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•Burglary. Cash was reported missing from a house in the 400 block of East Division Street between 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
•Accident. Police said Kaleena C. Lyles, 25, of New Castle was driving south on Route 18 in Wampum around 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3 and as she tried to turn onto Clyde Street, her car was hit by a car driven by John R. Powell, 69, of Wampum. Police said Powell ran the stop sign. Lyles was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, according to police. Powell was not injured. He will be cited. Officers said both were wearing seatbelts. The Wampum Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.
•Accident. Police said Ashley Sauer, 27, of Ellwood City was driving south on River Road in Wayne Township at 8 a.m. Saturday and she swerved to avoid a deer. Her car spun on the gravel berm, hit shrubbery and tree debris, then flipped and landed right-side up. Police said Sauer was treated at Ellwood City Hospital.
•Burglary. Various items were reported stolen from a house on South Boulevard in North Beaver Township on Oct. 2.
•Burglary. Cash and medications were reported missing from a Young Road house in Slippery Rock Township between Sept. 7.
•Burglary. Someone broke into a house on Copper Road, Slippery Rock Township on Sept. 20, police said.
•Burglary. Various items were reported stolen from a shed on Route 422 in Mahoning Township on Sept. 22.
•Criminal mischief. Police said someone wrote in permanent marker on the front door of an Edinburg Road house on Oct. 3.
•Accident. Police said Erin Ashley Bell, 27, of West Pittsburg, realizing that she was on the entrance to toll Route 376, at 1:50 a.m. on Oct. 6 veered abruptly and hit a wooden post. Police said her car slid across both lanes and into the grass median. Officers said charges are pending.
•Hit-and-run. Police said a vehicle traveling on West Poland Avenue hit a utility pole around 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 4 as it turned onto State Line Road in North Beaver Township. OThe pole broke and fell into the intersection and the driver fled without reporting the crash, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at (724) 598-2211.
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Man charged with arson after his house burns
A Taylor Township man who allegedly doused his home with gasoline faces multiple charges of arson and assault. Jason P. Merlini, 39, of 309 Warner Alley was charged with six counts of arson, five counts of aggravated assault including one for domestic violence, one count of reckless burning and five counts of recklessly endangering another person.
‘Carelessness’ caused Overlook fire
The state fire marshal has determined a blaze at the Overlook Health and Rehabilitation Center was caused by carelessness. Trooper David Jungling issued his report Friday and said the blaze was determined to have been caused by the careless disposal of smoking materials.
Police called to Halco Drive disturbance
An apparently intoxicated Halco Drive man drew a crowd Thursday night. New Castle police were called about 6:30 p.m. and found a 19-year-old man cutting his face and head with the razor blade of a utility knife.
Two injured in Mill Street, Taylor accidents
Two people were injured in a pair of accidents Thursday, New Castle police reported. One involved a car that went over an embankment off West Pittsburg Road in Taylor Township around noon.
- House fire reported in Neshannock Township
Drug charges filed after raid
Police have charged four people arrested during a drug raid Wednesday in Union Township. Members of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force executed a sealed search warrant at 27 Spring St. All four suspects live at that address, according to court records.
North Hill man hospitalized after crash
A New Castle man who hit a tree in Pulaski Township has been admitted to St. Elizabeth Health Center. According to Pulaski Township police, Adam Welsh, 36, of 202 E. Fairmont Ave., was eastbound on Route 422 about 1:30 a.m. Thursday when his pickup truck left the road.
East Side garage ‘total loss’ in fire
The New Castle police department fire investigator was called for a blaze at a garage. The three-bay garage at 626 Superior St. was a total loss, according to New Castle firefighters, who were called about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday. They remained at the scene until nearly 3 a.m.
Shenango man accused of breaking into car
A Shenango man was arrested after he allegedly was caught breaking into a car on New Castle’s East Side. New Castle police charged Jessie Lauderbaugh, 23, of Highview Drive with fleeing from police, theft from a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct and loitering and prowling at night.
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