New Castle News


June 13, 2013

Man sentenced in robbery of legislator

NEW CASTLE — State Rep. Jaret Gibbons praised law enforcement officers for prosecution of a man who had robbed the legislator last year.

A Dauphin County judge sentenced Donnie Dozier, 42, to 12 to 30 years in prison under a plea deal Tuesday for robbing Gibbons and two staff members the night of March 12, 2012, in downtown Harrisburg.

Dozier pleaded guilty to three felony charges of robbery and one count each of robbery of a motor vehicle and conspiracy.

Dozier’s co-defendant, Michael Chavis, 24, is awaiting trial.

The two men, both Harrisburg residents, held up Gibbons, his chief of staff Kevin Bowser and intern Charles Goodall at gunpoint outside the legislator’s apartment as they unloaded a car.

The men took wallets, cell phones, keys and Goodall’s car, but Gibbons had another cell phone. He used it to call 911 and the police caught the two men driving Goodall’s car about 20 minutes later.

Gibbons thanked Dauphin County Senior Deputy District Attorney Johnny Baer and Harrisburg law enforcement.

“I truly appreciate the efforts of the district attorney’s office throughout the trial and the law enforcement officers who responded promptly and efficiently to our emergency,” Gibbons said. “Being held up at gunpoint is something I wish nobody ever had to experience, but the Harrisburg police force did an exemplary job of aiding us and ensuring the perpetrators were caught and couldn’t repeat this crime again.

“I’m also glad to see the enhanced sentence this criminal received for being a repeat offender,” Gibbons said. “He had prior robbery convictions and this verdict will ensure that he’s kept away from society for a lengthy period of time and cannot put the lives of other citizens at risk.”

Gibbons, of Franklin Township, Beaver County, said Wednesday he had met last week with Baer who had informed him of the plea deal.

“We all agreed it was worthwhile to do the plea deal and ensure this guy was going to be in jail for a very long time.”

Gibbons said he had communicated with Bowser and Goodall about the plea deal.

According to Gibbons, Baer said judges typically “will ask if the victims are in agreement.”

“I’m glad it’s over with,” he said, adding it was “probably one of the most harrowing experiences in my life.”


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Bobby_Ferrara.jpg Ferrara comes home after life in the ring

    Former New Castle resident Bob Ferrara has spent much of his 77 years inside a boxing ring. A Pittsburgh Golden Gloves champion in 1958, Ferrara — who was known then as Bobby Ferry — continued to find success long after leaving his hometown for the sunny skies of Tucson, Ariz.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • VerySpecial.jpg Jameson Hoyt Atrium display spotlights artwork of special needs kids and adults

    Artwork from dozens of area students will take center stage Thursday in the Hoyt Atrium of Jameson Hospital. The Very Special Arts exhibit will kick off with an opening reception at 5 p.m., and the works will remain on display in the glass-enclosed walkway through Oct. 4.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • DougDanko.jpg Census shows county population getting older

    Lawrence County’s population continues to get older. However, it is not alone, as Pennsylvania overall is aging.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • backpackproject.jpg Councilman picks up tab to help lunch program

    Participants of a local summer feeding program are eating this week courtesy of New Castle City Councilman Tim Fulkerson. On Friday morning, the truck dispatched from New Castle to pick up about 3,500 pounds of items from the Pittsburgh Food Bank broke down as it arrived at its destination.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • CRESTVIEW.jpg Outreach: Churches plan to host picnic for residents of Crestview Gardens

    Volunteers from several area churches are banding together in hopes of bringing peace to a troubled neighborhood.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Council OKs funds to remove dead trees

    New Castle City Council has approved spending funds from its contingency account to remove some trees at Darlington Park. Marshall Tree Experts of Ellwood City has given an estimate of $12,000 to remove the large elm trees from the Mahoningtown park.


    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 12.jpg Photo Gallery, Story: Night light

    The balloons may have been on the ground but spirits were soaring.


    July 25, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • StateFair.jpg 'State Fair' coming to Playhouse

    The fair is coming to town. No, not the Lawrence County Fair, although that is right around the corner. This is the Iowa State Fair, and it will be live on the stage of the New Castle Playhouse for three weeks, starting Friday night.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • accountant.jpg DeLorenzo’s status with authority unchanged

    Deno DeLorenzo’s status as a contract employee with the New Castle Sanitation Authority remains unchanged. Authority board members met with DeLorenzo last week regarding an investigation by the Lawrence County district attorney’s office involving Shenango Township funds.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shooting.jpg Detroit area man dies in Ellwood City gunfire

    A triple shooting in an Ellwood City street has claimed the life of a Detroit area man. Gunfire erupted in the middle of Loop Street outside the Walnut Ridge housing project around 10:20 p.m. Sunday, according to state police.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping his legal authority with the way he's handled Obamacare. Good call?

Yes. Obama's been overstepping his authority since day one in office. It's time he pay the piper.
No. The allegations are ridiculous and the law suit is a waste of time and tax payer money.
I don't know. I'm not a huge fan of Obama, but the suit seems a little extreme.
     View Results