NEW CASTLE —
•Theft. Someone stole a metal ashtray valued at $200 from the outside basement stairwell of St. Mary Church between Dec. 28 and Wednesday. A church custodian said he has found homeless people sleeping in the stairwell during the past few months and has requested extra patrol in the area.
•Theft. A blue Chrysler Town and Country sedan was stolen from a lot in the 400 block of East Long Avenue between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 3:15 a.m. Thursday. The owner told police he had left the keys in the car.
•Counterfeit bills. A West Pittsburg convenience store reported to police that five counterfeit $10 bills were used to pay for merchandise Dec. 27. The bank discovered the bills when the store made a weekend deposit, police said. The bills all have a serial number of JK 02619506 A.
•Burglary. Copper plumbing was stolen from the basement of a house in the 800 block of Frank Avenue. The break-in was discovered around noon Wednesday.
•Theft. A woman at the Crisis Shelter on West State Street reported that about $91 was taken from her locker between Tuesday and Wednesday. The locker had been forced open, police said. The woman also reported her prescription medication — about two dozen 10-mg oxycodone pills, 80 Valium and about 40 Soma pills — were missing from her purse in her room.
•Burglary. Someone broke into a house in the 1300 block of Croton Avenue around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday. The house was ransacked and multiple items were broken, police said, and trash was strewn throughout the rooms.
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Five injured in school bus crash
Four students and a driver sustained minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning. According to state police, a line of vehicles was westbound on snow-covered Route 108/Harlansburg Road at 7:50 a.m. when Shannon C. McAnney, 21, of Gibsonia, the second car in the line, lost control of her vehicle.
Ray Street man charged in burglary
An East Side man has been arrested in connection with a Scott Street burglary. Mark Anthony Magusiak Jr., 23, of 613 S. Ray St., was charged with burglary and attempted theft. He is in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.
New Castle man jailed in drug case
A New Castle man facing 11 drug-related charges is being held on $25,000 bond. The charges against Theodore Trent McHenry, 20, of 919 Beckford St. followed a raid at his home last week.
City man charged with making threats
A New Castle man is facing charges that he threatened to harm a woman. City police arrested John A. Adamo, 34, of 211 E. Leasure Ave. after he allegedly tried to kick in the door of another Leasure Avenue home and threatened a woman inside Wednesday evening.
Drunk driving suspect tied to double fatal
A man charged with drunk driving in New Wilmington was the driver in a 2009 double-fatality crash. New Wilmington police said they learned Austin J. Ewers, 20, has a record that includes homicide by vehicle after they arrested him in the borough Nov. 24.
Second body this week found at Moraine
The body of a New Castle man was found at Moraine State Park. Jake Weiland, assistant park manager, said someone who had been boating and fishing from a kayak on Lake Arthur saw something on the shore at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and contacted park officials.
Shop with a Cop makes 116 children happy
All Mason Work wanted for Christmas was a basketball. But when the 8-year-old New Castle boy left Walmart Thursday, he was the excited owner of a new scooter, a toy equalizer gun and a pair of Spiderman boots, in addition to a blue and white Wilson basketball.
Council OKs agreement with DA’s office
New Castle City Council has approved an agreement that details city narcotics officers to the Lawrence County district attorney’s office.
Man jumps into Shenango River
New Castle police and fire departments were dispatched Wednesday morning after a man jumped into the Shenango River. Police were called at 11:35 a.m. and the fire department was notified about 10 minutes later.
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