Freed on bond, man faces multiple charges

Freed on bond, manfaces multiple charges
SHARON, Pa. -- Richard B. Cole, 34, of Orchard Street, was freed on $10,000 bond after his arrest on charges of endangering the welfare of children and indecent assault. Police said Cole is accused of having improper sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl on as many as 20 occasions over two weekends in April and this month. Police said he had the child fondle his genitals. Cole was arrested Friday on a warrant and arraigned before District Justice James McMahon.
Company plans meetingabout electric plant
LISBON -- The Charlotte, N.C., company proposing to build a $600 million electric generation plant in Columbiana County will have a public information meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 31 in the David Anderson Junior-Senior High School gymnasium.
Cogentrix Energy Inc. is proposing to build the natural gas-fired plant in Center or Salem townships. Construction could begin late this year, if the company receives approval from state authorities.
History book's sale
MERCER, Pa. -- The Mercer County Bicentennial Commission has extended the pre-publication sale price of the Mercer County Pictorial History until May 31.
The extension is a result of an overwhelming demand for the 600-page book which includes 983 maps, black-and-white photographs, 16 pages of color photographs and 80 duotone photos. It's the first detailed history of the county written in nearly 100 years and includes 10 chapters of "new" history.
The pre-publication price is $50 plus $3 tax and $7.50 for shipping and handling. The shipping and handling can be avoided by picking up a copy at the Mercer County Historical Society office at 119 S. Pitt St. The regular retail price of $75 goes into effect June 1. For more information, call the historical society at (724) 662-3490.
Change in meeting
LEETONIA -- Leetonia Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 29 at the high school. Wednesday's meeting has been canceled.
Council will meet
LEETONIA -- Leetonia Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at village hall. This is a change from the regular meeting date of the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Vandals cut down tree
CANFIELD -- A Neff Court homeowner told police vandals cut down a tree in his front yard just before midnight Saturday. The homeowner's daughter recognized the vandals as two teen-age boys from her school. The boys were apprehended a short time later and a bow saw was confiscated as evidence. The tree, a Crimson King maple, had an estimated value of $1,000.
Church plans musical
AUSTINTOWN -- The musical "Stand up for America" will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Highway Tabernacle, South Raccoon Road. The adult choir will perform. Call (330) 792-2341 for more information.
Pay raise for subs
SHARPSVILLE, Pa. -- The Sharpsville Area School Board raised the pay rate for substitute teachers Monday, hoping to make the district more attractive to teachers looking for substitute work.
The district was paying $60 a day this year but will pay $70, said Dr. Derry Stufft, superintendent. Sharpsville has had some difficulty getting substitutes when they are needed and the higher pay scale should help, he said, noting the district uses about four substitutes per week.
School board to meet
NEWTON FALLS -- The board of education has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 101 in the high school.

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