Ex-worker accusedof taking cash
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A former New Castle Sanitation Authority worker is accused of taking $1,532.36 in cash while she worked for the authority.
Deanna Christofer Jacobs, 55, of New Castle, faces charges of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and misapplication of entrusted property of government or financial institutions.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Janice Wilson said the sanitation authority regularly writes off bills for vacant homes, often rentals without tenants or people who spend an extended time away from their homes.
An audit of the authority records revealed that cash payments were made at the authority office and stamped as paid, but later written off as vacant properties that went unpaid during the period May 1999 to October 2000, Wilson said. Wilson said Jacobs, who is the sister of sanitation authority director Richard Christofer, a former mayor of New Castle, worked as a clerk in the authority office at 110 E. Washington St.
Charges were filed Tuesday at District Justice Melissa Amodie's office. A preliminary hearing is set for March 1.
Man gets 11 yearsfor drug scheme
PITTSBURGH -- A New Castle man was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison on a conviction of violating federal drug laws. Michael A. Waters, 31, of Blaine Street was accused, along with five other people, of trying to import about 11 pounds of cocaine to the United States. According to federal officials, Waters recruited a number of people to act as drug couriers. The couriers would travel to the Caribbean island nation of Aruba to obtain the cocaine and then tape it to their bodies and return to the United States on commercial airlines, they said. The conspiracy unraveled Nov. 2, 2000, when members of the Aruban National Police Force seized about 8 pounds of cocaine from Waters' couriers, federal officials said.
SALEM -- Police are investigating two cases involving broken windows at businesses. This morning, police were told that the front door glass and a window were broken at Suburban Market, 667 Newgarden Ave. Inside the store, police found a chunk of asphalt that may have been used to break the window. On Monday, police were told a piece of asphalt was used to break a window at Sparkle Market, 423 S. Lundy Ave. Nothing was reported missing.
False report charge
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police charged a 15-year-old girl with making a false police report. The girl falsely claimed that she had been raped in a Neshannock Township field in September 2001, police said.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A 78-year-old city man banned from the Lawrence County Government Center after throwing a toothbrush at a county commissioner was released from the Lawrence County Jail this week. Robert Semler of Highland Avenue had been confined in the jail and later the Ellwood City Hospital, after refusing to leave the county government center New Year's Eve. District Attorney Matthew Mangino petitioned Lawrence County Common Pleas Court on Monday to release Semler on his own recognizance. Mangino said he didn't feel that Semler needed to be confined. Semler was arrested after twice trying to enter the government building after having been banned from entering. He faces charges of disorderly conduct and disrupting a public meeting in the toothbrush episode and two counts of criminal trespass stemming from New Year's Eve. Semler will be in common pleas court Thursday to battle both sets of charges and a civil lawsuit he filed against the county to eliminate the banishment order.
Calif. man extradited
SHARON, Pa. -- Police have charged a former Youngstown man with robbery, theft and making terroristic threats. Antonio D. Jackson, 21, was extradited from Bakersfield, Calif., earlier this month to face the charges. Police said he pulled a gun on a woman getting out of her car in the parking lot of a convenience store at Budd Street and New Castle Avenue on Nov. 27 and took her purse containing $100 and a paintball gun from her car. Jackson was arraigned Tuesday before District Justice James McMahon and remained in Mercer County Jail today in lieu of $10,000 bond, police said. Bakersfield police arrested Jackson on the warrant from Sharon on Dec. 26, and he waived extradition. Police didn't have an address for Jackson here or in Youngstown.