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April 17, 2014

Brian Beader Set To Resign, Calls For Meeting Of Judges

Members of the Mercer County Democratic Party were notified in a meeting this week that Brian Beader, who has been under fire for the last year for being a no show commissioner in Mercer County, while still collecting around $60,000 a year for a job classified as only part time has made the decision to call it quits. Beader who is in the electrical construction business has a new contract that will not only take him out of town, but out of state, and not allow him to attend meetings, which is the only real contact with the court house …continue reading

Outreach Services for Veterans to be Available at Brooks’ District Office in Greenville

GREENVILLE – In an effort to address any questions or concerns of veterans and their families, the Greenville district office of state Rep. Michele Brooks (R-Crawford/Mercer/Lawrence) will be providing veterans outreach services on the second Thursday of the month, beginning May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The office is located at 3 Greenville Plaza-West, Hadley Road in Greenville. “It’s important that all veterans and their families in our area have convenient access to a veterans liaison who can provide personal service with helping them to resolve issues such as difficulties in obtaining benefits, answering questions regarding services, and …continue reading

Route 18 causeway to be closed from 10 p.m. today (Wednesday) until 6 a.m. Thursday

Brian Beader Set To Resign, Calls For Meeting Of Judges

Members of the Mercer County Democratic Party were notified in a meeting this week that Brian Beader, who has been under fire for the last year for being a no show commissioner in Mercer County, while still collecting around $60,000 a year for a job classified as only part time has made the decision to call it quits. Beader who is in the electrical construction business has a new contract that will not only take him out of town, but out of state, and not allow him to attend meetings, which is the only real contact with the court house …continue reading

Former Trumbull Deputy Arrested

Gregory A. Oakes, 51, of 8886 Howland Springs Road, remains free on a $5,000 bond after his initial appearance before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a 20-count secret indictment that accuses him of doctoring official forms and other paperwork for his two security companies. Ohio law requires you to have a current permit to own a security company, Delta Elite Inc. and American Sentry which supplied guards for local businesses in Trumbull County had been  revoked after he failed to pay State of Ohio taxes. The Ohio Department of Public Safety, which governs security …continue reading

Thiel’s Leipheimer Appointed to NCAA DIII Football Committee

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College Director of Athletics Jack Leipheimer ’74 has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division III Football Committee. His term of service on the committee begins immediately and will continue through September 1, 2017, when he will be eligible for reappointment. The Division III National Football Committee is made up of eight members, including four coaches and four administrators. As a member of the national committee, Leipheimer will monitor all Division III teams during the regular season, identify teams that deserve consideration for the national championship playoff bracket and help select the field of 32 …continue reading

April 21st Is Deadline To Regester To Vote Or Make Changes

April 21 is the deadline to make a change to your voter registration or to register to vote for the May 20 primary election in Pennsylvania. Only registered Republicans and Democrats are permitted to vote in May. Applications can be found at, the Bureau of Elections in the Mercer County Courthouse, or at many local post offices, municipal buildings and libraries. Info: 724-662-7542.  

Vernon Township Robbers Arrested After Country Fair Heist

The second of two men wanted in connection with a robbery at gun point last week’s in the Vernon Township Country Fair is now behind bars after his arrest. Bradley J. Whitslar, 22, of 122 S. Third St., Duquesne, was arrested Monday around 7:15 p.m. near Meadville’s Fairmont Apartment Complex by U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force according to a Meadville Tribune Article, which said, Law enforcers had been searching the area Friday evening and a state police helicopter joined in the search, when he was spotted and arrested. Whitslar was arraigned Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Lincoln Zilhaver with four counts …continue reading

Police Seek One Farrell Woman After Sisters Attack Hermitage Woman

Breawna L. Lyons, 22, of 1515 Parke Drive, Hermitage, was arrested by police on Monday and charged with burglary, aggravated assault and intimidation of a witness. Her sister, Brandy Lyons, 21, of 635 Fruit Ave., Farrell, is wanted on identical charges. Southwest Mercer County Regional police say the woman was arrested breaking into a home and attacking a Farrell woman. 911 was called at  about 7 a.m. April 3 to the 1000 block of Washington Street, the plaintiff said the Lyons sisters had busted in to her home and beat and kicked her. Police say, she heard pounding on a door,  answered it, and then the …continue reading

New Castle Man Arrested For The Rape Of 14 Year Old

Steven Louis Haynes, 61, of 4626 Ellwood Road, is facing one count each of felony rape, felony statutory sexual assault, felony sexual assault, felony corruption of minors and misdemeanor indecent assault. He was arraigned Tuesday and is due back in court April 23 for the rape of a 14-year-old girl he knows. According to Pennsylvania State Police, Haynes is accused of having non-consensual sexual intercourse with the the girl,  sometime between Feb. 15 and March 30 of last year in his home. He is awaiting the post of a $100,000.00 Bond for his release until the trial.

State DEP Awards West Nile Virus Funding To Lawrence County

Lawrence County is one of 26 Pennsylvania counties to receive funding from the Department of Environmental Protection to combat the West Nile Virus. Lawrence County received a $44,571 West Nile Virus Control Program Grant. The funding is used to cover the costs associated with surveying and controlling mosquitoes that carry the virus, according to the DEP, which developed the funding proposals in consultation with county officials based on need. The following Pennsylvania counties also received a share of the $2.1 million in funding: Adams, $73,972 Allegheny, $168,114 Beaver, $37,086 Berks, $53,384 Blair, $29,335 Bucks, $144,009 Cambria, $65,344 Centre, $42,548 Chester, $104,807 Cumberland, …continue reading

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has been named the top diesel car of the year

The Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has been named the top diesel car of the year. According to Diesel Driver, General Motors has also been named top diesel manufacturer of 2014. The Cruze finished with 59.3 percent of the 11,030 votes casts in the contest against Audi, BMW, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat and Touareg. The engine is built in Kaiserslautern, Germany and the vehicle is assembled at the General Motors Lordstown plant.  

Last Minute Filers Jam Ohio RITA Websites And Get Automatic Extension To File

Valley residents who pay their local income taxes through Rita (Regional Income Tax Agency) are getting an extended tax deadline, which means for the thousands who waited till the last minute, may no longer be a bad thing. The Cleveland area company said it has moved the filing deadline to Monday, April 21 at 11:59 p.m for those who file online, which has been the final date to file for a number of years due to the nature of the system, it said in a press release. Local cities included in the extension are: Youngstown, Campbell, Girard, McDonald, East Palestine, …continue reading

Indians Rained Out In Detroit Weather

The Indians only had two scheduled off-days in April. But Mother Nature has gone out of her way to give Cleveland a few extra days’ rest in the first weeks of the season. Tuesday’s scheduled night game against the Tigers was postponed due to inclement weather. Comerica Park still had a pile of snow in shallow center field a few hours before the scheduled first pitch, and the temperature was near freezing. The Tribe already has had three games postponed due to weather in the young season. The Indians and Tigers, who are to square off 19 times, did not …continue reading

Columbus 1B Jesus Aguilar earns Minor League player of the week honors

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced that Triple-A Columbus 1B JESUS AGUILAR has been named Indians Minor League Player of the Week for April 4-13. The Indians Player of the Week Award recognizes an individual performance from within the Indians Player Development System and is announced each Tuesday through the end of the Minor League season. Aguilar, 23, is batting .417 (15-36) with an International League-best 1.266 OPS over his first 10 games of the 2014 campaign. Aguilar also leads the Clippers with 3 home runs, 4 doubles, 8 RBI and 8 runs scored. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound first …continue reading

Pirates Charities, Manager Clint Hurdle and ROOT SPORTS announce return of ‘Wins for Kids’ campaign

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, along with Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle and his wife, Karla, in partnership with ROOT SPORTS™ announced the return of the “Wins for Kids” fundraising campaign for 2014. This marks the fourth season for the program which is focused on raising funds for Pirates Charities and The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh’s Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome through donations from fans and supporters. This season the Pirates and ROOT SPORTS are encouraging fans to contribute to the Wins for Kids program and receive a variety of exciting incentives. All monies raised will benefit …continue reading

Governor Corbett Signs Additional Child Protection Bills

Governor Tom Corbett today signed into law four pieces of legislation that will further protect Pennsylvania’s children from child abuse. The new laws will expand and further define mandatory reporters and the reporting process, increase penalties for those mandated to report suspected child abuse who fail to do so, and provide protections from employment discrimination for filing a good faith report of child abuse. “Today I’m signing four crucial bills that demonstrate our commitment to helping protect innocent children from the monsters that would do them harm,’’ Corbett said. “By our actions today, we are sending a message that we …continue reading

Obituaries 4/15/14

John P. Aiken Sr., 87, Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Sharon. Gladys R. Coates, 83, Upper St. Clair. Cindy Peterson Burzlaff Essert, 52, Colorado Springs, Colo. Donald E. Mook, 61, Hermitage. Fred Steve, 91, Pine Township (Grove City), formerly of Volant. Jeanne I. (Muschick) Winger, 88, Sandy Lake. Virginia A. Wilson, 89, of 339 E. Jamestown Road, Greenville, formerly of Hadley, Stoneboro and Erie Paul M. Horrobin, 84, of Conneaut Lake William (Bill) Allen Buttray, 53, of Meadville Sandra S. Loper Payne, 67, of Conneautville Mary Lou Longstreth Brown, 86, of Erie Raymond Franklin Waid, 65, of Franklin, Va.,   …continue reading

Crawford County Toddler Shot In Face Near Cochranton

State police are investigating a shooting in Crawford County involving a toddler. According to state police in Meadville, the incident happened around 1:45 this afternoon within the residence identified as 25159 lot number eight Sugar Creek Lane in Wayne Township near Cochranton. Investigators say a two-year-old boy was shot in the face with a pistol. No word on the child’s condition.

Hoyt Center Announces Poetic Expression Poetry Competition Winners for 2014


The Hoyt Center is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Poetic Expression Poetry Competition for Junior and Senior High School Students. Awards were presented at a ceremony on Saturday evening. The winners are: Junior High 1st Place: Ainsley Stein, Ellwood City 2nd Place: Jordan Nichols, Wilmington… 3rd Place: Jonah Warner, New Castle Merit Awards: Rachel Youngk, Neshannock Hanna Dean, Shenango Dakota Peters, Shenango High School 1st Place: Eliana Swerdlow, Wilmington 2nd Place: Madeline Corrett-Bennett, Neshannock 3rd Place: Anna Lutz, Neshannock Merit Awards: Sofia Na, Neshannock Claire Benson, Neshannock Andrei Antonescu, Wilmington .

Senator Cafaro Pleased That Capital Budget Includes Projects In Trumbull And Geauga Counties

Columbus- State Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) released the following statement today regarding the Capital Budget which funds projects across the state.  The Capital Budget includes the following local projects: $250,000 for the Tech Belt Oil and Gas Learning Center and $250,000 for the TBEIC Energy Integration Laboratory in Trumbull County and $50,000 for the Chardon Lyric Theatre in Geauga County. “I am very pleased to see the some projects I advocated for have been included in the introduced version of the capital budget. I will continue to advocate for these projects, as well as the projects that have not …continue reading

55 Year Old Woman Arrested For Metz Tower Fire, Ruled Arson

55-year-old Judy Gelnett faces six charges including arson, recklessly endangering another person, and risking catastrophe for setting her couch on fire after being asked to vacate her apartment. Gelnett was a resident of the Wade D. Mertz Towers on March 29 when she allegedly set fire. Residents had to relocate for about a week while local crews cleaned up the scene of its smoke and water damage. A Warrant was issued for her arrest, she is said to be in custody at this time, no word on bail.

Brooks Misleads Voters In Meadville Tribune Interview

In a recent interview in the Meadville Tribune Review, Michelle Brooks (R) 17th, told the trib that if elected to office in the 50th District to replace Bob Robbins (R) who is set to retire that her seniority will transfer with her, making her a better choice to vote for. However, both Republicans, and Democrats we spoke with said this is pretty much an outright lie, and while she may get some favor to be placed on a committee such as the agricultural committee a seat in the house she currently is part of, it is not likely she will …continue reading