Police and Fire

Ellwood Resident Busted for Heroin Distribution

On January 12, Ellwood City officers served a search warrant at 806 Pershing St., a residence suspected of selling narcotics related to several overdose investigations. Officers of the Ellwood City Police Department were aware of the resident there, 27-year-old Samantha Sutherland, and drug dealing activities. Officers conducting the search were assisted by the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task, which Ellwood City Officers are member of. Numerous items related to the packaging and distribution of narcotics were found, including approximately 3.5 grams of suspected heroin. Earlier in the day, officers conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle in which heroin…


VIDEO: Family Rescued From Home Surrounded By Floodwaters

WPXI.com – Fire and rescue teams rushed to LouAnne Cornelius’s Beaver County home near Ellwood City Friday as floodwaters from the nearby Connoquenessing Creek crept closer. Earlier in the evening, WPXI reporter Mike Holden had posted a video of his commute to Ellwood City on Twitter and later stated he and his driver were parking in a local lot waiting for fire crews to respond to their next call. En route to Ellwood City. Big changeover. Rain has turned to ice. @WPXI pic.twitter.com/0Rwg7pjJNu — Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) January 12, 2018 Perhaps the rising levels of the Connoquenessing River and pending snowfall Friday…


VIDEO: Parents Concerned Over Rochester Security Issue

Parents of children attending the Rochester Area School District were shocked to receive a “security issue” letter yesterday from the school district’s superintendent, Jane Bovalino. The letter reads: “Dear Parents of the Rochester Area School District: This morning an incident occurred at security as our elementary students were entering the building. Our security officers notified the administration of their concerns and the individual was escorted from the building. As this is a personnel issue, we are not at liberty to disclose additional information. The safety of your children and our staff is always our number one concern.” Many of the…


VIDEO: ECPD Looking for Armed Robbery Suspect

The Ellwood City Police Department is looking for an armed robber, according to a post on their Facebook. They have since uploaded security footage video to the page showing the thief shying away from the camera and taking money from the cash register. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the station.


Bonus: Top Five Police Reports for 2017

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: Easter Sunday Shooter Suspected in Western Pennsylvania Steven Stephens of Cleveland, Ohio, fled the state and entered Pennsylvania to flee from police after fatally shooting a pedestrian at random on Easter Sunday. Shortly after, Stephens’ body was found in his vehicle after he had committed suicide. Attempted Robbery at Lawrence Ave. Wesbanco The suspect, who is still at large,…


GoFundMe for Murdered Franklin Township Man’s Funeral

Franklin Township resident, Alan Patterson, was murdered Christmas Eve – the day before Christmas and his birthday – after a dispute with his wife. According to reports, Patterson was stabbed to death outside of his trailer in Franklin Township by his wife, Krystine, who then tried to flee the scene by foot but was later caught at a neighboring trailer. Patterson’s family has since arranged a GoFundMe page to not only help with funeral costs, but also to help support the family in this time of need. Patterson leaves behind children, grandchildren, and brothers and sisters. Click the post below…


Bizarre Post Appears on Local Craigslist Pet Classifieds

A post, which has been shared in several local pet advocacy groups in the local area has many pet-parents concerned. The post, which was published on the Akron-Canton Ohio area pets community by an anonymous poster, is below along with more information. Craigslist is a web platform where users can anonymously post in the forums and classifieds to keep their identities safe while connecting with the community; unfortunately some people take advantage of the lax site-moderation, resulting in offensive and alarming posts like this. The post has since been taken down, most likely because it was flagged by users as…


Ellwood City Man Faces Charges After Attempted Assault with Knife

Travis Ford Bates, 26, of River Road, is facing charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment after an incident late last month. According to the criminal complaint, Bates was accused by his mother and her boyfriend of attempted assault with a knife after an argument about money. The mother stated that Bates had entered her bedroom while she was lying in bed and started yelling and making advances towards the couple with the knife. The couple were able to restrain Bates before any bodily injury occurred. Bates admitted to taking a kitchen knife and using it in…


VIDEO: 85 Year Old Ellport Man Shoots, Kills Home Invader

According to WPXI, early this morning around 1:30a.m., 85-year-old Ellport resident, Don Lutz came face to face with two intruders inside his home on Jamison Avenue. After a brief altercation with the two men, Lutz shot one of them with the gun he keeps under his pillow. Quoting the WPXI article: “I just fired one. It was in the dark. He attacked me and he was up close and I shot him,” Lutz said. “They jumped me and we both went on the floor. I scuffled with them on the floor and the one guy rolled over dead and the…


UPDATED W/ VIDEO: Ellwood Man Wanted for Rape and Assault of Elderly Woman

According to a news article posted today by New Castle News, 21-year-old Devin James Myers, of 2 Fifth Street, Apt. 4, Ellwood City, is wanted on a warrant for the alleged beating and rape of a 66-year-old-woman. After following a 2 1/2 year investigation the Ellwood City police have charged Myers, who was 18 at the time, in connection with an alleged break-in of the woman’s residence early in the morning on April 5, 2015. Police said the woman had suffered injuries that at the time were life-threatening. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Ellwood City police…