New Castle News

May 6, 2013

Fund, arrangements set for fallen police officer

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police are establishing a processional route through downtown New Castle and Shenango Township for a fallen officer.

A motorcade of police cars for William J. “Jerry” McCarthy IV will go through downtown and township streets on Wednesday following a Mass of Christian burial, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at St. Vitus Church.

Police Chief Bobby Salem said yesterday that South Mill Street will be closed Wednesday from 9 a.m. until after the Mass, and patrol cars will assemble on South Mill outside of the church.

Side streets near St. Vitus, including Maitland and Home streets, also will be closed for the lineup.

The procession will leave the church and ride through town and past the Shenango Township municipal building before escorting Officer McCarthy to his final resting place at Crestview Memorial Park in Grove City.

Salem said he and other officers organizing the procession are meeting this morning to finalize details of the route and road closings, which will be announced online later today and in tomorrow’s edition of the New Castle News.

Calling hours for McCarthy are from 1 to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at St. Vitus Church.

The 60-year-old Shenango Township police officer was killed Thursday night when the patrol car in which he was a passenger was T-boned at the intersection of South Cascade Street and Warren Avenue.

The accident occurred during a pursuit of a car driven by Kylee Gwen Barletto, 25, of 693 Hoover Drive, officials said. She faces 15 charges.

The Shenango Township police department has established a memorial fund for McCarthy. Donations may be sent to the Shenango Police Memorial Fund, ESB Bank, 3731 Ellwood Road, New Castle, Pa. 16101.

McCarthy also served full time as the county’s humane officer in the office of District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa.