Accident kills horse

Accident kills horse
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- State police said a horse pulling a buggy was killed when its Amish driver ran through a stop sign at Leesburg Station Road and Indian Path Road in Springfield Township.
Eli Byler, 17, of New Wilmington was driving his buggy south on Indian Path around 6 p.m. Friday and failed to stop at Leesburg Station Road, pulling into the path of a westbound Jeep driven by Barry Cox, 24, also of New Wilmington.
The Jeep hit the horse, killing it, and the horse and buggy spun clockwise with the buggy striking the jeep and coming to rest in a ditch. Neither Byler nor Cox was injured, police said.
Suspicious house fire
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A vacant house at 709 Cumberland Ave. was destroyed by what firefighters said they think is a suspicious fire.
A fire department spokesman said the house owned by Gary Minteer was fully involved when firefighters arrived around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He estimated the total loss at $30,000.
Assistant Chief John Onufrak was treated at Jameson Hospital for a head laceration. Onufrak fell on the ice and struck his head. No other injuries were reported.
Fishing items stolen
SANDY LAKE, Pa. -- An ice fishing trip on Lake Wilhelm in northeastern Mercer County turned out to be expensive for Charles R. Horner of Volant.
While he was out on the lake between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, someone stole a blue vinyl four-man ice-fishing shanty worth $400 and assorted fishing tackle worth $100 from his pickup truck while it was parked at Launch Area 2 at the lake, state police said.
Open house planned
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- An open house for Lawrence County's natural heritage inventory will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, west building, 124 Leasure Avenue, New Castle. The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about nature areas in Lawrence County.
Black history programs
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Black History Month will be featured in lunchtime programs at the New Castle Public Library on Wednesdays this month. All programs start at noon in the Copernicus Room. Topics are as follows:
UWednesday: Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice & amp; Glory: The story of nine black students who in 1871 established the Negro spiritual as a universal expression of faith and deliverance.
UFeb. 19: The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels: Chronicles the journey of 20 black soldiers who tested the army's theory that the newly developed "safety" bicycle could replace the horse.
UFeb. 26: Joe Louis: For All Time: Explores the enigma of the man from Detroit who reigned as the heavyweight boxing champion for 12 years.
Burglary reported
SALEM -- Someone entered a home on the 500 block of North Ellsworth Avenue and stole a video game player and about 60 compact discs, police said. The game player was valued at about $300.
The theft was reported about 2:34 a.m. today.
Woman's van stolen
SALEM -- A woman reported the theft of her 1985 Chevrolet van. The vehicle was stolen Feb. 4 while it was parked in her driveway on the 400 block of Franklin Avenue, the woman told police when she reported the crime about 5:41 p.m. Sunday.
Forgery, theft charges
SHARON, Pa. -- Timothy J. Holler, 49, of South Irvine Avenue remained in Mercer County Jail on $7,500 bond today after his arrest on charges of forgery and theft.
Police said Holler was picked up at his home around 6 p.m. Friday on a warrant accusing him of stealing three blank checks from his mother in January and then cashing them for a total of $2,000.
Police didn't reveal where the money was spent.
Sprucing up Erie
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- The city will spend $600,000 to spruce up six blocks of a city street with trees, shrubs, flowers and new sidewalks. The Parade Street revitalization is part of Mayor Rick Filippi's "Neighborhoods First" program.

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