Category Archives: Police & Fire

Police: Ellwood City Teen Arrested for Drug Possession

Taylor Foley, 18, of Ellwood City, was arrested Monday after police executed a sealed search warrant around 6:30 a.m. at her home on Skyline Drive.

Participating in the raid were officers of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s special investigative unit and police officers from New Castle and Neshannock Township.

Police said they found a small quantity of crack cocaine and a large bag of another substance which was sent for laboratory testing.

Foley is charged with two counts each of possession and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arraigned by District Judge Scott McGrath, who committed her to the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

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Police: 7-Eleven Robbed at Gunpoint; Fight in the Huntington Bank Parking Lot

Armed Robbery:

According to the police report, an unknown male entered 7-Eleven on North Street at 5:20 a.m. on February 18. He threatened an employee with a semi-automatic handgun. After receiving the contents of the cash register, he left. Police arrived on the scene and examined video surveillance. Investigation ongoing.

Disorderly Conduct:

According to the police report,  at 1:00 a.m. on February 22 the bartender at the Pour House on Lawrence Ave reported that individuals had left the bar and were fighting by the drive-through near Huntington Bank. Officers arrived and found a crowd gathered around two individuals in a fight. Investigating officers identified the suspects as Monica Book, 40, of Ellwood City and Sophia Duffy, 23, of Fombell. The two were arrested for disorderly conduct. Braden Book, 20, of Ellwood City, was also arrested for disorderly conduct.

Outstanding Warrant:

According to the police report, at approximately 1:50 a.m. on February 19, police patrolled View Street to find Jeffrey Benson, 47, of Ellwood City, who had three outstanding warrants. Investigating officers found Benson reclining in his vehicle. He was arrested and transported to the Lawrence County jail.

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Ellwood Man Charged with Luring Amish Children

According to online court records, Lucas Avery Klobetanz, 38, of Ellwood City, was charged Friday with attempting to lure a child into a motor vehicle or structure.

According to police, Klobetanz is accused of hiding in an outhouse outside Ligo Amish School in Wilmington Township, Mercer County on October 3, as children played outside. Several children ran to a neighbor’s house after Klobetanz called to them from the outhouse.

According to reports, the neighbor confronted Klobetanz, who said he had dropped toilet paper and needed help picking it up.

Klobetanz is currently in the Mercer County Jail after failing to post $10,000 bond.

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POLICE: 12 Cited, 1 Arrested for Underage Drinking

Underage Drinking:

According to the police report, an officer was dispatched to 2nd Street at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 8 to investigate a noise complaint.

Tenant John Lucchessi, age 20, greeted the officer and allowed him inside. The investigating officer found numerous intoxicated underage guests and called for assistance.

Investigating officers rounded up suspects from the 2nd and 3rd floor and an attic crawlspace. Officers also confiscated marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A K-9 unit was called in and discovered Thomas Maine, 20, of Ellwood City, hiding under debris in the crawl space.

Lucchessi admitted to supplying the drugs and alcohol and was arrested, pending hearing. Police tested everyone with breathalyzers and cleared several people, including the other residents. Maine was arrested for disorderly conduct and held in a cell for 4 hours.

Eleven additional people were cited for underage drinking. Victoria Allarez-Rosario, 19, of Freedom; Austin Applegate, 18, of Wexford; Tramar Jones Kiraly, 19, of Wexford; Molly Oday, 18, of Pittsburgh; a juvenile white female of Greensburg; Elijah Simmons, 19, of Ellwood City; a juvenile white female of Cranberry; Maria Williams, 18, of Greensburg; a juvenile white female of Ellwood City; a juvenile white female of Pittsburgh; and Slade Odell, 20, of Pittsburgh.

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Mother, Son Held on Charge of Homicide

Lisa Jones-Orock, 40, and Zachary Jones, 22, both of Ellwood City, were ordered held for trial following a preliminary hearing before District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright Jr.

They have been held in the county jail since their arrest on Dec. 8 on charges of homicide, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit homicide, and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Jones-Orock and Jones are accused of conspiring to kill Gerald Lee Orock, Jones-Orock’s ex-husband. According to state police, they lured Gerald Lee Orock behind Loccisano’s grocery, where Jones inflicted mortal injuries with a wooden object.

The trial will be at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

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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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