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New year, new baby, and a little early at that



Published: Wed, January 2, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



New year, new baby,and a little early at that

YOUNGSTOWN -- The first baby of the new year in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys, Tyler James Austin, was born at 4:39 a.m. Tuesday at Forum Health's Northside Medical Center.

His parents, Nikeesha and George Austin, of Warren, weren't expecting him until Jan. 7.

"Everyone else was anticipating that I might have the New Year's baby," Nikeesha said; she didn't believe it until an hour before he was born.

The couple also has a 3-year-old son, Carvell, who, Nikeesha said, "is very excited about having a baby brother."

A celebratory New Year's Day dinner, a family tradition, will be a little more exciting from now on, Nikeesha said. "We have one more thing to celebrate." She said her new baby's birthday will become part of the family's holiday celebration.

The infant was delivered by Dr. Joni S. Canby.

Mercer County crashkills Greenville man

FREDONIA, Pa. -- A Greenville man died in a one-car accident, Pennsylvania state police said this morning.

Gregory L. Shaffer, 35, was westbound on Pa. Route 58 in Delaware Township, Mercer County, at a high rate of speed around 11 p.m. New Year's Eve when he failed to negotiate a curve and his car struck a tree, police said.

The impact spun his car around, and it continued moving until it hit a house, police said. They didn't indicate the amount of damage to the house, nor whether anyone was home.

Shaffer died at the scene, the Mercer County Coroner's office said.

Hillsville man hurtwhen car hits house

HILLSVILLE, Pa. -- A man lost control of his car on Churchill Road and crashed into a house. Pennsylvania State Police said no one was injured inside the residence, but the driver, John J. Rich, no age available, had chest and torso injuries.

He was flown to UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he was in critical condition this morning. Police said Rich, of Box 249, Hillsville, who failed to negotiate a slight bend in the road at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, was not wearing a seat belt.

Terroristic threats

SHARON, Pa. -- Raymond Wilson, 27, of Lee Avenue, Farrell, remained in Mercer County Jail on $10,000 bond today after his arrest Monday on charges of making terroristic threats, criminal mischief and harassment.

Police said Wilson is accused of throwing a rock and an empty liquor bottle through the front window of a home in the 400 block of Prindle Street around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 24. He threatened to kill the female resident of the home, police said.

Arrested in assault

SHARON, Pa. -- Lowuandaar O. Culp, 27, of Spangler Road, Hermitage, was freed on his own recognizance after his arrest at 11 a.m. Tuesday on a warrant charging him with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.

Police said Culp is accused of using a bar stool to strike another man on the head during a fight at Our Gang's Lounge on Sharpsville Avenue Dec. 15.

Oath for judge

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County's fourth judge will be sworn into office at noon Friday in Courtroom 1 of the Lawrence County Government Center. Thomas Piccione was elected in November to fill the newly created post.

All other elected officials from Lawrence County will be sworn into office at noon Monday in Courtroom 1.

Barred from building

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Robert Semler, 78, of Highland Avenue was arrested twice on Monday when he tried to walk into the Lawrence County Government Center. Semler has been barred from the building after throwing a toothbrush at a county commissioner in December.

Semler was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. Monday when he tried to enter the building and was arraigned on a charge of criminal trespassing. New Castle Police said Semler was also arrested at 4 p.m. Monday when he again tried to enter the building. He was taken to District Justice James Reed's office and arraigned on one count of criminal trespassing.

Reed's office wouldn't say whether Semler is free on bond or his own recognizance.




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