Category Archives: Police & Fire

POLICE: Domestic Violence and Theft

Domestic Violence:

  • According to the police report, Chantile Shelby, 28, of Division Ave, called the police around 2:30 a.m. on January 27 to report that her son’s father had choked her. Shelby informed police that she did not require EMS. The investigating officers arrived and were told by Shelby and her 7-year old son that the suspect, Andre Harris, 20, had pushed Shelby against the wall and choked her. Police arrested Harris. His bond was set at $10,000 and his prelim will be on February 2. He was arraigned before Magistrate James DiBenedetto of Beaver County.


  • According to the police report, Julie Assalone, 47, of 4th Street, called the place around 12:30 p.m. on January 24 to report that her son had stolen appliances from her house and was returning to steal more. Police arrived to find Assalone and the suspect, Bronson Lane, 25, outside the house. The basement door had been kicked in and appliances had been removed. Assalone reported that she had seen her dryer at Weller’s Flea Market. Her washing machine was sitting in her yard awaiting the same fate. Lane admitted to stealing appliances over the past week and was arrested pending hearing. His bond is set at $25,000 and his prelim set for February 3. He was arraigned before Magistrate Jerry Cartwright.
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North Sewickley Police: Missing Person

MissingThe North Sewickley Police Department is looking for Russell J. Hines, 36, of Brighton Road, who was reported missing on Wednesday.

According to police, Hines was last seen Monday at a relative’s house in Zelienople.

Hines is 5 feet, 8 inches and about 178 pounds. He is missing his right ear and has tattoos on both arms. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black coat, and a gray hat.

Anyone with information can call the North Sewickley Police Department at 724-843-8118.

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POLICE REPORTS: Retail Thefts and DUI

Retail Theft:

  • According to the police report, officers were dispatched to Rite Aid Pharmacy on 5th Street on January 18 around 9:40 p.m. in response to an attempted retail theft reported by employees. Rebecca Irwin, 29, of Beaver County, placed several items valued around $70.00 in a tote bag and exited the store. She returned to the store and attempted to return the items without receipts. The investigating officers discovered Irwin was on probation in Beaver County for similar charges. She was released pending charges for retail theft.

Retail Theft:

  • According to the police report, Rite Aid Pharmacy on 5th Street reported a retail theft on January 17. An unidentified male escaped the store with a pack of bagel bites valued at $11.97. The investigating officers apprehended a suspect matching the description and identified him as Jeffrey Fogel of Ellwood City. Fogel was released pending charges for retail theft.


  • According to the police report, Alexander Hohbach, 27, of Ellwood City, was speeding on Factory Ave. The investigating officer pulled over Hohbach and determined he was under the influence of drugs. Hohbach was carrying 2.8 grams of methylone. There were also marijuana cigarette stubs in the vehicle. Hohbach was arrested and later arraigned by Magistrate Jerry Cartwright.
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POLICE: Woman Arrested

Jan. 14 — Investigating officers arrested Brenda Anderegg on Bridge Street. In November, 2014, Anderegg’s ex-wife, Brian Moyer, reported that Anderegg had prevented him from seeing his son. Officers arrested Anderegg on Wesnesday for interfering with child custody.

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POLICE: EC Child Hit by Car on Lawrence Ave.

A 15-year-old was hit by a car while trying to the catch the bus. The accident occurred on Lawrence Ave. and 12th Street sometime before 8:00am.

The child’s grandfather was giving him a ride to school when he saw the boy’s bus on another street. According to an eye-witness, the grandfather stopped. The child got out of the car and crossed the street but was struck by an oncoming vehicle traveling west.

The boy suffered a broken leg and was taken to the Ellwood City Hospital.

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Help Show Support for our Local Police Today

Because of recent circumstances, police across the country have been under public scrutiny for doing their job of regulating order, maintaining rules and protecting citizens.

Being a police officer is often a thankless job as each risks their life everyday for the safety of their cities with the dangers of today’s world. Most workers don’t have to say goodbye to their families before each shift as it could be the last time they ever see each other.

In order to show appreciation for the cops in our community, the Franklin Township Police Department is asking all citizens to help show their support throughout the day today.

Did you know that between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year while 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty? Or what about how 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year and over 300 officers commit suicide?

The 780,000 police officers who go out on patrol everyday all deserve a recognition for their vigorous efforts in keeping peace across the United States because where would the country be without them?

Here’s some ways the Franklin Township Police Department suggest you can show your gratitude right now:

  • See a police officer? Thank a police officer.
  • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
  • Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media.
  • Ask children in your community write letters in support of law enforcement.
  • Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
  • Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers.
  • Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards.
  • Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your law enforcement’s webpage or social media pages.
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POLICE REPORTS: Criminal Mischief; Disorderly Conduct

Criminal Mischief:

  • According to the police report, John Horgan reported criminal mischief to his home on 1/2. At around 2:00 a.m., Horgan’s son heard something hit the side of their house, located on the 300 block of Orchard Avenue. When the victim looked out of the window, he saw unknown actors throwing eggs at the house. The actors fled the scene in a dark-colored Sedan. The investigation is still ongoing, however, the victims were advised to contact 911 immediately if something like this were to happen again.

Disorderly Conduct:

  • According to the police report, the Ellwood City Police were dispatched to Pagley’s Pour House for a large bar fight on 1/1. When officers arrived on the scene at 1:47 a.m., they noticed several individuals behind the building, located at 708 Lawrence Avenue. Once the individuals saw police, they attempted to go back inside the bar. Police entered through the front door of the Pour House at the same time the individuals tried to exit the bar yet again, this time through the back door. Officers followed the individuals to the back deck where they began pushing and shoving each other in the presence of police. The following men were all cited with disorderly conduct: Michael Harper, 51, of Ellwood City; Michael Murphy, 31, of New Castle; Olajuwon James, 30, of New Castle; Tabian Wilkins, 29, of New Castle.


  • According to the police report, the Ellwood City Police arrested a man with an outstanding warrant following a bar fight at Pagley’s Pour House on 1/1. Michael Murphy, 31, of New Castle, was transported to the Ellwood City Police Department at around 2:00 a.m. for a probation violation. While conducting a search of Murphy, police found a chrome pair of brass knuckles in his back right pocket. Murphy was transported to the Lawrence County Jailhouse.
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Three Juveniles Charged for Vandalism

The Ellwood City Police arrested three juveniles on Friday regarding the recent string of vandalism acts throughout the Borough. The fourteen, fifteen and sixteen-year-old males will be charged for the following incidents:

  • November 20th/21st - The building located at 231 Fifth Street had its display windows smashed with rocks. The building owner is Joe Morabito.
  • November 20th/21st - A 2006 Ford Taurus owned by Herman Feldman was damaged while parked in front of his office at 228 Fifth Street.
  • November 29th - The building owned by Morabito located at 231 Fifth Street had its windows again damaged by rocks.
  • December 1st - Korco Manufacturing, 232 Keystone Way, had damage done to its garage windows with rocks.
  • December 5th/6th -  Damage was done to the windows at the Law Office of Herman Feldman, 226-228 Fifth Street, with rocks.
  • December 9th - The tires were slashed on a Verizon Van parked at one of their facilities, located at 209 Fifth Street.
  • December 13th - The Michael’s Furniture Plus delivery truck had multiple windows and lights damaged, located at 108 Eighth Street.
  • December 13th-15th - The United States Post Office had damage done to a mail truck parked in its parking lot, located at 320 Seventh Street.
  • December 14th – Multiple windows were damaged on a garage door at McElwain’s Quick Lube, located at 811 Beaver Ave.

The sixteen-year-old has also been charged with stealing Christmas decorations from home on the 300 block of Petain Street on Christmas day.

The homeowner had witnessed the boy remove an item from his Christmas display and followed the group of juveniles into Kids Creative Kingdom, where the victim contacted police. The boys were apprehended near there.

The juveniles were taken into custody and later released to their parents, pending formal action by the Lawrence County Juvenile Court and Lawrence County Juvenile Probation.

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Large Number of Local Businesses Vandalized

michael's furniture

Michael’s Furniture Truck Post-Vandalism

Businesses in downtown Ellwood City have the been the recent target of a series of vandalism acts involving rocks from the railroad tracks.

The Ellwood City Police Department is currently searching for those responsible for the damages.

The incidents began happening on November 21 when Joe Morabito reported that the windows at his building on the 200 block of 5th Street were broken.

Upon investigation, police discovered that the windows had been smashed with large rocks.

Morabito’s building was vandalized yet again on December 1. Two display windows and an upstairs window were broken, while other windows were also scuffed with rocks.

While Morabito and police were evaluating the damage done on the first, they noticed that several windows had also been destroyed in Herman Feldman’s law office. Rocks from the railroad tracks were found outside of the building.

Another business had also been targeted on the first, Korco Manufacturing. Located on Keystone Way, an unknown actor shattered the garage door window, office window and two lights with rocks.

Two cars were then damaged on Fifth Street between the dates of December 8 and December 12. A white Ford Thunderbird had its windows busted and a white Chevrolet Van had two of its tires slashed.

Within a three day period, three major businesses along with Christmas in the Park were largely vandalized.

Police were dispatched to Michael’s Furniture Plus on December 13 for their damaged delivery truck. All the windows and lights were broken out of the truck, which can be seen in the picture above. Michael’s also had their store’s front windows smashed.

McElwain’s Quick Lube and Christmas in the Park both happened on December 14. McElwain’s had two 2×3 garage windows destroyed, while Christmas in the Park reported broken bulbs and a broken flood light.

Finally, the Ellwood City Post Office on the 300 block of 7th Street reported vandalism regarding one of their mail trucks. The window on the right side door was broken with rocks.

No suspects regarding these vandalism acts have been found. If you have any pertinent information, please contact the Ellwood City Police at either (724)758-9935 or (724)758-7564.

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POLICE: Carjacking reported in Chewton, thefts

According to a published report, state police are seeking a male suspect who allegedly is responsible for a carjacking overnight on Route 288 Wayne Township in Chewton.

Police report Travis Garrett, 35, of Hickory Township, was driving along Route 288 near Oswald Street around 2:30am when he stopped to pick up a hitchhiker.  When Garrett pulled over, the male produced a handgun and ordered for Garrett out of the vehicle.

The male took Garrett’s wallet and drove east on Route 288 towards Ellwood City in a four-door, silver-colored 2009 Toyota Carolla.

According the report, the suspect is described as a black male about 6 feet tall.


According to published reports, thefts took place in Ellwood City and Little Beaver Township over the past few days.

Robert Bartloman was a victim of a theft at 201 Fifth Street, Apartment 8, in Ellwood City on Saturday night.  Jasime Cupac, 37, of 65 Pleasantview Homes, Beaver Falls was taken into custody after police said Cupac stole $60 from a wallet belonging to Bartloman.

According to a report, Jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash were stolen in a burglary at the home of Charles Dean, of Little Beaver Township.  State police said the burglary took place between 8:30am and 2:45pm.

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