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New Castle Schools: Leave with pay was superintendent’s call
When a New Castle school district employee is placed on administrative leave, it typically is the superintendent’s decision. District solicitor Charles Sapienza said in an email last week that the district has no policy governing when and why an employee is placed on administrative leave or whether he or she should be paid during that leave.
East Side man dies in fire
An East Side man died after a fire destroyed his house Thursday night. Edwin Sheffield Lewis, 61, was found in an upstairs bedroom in the front of the house at 761 Lathrop St.
Local residents shocked by electric bills
Jenny Pierog of North Beaver Township thought her Christmas baking had driven her electric bill up to $700 for December. The 86-year-old didn’t know what else it could be. “We didn’t burn any (Christmas) lights; we don’t have that much on.”
Man arrested for soliciting teen on Facebook
A Shenango Township man has been arrested for allegedly contacting and soliciting a 14-year-old through Facebook. And a man who allegedly found out about it and tried to stop the online dialog between them also is to be charged.
Defendant enters guilty plea as jury deliberates
A man facing a possible death sentence pleaded guilty and was sentenced while a jury deliberated his fate. DeAngelo Mercer, 24, of 322 Halco Drive pleaded guilty Tuesday night to criminal homicide, murder in the third degree.
New Castle man hurt in one-car accident
A New Castle man was in the intensive care unit of an Ohio hospital Tuesday night after an accident Tuesday. Mahoning Township police said Jake L. McPhatter, 42, of 119 E. Meyer Ave., was traveling east on Route 224, just east of Route 551, about 10:50 a.m.
Our Opinion: After five years, Jordan Brown case continues — sadly for all
It’s not unusual for newspapers to look back on major news events when key anniversaries come about. So it was that the New Castle News has been running articles on the fifth anniversary of the 2009 slaying of Kenzie Houk, and the subsequent arrest of Jordan Brown for the crime.
Jordan Brown Case, Five Years Later: Defense attorney learns ‘to expect the unexpected’
On the morning of Feb. 21, 2009, attorney Dennis Elisco met a boy who changed his life. Thursday marked the five-year anniversary in the case of 16-year-old Jordan Brown.
Jordan Brown Case, Five Years Later: After half a decade, intrigue and questions remain
Unusual aspects of Jordan Brown’s case drew national and international attention. Now 16, Jordan was 11 when he was charged as an adult with two counts of homicide in the fatal shooting of his father’s pregnant fiancée, Kenzie Marie Houk, 26.
Jordan Brown Case, Five Years Later: Father convinced beyond a doubt of son’s innocence
The broken-hearted father of Jordan Brown is rebuilding his life while remaining strong for his son. Jordan is charged in the fatal shooting five years ago of his father’s pregnant fiancée, Kenzie Houk. She was killed in the New Beaver Borough farmhouse the couple shared with Jordan, then 11, and her daughters, who were 7 and 4.
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