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2 charged in burglary at home of retired cop

Friday, February 8, 2013

2 charged in burglary at home of retired cop

New wilmington, pa.

City police arrested two men, charging them in a burglary at the home of a retired city police chief.

Scott James Lauderbaugh Jr., 29, of Main Street, West Middlesex, and Daniel James Tukalo, 20, of South Irvine Street, Sharon, are each charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and attempted theft from a motor vehicle. Lauderbaugh also is charged with driving without a valid driver’s license.

Both men are in the Lawrence County Jail on $25,000 bond, and a preliminary hearing for each is set for Tuesday.

The son of retired Chief Richard Hanna heard noises in Hanna’s Beechwood Road home early Tuesday and found two men, later identified as Lauderbaugh and Tukalo in the basement with a flashlight, according to police reports.

West Branch workers extend pact for 1 year


West Branch Board of Education and the district’s classified employees have agreed to a one-year contract extension.

The extension, approved by the board at a special meeting Thursday, expires in June 2014.

It grants all eligible employees a one-half step increase in pay for the 2013-14 school year. It also states that if the school district receives additional funding from the state in what is commonly known as the supplemental guarantee and that the guarantee is at least $200,000, then eligible employees will receive an additional half-step in pay.

The new contract also freezes medical-contribution rates for all district employees for the 2013-14 school year.

Water-service pact


Mahoning County commissioners Thursday approved a water-service agreement in which the county’s system will supply up to 500,000 gallons a day to a drilling site of CNX Gas Co. off Blott Road in Jackson Township. The county will charge the company $6 per thousand gallons.

Washingtonville man charged in hit-and-run


A Washingtonville man will return to court next month, accused of aggravated vehicular homicide in the November dealth of a 9-year-old girl. According to Vindicator broadcast partner 21 WFMJ-TV, Todd Roberts, 27, appeared in court Thursday charged in the hit-and-run death of Olivia Thompson, who was struck by a truck authorities say was driven by Roberts while she walked along State Street.

Youngstown man jailed in Pa. shooting


A Youngstown man is jailed in Pennsylvania on a $300,000 bond after a shooting and standoff Wednesday night in Pymatuning Township in Mercer County.

According to Vindicator broadcast partner 21 WFMJ-TV, Jessi Hudson, 22, faces nine charges including assault, burglary and making terroristic threats.

A township police officer says he wounded Hudson after shots were fired at him from a house along state Route 18. Police say Hudson barricaded himself inside the home, but he eventually was apprehended by the county’s critical-response team. Investigators say Hudson shot a woman inside the home. There were no fatalities.

City man charged in child-porn case


A city man is charged with pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, accused of downloading explicit photographs involving children.

Vindicator broadcast partner 21 WFMJ-TV reported that authorities are searching the computer of Kevin Thompson after discovering the images. Court records show the charge was filed by a Boardman detective.