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September 13, 2013

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide

NEW CASTLE — Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in North Beaver Township.

Police were called to a parking lot near Bessemer Lake at 3:45 p.m. Thursday and discovered the bodies of Ronald Hartman, 54, and Shirley Rivardo, 50, both of New Castle.

A passerby had spotted Hartman’s body lying on the ground and called 911 to alert authorities.

Hartman was pronounced dead at the scene, while Rivardo died at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Police believe Hartman shot Rivardo before taking his own life.

According to the police report, Rivardo and Hartman had lived together on East Poland Road.

The New Castle News is working on this developing story and will have more details as they become available.

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