Held in stabbing



Held in stabbing
SHARON -- A Russell Street man is in Mercer County Jail with bond set at $100,000, accused of stabbing a soft-drink deliveryman during an attempted robbery. Richard H. Reed, 35, is charged with attempted homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.
Police said he stabbed a 49-year-old deliveryman from Saegertown shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday.
The deliveryman, whom police did not identify, told officers he was confronted when he pulled his truck into Porter Way.
The deliveryman said he tried to run but the man caught him and tried to stab him in the stomach. He was cut on the arm while fending off the attack.
Reed fled, shedding his coat and tossing what turned out to be a kitchen knife, police said.
Officers caught up with him a few minutes later at North Water Avenue and Madison Street.
Female burglars sought
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- New Castle police are advising older people to be on the lookout for two women suspected in a series of burglaries. The women are described as short, heavy-set with heavy, possibly Middle Eastern, accents.
Police Chief Victor Cubellis said there have been at least three reports in the last year of burglaries involving the women, most recently on Wednesday, when they approached an 86-year-old Finch Street man and asked if he needed any sewing done. The man turned the women away, but police believe they put tape over his door lock and returned later when he wasn't home. About $5,000 was missing from the home.
Cubellis asked anyone seeing the women to call the Lawrence County Emergency Center at (724) 656-9300.
Water company updates
SHARON, Pa. -- The Shenango Valley Division of Consumers Pennsylvania Water Co. will make $3.3 million worth of capital improvements in Mercer and Lawrence counties this year.
That includes $1.9 million for water main replacements, said Kenneth W. Baumann, vice president and Shenango Valley Division manager. Some of the work has already been completed, Baumann said, citing the recently finished $56,000 installation of 900 feet of line on Boyd Drive in Sharon and Hermitage.
One of the largest projects for the year, a $343,000 line replacement on North Pitt Street, Coolspring Street, Fairground Road and state Route 58 in Mercer and Coolspring Township, is also done.
Drug charges
SHARON, Pa. -- Police have charged James C. Truman, 22, of Sherman Avenue with two counts each of possession and delivery of a controlled substance.
City police and the Mercer County Drug Task Force worked on the case, and undercover agents bought marijuana from Truman twice in December 1999, authorities said. A warrant was issued for his arrest and police spotted him driving a car at South Oakland Avenue and King Street around 2:45 p.m. Thursday. They stopped and arrested him and he was held overnight for arraignment.
Furnishings stolen
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- A burglar stripped a home in the 2000 block of Madison Street of a variety of furnishings.
Police said the resident left home around 6 p.m. Thursday and returned about four hours later to discover these things missing: a 25-inch color television set, a couch, a loveseat, a VCR, a computer and printer, a CD burner, a wooden table with six wooden chairs and a microwave oven.
The thief got in through a previously damaged door that couldn't be locked, police said, estimating the loss at $3,000.
Man sought in theft
FARRELL, Pa. -- Police said they will secure an arrest warrant today for an Ulp Street, Masury, man accused of taking money from a Sharon woman early today.
Police said the theft started shortly before 1 a.m. when the man took money from the Malleable Street, Sharon, woman in her home. He left, but she followed him, catching up in the 700 block of Lee Avenue, where she jumped onto the hood of his car, police said. The man started driving with her holding on and wound up in the parking lot of the police station several blocks away at Spearman Avenue and Roemer Boulevard, where the woman was knocked to the ground.
Police said the man then took some more money from her and drove away. The victim suffered minor injuries and didn't require hospital treatment, police said.

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