GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police said an elderly Springfield Township couple were the victims of a telephone scam that cost them "several thousand dollars." Police said the couple, both 74 years old, were contacted by telephone Friday by a person using the name "Inspector Goodman" who told them they had won a sweepstakes but had to send money to process the winnings. The couple sent money to unknown subjects in Canada, police said.
SHEAKLEYVILLE, Pa. -- Police said someone entered the home of a Sandy Creek Township woman between 7:40 and 9 p.m. July 26 and stole two .22-caliber rifles and a .16-gauge shotgun from a gun cabinet.
Man charged with assault
FARRELL, Pa. - Police have charged Xzabian A. Savage, 26, of Wallis Avenue with assaulting a 23-year-old woman at a home in the 1100 block of Fruit Avenue. The victim told police that Savage called her to come to the Fruit Avenue address around 4:30 a.m. Monday, then wanted her to locate a prostitute for him and some friends. When she refused and tried to leave, Savage pushed her and poked her in the chest with a steak knife, threatening to kill her if she told police, the victim said. Savage was charged with simple and aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person and was lodged in Mercer County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond.
Brick lands man in jail
MERCER, Pa. -- Hitting another man in the head with a brick has netted a Cortland, Ohio, man 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail followed by four years' probation. Kevin Repko, 19, of Kingville Road, was sentenced Friday by Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Francis Fornelli. Repko was also ordered to pay the victim $75,000 restitution. Repko pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault for a Nov. 18, 2003, assault on another man outside a Grant Street, Sharon, address.
According to police reports, Repko and some friends arrived drunk at a party at the address. When they became unruly, the host and a friend ordered them to leave. Once outside, Repko and another man began to argue. Witnesses heard a noise and saw the victim fall to the ground and said Repko admitted hitting him with a brick.
Man in jail after crash
WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- Southwest Mercer County Regional Police said an Allentown man wanted for a traffic violation ended up in Mercer County Jail after he crashed his vehicle into the Quality Inn on Pa. Route 18.
James R. Johnson, 35, failed to stop for police on Longview Road around 1:20 a.m. Sunday. He drove to Route 18 (Hermitage Road) and then went south, traveling nearly a mile before he pulled into the Quality Inn parking lot at 3200 South Hermitage Road and struck a brick support column at the hotel's entrance.
Police said he fled on foot through the inn but officers caught up with him, and, after a struggle, arrested and handcuffed him. Police said he had suspected crack cocaine in his vehicle.
He refused a blood alcohol test and was arraigned before District Justice Lawrence Silvis later in the day on charges of resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding and driving under license suspension. He was being held in Mercer County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.
Road work delays traffic
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Traffic delays can be expected on Moravia Road Bridge in North Beaver Township this week when core drilling begins. The drilling will begin at 8 a.m. today and continue through Friday, according to Frank B. Taylor Engineering, the county's engineering firm. Similar work is set for Aug. 9-13 on McClain Road Bridge in North Beaver Township. Officials said they will try to maintain traffic flow.
School audits correct
HARRISBURG -- Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr. found accurate records in audits for the Wilmington and Laurel school districts in Lawrence County for 2000-01 and 2001-02 school years. School audits are conducted to ensure the districts receive accurate state funding, that state funds are spent according to law and regulations and that the operations guiding their expenditure are proper. The Wilmington School District spent $12.4 million in 2000-01 and $13 million in 2001-02. It received state funds of $6.9 million in 2000-01 and $7.2 million for 2001-02. The Laurel School District spent $11.2 million in 2000-01 and $12.8 million in 2001-02. It received state funds of $7.4 million for 2000-01 and $7.7 million for 2001-02.