New Castle News


April 1, 2014

Man charged over Neshannock Boulevard gunfire

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police have arrested a North Hill resident accused of firing shots at a man Monday morning.

Police received a report around 11 a.m. from a man who told them Kenneth Stephone Hardret, 25, of 412 Park Ave. and another man had fired a gun at him from a silver truck at a house on Neshannock Boulevard, near Sheridan Avenue.

Police said they caught up with Hardret on Park Avenue but he did not have any weapons on him. He was taken into custody for questioning.

Meanwhile, a woman approached the cruiser and told officers Hardret previously had argued with the victim, police said.

The man showed police several text messages that Hardret had sent to him via his girlfriend’s cell phone, and told them that Hardret had struck him in the neck with a baseball bat. He said Hardret had threatened him and his mother and said he would shoot him or the house that he was in.

Hardret then called the house where he was and asked him to go outside, he told police.

The man said he opened the front door to see Hardret standing in the driveway and another man standing at the bottom of the front porch steps. The person with Hardret asked if he was the man, and Hardret said, “Yeah, hit him,” he told police.

That person then pulled a silver gun from his sweatshirt pocket and fired at him as he ran back into the house, the man told police.

Police noted a bullet hole in the front screen and wooden doors of the house and the bullet had hit an interior wall inside.

They said the man refused medical treatment for the baseball bat injury.

Hardret is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, simple assault and conspiracy to commit simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He also is charged with one count each of conspiracy to discharge a firearm into an occupied structure, terroristic threats and harassment.

He was arraigned before District Judge Scott McGrath and lodged in the Lawrence County jail on $50,000 bond, pending a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Police said charges are pending against the second suspect, who is still at large.

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