New Castle City police have arrested A New Castle man in connection with a bank robbery Wednesday afternoon. According to the department’s facebook page, 29 year old Josuha Mele was arrested Wednesday night at a Dollar Store in Union Township. Mele is accused of robbing the First Commonwealth Bank on East Washington around 3:45. Police say that they recovered a large portion of the stolen money from behind a couch at Mele’s home. Mele is charged with robbery, theft and receiving stolen property.
State Police in Lawrence County report a two car accident in Hickory Township. According to police 50 year old Thomas Swearingen of Masury, Ohio, was westbound on route 108 when he struck a car from behind operated by 56 year old Ronald Crews of Volant. A passenger in the Crews vehicle, 58 year old Melanie Crews was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. Police said Swearingen was cited for careless driving.
Cornell School District is only allowing players’ parents into their homecoming football game today. The move was made over safety concerns after the cheerleaders staged a national anthem protest during a visit by war veterans. Officials say the game against Shenango will also be played this afternoon, instead of at night.
Police are continuing to investigate a hit-and-run in Adams Township. Officers say two men pulled their truck into a driveway on Three Degree Road Tuesday, even though there was a “no trespassing” sign posted. The homeowner says they were selling meat. When the homeowner tried to take a picture of the vehicle’s license plate, the driver backed into him. Police say the driver has been identified. The victim was not seriously injured.
Former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane is asking for house arrest. Kane is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of leaking secret grand jury information and then lying to cover it up. Her lawyer says Kane, as a non-violent offender with no prior record and the primary caregiver for two children, is an appropriate candidate for House Arrest.
Three former Penn State officials are asking a judge to throw out the charges against them. Tim Curley, Graham Spanier and Gary Schultz were in court yesterday while their attorneys made the request. The trio is accused of knowing about and failing to report suspected child abuse in the Jerry Sandusky case. Their lawyers say at that time, college administrators were not required by law to report suspected abuse.
With both sides digging in, it seems a faculty strike next week at the 14 state-run universities is imminent. The sides- the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, have been negotiating for two years. PASSHE officials say they are facing a crisis and healthcare cost savings are necessary. Universities will stay open if a strike happens.
Pennsylvania State Police is working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to conduct a drug take back program in Mercer County. Unused or unwanted drugs can be dropped off at the PSP Mercer barracks, 826 Franklin Rd. Drop offs will be accepted until Saturday, October 22. Needles, sharps containers and liquids will not be accepted.