New Castle News

Police Reports

December 10, 2013

Five injured in school bus crash

NEW CASTLE — 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.

Police said McAnney’s Volvo hit the back of a Honda CR-V driven by Jacob R. Oxendale, 18, of Slippery Rock, which was in front of her. The Volvo then crossed the center line, striking a school bus head on. The bus was carrying 13 students from Portersville Christian School. Officers said the eastbound school bus was driven by Bruce J. Gardner, 63, of Ellwood City.

The accident took place in Hickory Township, about a quarter-mile from Gaslight Trailer Park.

Officers said four students from the bus and McAnney were treated at Jameson Hospital for minor to moderate injuries.

McAnney was cited for driving at an unsafe speed and the school bus was towed from the scene.

Lee Saunders, administrator of Portersville Christian School, said the injured students were ages 7 to 17 and in grades two, four, six and 11.

Saunders also said the school’s 18-passenger mini bus was injured the most. The vehicle, which is six or seven years old, sustained major front-end damage, he said.

“But buses can always be replaced. We’re thankful no one was seriously hurt.”

School transportation coordinator John Coomber was dispatched with a second bus to complete the route.

The men said that route collects students from the Shenango, Laurel and Wilmington districts and normally carries 15 to 16 students.

“It was about three quarters of the way through the route and had almost completed its Laurel route,” Saunders said.

Upon hearing of the accident, Saunders said, he went to Jameson to check on his students.

“By the time I got there, three had been discharged and one, who got a bump on the head, was awaiting test results.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Police Reports
  • 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

  • Police.jpg City man to answer Wyoming drug charges first

    A North Hill man arrested for allegedly having guns and drugs in his house is being extradited to Wyoming. After that, Michael Antonini IV, 21, will face multiple drug charges in Lawrence County, according to New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire.jpg Photo, Video, Story: Three families homeless after fire ravages two houses

    Bronte Baxter was at home with her two babies Monday when she saw flames at the back of her house. “I was in the living room and saw fire in the kitchen,” the resident of 602 Taylor St. said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh,’ and I went upstairs to get my phone.”

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Uncle of boy hurt at park lauds rescuers

    An uncle of the boy who fell at McConnell’s Mill State Park lauded rescue workers for their efforts. The Rev. Keith Karns said he arrived to find crews in the midst of a grueling, three-hour effort.

    April 15, 2014

  • fire.jpg VIDEO: City blaze ignites neighboring home

    A fire that started in a duplex at 532 Taylor St. today ignited a neighboring home. Three families were displaced by the blaze that broke out around 9:30 a.m. and destroyed both two-story structures.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads

The driver of the car that killed Shenango Township police officer Jerry McCarthy has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. You OK with the sentence?

No. Not long enough.
No. Too long.
Not sure
     View Results