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December 31, 2013

On the Record: Today's births, police items, and district judge reports



To Kristin McMahan of Ellwood City, a daughter on Dec. 29, 2013.

To Amanda Catron of Bessemer, a daughter on Dec. 30, 2013.




•Accident. About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on Shaffer Road, Slippery Rock Township. Police said Benjamin R. Stiffler, 31, of Ellwood City was westbound when he failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree.

•Burglary. Someone broke into a home on Reese Road in Scott Township between Dec. 20 and 22 and took several guns.

•Scattering rubbish. Someone threw trash on a lawn on Tradewinds Road in North Beaver Township Friday or Saturday.

•Accident. Police said Robert L. Sedgwick, 65, of Wampum was traveling on Portersville Road near Armstrong Road in Perry Township about 1 p.m. Dec. 14 when he braked abruptly for an accident and was struck by a car driven by Austin A. Berezniak, 19, of Ellwood City. Police cited Berezniak with failing to drive at a safe speed.


District judges

Melissa A. Amodie

New Castle police charged the following people:

•John Lavell Hawkins, 26, of New Castle, disorderly conduct.

•Lawrence James Jones Jr., 21, of New Castle, simple assault and harassment.

•Edward Robert Lyles III, 28, of New Castle, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, intent to possess a controlled substance, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and improper display of license plate.

•Waverly Torrale Primm, 26, of New Castle, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, intent to possess a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

New Castle’s code enforcement department charged the following:

•Jacob Barnes, 30, of New Castle, accumulation of rubbish or garbage.

•Jennifer Altman, of New Castle, sidewalks and driveways violation and weeds, trees and ornamental shrubs violation.

•Mims Realty of New Castle, exterior walls violation and accessory structures violation.

•Jessica Landall of Chula Vista, Calif., three counts of vacant land and structures violation.

David B. Rishel

•Lindsay B. Gagliordi, 34, of New Castle, charged by Shenango Township police with theft by unlawful taking.

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Police Reports
  • fire.jpg Firefighters respond to gas leak

    New Castle firefighters responded to a gas leak Friday at the former Lincoln-Garfield school on Long Avenue. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Petrone said Columbia Gas received a call from someone in the 800 block of South Mercer Street about the smell of gas Friday morning.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • On the Record: Today's births, police items and district judge reports

    April 18, 2014

  • Police.jpg Woman accused of taking money

    A West Middlesex woman is facing multiple theft charges for allegedly using someone else’s ATM card. The amount of money involved is nearly $1,100.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Baseball.jpg Couple accused of theft from baseball field firm

    A Scott Township business involved in producing professional baseball field surfaces was the victim of an alleged employee theft. A husband and wife from Boardman, Ohio, are facing theft and related charges.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bus.jpg Car strikes Neshannock school bus

    A New Castle woman will be cited for failing to stop in time to avoid striking a stopped school bus. Neshannock police said Mary Clause struck the Neshannock bus, which had stopped in the 1800 block of Pulaski Road about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • North Hill man faces stalking charges

    A North Hill man is facing charges for allegedly stalking a neighbor who complained he has been watching her. New Castle police have charged Donald Dean Crews, 53, of 228 E. Fairmont Ave. with two counts each of stalking and harassment.

    April 17, 2014

  • Police.jpg Man, 61, accused of raping girl

    A Wayne Township man is lodged in the Lawrence County jail, accused of raping a 14-year-old girl. Steven Louis Haynes, 61, of 4626 Ellwood Road was charged by state police in an alleged incident that occurred in February or April of last year at his home.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • fire.jpg Fire marshal probes cause of blaze

    A city police fire marshal said he hasn’t ruled yet on a blaze that ravaged two Taylor Street houses. Chris Fabian, who was at the fire scene for the duration Monday morning, said the blaze that displaced three families started in the back of a yellow, two-story duplex at 602 Taylor St.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wilson.jpg Man accused of making bomb threats

    A Sheep Hill man is in the county jail after allegedly threatening to kill a woman with a pipe bomb. New Castle officers and three members of the Pittsburgh police bomb squad went to the tan and brick two-story house at 116 W. Balph Ave. Monday to look for Daniel William Wilson, 36, who lives there.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police.jpg Home invasion suspect out of hospital, in jail

    A man shot during an alleged home invasion has been released from the hospital and jailed. Richard Andrew Javens, 43, of 3063 McClelland Ave. was discharged from Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh Saturday and immediately taken into custody on a warrant.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

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