West Branch schools
BELOIT -- The West Branch school district board of education will meet in special session at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the high school. Items to be discussed include hiring two teachers. The panel also may meet privately to talk about filling a junior high school principal's position. There's nothing on the meeting's agenda pertaining to the recent deaths of two West Branch students apparently from meningococcal disease, said Karen Elsner, school treasurer.
Sharon man sentenced
MERCER, Pa. -- A judge in Mercer County Common Pleas Court has sentenced a Sharon man, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to attempted theft, to between six months and 18 months at Mercer County Jail.
Judge Francis Fornelli granted Lamarr Weaver, 29, of Sterling Avenue, 147 days credit for time previously served Thursday. Sharon police said that on Jan. 5, Weaver attempted to grab money from an open cash register at the Korner News Stand on West State Street.
Police said they pursued Weaver on foot down several streets before catching him. Police said there was no report of a weapon in Weaver's possession.
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- The planning and zoning commission has approved a variance of the 50-foot setback requirement for property owned by Dale James at 10452 Main St. He had applied for a variance to allow a setback of only 20 to 25 feet from the rear property line for construction of an office building.
Man appeals conviction
MERCER, Pa. -- Mercer County District Attorney James Epstein doesn't believe Ronald Fuller will get anywhere with his appeal of his murder conviction in the slaying of a 13-year-old Sharon boy. The Pennsylvania Superior Court will hear the appeal but that is automatic in first-degree murder cases, Epstein said today, predicting the court will dismiss the case in short order. Fuller, 25, of Emerson Avenue, Farrell, was convicted March 31, 2000, in the May 29, 1999, shotgun slaying of Jeremy Farrand in the Sharon house where Jeremy and his mother were staying with friends. Fuller's appeal is based on claims that prosecution witnesses lied during his trial and that prosecutors knew they were lying. The trial was held before Judge Michael Wherry who must now draft his response to the appeal and send it to Superior Court which will then hold a hearing to determine if the appeal should proceed.
Would-be thieves foiled
SHARON, Pa. -- Two teen-agers face charges in a break-in at Sharon Cycle Shop at Sharpsville Avenue and Connelly Boulevard. Police said the boys, a 13-year-old from Orange Village in Hermitage and a 14-year-old from Sherman Avenue in Sharon, used rocks wrapped in a sweat shirt to break a window at the shop at 2:38 a.m. today, just as a state police car was passing in front of the shop. The intrusion also set off an alarm. Police said the boys tried to flee with two motorcycle helmets but the state trooper caught the Hermitage boy who soon told police who his accomplice was. The Sharon boy was arrested at his home around 5 a.m. Both were released in the custody of their parents, and they face juvenile court charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and curfew violation, police said.
Garden lecture planned
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, 124 E. Leasure Ave., will present a free, slide-illustrated lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday. Dr. Irwin Richman will blend gardening and art in his lecture, "Gardens of the American Impressionists." He will explain why gardens were important topics for impressionists.
His talk will feature artists Charles Courtney Curran, John Twachtman, Abbott Fuller Graves and Childe Hassam. Richman is a professor of American studies and history at Penn State University's Harrisburg College and author of about 150 books, articles and reviews.
Assault charges levied
SHARON, Pa. -- Police said they arrested a South State Line Road woman on assault and other charges after an early morning disturbance at the Willow Village apartment complex on Sterling Avenue. Police said Lisa M. Johnston, 21, is accused of attacking a 19-year-old female resident of the apartment complex from behind as the woman was entering her apartment around 1:40 a.m. today. Johnston, who had several outstanding warrants against her, fled to another apartment where she and the female occupant of that unit refused to open the door for police. Police said they had to get help from the apartment complex management to get a key for the door. Johnston was held for arraignment today, police said. She faces burglary and assault charges, police said.