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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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