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Suspect in threats



Published: Sun, April 6, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Suspect in threats

SALEM -- Police say they have a suspect in connection with reports of a man's threatening to kill several pupils waiting for a bus.

Southeast Elementary School officials told police Wednesday that a man approached the intersection of East Fifth Street and Hawley Avenue about 7:45 a.m.

The man began using profanities and touched two girls on their shoulders and face. He threatened to kill some of the pupils, police said.

Lt. Don Beeson said today that police are investigating and may file charges against the man.

Theft from garage

SALEM -- A woman told Perry Township police that someone entered her garage and took stereo equipment from inside her locked vehicle.

The crime occurred Sunday in the 1200 block of Pembrooke Drive, police said Wednesday.

Taking bids on property

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. -- The borough has one acre of vacant land at the corner of East High and Canal streets that it wants to sell. Sharpsville got the land in a property swap with Dan Lapikas, owner of Danny's Bar & amp; Grille at 285 E. High St., and has received inquiries from people wanting to buy it, said Borough Manager Michael Wilson.

The land is zoned for commercial use and has water and sewer service available, he said. The borough is accepting bids on the property until 3:30 p.m. Monday and will open the bids at a borough council workshop at 7 p.m. Monday.

Candy factory tour

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Philadelphia Candies will hold its annual "Easter Chocolate Factory Tour" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1546 E. State St. Visitors will be able to see bunnies from 2 ounces to 2 feet tall and chocolate baskets of up to 25 pounds being made as well as get a look at the company's 7,000-pound chocolate tank. Peter Cottontail, SpongeBob and Elmo will be guests at the event, and chocolate samples will be given to visitors.

The family-owned business is marking its 84th year this Easter. The company has retail operations at its Hermitage location as well as Route 224 and Tippecanoe Road in Boardman.

Genealogy seminar

SHARON, Pa. -- The Penn State Shenango Minority Affairs Community Advisory Board and the offices of student affairs and academic affairs are offering a helping hand to those who would like to learn about their ancestry.

A "Tracing the Family Tree" seminar featuring Tony Bourroughs, an internationally known genealogist, will be offered from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Penn State Forker Laboratory Forum, 147 Shenango Ave.

There is a $5 charge, which includes lunch.

Bourroughs teaches genealogy at Chicago State University and has made had numerous appearances on the PBS television series "Ancestors 2." He is also the author of the book "Black Roots: Beginners Guide to Tracing the African-American Family Tree."

To register, call the campus at (724) 983-2846.

Identity theft

PULASKI, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police said a Pulaski man was the victim of identity theft. Police said Wednesday that the man's driver's license number was used to generate a fake identification and counterfeit checks.

At least two purchases have been made with those checks, one in Norrisville, Pa, and the other in North Wales, Pa., both in the Philadelphia area, police said.

Facing more charges

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A 22-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl was charged with similar crimes against a girl who had his baby.

Lawrence County District Attorney Matthew Mangino said today that in February, Shawn Rainey of Pulaski Township was convicted in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court for his involvement with one girl.

Rainey was awaiting sentencing when Pulaski police filed new charges. Mangino said new charges against Rainey include statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of minors. Rainey is in the county jail on $5,000 bond.

Mangino said the latest teen was 14 when she became involved with Rainey around August 2000, according to court documents. The girl told police she frequently spent the night with Rainey and gave birth to a girl in July 2001.

Mangino said genetic testing indicates Rainey is the baby's father.




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