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Two hunters shot



Published: Tue, September 4, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Two hunters shot

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Police believe a dove hunter had bad aim, shooting two other hunters instead of the birds.

No serious injuries were reported, but Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission are investigating. State police said a 21-year-old man was shot in the arm at 2 p.m. Saturday in the strip mine behind the Pennsylvania Power Plant in Taylor Township.

A 27-year-old man was also shot at 3:28 p.m. in the same area. He had injuries to his right arm, chest and legs, police said. Authorities say they have a 21-year-old suspect in the second shooting, but they aren't sure if that person is responsible for hitting the first man.

Boy Scouts get grant

WARREN -- The Greater Western Reserve Council, Boy Scouts of America, received a grant from Home Savings & amp; Loan and Butler-Wick.

The $8,500 grant will be used to purchase new cots and replace tent platforms at Camp Stambaugh in Canfield Township. Gary Erlinger, executive director of the Greater Western Reserve Council, said this grant will benefit more than 2,500 scouts and adults that use Camp Stambaugh each year.

Checkpoint citations

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police made two arrests and gave out numerous warnings and citations at a checkpoint Labor Day weekend.

State police from the New Castle, Beaver and Mercer barracks were on hand at the checkpoint from 11:30 a.m. Friday to 3:30 a.m. Saturday on state Route 65 in Shenango Township, Lawrence County.

Police said two people were charged with driving under the influence, 43 warnings for vehicle code violations were issued and six traffic citations were given out.

Food Mart robbed

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Police say a man with a long, shiny knife robbed the Tic Toc Food Mart on state Route 65.

Pennsylvania State Police described the man as being 5 feet, 9 inches tall, about 160 pounds with a dark mustache. He was wearing dark pants, latex gloves and a white plastic bag over his face when he took cash from the store at 10:41 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the state police at (724) 598-2211.

LAMB annual kickoff

VOLANT, Pa. -- The LAMB Homeschool Co-op will conduct its annual kickoff and registration 10 a.m. Wednesday in Hillcrest Presbyterian church on State Route 19.

Jon Kolb, former offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will speak.

Husband charged

GIRARD, Pa. (AP) -- State police recovered the body of an Erie County woman, missing for a week, from a shallow grave near a fishing hole and charged her estranged husband in her death.

Scott Thomas Martin, 45, of Girard was being held in the Erie County Prison without bail after police said he admitted bludgeoning 43-year-old Ann Louise Martin to death and then dumping her body.

Police said Martin told them he and his wife got into an argument at his Girard mobile home, about 10 miles southwest of Erie, and beat her in the head with an aluminum baseball bat. Martin then wrapped her body and buried it, police said.

Neighbors told police they heard pounding inside the trailer home on Monday and then saw Martin leave in a white van. When they went inside, neighbors said they saw puddles of blood.

He is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Arson suspect caught

McKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) -- A former employee arrested and charged with starting a fire at the Ikea furniture store near Pittsburgh Sunday is also a suspect in four other fires at the store, authorities said.

Richard Cowan, 33, of Pittsburgh, was arrested about 1:40 a.m. Sunday after he allegedly started a fire, according to Robinson Township Police Chief Dale Vietmeier. Allegheny County Deputy Sheriff Richard Manning, who was working as an off-duty security officer, said he saw Cowan carry a plastic bag to the store, place it on the ground and then noticed flames.

Manning said he flagged down a police officer who was patrolling the Robinson Town Centre shopping center where the store is located, about eight miles west of Pittsburgh, and they arrested Cowan about 35 feet from the fire.

Free exercise classes

WARREN -- Rebecca Williams Community Center at 760 Main Ave. S.W. is offering free exercise classes.

These are aerobic workouts, not strenuous weight training or harsh running. Classes are Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Call (330) 399-2582 and ask for Deirdre Davis at ext. 31 or Patricia Phillips, ext. 32.




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