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A Franklin Township man faces seven charges after police uncovered a methamphetamine lab at his residence Tuesday.
Police arrested Robert Wallace Lordo, 43, of 113 Broadway Ave., after the officers noticed a suspicious substance in a plastic bottle in plain sight on the property grounds.
According to the report, on Nov. 5, at approximately 6:30PM, a Franklin Township police officer noticed a fire in the front yard of the Broadway Ave. residence during a patrol. The burning ordinance permits burning on Wednesdays and Saturdays only.
The officer walked up to the front door and noticed a strange odor coming that began to burn his eyes emitting from the residence. He encountered a very nervous woman after knocking on the front door, and told her about the ordinance. She agreed to put the fire out, and the officer left the premises.
At approximately 8PM, the officer returned to the location to check on the status of the illegal fire. He observed that the woman again started a fire in the yard. She met the officer outside and stated that she did not realize it started again. The woman then went inside and got water to put the fire out, at which point the officer again smelled the odor from the previous visit.
The officer walked to his car to obtain a copy of the burning ordinance, and upon returning he noticed three plastic bottles lying on the ground near two propane tanks. One bottle contained a white, hard substance. The officer left the scene, then contacted his lieutenant about the suspicious odor and substance because several reports of methamphetamine manufacturing in the area.
“It’s not something we see frequently in Franklin Township,” said Lt. Brian Speer of the Franklin Township Police Department. “I told him I would contact someone I know who has experience in the matter.”
Lt. Speer contacted a state police trooper with experience in methamphetamine manufacturing. The trooper met with two officers at the scene and questioned the woman about the bottles. He then requested a search warrant, and along with the officers got everyone out of the trailer and secured the residence.
Four parties exited the home, including Lordo, who was wearing rubber gloves that covered his hands and most of his forearms. The officers, who never entered the residence without a resident past beyond the front doorway, along with the state trooper, transferred the accused to the North Sewickley Police Station.
After interviewing all four parties, police found that only Lordo manufactured methamphetamine, but the other three all purchased Pseudo-ephedrine at some point for the operation. The three all stated that they used the drug, but never paid for it because Lordo never asked for money. They also stated that the accused never sold the drug. Instead, he make it for personal use.
Police transported Lordo to the Franklin Township Police Department, and detained him until Pennsylvania State Police finished processing the crime scene. At the scene, the investigators discovered cold packs of ammonium nitrate, syringes, aluminum foil, and pseudo-ephedrine. The items mentioned are all common ingredients of manufacturing methamphetamine. Also, police found three plastic bottles with suspected methamphetamine residue.
Lieutenant Brian Speer offered special thanks to all of the officers and troopers involved in the investigation.
“I want to thank Pennsylvania State Police, as well as the North Sewickley Police Department, for their help in taking down this operation,” Speer said. “Their experience and support possibly helped us stop a catastrophe. I am proud of our guys, and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”
Lordo is being held at the Beaver County Jail with bail set at $25,000. Due to the ongoing investigation, the names of the other three people involved are not available at this time.
- Manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture of deliver
- Operating a methamphetamine lab
- Possession of Red Phosphorous with intent to manufacture controlled substance
- Intentional possession of a controlled substance be a person who is not registered
- Use/possession of drug paraphernalia
- Knowingly possessing ephedrine
- Recklessly endangering another person
On Oct, 26, Police cited an Ellwood City man for harassment.
Martin D Ott, Jr., 58, of 831 Pershing St. faces charges for allegedly choking a man, and throwing him off of a porch.
According to the report, John Edinger, 49, of 905 Massachusetts Ave, told police that he gave Ott ten dollars to purchase beer at approximately 3:54PM. When the man failed to return with the beverages, Edinger went to Ott’s house and angrily beat on the door.
When the accused noticed Edinger, he began choking him. Ott claims that he grabbed the man by his shirt and threw him into a wall. Edinger said that the the man punched him in the face and pushed him off of the porch causing him to injure his leg. Edinger bled from his mouth and nose.
After giving a statement, Ott presented the officer with a lucrative offer: A lasagna dinner in return for no citation. But, to no avail, it fell upon deaf ears.
An Ellwood City man faces robbery charges after allegedly robbing B&B Express on Oct. 25.
Witnesses claimed that William “Bill” Delmar Dunstan, 42, of 370 Franklin St., stole $500 from the gas station at approximately 10:12PM.
According to the report, two employees told responding officers that the accused ran out the front door wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a baseball hat after stealing $500 cash from the register.
The man who drove Dunstan to the station, a coworker of the accused, told police that he shut the vehicle’s engine off and locked the doors once he noticed the robbery in progress. He witnessed Dunstan jumping over the counter and grabbing something near the cash drawer. Upon exiting the building, the witness’s actions forced Dunstan to escape on foot and run West on Beaver Ave.
After his statement, the driver entered his vehicle and heard Dunstan’s voice saying, “I’m inside, drive away.” The witness responded by saying he forgot to buy cigarettes. Then, he exited the vehicle, locked the doors, and handed the keys over to the officers. He said that he locked the doors, and that Dunstan sneaked into the very back of the jeep.
The officers removed the accused from the car, and found $500 cash along with a small amount of crack cocaine in his pockets.
Surveillance tape revealed that Dunstan hid around the side of B&B during the investigation.
An Ellwood City woman passed away after sustaining severe injuries caused by a car accident Monday morning.
Thelma Daugherty, 82, of 225 Third St. died Tuesday after a car hit her as she walked across Lawrence Ave.
According to the report, the driver of the car, Lois G. Richards, 82, of 225 Country Club Dr., traveled South on Seventh St. and attempted a left turn onto Lawrence Ave. Richards, who saw Daugherty in the road, believed clearance existed between her and the pedestrian.
During the turn, the front driver side fender of Richards’ car struck Daugherty and knocked her to the ground, which prompted the driver to pull into the closest parking spot.
Authorities stabilized Daugherty before medics transported her to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she later succumbed to the injuries.
Police continue to investigate the accident.
Four men face several charges pertaining to a scrap metal theft scheme strewn throughout a three-month span.
Sabre Industries night foreman Daniel Vincent Reef, 43, of 1880 Railroad Ave., allegedly acted as the catalyst to multiple thefts that occurred at his place of employment.
According to the report, from July to late September, Reef gave four employees – Anthony Michael Frelin, 31, of 108 Green Lane, Michael David Pounds, 24, of 1585 Fox St., John Jay Hohmann, 51, of 3046 Fairview Ave., and Anthony James Cherichetti, 29, of 5 Mocasin Trail in New Castle – permission to take truckloads of scrap metal from Sabre Industries, located at 700 Second St., in order to sell it to local recycling centers.
On Sept. 27, plant foreman Adam Robinson contacted Ellwood City police after finding out that the aforementioned suspects unlawfully stole a significant amount of scrap metal from his company. Police initially interviewed Reef, who denied permitting the employees to take the metal.
Officers then interviewed Frelin, who obtained $2,835.58 for the 12,605 lbs of metal he sold from Aug. 22 to Sept. 21. The man stated that Reef allowed him to load his truck with the stolen property once other employees left. Frelin then contacted Hohmann, who owns a truck, and offered to split profits at either 40% or 50% if he helped take the metal to scrapyards. Hohmann accepted after Frelin mentioned that his boss permitted the actions, and earned $591.79 for 4,730 lbs of metal from Aug. 16 to Sept. 21.
On Sept. 28, Reef told Cherichetti about the police interviews, and that he planned to continue denying any involvement. Officers interviewed Cherichetti on Oct. 2 at the Ellwood City Police Station, and he explained that Reef allowed him to take loads of metal from July 20 to Sept. 6 that amounted to 51,580 lbs for a total of $6,847.14. The foreman allegedly let Cherichetti pull his truck into the building once all other employees left in order to load it with Sabre machinery.
On Oct. 1, Pounds, who took 8,500 lbs and received $1,076.66 from Aug. 5 to Sept. 21, told police that Frelin explained that he paid Reef $40 to take the metal. Pounds, unsure if Reef ever received the cash, gave Frelin another $20 towards the payoff. The employee also mentioned that when he heard Reef denied involvement in the scheme, he wanted to “beat him up or have someone beat him up.”
In total, the men stole 77,415 lbs of metal, and sold it for $11,350.79 to PSC Metals in Koppel, New Castle Recycling at 215 Gardner Ave. in New Castle, and Allegheny Raw Materials in Ellwood City.
- Daniel Vincent Reef – Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition, and Criminal Conspiracy.
- Anthony Michael Frelin – Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, and Criminal Conspiracy
- Michael David Pounds – Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, and Criminal Conspiracy
- John Jay Hohmann – Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, and Criminal Conspiracy
- Anthony James Cherichetti – Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, and Criminal Conspiracy
A preliminary hearing set for Thursday, Nov. 14 before Judge Jerry G. Cartwright, Jr. at the Ellwood City District Magistrate office..
October 24, 2013 (Ellwood City, PA) The Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an educational forum yesterday for area business leaders. The presentation, “Affordable Care Act: It’s Impact on Employers” was part of Legislative Committee’s ongoing effort to facilitate members access to information pertinent to their business or our local economy.
Therese McShea who initiated the event explained, “Our Legislative Committee realizes that this issue in particular is overwhelming in its complexity and in the volume of information available. We decided it was appropriate to bring in experts who deal with this every day to summarize this law for our members.”
Ron Carmassi of JRG Advisors and Paul Landman, HR Director for Ellwood City Hospital each presented prepared information and fielded questions from the attendees. They acknowledged that the details of the law are in flux but cautioned that whether you call it “ObamaCare” or “Affordable Care” or its official name, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010”, it is Federal Law and all employers will need to understand and abide by its requirements.
Information packets are available for business leaders who were unable to attend the presentation. Contact the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, 314 Fifth Street Ellwood City, PA 16117.
Police arrested an Ellwood City woman on Oct. 9 after finding her drunk in the 7-11 parking lot.
According to the report, Erin M. Griggle, 43, of 725 Todd Ave. left her home after the reporting officer advised her to stay in for the night after a disturbance call. Griggle’s daughter called police and stated that her intoxicated mother acted aggressively towards her sister at their residence.
Authorities found Griggle in the 7-11 parking lot at approximately 10:48PM. She allegedly slurred her speech while walking back and forth in a staggering motion. She appeared confused in her thoughts while speaking, and failed to make sense.
The arresting officer considered Griggle an endangerment to herself and others in the vicinity. Officers charged Griggle with Public Drunkenness.
A routine traffic violation sparked more charges for an Ellwood City man.
According to the report, police pulled Bronson Michael Lane, 24, of 316 Fourth St., over after discovering that his car’s center tail light burned out. Officers spotted the vehicle, a 1995 Dodge Stratus painted numerous colors, while traveling south on Fifth St. The car turned left on Bell Ave., and police initiated a traffic stop at the Fourth St. intersection.
Officers approached the vehicle and spoke with Lane, who kept two large dogs in the backseat. Once informed of the violation, Lane exited the car and asked the officers to show him the burned out light. When the door opened, authorities discovered several pipes and a red marijuana bong stuffed in the side panel of the door.
An officer asked the accused if he smoked marijuana, to which he responded, “yes, I do.” Lane then consented to a vehicle search and removed the dogs from the backseat. The officers found a bong, two roach clips, a red-and-blue pipe, four packs of rolling papers, and a small green grinder that contained marijuana scent. They also found and seized a bottle of meds prescribed to “Sammie MakePeace.”
The officers informed Lane, who also possessed a suspended and expired drivers license, that he would be receiving charges in the mail.
On Oct. 26, from 10AM to 2PM, the Ellwood City Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Borough Building at 525 Lawrence Ave. (REAR). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that in their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or pet or their family member or owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.
Anyone looking to participate should note that the borough will NOT accept needles, and that no drugs will be accepted after Oct. 26.
Authorities in Ellwood City arrested twelve suspects accused of dealing various drugs. Officers obtained warrants for the individuals on Wednesday morning.
The arrests occurred this afternoon as part of a message sent by Ellwood City Mayor Anthony Court to drug dealers in the borough.
“Ellwood City is NOT, I repeat, NOT, the place to do illegal drugs,” Court said via Facebook on Wednesday.
The suspects allegedly sold everything from methamphetamine to heroin to buyers of all ages. The accused are said to be “street level” dealers.
At least eight of the twelve arrested face drug charges, including:
- Kendall H. Coppess, 31, of 2230 Brighton Rd., charged with conspiracy to commit possession of drug paraphernalia
- Alexander Scott Hohbach, 25, of 2418 Second Ave. in Koppel, charged with possession with intend to deliver and possession of a controlled substance
- Carissa Anne Hohbach, 28, of 609 JFK St. in Wampum, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
- Timothy Douglas Jackson, Sr., 47, of 210 Franklin Ave., charged with delivery of controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia
- Randy Eugene Klink, Sr., 51, of 59 Portersville Rd., charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia
- Daniel Lewis Marich, 59, of 1036 N. Main St. in Wampum, possession, misbranded controlled substance, and prohibited acts
- Chad Eric Mesko, 25, of 424 Franklin Ave., charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, and criminal use of a communication facility
- Daniel Jay Mesko, 21, also of 424 Franklin Ave., charged with delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia
Court referred to the the busts as part of “Operation Bullpen,” which stemmed from months of undercover narcotic investigations.
Since Court’s appointment, 238 drug arrests were made.
An Ellwood City man faces charges for forgery, theft by deception, and receiving stolen property.
Police charged Jeffrey Leon Norris, Jr., 38, of 512 7th St, on eleven counts after a man complained that someone stole his checkbook and wrote several checks to local businesses.
According to the report, police received a complaint from Terry Craig, Jr., of 315 Martin Ave., who stated his checkbook was stolen between March 1 and April 17 of 2013. Craig referred to Norris, the husband of his future mother-in-law, as a good suspect because he left his belongings at her home during a move.
From April 9 to April 15, Norris allegedly forged checks to Barry’s Gas Station, B&B Express, B&B Mini Mart, and Loccisano’s Golden Dawn. He also wrote two checks to Franklin Beverage totaling over $190.
On May 10, Neshannock Police received bad check complaints from Giant Eagle and Get Go. Video surveillance provided evidence that Norris wrote the checks, then drove away in a black pickup truck with plates registered to his wife, Christina Norris.
In total, the accused wrote $750.62 worth of stolen checks. His wife identified Norris’ handwriting on Sept. 4 at the Ellwood City Police Station.
A preliminary hearing set for Tuesday, Oct. 8 before Judge Jerry G. Cartwright, Jr. at the Ellwood City District Magistrate office was moved to a date to be determined.
Simple Assault and Harassment:
An Enon Valley woman faces simple assault and harassment charges after allegedly striking a 5-year-old boy multiple times.
According to the report, Jessica Michelle Riley, 26, of 1140 Main St. in Enon Valley, refused a police interview on Sept. 26 after the child told a forensic interviewer that she hit him.
On Aug. 20, between the hours of 4PM and 7PM, Riley allegedly struck the child across the face after he refused to eat broccoli, then hit him on the buttocks as he tried to run away. His story remained consistent, and he also demonstrated a “lie” during the interview process.
On Aug. 30 at 9AM, Joy Lyn Moore took her son to the hospital after discovering bruises on his body during a bath. Moore confirmed that her ex-husband began dating Riley on April 12, and the bruises started to appear on April 13.
A preliminary hearing occurs on Oct. 23 before Judge Jerry G. Cartwright, Jr. at the Ellwood City District Magistrate office.
Drug Equipment Violation:
A New Bedford man was charged with drug equipment violations on Sept. 28 after police allegedly found him in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Christian Gage Damron, 20, of 309 Highland Lane in New Bedford, PA, was arrested after a traffic stop in front of Burger King on Lawrence Ave.
According to the report, Frederick James Carlin II, 29, of 305 Division reported that he heard gun shots in the area of 4th St. and Wayne Ave. Carlin stated that two males and two females riding in a two-door maroon Chrysler Seabring with a sunroof shot a gun in the air, then threatened to shoot him.
At approximately 9:40PM, two patrolmen observed a vehicle matching the description with an open sunroof traveling east on Lawrence Ave. at 8th St. The officers conducted a traffic stop, and the driver, Damron, stated he forgot his license at home. The accused also stated the vehicle belonged to a female seen walking on a sidewalk across the street.
The officers instructed Damron to exit the vehicle and place his hands on the trunk, at which point they found a marijuana grinder in his front pocket. The actor then gave the responders permission to search the vehicle after they made him aware of Carlin’s report.
Damron stated he spent the day helping his girlfriend move, and was not identified as a member of the gun shooting group. Officers arrested Damron for possessing the “grinder,” which contained traces of marijuana inside.
Police arrested an Ellwood City man on Sept. 29 after allegedly finding him drunk and about to fight.
Frederic Charles Vincik, 28, of 1217 Center Ave., was charged with public drunkenness following an investigation of an unknown male stumbling all over the sidewalk.
According to the report, at approximately 1:19AM, responding officers broke up a potential fight between Vincik and Thomas James Myers, 35, of 308 4th St. Myers stated that Vincik was drunk and causing problems.
The responding officer verified that Vincik was intoxicated, and arrested the man.
Driving Under the Influence – Alcohol
An Ellwood City man was arrested on Sept. 24 after police found him intoxicated in his vehicle.
Richard Carl Worrell, Jr., 47, of 1861 Wurtemburg Rd., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to the report, responding officers found a suspicious 1996 green GMC Sonoma truck parked at an angle near the Paff Custom Welding building on Factory Ave. Worrell, who parked the truck on portions of both the street and sidewalk, informed police that he urinated on the vehicle.
The actor then explained that he drank beers at the Polish National Alliance Club. After driving away, he stopped to “go to the bathroom.” The keys rested in the vehicle’s ignition with the engine off.
Worrell failed the field sobriety test, and blew a .17 into the police-administered portable breathalyzer test. Then, police took the accused to the hospital, at which point he refused a blood test. Worrell became uncooperative and told the officers “I can’t hear you” as they recited the O’Connor Warnings.
Worrell was released to Gertrude Worrell.