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Police: 13 Year Old Charged After Making Death Threats to the Owners of Stolen Guns

A 13 year old student was apprehended by North Sewickley Police after his direct involvement in a stolen weapons and terroristic threat incident that occurred last week. After the teen was harassing a classmate via social media, the mother of the harassed peer attempted to contact the juveniles parents and during the phone call the teen threatened to shoot the woman – unknowingly to the woman he was referring to shooting her with two loaded hand guns that had been stolen from her husband by the harassing teen and a friend at an earlier occasion. The bullied teen suggested the…


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Police: Man Rescued from Freezing Water After Fleeing Police

Joseph Boots, 41, of Hillside Ave., in Wayne Township was rescued from frigid waters early Friday morning after fleeing from police. Boots, who already had an outstanding warrant issued in Lawrence County, fled from officers after a domestic dispute which occurred between him and a female who officers said was unrecognizable due to the severe swelling in her face. Officers noticed a suspicious individual running into the woods along the Connoquenessing Creek, and a bystander identified Boots as the fleeing man. After attempting to chase Boots on foot, Franklin Police called the Ellwood City Police Department for their canine unit…


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Police Reports: New Years Public Drunkenness

New Years Public Drunkenness According to the police report, Ellwood officers were requested by the Wampum Police to assist with a publicly drunk female on Jan. 1, 2017. By the time the officers had arrived the Wampum Police had Jody Vankirk, 41, of New Castle, who was inappropriately dressed, detained. Vankirk was being “extremely out of control and intoxicated” while at the station. After she was released officers were called again in regards to the woman damaging items at a friends house and throwing things into the street. Vankirk is being cited with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.   DUI…


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Bonus: Top Five Police Reports for 2016

Along with part one and two of our annual top-ten articles for the year series, we had a lot of views on our police reports this year so we decided to tally up the top five and do a bonus round:   5 Charged After this Mornings Shooting A robbery and shooting occurred on Loop Street on August 30, which resulted in five suspects charged for involvement. Man Stabbed at Local Bar This recent police report happened on Nov. 11, when two brothers, Zachary and Joseph Pounds of Ellwood caused a disturbance at Hazel Manor. The two brothers have been…


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Police Reports

Fight Breaks Out After Wife is Called a “Fat Rhino” According to the police report, on Dec. 22, police were dispatched to 5th St. for a fight in progress. A physical fight had broken out between Carl Claypoole, 20, and a juvenile family member after the teen had called Claypoole’s wife a “fat rhino.” Claypoole had an active bench warrant in Mercer County and was advised to turn himself in to Mercer County authorities. Both males were cited for disorderly conduct.   Woman Uses Fake Identity to Receive Narcotics According to the police report, on Dec. 20, officers were dispatched…


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Man Mistakenly Shoots Horse Instead of Deer

Many people are left questioning how one Monaca man could mistake a horse for a deer – ultimately shooting and killing the beloved pet, valued at $16,000, named Stella. According to the police report, Jordan G. Cinderich, 23, of Monaca PA., was out hunting with his brother and group of friends on December 10, in New Sewickley Township, when he claims he spotted a herd of deer on a nearby hillside and took a shot. The startled and injured target galloped away, which Cinderich thought was abnormal behavior for a deer, prompting him to locate the animal carcass, where he…


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Criminal Complaints: Stolen Vehicle Sold to Unsuspecting Local

Stolen Vehicle Sold to Unsuspecting Local A warrant for the arrest of Andrew Leroy Mercado, 29, of Koppel, has been filed after he sold a vehicle that belonged to Linda Boots. According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 8, the buyer of the vehicle came to the police station to report an issue he was having with the seller of the 1998 Toyota Avalon he had purchased two days earlier. After the victim had seen the vehicle, which had no registration plate, the back seat was ripped out, and the steering column was disassembled, he purchased it from the Mercado…


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BREAKING: Ellwood City Man Shot by Police

This morning, I-376, one of the most commonly traveled routes in the area, was closed while helicopters and police were investigating an incident. Shawn Hobel, 34, of Ellwood City was shot by police officials and is undergoing surgery after leading several Lawrence County police departments on a chase. According to reports, the chase started around 3:30a.m., when Hobel -who had a woman passenger in the car- did not stop for Shenango Township officers attempting to pull him over for a traffic violation. The chase finally came to a halt on I-376 in Union Township after Hobel managed to lead officers from…


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Criminal Complaints: Man Faces Felony Charges After Assault

After an incident occurred last month, Zachary Franklin Pounds, 20, of Fox Street is facing felony charges. Pounds and his older brother, Joseph, caused a disturbance at Weisz’s Hazel Manor, resulting in a man needing to be life flown to a Pittsburgh hospital. The two brothers were ordering food when Zachary walked up to a man and started yelling profound racial slurs, punching the man and striking him over the head with a beer bottle, the victim was knocked on the ground. During the altercation, Zachary managed to stab the victim in the arm, resulting in a three-layer deep gash…


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Police Reports: Thousands of Dollars Worth of Opiate Medications Stolen

Thousands of Dollars Worth of Opiate Medications Stolen According to the police report, on Dec. 5, a man came to the police station to report that his medication had been stolen from of the passenger seat of his car while he was inside Rite Aid getting an energy drink and cigarettes. The man claimed he was no longer than 10 minuets in the store and he had four newly filled prescriptions laying on the front seat. The stolen medication was two scripts of Oxymorphone, 20mg tablets with each bottle holding 60 pills, street value at $20 per pill, and the…