Drugs suspected in inmate's death



Drugs suspectedin inmate's death
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Police suspect drugs caused a 21-year-old Lawrence County Jail inmate to go into cardiac arrest Friday.
New Castle Police Chief Tom Sansone said an autopsy indicated that drugs played a role in the death of George Crepp Jr. of Ellwood City, but they are waiting for toxicology tests to confirm it.
Crepp was pronounced dead at 2 p.m. Friday by the county coroner. Sansone said there were no injuries on Crepp's body.
Jail officials said Crepp was incarcerated on a parole violation. He had been in jail since July 19.
According to court records, Crepp pleaded guilty to drug possession and was sentenced Feb. 28, 2003.
He was initially arrested by the Ellwood City Police.
Man shot to death
FARRELL, Pa. -- A 31-year-old Sharon man was found dead of a gunshot wound in a field between the 1100 blocks of Fruit and Wallis avenues, said Southwest Mercer Regional Police.
Michael H. Tymchyshyn, of Grant Street, had a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest. He was found at 11:42 a.m. Saturday and taken to Erie for an autopsy.
Police are investigating. No arrests have been made.
Results of joint patrol
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A joint patrol by the New Castle and Pennsylvania State Police on Saturday resulted in four drug arrests, four warrants served, two underage-consumption arrests, one arrest pending on a charge of corruption of minors and two written warnings.
State police said one firearm was recovered in addition to crack cocaine and marijuana.
No other details were available this morning.
Dangerous dog shot
YOUNGSTOWN -- A pit bull menacing neighbors on East Dewey Avenue was shot Saturday afternoon by city police.
Police were responding to a call about 2 p.m. that the dog was chasing children and preventing people from leaving their homes when the dog charged at officers twice, reports stated. Police and a dog warden chased the dog for 45 minutes and were unable to capture it.
The dog charged a policeman near an abandoned house and the officer shot the dog with a shotgun, police said. No people were in the area at the time of the shooting, police said.

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