New Castle News

TOP STORIES

January 4, 2013

Mother: Revoke bond of suspect

NEW CASTLE — The mother of a child struck and killed by a truck is seeking help.

Cynthia Clark, mother of Octavius Stone, is asking area residents to sign an online petition to place the man accused of causing her loss behind bars until his trial.

“I want justice for my son,” she said. “And for Ozzy.”

Octavius, 7, and his friend, Ozzy Velez, 9, of Volant, were playing in Ozzy’s grandmother’s yard Nov. 25 when a vehicle, allegedly driven by Virgil Coonfare, 67, of West Moody Avenue, drove up an embankment and ran over the boys.

Octavius died at the scene. Ozzy was flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment and released the next day.

Coonfare was charged with homicide by vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, aggravated assault by vehicle and driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.

He remains free on bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7.

Attempts to reach Coonfare’s attorney, David Acker, were unsuccessful.

Clark is asking the public to help her rectify what she sees as an injustice.

“My son is dead,” she said. “And the man who caused this, who caused my pain, is free.

“This was a very bad Christmas for my family. My daughters and I are trying to rebuild our lives, but we miss my son terribly. You hate to see this happen. No one deserves this.”

She said Ozzy is doing well, “But he’s a little boy. He shouldn’t have the memories he has of watching his little friend die.”

Clark said the petition, urging the legal system to revoke Coonfare’s bond, was posted about Dec. 20 by Octavius’ father, Kris Stone. She said it contains about 337 signatures but the goal is to get 1,000 people to sign it.

Anyone interested in adding his or her name and a comment can find the site at http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-octavius-and-ozzy-for-stiffer-dui-laws-and-for-virgil-coonfare-to-be-in-jail-til-the-trial.

“The boys were playing in the yard, not close to the road,” Clark said. “The truck came up a five-foot embankment and hit them.”

A note on the site recounts events of Nov. 25 and states, “The day my son was laid to rest, Virgil Coonfare was released on 2500 dollars bond and as far as I’m concerned that is outrageous.”

However, the amount of the bond is incorrect, it is $25,000.

The site also states the petition will be delivered to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Gov. Tom Corbett, and to the Pennsylvania State Senate and House of Representatives.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
TOP STORIES
  • 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

  • Baptism1.jpg Dipped downtown

    John the Baptist identified himself as “the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’ ” On Saturday, local evangelist Randy Crum once again took a cue from the son of Elizabeth and Zechariah, eschewing the locusts and honey that John was known to munch on but heading out into the wilds to baptize believers and challenge them to share their faith with their community.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • lamancusa.jpg Tanner, district attorney: No comment

    The Lawrence County District Attorney is keeping mum about a probe into finances in Shenango Township. “We don’t talk about ongoing investigations,” Lamancusa said Friday.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo 5 Stories

  • Shenango1.jpg Shenango Township: Supervisors fire Tanner, release DeLorenzo

    The Shenango supervisors fired township secretary/treasurer Brian Tanner and terminated auditor and consultant Deno DeLorenzo last night.

    July 18, 2014 3 Photos 4 Stories

House Ads
Poll

Summer is a perfect time for a good read. Where's your favorite place to spend off time with your nose in a book?

Relaxing on the couch
On a bench in the park
By the pool
At the closest beach
I don't have time to read
     View Results