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August 13, 2013

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

NEW CASTLE — Births

JAMESON HOSPITAL


To Charles S. and Amy Sunseri of New Castle, a son on Aug. 9, 2013.

To Tasha Gardner of New Castle, a daughter on Aug. 12, 2013.

OUT OF TOWN

To Travis and Larissa Rogan of New Castle, a son on Aug. 8, 2013 in Horizon Hospital, Farrell.

Police

STATE


•Accident. Police said Mariah L. Diramonico, 22, of Volant, was on Route 956 in Wilmington Township about 6:20 a.m. Aug. 4, lost control of her car and hit a tree. Police said she sustained moderate injury.

•Accident. Police said Frank A. Holmes, 47, of New Castle, was westbound in Route 108/Harlansburg Road near Dean Road in Scott Township about 2:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and apparently fell asleep. Police said his car left the road and hit a tree. Officers said he sustained moderate injury and was taken to Allegheny General Hospital.

•Theft. Two directional signs were taken from Houston Road at Scott Wallace Road in Little Beaver Township between 5 p.m. July 26 and 8 a.m. July 29.

NESHANNOCK TOWNSHIP

•Accident. Police said vehicles driven by Kienan Ryan Owens, 19, of 416 Falls Ave. and Bethany Kwiat, 37, of 2922 Haven Point Drive, collided about 7:20 p.m. Thursday when Owens’ vehicle skidded on the wet road and slid into Kwiat’s vehicle, which was stopped on Mitchell Road prior to making a left turn into a business. No injuries were reported, Owens will be cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

•Accident. Police said Oladotun N. Oshodi, 30, of Reynolsburg, Ohio, was eastbound on Mitchell Road about 8:40 a.m. Friday and struck the back of a vehicle driven by Anthony L. Difrischia, 28, of Greenville, who was slowing or stopped to assist a vehicle that had broken down on the berm of Mitchell Road. Police said Oshodi sustained minor injury but refused treatment. He will be cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

District judges

Melissa A. Amodie


New Castle police charged the following people:

•Frank Popovich, 63, of New Castle, public drunkenness and similar misconduct.

•Damian J. Trott, 20, of New Castle, disorderly conduct.

•Alicia Jo Boring, 29, of New Castle, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and similar misconduct, and disorderly house.

•Julian M. Jackson, 25, of New Castle, two counts of intent to possess a controlled substance and one count of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Iris Grandey, 66, of New Castle, harassment.

•Michael Buttano, 38, of New Castle, disorderly house.

New Castle’s code enforcement department charged the following people:

•Linda Woods of West Pittsburg, sanitation of exterior property areas violation.

•Trenda Malizia of New Castle, two counts of sanitation of exterior property areas violation and one count each of weeds, trees and ornamental shrubs violation and prohibited use violation.

Jerry G. Cartwright

Ellwood City police charged the following people:

•Mark Strohecker, 46, of Ellwood City, harassment.

•Nancy Lallement, 53, of Ellwood City, harassment.

Jennifer Nicholson

•Gregory Duncan, 49, of Edinburg, charged by Mahoning Township police with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

•Leslie Richard Ransom Jr., 25, of Edinburg, charged by state police with theft from a motor vehicle.

Union Township police charged the following people:

•Lori Ann Petronelis, 46, of New Castle, retail theft and receiving stolen property.

•Krista Jeanette Sadler, 38, of New Castle, defiant trespass.

David B. Rishel

•Nicholas E. Califato, 21, of New Castle, charged by Shenango Township police with corruption of minors, selling or furnishing liquor to minors and disorderly conduct.

State police charged the following people:

•Benjamin Joseph Scalf, 25, of Sharon, invasion of privacy.

•Lorrainne Stanek, 52, of Parma, Ohio, two counts of driving under the influence and one count each of failure to keep right, disregarding traffic lane, careless driving and failure to use safety belt.

Scott A. McGrath

Neshannock Township police charged the following people:

•Jodi Iwanejko, 46, of New Castle, disorderly house.

•Edward Mark Palmer, 49, of Edinburg, two counts of robbery and one count each of receiving stolen property, simple assault, driving with license suspended and driving without a license.

Common pleas

court sentences

J. Craig Cox

•Robert Arnold Willliams, 65, New Castle — All charges against him were withdrawn and dismissed.

•Marissa Lynn Fornataro, 20, New Castle — Sixteen to 32 days in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 32 days served, costs of prosecution. She pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Marissa Lynn Fornataro, 20, New Castle — Fifty-eight days to 12 months in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 58 days served and costs of prosecution. She pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance by an inmate.

•Marissa Lynn Fornataro, 20, New Castle — One year probation, costs of prosecution. She pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Matthew William Yates, 19, New Castle — Six months probation, $50 fine, costs of prosecution and eight hours community service. He pleaded guilty to theft.

•Nathaniel McKnight Jr., 20, New Castle — A $150 fine. He pleaded guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana.

•Nathaniel McKnight Jr., 20, New Castle — A $200 fine and costs of prosecution. He pleaded guilty to driving while his operating privilege is suspended.

•Nathaniel McKnight Jr., 20, New Castle — Two to four years in a state correctional institution with credit for 46 days served and costs of prosecution. Any evidence seized by law enforcement is forfeited to the Lawrence County District Attorney’s office drug task force, including $2,400 seized from the defendant. He pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Dominick Motto

•Jessica Myers, 32, New Castle — One year probation, costs of prosecution, $1,300 restitution to the victim. She pleaded guilty to theft.

•Christina Alanie Dunman, 48, Edinburg — Two years in the intermediate punishment program with the first 90 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, $1,500 fine, costs of prosecution, 18-month license suspension, Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol Commission referral. She pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

•Christina Alanie Dunman, 48, Edinburg — Ninety days in the intermediate punishment program to be served on house arrest. Sentence is to be served consecutively with any other sentence being served. She pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license.

•Dustin Ray Jacobs-Jordan, 21, Ellwood City —Six months in the intermediate punishment program with the first 30 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, $750 fine, costs of prosecution, $44.62 payable to the Lawrence County District Attorney’s office, 12-month license suspension. He is granted work release and the court has no objection to the case being transferred to Butler County for school and supervision. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

•Donald G. Meyers Jr., 35, Darlington —Two years in the intermediate punishment program with the first 90 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, credit for two days served, $1,500 fine, costs of prosecution, 18-month license suspension. The court has no objection to transferring the case to Beaver County. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

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