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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.


Criminal Complaints: Woman Who Used Fake Identity Facing Felony Charges

Woman Who Used Fake Identity Facing Felony Charges About a month ago a police report was released regarding a Warren, Ohio woman coming to the Ellwood City Hospital in an attempt to receive narcotic pain treatment by providing false identification. The police report can be read here. The woman, identified as Sharon Denise Shaw-Chandler is now facing two prohibited acts felony charges after providing false identification to the hospital on at lease six separate known occasions.   Man Faces Felony After Fighting Band Members According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 15 officers were dispatched to Enon Inn for a…


Deadly Crash in North Sewickley

A crash that happened slightly before 7a.m. this morning on Route 65 going toward New Brighton has claimed the life of a teenager and injured another. According to another news source, 19-year-old old Isaiah Hunter of New Brighton appeared to drift into the opposing lane of traffic, causing a head on collision with an SUV. Hunter’s car set on fire while other drivers attempted to free him, but he did not survive. The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital after complaining of lower back pain and has since been released, someone who attempted to free the teen…


POLICE: Two Charged With Marijuana Possession

Two Charged with Marijuana Possession Joseph Edward Haybarger, 20, of Ellwood City, and Anthony Booker, 18, of New Castle, were both charged after an incident that occurred on Jan. 17. According to the criminal complaint, an officer was traveling behind a vehicle operated by Haybarger when the officer noticed the passenger side window was down and the smell of marijuana was emitting from the car. The officer stopped the vehicle and as Haybarger opened his driver side window the smell of suspected marijuana was again emanating from the vehicle. Haybarger advised that he did possess marijuana and opened up the…


POLICE: Two Charged in Christmas Burglary Attempt

According to the criminal complaint, two males will be facing burglary charges after an incident that occurred on Christmas Day at approximately 11:45p.m. at a residence on Spring Avenue. Officers were advised by the reporting party that two males had kicked in the rear door of the house and left the scene in a green Mitsubishi Eclipse. When officers arrived they made contact with the homeowner who stated the two males were William Norris Pearson IV, 25, of Ellwood City, and Ridge Cox, 22, of Ellwood City, and they kicked in the door of his residence and assaulted him by…


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…


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…