Police and Fire

Man Flees Police on Foot Through Traffic

Thomas James Myers, 39, of New Castle, will be facing a felony charge of delivery or possession with intent to deliver drug and two misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and prohibited acts, and Troy Lee Gompf, 51, of Ellwood City, will be facing two felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution, proceeding an incident that happened on February 24. According to the criminal complaint, an Ellwood City officer was patrolling the area of Line Avenue and Smiley Street when he noticed a van make a quick right turn into a side alley using a late turn signal. The officer followed…


Two Part-Time Policemen Hired by Borough

During yesterdays council meeting, council voted to pass an exception: at the Regular Meeting of Council held 9/19/16, Council voted to discontinue the shooting range at Stiefel Park, effective 12/31/16, to be in compliance with the Master Park Plan. However, a motion would be in order to make a one-time exception to use the shooting range in Stiefel Park to qualify one of the newly hired part-time officers (Gary Greene, Jr.). According to Bob Villella, the Borough Manager, two part-time officers have been hired by the Borough; one of which, Matt Morabito, has started last Wednesday, while Greene is expected…


Woman Facing Charges of Child Endangerment After Injuring Infant

A resident of Freed’s Trailer Park in New Galilee, 24 year-old Courtney Marie Jeffries, will be facing charges of simple assault and endangering the welfare of children, proceeding an incident that occurred last month involving her three month old daughter. According to the criminal complaint, the daughter of Jeffries was taken to the Ellwood City Hospital with an injury to the child’s right arm. The infant was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC and a medical personnel at the facility examined the child and diagnosed her with a fracture on her upper arm. Jeffries stated in her police report…


Man Charged With Disarming Officer

According to the police report filed March 5, Perry Russel Malcom, 34, of Beaver Falls, will be facing a felony charge of disarming law enforcement, a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, and an infraction charge of disorderly conduct after an incident involving a parking ticket escalated. At approximately 5:51 p.m. an officer was requested to respond to the rear of the Ellwood City Police Department to speak with Malcom regarding a parking ticket he received earlier in the day. Malcom questioned the ticket and the responding officer advised why he had gotten the ticket, prompting Malcom to become hostile. The…


February Mayor’s Advisory Meeting

On February 23, the Mayor’s Advisory Committee met in council Chambers; parking problems were discussed, especially vehicles parking on corners posing difficulties to drivers. Also discussed were the All Terrain Vehicles on city streets. Mayor Court reported that Jozek is in poor health and commented that, “there will never be another K9 quite like Jozek”. The fight against drugs continues and there have been 375 arrests since Mayor Court took office. It was reported that 3 new businesses have recently opened in the borough: John DeCaro Law Firm, Consignment Shop and Smoking Dave’s Barbecue. Complaints were received about free-running dogs…


Criminal Complaint: Wampum Storage Unit Theft

According to the criminal complaint on Jan. 22 a Pennsylvania State Trooper was dispatched to the Mini Storage Units located at 941 Clyde Street in Wampum Borough, in reference to four units being broken into. Upon arrival the officer determined the locks were cut on all four units; surveillance photos of the suspect and the car he was driving was provided, allowing further investigation to reveal the suspect as Corey D. Rayl, 43, of Beaver Falls, PA. The estimated amount of stolen goods equals $1809.00 and Rayl will be facing felony charges of criminal trespass and entering unattended property, misdemeanor…


Ellwood City Man Facing Child Pornography Charges

A local Ellwood City man pleaded guilty yesterday to distributing sadistic child pornography on a peer-to-peer network from a computer at his house, where he lived with his parents. Lucas Klobetanz, 40, was state-investigated and charged in 2015 after he admittedly stalked Amish children in Lawrence and Mercer County in an attempt to lure them into outhouses near Amish school grounds. Separate to the previous incident, Klobetanz was being federally investigated by the FBI when they discovered he possessed and shared child pornography, tracing the shared data to his Ellwood City home location. After agents and officers obtained a search…


Ellwood City Graduate Found Dead

An investigation is ongoing after Bradley Grinnen, a graduate of Lincoln Junior-Senior High School was found deceased Sunday morning around 11:22a.m. in a dorm room on the campus of Waynesburg University, the college he was attending. After graduating high school playing both football and wrestling, the 21 year old furthered his football career performing as a junior defensive lineman for the university. The Rev. Jim Tinnemeyer, university chaplain, sent an email to students and staff on Sunday announcing the loss and vigil of the fellow student. “We are deeply saddened to inform you of the loss of one of our…


Lost Pig Recovered in Franklin Township

Lost dogs are a common occurrence – but a lost pig is something we don’t hear of often. Franklin Township Police Department uploaded a photo to their Facebook page yesterday containing a pig in a cage, and a caption reading, “solid black pig, approx 60 lbs, friendly & hungry. Found near 400 block of Route 288 near car wash…” The post had over 85 shares by concerned community members, trying to find the pig its home. The pet pig has since been claimed by its owner and is happily back at home.


February “Crime Watch” Meeting Rescheduled

Mayor Court has canceled the “Crime Watch” Meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2017. The meeting is being rescheduled for Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm in Council Chambers. Hope to see many residents at the meeting.