New Castle News

Police Reports

November 23, 2013

Couple arrested following city, Shenango robberies

NEW CASTLE — A New Castle couple has been charged following a double armed robbery in the city and in Shenango Township.

 New Castle police Thursday night arrested Brian Keith Misner, 23, 117 Park Ave., following robberies Sunday at Tic Toc Food Mart on Highland Avenue and at the Eldorado Motel in Shenango Township. Police said a gun was used.

Shenango police say Misner fired shots inside the Eldorado. He was arraigned yesterday by District Judge Melissa Amodie on charges of criminal homicide, robbery, illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

His bond was set at $150,000.

Following Misner’s arrest on Sunday, New Castle police charged him with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license, illegal possession of a firearm, prohibited offensive weapon, possessing instruments of crime and terroristic threats, in connection with the Tic Toc robbery.

He was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Scott McGrath who set that jail bond at $200,000.

Shenango Township police charged Misner’s live-in girlfriend, Dawn Marie Wallace, 31, as a conspirator in the Eldorado hold-up.

The city police, who obtained a search warrant, allegedly found items related to the two robberies at Misner’s house.

According to reports, New Castle police were called to Tic Toc around 7:50 p.m. Sunday. A clerk said a man dressed entirely in black entered the store with a gun demanding Newport cigarettes and money.

The store surveillance video shows his face, and police could see him pulling a mask over his face when he entered the store. He was identified as Misner.

Police said when they arrived at his house Thursday, they found Misner and Wallace in an upstairs bedroom. Misner, they said, told them there was a 9 mm handgun in his room.

Police confiscated a pair of black jeans with a gun clip containing 10 live 9 mm rounds. They also found a box of rounds, 11 empty packs of Newport cigarettes, two handgun holsters and a black hat.

Wallace told police she was not with Misner when he robbed Tic Toc.

She said Misner left with a man, returning a short time later with numerous packs of Newport cigarettes and $100. She said he told her he had robbed Tic Toc for cigarettes and money.

Wallace said she took Misner to the Eldorado Motel because he did not want to stay home after that. She said she went into the motel and asked for a room. When she returned to the car, Wallace said, Misner entered the motel office. She said she heard a couple of gunshots and he came running out and screamed at her to drive. She said she asked him what he had done and he told her, “Don’t worry, I just shot in the air, I didn’t kill anyone.”

She said they returned to 117 Park Ave. after that.

New Castle police released Wallace after questioning and  Shenango Township police have charged her with conspiracy to commit robbery. District Judge David Rishel issued a warrant for her arrest.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Police Reports
  • 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

  • fire.jpg Teen injured at McConnell’s Mill

    A teenage boy was listed in fair condition yesterday at a Pittsburgh hospital after a fall Saturday at McConnell’s Mill State Park.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police.jpg Official: New fad drug found in search

    Marijuana butter, an up-and-coming fad, was among the suspected drugs police seized Friday, along with guns and money.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • City man arrested on drug charges

    A West Side man is in jail after police allegedly found suspected marijuana in his apartment. New Castle police arrested Robert Lee Gordon Jr., 39, of Apt. 601, McGrath Manor, at his home after executing a sealed search warrant there Wednesday.

    April 12, 2014

House Ads

Beginning tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the NHL playoffs. So, who ya got? And in how many games?

Penguins, in five games or fewer. Too much firepower for the Blue Jackets, especially if Evgeni Malkin is ready to go.
Penguins, in six or seven games. It’s a pretty even matchup on defense, but Pittsburgh will grind it out.
Blue Jackets, in five games or fewer. Sergei Bobrovsky in goal for the Blue Jackets spells trouble for the Pens.
Blue Jackets, in six or seven games. Bobrovsky gives Columbus the edge, but it won’t be easy.
     View Results