Methadone-Influenced Driver Causes Accident
- According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 10 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a vehicle traveling west on Lawrence Avenue failed to stop at a stop sign and hit a vehicle traveling south on Fourth Street. Investigating officers identified the driver as Luke Garrett Hogue, 29, of New Castle, who admitted to having recently left a methadone clinic. Hogue was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign and following a blood test, was charged with two counts of DUI.
- According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 16 at approximately 12:21 a.m., officers responded to a reported retail theft at Dollar General on 1221 Lawrence Ave. An employee informed officers that a white male in a brown coat had left the store with two packages of men’s thermal boots socks valued at $4 each. The employee was able to provide the Pennsylvania registration for the suspect’s vehicle and was able to identify the suspect in a photo lineup. The suspect, Patrick Ryan Castellano, 34, of Industry, Pa., was charged with retail theft.
- Three New Castle residents were accused of stealing jewelry following an incident in October. According to the criminal complaint filed with Magistrate Jerry Cartwright, on Oct. 15, police investigated a report of a residential burglary in Springfield Township, Mercer County. The victims reported that between 7:30 a.m. and 5:40 p.m, someone had gained entry to their residence and stole a large amount of jewelry. The victims reported that they had discovered that some of their jewelry had been sold to Greek’s House of Gold in New Castle. Investigating officers contacted Greek’s House and gained the identities of the sellers. The victim was reimbursed in the amount of $123.00 by Greek’s House of Gold. Charged in the incident were Crystal Lee Kruger, 36, Jeremiah George Baker, 31, and Kasey Lynn Wilder, 29. All were charged with theft and receiving stolen property.
Donuts in the Pool Parking Lot
- According to the criminal complaint filed on Feb. 19, officers observed a Geo Tracker doing donuts in the Ewing park swimming pool parking lot. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver drove past police and headed north, appearing to take off with the snow-covered roads. Police caught up to the vehicle at the football field parking lot and identified the driver as Sean Hauserman, 44, of Ellwood City. Hauserman appeared intoxicated and was taken to the Ellwood City Hospital for a blood test. He was charged with a DUI and careless driving.