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The following are recent incident reports from the Borough of Ellwood City Police Department.
Hit and Run:
A hit-and-run was reported on Spring Avenue on February 26. James Donley, 522 Spring Avenue, reported his 1998 Dodge Ram truck was struck by a unreported unit causing damage to the driver mirror and wheel well. Donley’s vehicle was parked on the west side of the 500 block of Spring Avenue when it was struck. Donley believes a semi-truck hit his vehicle.
Two, separate accounts of criminal mischief were reported on March 1. The first reported incident occured to a property on 1st Avenue in Ellwood City where the resident reported to have her house egged at approximately 11:00pm. The second incident was reported from Hazel Avenue in Ellwood City where a resident reported someone is taking solar lights out of their yard and smashing them on the road. The resident reported this is the second time it has happened.
At approximately 12:52am on March 2nd officers were dispatched to the front parking lot of Shelby Bar, located on Fountain Avenue, Ellwood City. Michael Greco, 47, New Castle, PA, stated that between 11:00pm and 12:50am someone slashed all 4 tires of his 2005 Dodge Dakota truck.
Chris Schulthers, 21, of 516 Spring Ave., Ellwood City, was cited for Public Drunkenness and Criminal Mischief in the early hours of March 1st. Police reported to 813 First Avenue at approximate 4:18am where they found Schulthers passed out on the porch. Police detected a strong odor of alcohol and could not get the suspect to awake or move. Police also reported a broken porch railing. The suspect may have fell, breaking the railing. Police contacted ambulance services whom moved Schulthers to the Ellwood City Hospital. The suspects mother was contacted to collect her son at the hospital.
Escape, Criminal Mischief:
According to reports, Malinda Maria Greene, 42, of 104 13th St., Ellwood City, was charged with escape and criminal mischief earlier this week. According to reports, Lawrence County Probation Department received an alert on February 25 that Greene had removed her ankle monitor without permission from the office. Greene was serving five years probation on a 2013 conviction on retail theft during her monitoring. When police contacted Greene, she told officials that she would report in person in the next half-hour, but one hour later, county deputies obtained a warrant for Greene’s arrest and she was taken into custody on Tuesday. The criminal mischief charges stem from a report from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office that the ankle monitoring device was damaged.
An Ellwood City man was arrested on Jan. 17 after he allegedly coerced a 15-year-old girl into having sex with him by way of blackmail.
Jason Edward Lambright, 23, residence currently undefined, faces seven charges including rape, aggravated indecent assault, and corruption of a minor.
According to the report, police were advised to speak with a 15-year-old girl and her mother in reference to a sexual assault. The girl advised officers that in February 2013, she sent several naked photos of herself to a Facebook account thought to be controlled by a New Castle man.
She explained that Lambright, a registered sex offender, contacted her and admitted that the account was his, and that he would not tell her mother about the photos if she had sex with him. She refused to accept the deal, thus Lambright continued to threaten her. Then, he showed up at her Ellwood City home and forcibly engaged her in sexual intercourse. The victim explained that she had never had sex before, nor has she since.
She kept the incident a secret and believed it was over until Lambright contacted her again on Jan. 5. He told her via text message that she needed to keep the deal with him and give him what he wants, or else he would create a Facebook page and send the nude photos to her mother. At this point, the girl changed her phone number to keep Lambright from contacting her, and informed her mother of the incident.
After involving the police in the matter, the Beaver County district attorney’s office and Beaver County Children and Youth Services interviewed the girl on Jan. 17. During the interview, her mother, who sat in, explained that Lambright contacted her and asked for money on Jan. 15. Thus, out of frustration, she confronted him about the allegations though a series of text messages. Lambright denied the accusations, but made several comments back explaining that he refused to go back to prison and that he would kill himself if she reported the incident.
The interview confirmed that the phone number used in the conversation between the victim’s mother and Lambright was the same one used to text the victim 95 times on Jan. 5 from 5:44 p.m. to 10:12 p.m.
Lambright was also convicted of corruption of minors in 2010. And, in September 2013, he failed to comply with the parameters of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law by not informing police that he changed addresses.
The accused stood before Judge Jerry Cartwight, Jr. in a preliminary hearing on Jan. 27, and is currently being held at Beaver County Prison on $100,000 bail.
DUI, Reckless Driving
A court date was set for a Fombell man who drove the wrong way down a one-way street and struck a pedestrian while under the influence of alcohol on Jan. 7.
Daniel James Cummins, 62, of 102 Greenwood Rd. in Fombell was charged with DUI and reckless driving.
According to the report, police were dispatched to investigate a motor vehicle accident at 6:02 p.m. at the intersection of Seventh Street and Bell Avenue near the Ellwood City Post Office. Officers observed an injured white male lying at the edge of the intersection near the southeast corner, and identified him as James Emigh, Jr.
The victim claimed that a Chevrolet Blazer struck him while he was crossing the street. The officers noticed a silver 1996 Chevrolet Blazer parked on the west berm of Seventh Street with the owner, Cummins, inside. Upon speaking to the defendant, one of the officers immediately detected alcohol on his breath and that he was shaking, as well as unsteady on his feet. Cummins admitted that he hit the victim while driving after he stepped in front of the vehicle.
The officers demonstrated several field sobriety tests which revealed severe loss of motor control. The defendant was arrested and transported to Ellwood City Hospital, where he consented to a blood alcohol test. The test showed his blood alcohol levels at .097%.
The accident investigation disclosed that Cummins was driving North on Seventh Street-the wrong way-when he struck the pedestrian. A background report also showed that this was his second offense within a 10-year period.
Information on the extent of the victim’s injuries is not available at this time.
Cummins is scheduled to appear before Judge Jerry Cartwright, Jr. on Feb. 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
False Reports – Reported an offense that did not occur, Disorderly Conduct Hazardous Physical Offense
An Ellwood City woman will appear in court after telling police her car, involved in a hit-and-run crash, was stolen.
Tanya Renee Dimaggio, 32, of 216 14th St. in Wayne Township was charged with making false reports to law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
According to the report, an officer was called to investigate a stolen vehicle claim from 216 14th St. on Jan. 6 at 3:18 p.m. Prior to arriving at the residence, the officer was made aware that the aforementioned vehicle-a white 1999 Chevrolet Malibu sedan-was involved in a hit-and-run accident at 1:27 a.m. that same day. The owner, Dimaggio, reported the vehicle stolen and denied knowing who took the vehicle as well as who was driving it when it crashed.
Police arrived at Dimaggio’s residence at 4:21 p.m. and spoke with her about the incident. She explained that her vehicle was taken from the street in front of her house when she was asleep.
The defendant then spoke with police on Jan. 7, and admitted to wrecking the vehicle while attempting to turn west onto Fifth Street from Lawrence Avenue. She lost control and stuck a tree on the sidewalk, then fled the scene on foot with an unidentified person.
Dimaggio is scheduled to appear before Judge Jerry Cartwright, Jr. on Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
Possession of a Controlled Substance, Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
An Ellwood City man will appear in court on Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. to face charges stemming from an incident in September.
Chad Eric Mesko, 25, of 424 Franklin Ave., Apt. 3, was arrested on Sept. 9, 2013 for possession of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the report, officers were releasing Brandon Kibler, 21, of 147 McKim Way, to his mother and friends at 10:06 a.m. after a previous retail theft occurred at Dollar General. They were waiting for Kibler in a van parked at a meter on Sixth Street. Officers walked over to the vehicle and recognized Mesko, who reportedly fled the earlier scene with drugs prior to the patrol’s arrival.
Officers asked the defendant if they could search both him and the vehicle, to which he replied, “Sure, go ahead and check me.” They found a plastic container filled with used razor blades along with a plastic bottle in his possession. Mesko advised police that the bottle contained “H,” and that the razor blades were used to cut it.
One gram of heroin, confirmed by a field test, was seized from Mesko. Police also found that his driver’s license was under suspension.
The defendant was processed and released pending summons. He will appear before Judge Jerry Cartwright, Jr.
An eight-year-old Ellwood City student was dragged approximately one block by a school bus atThursday afternoon.
According to the report, at around 3:45 p.m. bus driver Christine Lee Sabatino, 46, of Ellwood City, closed the doors on the girl’s backpack after she exited the bus at the intersection of Blue Jay Avenue and Raymond Street in Wurtemberg Heights.
The bus continued south onto Raymond St. towards Lyndhurst Avenue with the girl still caught in the doors. Sabatino saw the girl when she arrived at the corner of Lyndhurst Avenue and stopped the vehicle.
The student sustained minor injuries that were treated on the scene.
The police are continuing to investigate the matter.
A possible burglary nearly occurred at 1602 Jockey Moore Rd. on Saturday morning.
According to the report, an unknown actor attempted to get into the home through the back door at approximately 6:47 a.m. The caller hid in her room during the attempted break-in, thus she could not identify the actor.
No further information is available at this time.
A complaint was filed with Ellwood City police Sunday afternoon after a man witness a group of unknown actors cutting down trees on his property.
According to the report, the man saw the actors at his property line on Walnut Dr. behind Loop St. When the property owner spotted them, they walked back up a path towards Loop St., and he lost sight of them. The yard contains clear “No Trespassing” signs.
Police will continue to investigate the incident.
A car vandalism was reported to Ellwood City police Tuesday afternoon.
According to the report, the victim explained that someone slashed a tire on his car overnight between Jan.13 and 14. He discovered that the rear passenger side tire on his Saturn was slashed. The car was parked at 119 Martin Ave. in Ellport at the time.
Police are continuing to investigate the vandalism.
Last night at 8:29 p.m., the Ellwood City Fire Department responded to a call at Hartman Elementary School on Fourth St.
Thirteen responders, including twelve volunteer firefighters, arrived at the scene in five fire trucks to investigate smoke coming from the inside of the building.
Fireman and driver Dave Tritt explained that an electrical motor in the basement of the structure burned up, which created a significant amount of smoke in the building.
Firefighters had the situation under control by 9:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.
It was a frigid night in Ellwood City as members of the Ellwood Borough Council met for the first time in 2014.
As with every new year, there were changes. Anthony Court was sworn in as the reelected Mayor by Judge Jerry Cartwright. The Mayor, in turn, swore in the four new members to council: David DeCaria, Michele Lamenza, Connie MacDonald, and Brad Ovial.
Once the new members took their oath, the reorganization of council commenced with nominations and voting. Brad Ovial received the most council votes for President, while John Todorich was elected as vice president.
While the meeting was mostly about the reorganization of the council, they did take a vote on some issues. They unanimously voted to increase Borough Manager Bob Villella’s pay by $3,000. Also, they set the 3rd Monday of every month as the night council would meet.
In closing President Ovial made a statement pertaining to the goals of the new council.
“We are going to work together for more transparency…everyone is here for the right reason because of their love for the borough,” Ovial said.
He also stressed that with this new council, members will “vote on the issue not the personality,” ensuring residents that no matter who brings an issue before council, they would vote on what is best for Ellwood City.
- Submitted by Dani Morabito
Due to extreme cold spreading throughout the Ellwood City area, the Salvation Army of Ellwood City is offering food and shelter at their location as part of a borough-wide warming effort.
Susan Bleakney, the director of the Salvation Army of Ellwood City, explains that when weather falls below “healthy levels,” the organization feels it is necessary to step in and help.
“We do this often when the temperature drops [this low]. We have a big building with lots of room, and we also prepare food and offer warm shelter,” Bleakney said. “We encourage people who need to get out of the bitter cold to come to us.”
The Salvation Army, located behind the fire station on Sixth St., opened its doors to residents in need today, and Bleakney plans to keep them open as long as the cold remains a health concern.
“We will be open through the night, and I imagine tomorrow as well,” Bleakney added.
If the location fills to capacity, people in need of shelter are encouraged to report to the Ellwood City Police Department. Lieutenant David Kingston says that officers will make necessary arrangements with other organizations as needed if people go to the call box behind the municipal building during non-business hours.
Lt. Kingston also encourages residents to use caution when it comes to the dangerously low temperatures.
“Don’t heat your house with portable heaters, or stoves. There is the potential of a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning,” Kingston explained. “Just stay inside, and stay warm.”
For more information about the warming center, please contact the Salvation Army at 724-752-3059.
Police arrested three men with outstanding warrants after responding to a disturbance call in the early hours of Jan. 1.
- Adam Matthew Pounds, 22, of 104 13th St.
- Joseph Jerad Pounds, 20, of 104 13th St.
- Michael Mario Viccarri, 24, of 133 Hazel Ave.
According to the report, police were dispatched to the 300 block of Franklin Ave. at approximately 12:55 a.m. Upon arrival, a father and son stopped the responding officer to inform him of the ongoing situation. The father explained that he planned to pick his son and daughter up from a party at 302 Franklin Ave., Apt. 2. He added that during the party, Joe Pounds punched his son in the face. He then advised that “they” threatened to shoot him, though no indication of names was provided in the statement.
The son pointed out that Joe Pounds just ran up the alley with another suspect, Mike Henry. The officer contacted another patrolling officer and advised him of their location and direction of travel. The second officer found the two men running across Fourth St. They ignored his instructions for them to stop and broke off into different directions. The officer continued to pursue Joe Pounds, who headed up Wolverine Way and into the Lincoln High School parking lot.
The officers met at the parking lot and cornered the accused, at which point he ran into a fenced area and crawled under a school van. Police issued numerous commands for the man to show his hands, but he failed to conform. Thus, they deployed Jozek, and the accused complied with the K-9 aggression control. Joe Pounds had two felony robbery warrants, and an aggravated assault warrant, at the time of his arrest.
The original responding officer returned to the Franklin Ave. residence, and witnesses explained that Viccari and Adam Pounds were still inside. The resident of the apartment, Kasey Kimmel, led officers inside and stated, “the gig is up, guys.” The officer came into contact with four females, Justin Pounds, Adam Pounds, and Michael Viccari.
Police apprehended Adam Pounds, who had an outstanding felony aggravated assault warrant, and Viccari, who had an outstanding felony robbery warrant. Also, officers seized a baggy containing 5.5 grams of marijuana from Viccari’s pocket.
Along with their already established charges, the three men all stand to face disturbance charges. Also, Joe Pounds faces a Flight to Avoid Apprehension charge, while Viccari added Possession of Narcotics.
Three people have been charged with accounts of robbery after an attempted car sale Thursday night turned violent.
According to a published report, Kevin Eugene Hurt, 24, of 949 Main St., Aliquippa; Caroline DeNome, 54, of 417 Seventh St., Ellwood City; and Tiffany Pounds, 28, of 104 13th St., Ellwood City were accused of robbery and other offenses that took place Thursday evening on Seventh Street.
Two men, James Cicco and Justin Lively, arranged to meet DeNome and Pounds to complete a sale for a Chevy Cavalier for $2,000 Thursday.
According to the report, Lively was told to wait outside while Cicco offered the cash for the title. But during the exchange, Cicco noticed the title was for a Ford vehicle and demanded the money back setting off a scuffle.
Hurt entered the room brandishing a kitchen knife and began punching Cicco who eventually was able to make it out of the residence.
Cicco and Lively attempted to drive away from the residence, but not before Pounds jumped in the vehicle’s driver’s side window and grabbed the money.
Police later arrived at the 13th Street residence where Cicco and Lively identified Hurt as one of the attackers.
According to the report, police took Hurt into custody, but not before they reported seeing him drop what appeared to be a handgun through a window at the residence. When officers approached the residence to determine whether Hurt had disposed of a gun, Linda Boots, 46, of 104 13th St., tried to slam the door on them to deny them access.
A police officer forced his way into the house and found a 9-millimeter weapon near the window.
Boots was charged with hindering apprehension and obstructing law enforcement.
Hurt was arraigned Friday morning and placed in Lawrence County Jail after failing to post $50,000 bond.