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•Retail theft/drug arrest. Police were summoned to Kmart at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a retail theft complaint. Officers said Danielle Marie Flak of 3 W. Laurel Ave. had attempted to take $183.95 worth of merchandise without paying for it. They also said she was in possession of a controlled substance. She was charged with retail theft, possession of a controlled substance and misbranding a controlled substance. She was placed in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $2,500 bond.
•Retail theft/drug arrest. Police charged Leo Delfosse, 38, of 236 Park Ave. with retail theft after he allegedly took a plastic coffee cup without paying for it at 4 p.m. Saturday. Officers said they discovered several unmarked pill bottles in his possession. He was charged with retail theft and possession of a misbranded controlled substance.
•Hit-and-run. Police charged Carl Stiffy, 30, of 80 Veterans Road, Volant, with damage to an attended vehicle, recklessly endangering another person and eight traffic violations after an incident March 1. Officers said Stiffy hit the rear of a vehicle on I-376 and then backed up nearly two-tenths of a mile on an off-ramp, exiting to Pulaski Road. At that point he hit another vehicle, operated by Gerry Moore of 2941 W. State St. Upon investigation, police said they determined Moore was driving under the influence of alcohol and was charged. There were no injuries.
•Accident. Police responded to a rollover accident at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday on Mitchell Road near Pearson Park Drive. Officers said Nicholas Tucker Bell, 16, of 3138 Mercer Road was westbound when he slid on the ice-covered road and went into a ditch, rolling onto its roof. Bell sustained minor injuries but refused treatment, police said.
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Cleaners cause fire in vacant Halco unit
Lawrence County Housing Authority employees cleaning a vacant unit sparked a blaze Monday, according to city firefighters. The fire just before noon in the Halco Drive apartment caused $10,000 damage to the kitchen, they said.
Business ‘total loss’ after fire
A Little Beaver Township business was destroyed when a fire started in a garage. Enon Valley Volunteer Fire Chief Ben Hostetler said the blaze broke out about 12:20 a.m. Sunday in the garage of John Curea at 1791 State Route 551.
Vacant house fire may have been intentional
A vacant house on the city’s West Side burned over the weekend. The New Castle police department fire investigator has been called to determine what caused a blaze at 418 Conn St., near Bell Avenue.
Ex-attorney faces new set of charges
A disbarred attorney, already jailed on theft-related charges, is facing a new criminal case. Michael Frisk, formerly of Ellwood City and now serving time in the Lawrence County jail, is charged with forgery and other counts for allegedly taking money from an Allegheny County client.
UPDATE: Man injured in fall at McConnell’s Mill
An Ohio man was injured in a fall at McConnell’s Mill State Park Monday afternoon. Cody Captain, 26, of Struthers, was visiting the park with a cousin, Sean Robertson, and taking photos at Kildoo Falls when he fell about 15 to 20 feet.
Man charged in South Side break-in
A South Side man accused of breaking into a neighbor’s vacant house is facing charges. Alex John Benkosky, 21, of 821 S. Mercer St. faces one count each of burglary, criminal trespass, flight to avoid apprehension and criminal mischief.
Man rescued at McConnell's Mill
A Struthers, Ohio, man was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital on Monday afternoon after he fell at McConnell's Mill State Park. The victim, 26, was visiting the park with his cousin when he slipped and fell after taking a photo.
Police use Taser in wanted man’s arrest
New Castle police say they used a Taser to arrest an Ellwood City man who was wanted on warrants. Police on Wednesday took 21-year-old Colby James Marshall of 5213 Ellwood Road into custody when they learned he was at a New Castle pharmacy.
Police: Man facing fourth DUI rams Shenango cruiser
Two weeks after a Shenango officer was killed during an attempted traffic stop, another fleeing driver rammed another township cruiser. A Scott Township man smashed into a cruiser early Friday while allegedly fleeing police.
Police: texting led to fatal accident
Police claim a woman’s texting on a cell phone contributed to a fatal accident earlier this month in Hickory Township. Laura E. Gargiulo, 42, of 2662 State Route 956, Volant, faces homicide by vehicle and other charges in connection with the May 7 death of Daniel E. Gallatin of Scott Township.
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