Saw, blade stolen
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Someone walked off with a cement cutting saw and a 14-inch diamond-tipped cutting blade from a parking lot on Moravia Street. Police said the gas-powered saw and blade were taken sometime from 7:15 to 8:50 p.m. Tuesday. They are valued at $1,289.
Old church to go
FARRELL, Pa. -- City officials agreed Monday to pay Daniel A. Terreri & amp; Sons of North Jackson $89,200 to tear down the former Methodist church at Roemer Boulevard and Spearman Avenue. The abandoned church, which has been vacant at least 15 years, is across the street from the municipal building. The owner, Karen Ross, who lives in Florida, offered to give the land to the city if it would tear down the dilapidated structure. The city received three bids for the project, which will involve asbestos removal and demolition. Officials said they hope to see it completed by July 10.
Party for babies
SHARON, Pa. -- The third annual party for babies born in Sharon will be Friday at West Hill Elementary School. The program, "Welcome to Sharon," which is sponsored by Sharon Rotary Club, promotes reading to newborns by providing a packet of books and materials to the babies. A personally addressed "Welcome to Sharon" birthday card is part of the free package. Parents, grandparents, caregivers and siblings of the newborns are invited. Light refreshments will be served. The party will feature a singing program presented by third-grade pupils, who assembled the packages and wrote birthday cards to the babies. The program was created by Sharon Lifelong Learning Council and Sharon City Schools.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County's attorneys celebrated Law Day by giving scholarships to two high school seniors and honoring one of their own. Kristen Petters, a Lincoln High School senior, and Katie McKissick of Laurel High School each received $1,000 and read essays they wrote for a scholarship contest sponsored by the Lawrence County Bar Association. Both explained why they disagree with treating juveniles involved in school shootings as adults in the court system. Atty. Deborah Shaw was honored for giving the most free legal services to low-income people in 2000. She worked on 24 civil cases without pay that year. United States Magistrate Judge Francis X. Caiazza, a former Lawrence County Common Pleas Court judge, was the keynote speaker and talked about making improvements in the current juvenile justice system.
Fredonia's yard sale
MERCER, Pa. -- The ninth annual "Pass It On Day," sponsored by the community of Fredonia, will be Saturday. The event centers around more than 70 yard and garage sales and provides fund-raising opportunities for area nonprofit organizations. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. and will include a Little League benefit auction, Amish community market, blood pressure and blood sugar screening, a quilt show and craft fair. For more information, call (724) 475-2352 or (724) 475-3483.
Low-cost rabies clinic
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The Humane Society of Mercer County will have a rabies clinic Saturday at its new location behind Robert's Kennels, just off state Route 18 in Hermitage. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. All pet owners are invited. Dr. Coreen Flanery of Mercer County Mobile Vet will administer the shots. The cost is $7 a shot. Volunteers will be selling crafts and baked goods to raise funds for the Humane Society. For more information, call (724) 981-5445.
Hearse stolen at funeral
READING, Pa. (AP) -- Two men stole a hearse loaded with flowers at a funeral over the weekend just before a woman's casket was to be placed inside. The pallbearers were getting ready to carry out the casket of a 71-year-old woman at Christ Lutheran Church when two men jumped into the hearse owned by Bean Funeral Homes & amp; Crematory Inc. and drove off, Reading police said. The hearse was a light-blue 1993 Cadillac valued at $80,000. "Somebody obviously needed a quick ride somewhere," Pastor Bruce G. Osterhout said. Funeral director Terrence Shannon said the keys were not in the hearse.
Watch for purple hands
LAKE MILTON -- Milton Township police are warning residents to be on the lookout for a burglary suspect with purple-tinged hands and to call (330) 538-0078 with any information. In response to burglaries at two businesses and two residences, police planted at one house a decoy item dusted with invisible powder that turns hands purple. The powder takes about 30 days to come off and leaves brown spots when washed.