, 22, Ellwood City — Eighteen months probation, costs of prosecution, $554 restitution to the victim. She pleaded guilty to resisting arrest.
•Keylin D. Shaw, 26, Youngstown — Costs of prosecution, $300 fine, $2,200 restitution to the victim. He pleaded guilty to failing to render aid or report an accident.
•Brandon Michael Levine, 19, New Wilmington — Two years probation, costs of prosecution and $295 restitution to the victim. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen property.
•Malinda Marie Greene, 41, Wampum — Ninety days on intermediate punishment program with the entire time to be served on house arrest. She pleaded guilty to driving while operating privileges are suspended.
•Malinda Marie Greene, 41, Wampum —Two years in the intermediate punishment program with the first 90 days on house arrest to be served consecutively with any other sentence being served, costs of prosecution, license suspension for 18 months. She pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.
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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