State police patrols
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police will be working in full force Labor Day weekend in Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer and portions of Allegheny County.
All available troopers will be patrolling interstate highways as well as local roads, focusing on speeding violations, aggressive driving, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and not wearing seat belts.
Sobriety checkpoints will also be set up throughout the weekend.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- An 87-year-old woman crossing a street died after she was hit by a 90-year-old driver on Wilmington Road.
City police said Doris Johnson of West Moody Avenue was crossing at West Moody Avenue at 12:18 p.m. Monday when she was hit by a car that apparently went through a red light. Police said the car kept going after hitting Johnson.
She was taken to Jameson Hospital and then St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where she died.
No charges have been filed, but the accident is under investigation. The driver, Allan Wright, 90, of McClelland Avenue, apparently didn't realize he had hit the pedestrian, police said. He was later found and taken to Jameson Hospital for observation, police said.
Man drowns while fishing
MERCER, Pa. -- Authorities said an elderly New Wilmington area man apparently drowned after falling from his boat while fishing in a pond in Jefferson Township.
Eli J. Byler, 85, of No. 8 Road, was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. today. The death has been ruled accidental due to drowning, according to Robert L. Snyder, Mercer County deputy coroner.
Snyder said Byler went fishing alone Monday and family members went looking for him when he failed to return home. They found him in the quarry pond.
Snyder said Byler apparently fell from his boat and drowned. The Jefferson/Clark Regional Police Department is investigating.
Show Your Spirit
LIBERTY -- Township officials will host a Show Your Spirit Community Celebration Night starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Liberty High School football field. The event serves as a kickoff to the high school football season and gives residents a chance to meet participants in fall sports and to see the high school marching band perform. Live entertainment, food and a 50/50 drawing are also scheduled, as is a fireworks extravaganza by Pyrotechnico. The event is free and is sponsored by the Liberty business community, the board of education, township trustees and the park improvement committee.
NILES -- A city man accused of kidnapping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend will return to court later this week.
Jon Jones, 29, who lists a Fulton Street address as his home, was scheduled to appear Monday in Niles Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing on charges of kidnapping and aggravated burglary. Judge Thomas W. Townley continued the hearing to 9 a.m. Wednesday after the victim failed to appear to testify.
According to police reports, a Fulton Avenue woman told police she woke up Thursday morning and found Jones, whom she identified as her ex-boyfriend and the father of her children, hiding in her bathroom behind her shower curtain.
The woman told police Jones placed coverings over the windows and held her captive all day, repeatedly beating her and threatening her. According to reports, friends of the woman arrived at the house, discovered the situation and called police. Jones remains in the Trumbull County Jail.
BAZETTA -- Mosquito Lake State Park will have an end-of-summer celebration from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 11 in the campgrounds off Bazetta Road. Events include free boat rides, hayrides, craft show, games and demonstrations by wildlife, water craft and canine officers.
GIRARD -- Council President Reynald Paolone said council will meet in special session at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the old city council chambers to award a contract to cut timber around Girard Lakes. The city received nine bids earlier this month for the first phase of the timbering project, which would be a revenue-producing venture for the city.