Municipalities try to limit adult entertainment

Municipalities try to limitadult entertainment
SHARPSVILLE, Pa. -- Neighboring municipalities are taking steps to limit where adult entertainment businesses can operate in their jurisdictions and Sharpsville should do the same, said Gus Grandy, borough council president.
The borough needs an ordinance designating where such operations will be permitted, he told council at a meeting Wednesday.
Grandy noted that Sharon recently enacted such legislation and the city of Farrell is looking at it as well.
Hermitage enacted a regulatory zoning ordinance a couple of years ago.
Grandy didn't ask for immediate action on his proposal but said he would refer the matter to council's safety committee to come up with a recommendation.
Library parking changes
SHARON, Pa. -- Motorists won't be able to use the Shenango Valley Community Library parking deck after Sunday.
The two-level deck is being torn down and replaced as part of a $1.2 million project that also includes improvements to the library building.
The city has built a small, 20-space lot directly across East State Street from the library where patrons can park. On-street parking and spaces in the city's five-deck parking garage just a block from the library are also available. There is no charge to park in the garage.
Mail theft charge
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A federal grand jury has indicted Christopher Lee Smiley, 23, of East Reynolds Street on a charge of theft of mail matter, said U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan.
The indictment says Smiley, while employed as a U.S. Postal Service employee, stole a greeting card containing one $50 United States Federal Reserve Note and 13 $5 prepaid phone cards, which had come into his possession in the course of being taken to the intended recipient via the mail.
Bar break-ins, burglaries
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- City police are looking into a string of bar break-ins where touch-screen video machines were taken.
Most recently, two machines were taken from Wise Guys Bar on Croton Avenue sometime early Wednesday. The door to the bar had been ripped off its hinges.
Police said someone tried to pry open the door at the Business Bar on East Washington Street on Wednesday morning, but did not get in.
Game machines were taken earlier this week in burglaries at P.O. Lunch on South Jefferson Street and Capitol Grill on North Mercer Street.
GJR runaway charged
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- State police have charged a runaway from George Junior Republic with burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.
Police said the 13-year-old boy entered Benton Cottage, a residence at the Pine Township juvenile detention facility, around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and stole $169 cash and the keys to a minivan from Patrick and Sheila McClearn, the house parents.
Police said the juvenile drove away in the van and was later arrested at a residence near Plain Grove in Lawrence County.
Fishing workshop
EAST LIVERPOOL -- A fishing and fly-tying workshop will be held noon to 3 p.m. Sunday along Beaver Creek just upstream of the iron bridge at Beaver Creek State Park.
Sterling Hanselman and his son, Scott, owners of Books and Hooks Fly Fishing shop of Girard, are fly-fishermen of Beaver Creek and make several trips with clients to the park every year in search of smallmouth bass.
Throughout the afternoon the Hanselmans, park naturalist Todd Metz and other volunteers will cover fly selection, fly tying, casting and more.
Children will get to tie their own fly and fish with it in the pond.
Man assaulted
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A man walking on Winter Avenue was assaulted early Thursday.
Police said the 18-year-old was hit from behind and repeatedly beaten. He did not see his attacker. The man said the attacker demanded money, and the victim gave him $15, police said.
The victim eventually blacked out, but made it to a friend's house nearby. He was treated at Jameson Hospital.
Girl in stable condition
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jessica Dothard, 10, of East Pasadena Avenue was in stable condition this morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center after being struck by a car on her street at 9 p.m. Thursday.
A 1991 Ford Tempo driven by Estella Howard, 30, of Ohio Avenue was traveling westbound in the 400 block of Pasadena when Jessica ran across the dark street into the path of the oncoming car, police said.

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