Boy hurt when bikecollides with police car
FARRELL, Pa. -- Police said a 10-year-old Wallis Avenue boy being chased by a dog rode his bicycle into the path of a police car on Union Street.
Thomas Anderson was treated at Sharon Regional Health System's hospital for minor scrapes to his left arm and leg shortly after the 7:45 a.m. Wednesday accident, police said. Thomas was riding his bike south in an alley between Fruit and Wallis avenues when a dog began chasing him.
He rode out of the alley and onto Union Street, colliding with a passing police car, police said. The driver, Patrolman Keith Klamer, was shaken up but not injured, police said.
Man jailed in shootingof newspaper carrier
SHARON, Pa. --Timothy D. Jackson, 21, of East Budd Avenue was jailed after his arrest on a warrant charging him with aggravated assault. Bond was set at $50,000. Jackson was picked up earlier this week and arraigned before District Justice James McMahon. Police said he shot a newspaper carrier with a BB gun in the 500 block of New Castle Avenue on Jan. 28.
Two juvenile boys involved face assault charges in juvenile court, police said.
Evicted man jailedon four charges
SHARON, Pa. -- Fred S. Tompkins, 35, of Andrew Street, was jailed with bond set at $15,000 on charges of making terroristic threats, criminal trespassing, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
Police were called to an apartment building in the 100 block of East State Street and said Tompkins, who had recently been evicted from the complex, was fighting with another tenant and refused to leave.
Union schools budgetholds line on taxes
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Union School Board adopted an $8.2 million general operating budget for the 2001-02 school year.
The spending plan, which was introduced in May and approved Wednesday, is $51,470 less than the 2000-01 budget. The budget calls for taxes to be maintained at 76.8 mills, marking the seventh consecutive year without a tax increase in the district. The board also agreed to buy a 10-passenger van from Preston Motors Inc. of New Castle for $24,876.
New high schoolto be discussed
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A public meeting to alert community members about the scope and costs of a new city high school should happen sometime in August, said Schools Superintendent Joseph Martin.
The hearing is required in Pennsylvania anytime a school district undergoes a construction or major renovation project. A booklet outlining the project and its costs will be available 20 days before the meeting and residents will have 30 days after the meeting to submit written comments on the project, Martin said.
School's band shelterhasn't been rebuilt
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- It's going to be a cold year for the marching band at New Castle High School. School administrators say they won't have the band shelter rebuilt by the fall marching season.
It was destroyed in April after four youths, ages 13 to 15, set it on fire. Parents of band members attended Wednesday's school board meeting asking about the shelter's future. Nothing has been done to structure since the blaze, parents said.
Schools Superintendent Joseph Martin said insurance adjusters are still trying to determine how much the shelter was worth. He said the insurance settlement probably won't cover the entire cost to rebuild the shelter and that will likely mean band parents will need to help raise money to rebuild it.
Former police chieffaces gambling charges
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The former Alliance police chief has been charged with aiding illegal gambling in his Stark County community between Youngstown and Canton.
James R. Black, 64, was charged Wednesday with aiding and abetting an illegal gambling operation.
Robert E. Bulford, assistant U.S. attorney, said Black waived his right to a grand jury hearing, clearing the way for a possible plea agreement.