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MERCER COUNTY Woman sentenced in car-dragging case



Published: Fri, June 29, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police said the woman denied swerving toward the utility pole.

By VIRGINIA ROSS

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

MERCER, Pa. -- A Hermitage woman authorities said dragged another woman three blocks with her vehicle has been sentenced to two months to one year in Mercer County Jail.

Judge Francis Fornelli of common pleas court also ordered Jennifer Gill, 20, of Lyle Drive, to serve two years probation after she is released from jail.

Southwest Mercer County Regional Police arrested Gill in October and charged her with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and simple assault.

What happened: Police said Gill, who was in her vehicle, was talking to the victim through the driver's side window. They said Gill suddenly grabbed the victim by her hair, pulled her head and right arm into the vehicle, rolled up the window to trap the woman and started driving the vehicle along Wallis Avenue in Farrell.

They said Gill dragged the victim three blocks, swerved toward a utility pole, and repeatedly told the woman she was going to kill her.

Authorities said Gill told them the victim has dated Gill's boyfriend and the two women have had problems ever since.

On May 8, Gill pleaded guilty to terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. In exchange for her plea, authorities dismissed the other charges.

Other crimes: Judge Fornelli also ordered a Mercer man to spend five days to two years at the county jail for carrying a semiautomatic handgun without a license and having drug paraphernalia.

Police said Brian Knechtel, 22, Shenango Street, was involved in a fight at Hot Rod Cafe in Sharon in January. Police said he went to his car, got the gun, loaded it and returned to the bar with the weapon tucked in his pants.

Police said during another argument the gun fell from Knechtel's pants. They said he picked up the weapon and again tried to conceal it.

Police charged Knechtel with carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and possessing drug paraphernalia.

He pleaded guilty May 8 to carrying a firearm without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other charges were dismissed.

The judge ordered Salvatore Mosco, 28, Bale Drive, Pittsburgh, to serve a one-year probation for removing the drug Oxycontin from the Rite Aid pharmacy on East State Street in Sharon.

Sharon police arrested Mosco on July 24 and charged him with retail theft and possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance last month. The other charge was dismissed.




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