Seeking missing teen
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Shenango Township Police are asking for information about the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl. Toni M. Schutter of New Wilmington was last seen Saturday night at the Celebrations Dance Hall on New Butler Road. Police said she left the hall at 11:30 p.m. with two unknown men. Family members told police she has not done this before and has no family problems that would warrant her running away from home. She is described as being 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 119 pounds with light brown hair, blue eyes and a light complexion. She was wearing a multicolored T-shirt, a hooded black jacket and blue jeans. Anyone knowing her whereabouts or details of her disappearance should call police at (724) 658-6095 or (724) 656-9300.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The identities and photographs of Lawrence County's most-wanted fugitives will be broadcast on Adelphia Cable channel 10 this week. The program will also focus on the county's emergency preparedness. The show will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Sunday. District Attorney Matthew Mangino is the host.
Center's open house
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The public is invited to an open house at the new home of the Lawrence County Women's Shelter/Rape Crisis Center at 1218 W. State St. There will be tours and refreshments from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. The building was completed earlier this year and is the first time the shelter's operation has been in one building. Previously the administrative offices, a shelter and counseling services were in three converted homes in New Castle. For details about the open house, call (724) 652-9206.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Town meetings about countywide reassessment are planned for 7 tonight at the Pulaski Township Municipal Building and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mahoning Township Municipal Building. Lawrence County Commissioner Ed Fosnaught plans to discuss the effects of reassessment on municipalities and individual property owners.
Phony money found
CAMPBELL -- A clerk at the BP station, 735 McCartney Road, was quick to spot phony money a customer used to try to buy cigarettes.
Police reports say the clerk immediately recognized the money to be counterfeit when a customer handed it to her around 1:37 p.m. Friday. After marking the bill, the clerk informed the customer that the money was counterfeit and that she was calling police.
The man reportedly told her that someone had given him the $20 bill to buy cigarettes. The clerk told him that he could wait and explain to police. He declined and left the store.
Arrested in break-in
STRUTHERS -- George Louis Nitzsky Jr., 38, of 496 Fourth St., was arraigned Monday in Struthers Municipal Court on charges of breaking and entering.
Police arrested Nitzsky around 2:15 a.m. Sunday after they found him hiding behind a video game at the arcade inside Valley Sports, 276 State St.
Police searched Valley Sports after an alarm company notified them that the building's complex motion alarm had been set off.
Nitzsky apparently entered the building through an air vent. Police discovered a 25-foot wooden ladder against the building directly under the vent along with a hammer that may have been used to gain entry.
Nitzsky is being held on $10,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for 10:45 a.m. Friday.
Probing card's charges
STRUTHERS -- Police are investigating the unauthorized use of a debit card after the owner discovered $234.55 in charges billed by a pornographic chat line.
Police reports say the man discovered the problem Saturday morning after a bank transaction revealed money missing from his account. Upon investigation, the bank reported that three charges of $74.85 each had been billed by the chat line. The calls originated from two Boardman telephone numbers and were placed Friday.
Community yard sale
LIBERTY -- The township's community yard sale will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 11, at the township administration building on Church Hill-Hubbard Road.
Space is $10. Other activities include food, baseball, music from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and moonlight baseball game beginning at 9 p.m. For information, call (330) 759-1315.