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Sharon athlete killed in shooting

Published: Mon, January 21, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

Suspect, 19, faces homicide charge

Staff report

sharon, pa.

A 17-year-old Sharon High School basketball player was shot and killed Sunday, and another Sharon teen is charged with criminal homicide in his death.

Sharon Police Chief Michael Menster said police got a call from Sharon Regional Health Sytem that Leangelo Ford, who lived on Ravine Place in Sharon, was there with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Menster said two people had dropped off Ford at the emergency room, including the teen who is now charged in his death.

Jontae Barnes, 19, of Liberty Street, left the hospital on foot, Menster said. Hospital security notified police and gave a description of Barnes, he said.

An officer on his way to the hospital spotted Barnes at State Street and Oakland Avenue. After a short foot chase, Menster said, Barnes was caught at Prindle and Edgewood streets.

The hospital pronounced Ford dead at 1:47 a.m.

Menster said Ford was shot in a residence at 20 Strawbridge Ave. in Sharon. After police searched the house and collected evidence, Barnes was charged, he said.

Barnes, a former player on the Tigers basketball team, was arraigned in the district court in Greenville, Pa., later Sunday morning.

He was given a $200,000 bond and held on a parole detainer. Menster said Barnes was on parole for criminal trespass.

He is now in the Mercer County Jail.

Menster said it is too early in the investigation for him to comment on a motive for the shooting.

The Mercer County coroner is expected to perform an autopsy today, he said.

Ford was a rising basketball star for the Sharon High School Tigers, reported the Vindicator’s news partner, 21 WFMJ-TV.

Coach Jason Rankin described Ford, a guard on the Tigers boys basketball team, as someone who worked hard and handled the ball like a professional, the station reported.

Ford was also a member of the Pennsylvania Kings Basketball Club. The club says it stresses a true family environment where the players come first. Pennsylvania Kings concentrates on providing quality instruction to our young people while competing in tournaments around the country, its website says.

Sharon Superintendent John Sarandrea told WFMJ that Ford was a good student and athlete.

WFMJ reported that there will be guidance counselors at the school Tuesday to help students.


1lee(544 comments)posted 3 years ago

1:30 AM ? This is why kids should not be allowed out late at night, nothing good happens after 10:pm. So sad what a waste of a talented person .

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2fcb(428 comments)posted 3 years ago

Another young life snuffed out and two families torn.After seeing these movies,video games,and some of the music these kids don't know that death is final.Now Hollywood is turning children's stories like Jack in the Beanstalk,Hansel and Gretal,into horror movies. They see death every where they look.

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3Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago

Can't wait to hear the cause of this senseless shooting.

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4Eddiegasior(5 comments)posted 3 years ago

@Lee,Really your answer is kids out late? I would think more along the lines of who was with him and what influences did he have? I would stay out mush later than 1:30 in the morning when I was a kid and nothing like this ever happened to me. I think this kid ran his mouth to the wrong person and now he pays for it.It's a sad and simple truth.Youngstown is no place for fun and games!

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5uetz(38 comments)posted 3 years ago

@Eddiegasior who said "I think this kid ran his mouth to the wrong person and now he pays for it.It's a sad and simple truth."

What a shame that you have such a negative and bitter outlook on life that when a 17 year old boy loses his life from being shot to death, the only thing you can think of to say is that he was "running his mouth and he is now paying for it" when you have not a clue what happened. Show some sympathy and respect to the family, but wait it sounds like Eddie Gasior was at the scene of the crime so obviously he knows that there should be no sympathy because the kid brought BEING SHOT TO DEATH unto himself ... and enlighten us; why would the man who murdered him load him up into a car and drive him to the hospital?

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6AnotherAverageCitizen(1180 comments)posted 3 years ago

WOW, several folks worried about 1:30 am. What am I missing here? The hospital pronounced him deceased at 1:47. That does not tell us what time the incident happened. Then parents, kids being parents, and movies are blamed.

GUN. What about the true weapon? Why is not that mentioned as at least part of the blame?

LIfe 2 short. You are looking for a cause. Easy, one person pulled a trigger of a loaded weapon aimed at another person.

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7Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years ago

Read the story at the Sharon herald website. Sheds a bit more light on it.

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8Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago


""LIfe 2 short. You are looking for a cause. Easy, one person pulled a trigger of a loaded weapon aimed at another person."""

No, that's not the cause, that's the result. (not sure if your being sarcastic or not) but just in case you weren't....

From Merriam-Webster

CAUSE. 1. a: a reason for an action or condition : motive. b: something that brings about an effect or a result .


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9AnotherAverageCitizen(1180 comments)posted 3 years ago


The "RESULT" is a deceased student. Listen when the coroner says what the "CAUSE OF DEATH" is. They will say GUNSHOT to the victim.


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10LeeLeesCousin(3 comments)posted 3 years ago

Let me start by saying Le'Angelo was my little cousin. So thats why im going to address yins. Its sad to see that you all are on here saying "he ran his mouth to the wrong person & now he's paying for it" or "where was Mr.Ford's parents?" Number 1 my AUNT Donna was at home & just spoke to him & he was on his way home (its called a curfew for all of yins that are ignorant to the new world) number 2 the shooting did not occur at 2 in the morning, number 3 this is not full coverage of what happened. Number 4 it wasn't in Youngstown stupid ass it was in Sharon at a mutual gathering of friends. You all are entitled to your opinion but if you DONT have sh** good to say or your not leaving condolences don't say s**t. US the FAMILY & his FRIENDS don't want to read the article and then see negative comments. Thank you.

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11uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago

Come on @LeeLeesCousin you are giving your family a bad name acting out like this. It is a shame Le'Angelo was killed like this.

One point here and spread the word to the other youths...

Curfew is 11PM:


(a) There is hereby established in the City a curfew hour which shall be 11:00 p.m. each evening and which shall continue until 7:00 a.m. each following morning. During this period, no person under the age of eighteen years shall be on the streets or in public places unless escorted by one or both of such person's parents or by someone who stands in loco parentis to such person, provided, however, that upon proper application, the City will issue work permits for certain designated places and times, at which places and times, and reasonable periods before and afterward for going to and returning from work, such persons shall not be subject to the provisions of this section, provided that such persons carry with them at such times such work permit.

(b) No parent or other person standing in loco parentis to a minor shall knowingly permit such minor to violate subsection (a) hereof.

(Ord. 27-68. Passed 10-23-68.)

The LeLe's (step) father Terrance Crumby is a good guy and contributes to his church and the community.

One much needed example of Crumby's attempt to make the communities of Sharon and Farrell better:


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12LeeLeesCousin(3 comments)posted 3 years ago

No come on @uselesseater im not giving us a bad name we have enough going on & you all have the nerve to get on here & say this. & yes curfew is 11 but I guess you failed to read that the incident did not occur at 1:47 in the morning. Also he was in a house not roaming the streets so he was technically following the law. But I will not continue to argue or dispute my point. But I will defend my cousin by any means if this was your family you would feel some type of way by these insensitive comments. We don't need the negative comments & I wont let any one offend my aunt to make her seem like a bad mom. So if you have anything else to say I would prefer you keep it to yourself unless your giving your condolences. LIKE I SAID BEFORE. Oh and one last thing you shouldn't believe everything you see on the internet because TERRANCE CRUMBY IS NOT HIS STEP FATHER IT IS HIS REAL FATHER.

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13uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago

@LeeLeesCousin, the media hasn't reported what time this incident happened. It's presumed it was late. Often shooting victims are rushed to the hospital and declared deceased near arrival time.

I don't get the why LeLe's last name was Ford and his father's name is Crumby. Something strange there. Doesn't the father, Terrance own a small business?
[see: http://companies.findthecompany.com/l...

Unsure why the family continued to reside in Ravine Place. That housing plan is a killing zone. There was the Goodrich child murder / accident in the past year. There was also the mass shoot out a block or so up the street involving another former Sharon athlete in a drug setup robbery involving 5-10 people in the middle of the night. Countless drugs, prostitutes and endless police in and out of there. That's no place to raise a child.

If I didn't know better, I'd think that Strawbridge house had idiots from Zone 5 selling drugs and underage drinking going on. People constantly in and out of there say the neighbors.

Jontae put the police at the Strawbridge crime scene almost a year ago:

February 2, 2012

Jontae M. Barnes, 19, of 696 S. Oakland Ave (another crime infested rental property)., Sharon; at 2:09 a.m. Sunday on Strawbridge Avenue, Sharon, after he was seen on East State Street, Hermitage; also charged with a lane violation, driving without a license and underage drinking.

Surprised SPD wasn't out keeping an eye on Strawbridge. Folks are uppity over there, and white.

Isn't Terrance Crumby the brother of known big drug dealer Darwin Crumby of Farrell?

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14LeeLeesCousin(3 comments)posted 3 years ago

@uselesseater let me clear it all up for you since your media researching the internet ass know it all.
Lets clear statement number 1 first he did not die on the scene nor did he die near the time he got there he died hours after being at the hospital! All shootings aren't the same!
Number 2- his name is LE'ANGELO MICHEAL CRUMBY FORD! he has both parents last name! But I guess you got that on line to!
Number 3-Ravine is not a "killing Zone" the Goodrich death happened miles away from here. He just resided in ravine! & since you know soooo much I guess you know Farrell & Sharon aren't that big so the fact that a murder happened up the street (by the way thats also my family John B Hosey) says nothing about ravine. & yes ravine has drug busts JUST AS ANY OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD! & once again why is it any of your business where he was raised. Since you read all the damn news sites you should know that he was very well mannered, never a trouble maker ect all good things have been said. & he has the whole town distraught over this. Not a person here hated him. Does that sound like a child raised in a "drugselling prostitution neighborhood " no because Ravine is one big family! Also you said strawbridge folks are uppity & white??? The hell is that supposed to mean? Is that a racist remark? I will have all of NAACP On here for your racist ass. Yes BLACK people can live in a majority white neighborhood. & its not only black folks that commit homicide crimes, or drug related activities!
now im starting to get real pissed your racist ass got on here for what reason?? To try to point out every fault with my family? What is that going to do? Does it make you feel better? LIKE I SAID IN EVERY COMMENT DONT SAY SH** IF ITS NOT CONDOLENCES CAUSE I KNOW EVERY SINGLE TRUTH & EVERY LIE. THIS IS A BATTLE YOU WONT WIN!! &no matter how much you try to say about where he lived, what happened, or his family life you can't change what happened. But since everything you have to say is negative I will continue to shut down your racist comments. So go head go search the internet & learn more half ass informatiom on my family.

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15Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago



This is a article about a homicide. This is a article about another senseless murder. Save the condolences for the Obituary, Tributes, Memorial, etc.....


If you do, go to the police and clear your cousins name. This is the place to let everyone know what exactly happened if your telling the truth and know what happened. Why not just say what happened? Clear his name instead of getting on the race card and being so defensive.


"The "RESULT" is a deceased student. Listen when the coroner says what the "CAUSE OF DEATH" is. They will say GUNSHOT to the victim.""

Not going to get technical with you, it's to boring. No sh#t it's a gunshot to the chest. So why did he get a gunshot to his chest? What was the reason for the animal to pull the trigger? Better now?
smh at society today.....so picky and boring....

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16uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago

What child has a hyphenated name with the mothers name last and the fathers name as a middle name? Is this some arrangement to fool the inept welfare folks and get that money?

1. Ravine Place is a HOUSING PROJECT. Folks live on my dime, on the tax payer doll. It's a total mess back there. Look at the outspill from there and Mesabi into the surrounding community. Ravine is as much of a community as a penal colony. Where's the grocery store? Dry cleaners? Retail? Restaurants? That's right your people robbed them out of the the area.

2. Ravine is not a "killing Zone". Right. Probably well over 50% of all the homicides in Mercer county every year happen within 1/2 mile radius of there. Nearly every major criminal is found back there or has lived there.

Ravine is so bad the Sharon PD had to put a police substation in there 10 years back. That was after the residents started acting all militant and misbehaving more like it was 1969 all over again.

The area is so bad that Sharon continues to plan a new police substation on New Castle to deal with the mess from there and Mesabi and the SPD budget is sucked by overstaffing to deal with Zone 5. The rest of Sharon is long ago sick of the Zone 5 and the financial burden.

3. "he was very well mannered, never a trouble maker " I believe that, but I don't get why he's loafing with riff raff and known thugs. Trouble is all about people, places and things. Now since his peers and even family back on Ravine are so familiar with drugs and crime I doubt LeLe batted an eyelash about hanging out with the same across town.

4. "no because Ravine is one big family" It's one big family alright. People back there can't pay their way but they are busy becoming teen parents with any Tom, Dick or Harry. Multiple children to multiple father unmarried mother syndrome means, yes, probably is one big dysfunctional family. Be sure to ask for blood tests before committing incest and reproducing with your brother from another mother.

5. Racism --- Ravine is the black racist central ground of Mercer County. The race card is tired and worn out. Just read the news or listen to the police scanner about crime victims back there. Blacks prey upon whites in that entire zone.

5 1/2. Black folks can live wherever. Historically in Sharon and Farrell it didn't matter where blacks lived as long as they self quarantined to Zone 5 and the bordering section of Farrell. Wasn't uncommon even 10 years ago for SPD to escort the roaming young black male masses back to their section of town.

Most residents even Zone 5 will attest to things being better in the area then.

Both towns have refused to deal with poverty and substance issues which is why black and white folks there are so messed up over there. Don't even get me started on the clergy in the area.

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17uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago

6. " its not only black folks that commit homicide crimes, or drug related activities!" Show me some white homicides in Mercer County. They tend to be grown up domestic disputes between well known folks with failing marriages. That is in contrast to young black men continuing their program of genocide against their own race.

The only whacky white homicide that comes to mind was the mother on East State Street murdered by a white male perp 20'ish.

7. You neglected to address big drug dealer Darwin Crumby of Farrell. That's your family too.

This is what happens when you:

1. Live in a housing project.
2. Live amongst people who continuously commit crimes.
3. Have dysfunctional parents and broken families
4. Have Uncle Sam playing the man of the house.

Clean up your f&c!!ng neighborhood and get you act together back there.

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18excel(934 comments)posted 3 years ago

Strip the the productive homeowners of their guns and all will be well.

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19AnotherAverageCitizen(1180 comments)posted 3 years ago

LeeLee. I am very sorry for the loss of your cousin. But until some real answers come out, only assumptions can be made. Can you help us and your family out by giving the truth? You come on this board during your time of sorrow, and try to defend your family, but you gives no real answers to the questions.

What time did the incodent happen?

Why did Jontae Barnes have a loaded weapon?

What was the reason Jontae Barnes pulled the trigger on weapon?

Why was loaded weapon aimed at your cousin?

Set us straight.

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20GrandpaEarlMoe(2 comments)posted 3 years ago

I have ties to the family and I have heard that the shooter was playing around with the gun.

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21supportouryouth(2 comments)posted 3 years ago

LeLe is a good kid. He was taken far to soon. He has spent plenty of time with our family. My son looked up to him and my daughter saw him as a brother. His mother is an amazing woman and mother. She raised him well. Just because someone lives in public housing does not make them any less of a human being. LeLe is gone. Not only does this effect his family but it effects all of us who cared for him. My heart is with Ms. Donna. Faith will see us through.

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22totalchaos(5 comments)posted 3 years ago

@uselesseater...Are you really politicizing this? You do not know one thing about this kid, family or neighborhood other than what you found on some Google search. I'm a life long resident of Sharon, Pa. I'm college educated and I'm white...since you seem to care about that so much. Zone 5? Where is that exactly? I've lived here for nearly 35 years and have never heard anyone refer to anything as Zone 5. I absolutely know where Ravine Place is and I am absolutely aware that it isn't the greatest environment to raise a child. There are plenty of problems in Sharon but I still have not seen a single prostitute roaming any street let alone Ravine. I also hung on on Taylor Ave as a teen into my early twenties which is located right by Strawbridge. Uppity? I wouldn't exactly refer to Strawbridge as uppity and I wouldn't consider it white either. It's a nice neighborhood directly off of State Street. I used to walk down Strawbridge on my way home from my friend's house around 2, 3 or 4 am for many, many years. All of these people claiming that kids are out too late seem to forget how late they stayed out in their teens. You know nothing about LeeLee and you obviously know nothing about what happened. I don't personally know Lee either but I'm not so quick to pass judgement based on my google searches. I coach youth baseball in the city and I have had the pleasure of coaching some of these kids that must reside in your Zone 5??? Great kids that haven't been given the same opportunity as others. Living on someone else's dime? I don't know LeeLee's personal situation but if he was living on someone else's dime I don't think you can blame the kid? Get a life dude and stop trying to act smart because you can google a few police reports. Sharon is a really small town and if this was a white kid you would never in a million years speak of him the way you just spoke of LeeLee and his family. Get your head out of your butt and if you are so worried about all of these problems why don't you get off of your couch, turn off Fox News and do something about it.

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23supportouryouth(2 comments)posted 3 years ago

Those that live in glass houses...

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24totalchaos(5 comments)posted 3 years ago

@AnotherAverageCitizen - You're right...only assumptions can be made and it seems like everyone is just stereotyping this in the same way every dumba** average citizen would stereotypically do. This was an accident, one that could have and should have been avoided but it's a tragedy none the less and honestly no one really cares what stereotypical comments or opinions are formed by anyone that has nothing better to do than post 1084 anonymous comments on Vindy.com. If your opinions or hypotheses had any educated value you would be doing something other than anonymous trolling. Bad things can happen to good people too,and it's stereotypical to believe that it only surrounds those living in the projects. Superintendent Sarandrea explained that LeeLee was a good student, great athlete and an even better kid....what more can you ask or expect out of a 17 year old child? He found himself in the wrong situation at the wrong time and each and everyone of us can say we have landed in a situation that could have produced negative consequences. So to all the posters on here that get off by putting down people in a time of horrible tragedy...go f*** yourself....you are the true cockroaches of society and it's no wonder your only friends are other anonymous posters on Vindy.com. Get a life and don't hate on people because your life sucks. Simply put...if your life was so great you wouldn't be so worried about who was living on your dime. The comments on this article are disgusting, but I guess that's what you get when you allow people to express their true feelings while hiding behind an anonymous pseudonym.

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25totalchaos(5 comments)posted 3 years ago

Jontae put the police at the Strawbridge crime scene almost a year ago:

February 2, 2012

Jontae M. Barnes, 19, of 696 S. Oakland Ave (another crime infested rental property)., Sharon; at 2:09 a.m. Sunday on Strawbridge Avenue, Sharon, after he was seen on East State Street, Hermitage; also charged with a lane violation, driving without a license and underage drinking.

Surprised SPD wasn't out keeping an eye on Strawbridge. Folks are uppity over there, and white.

Seriously...what are the police supposed to do? Camp out on Strawbridge because a kid got picked up there a year ago? You could pretty much say the same thing about every road in every small town across the country.

Come to Sharon some time and I'd be more than happy to give you a tour of the war zone you are attempting to desribe. You may piss yourself but I promise no one will prey on you during your visit.

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26rocky14(796 comments)posted 3 years ago

I know exactly where Barnes lived on Liberty st.I grew up on that street and lived there until 1972.
Barnes lived in the apts.that Charles King built back in the 1950's.
That whole street is nothing but a rat hole now!
It was nothing like that when i was growing up.

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27Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago


""The comments on this article are disgusting, but I guess that's what you get when you allow people to express their true feelings while hiding behind an anonymous pseudonym.""

As this joker comes on here and hides behind an anonymous pseudonym. lmfao!

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28totalchaos(5 comments)posted 3 years ago

Lifes2Short....3642 comments!. Get a freaking life. Lifes2Short to spend all day commenting on Vindy.com. Life is 2 Short to not have any friends. You are probably Catfishing your way through life. Lifes2Short and uselesseater are probably the same person just using different aliases.

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29Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago


Your funny. I have a very nice life, thank you. Reading and Posting on here gives me my chuckles for the day. Nah, Have no clue who uselesseater is, do you? You really need to come up from your grandmothers basement and get with reality.

btw, I have a college degree, Computer Engineering, been in the navy and had state and county jobs been in prison now been sober for 3 years, 2 months and 25 days. So you see, I do have a life. Had the good life and the bad life. Best of both worlds.

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30totalchaos(5 comments)posted 3 years ago

What a coincidence? I am a Computer Engineer as well....with a Master's Degree from PSU. Never been to prison and I can count on one hand how many drinks I've had in the last year or two. Never found much use for alcohol...my life has always been worthwhile that I have never had to turn to alcohol for comfort. I began working full-time in a steel mill while I went to college when I was 18 years old and have now been gainfully employed for the past 17 years. I also worked swing shifts, seven days a week while you were getting free meals and cable being locked away in prison. I am now married with two children and still call Sharon my home. I have never had an issue in Sharon and my kids have yet to experience one as well. Congratulations on turning your life around...but honestly what anyone else is doing and why they are doing it is absolutely none of your business. Since when did Vindy.com become "This is the place to let everyone know what exactly happened if your telling the truth and know what happened." Why does some ex-con, ex-alcoholic need to know what really happened in some house in Sharon, Pennsylvania? You are a complete joke as well as every other troll on here. Uh-oh, my comment count is now up to 5. This is a waste of time...I came here to read a newspaper article that was written by an actual journalist from a credible source. And instead, I read just a bunch of bs from people that think they are credible but they have absolutely no clue as to what really happened and honestly I don't care if they ever find out....it's none of your business. Stereotyping and prejudice is the #1 indicator of your education and intelligence levels.

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31cambridge(3801 comments)posted 3 years ago

totalchaos....please comment more often, your posts are a breath of fresh air.

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3276Ytown(1318 comments)posted 3 years ago

LeeLeesCousin, his mother, family and friends: I wish to offer my sympathy in the loss of LE'ANGELO MICHEAL CRUMBY FORD. It is a tragedy that a young boy of 17 was murdered.

Thank you Vindy for mentioning that LeeLee was a good student, a rising basketball star.

LeeLee is a victim. Some of the previous posters have chosen to use this forum to bash the victim, his family and jump to conclusions before the facts have been known. Shame on them! Even when people spoke on behalf of LeeLee, the posters chose to condem. Words written in this posting will be read by his mother, his loved ones and friends. People should have the decency and respect and intelligence to know when it's not appropriate to comment.

To the family of LeeLee, may God give you the strength and wisdom you need to carry you through this difficult time.

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33Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago


"Even if I am not like you or your kind, you don't have the right to judge me like that, and if you have to go out of your way to make me look bad, then that just tells me that I'm a lot better than you are!"

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill

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34uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago

Oh now I get to play catch up.


You are a lifelong Sharon resident? Are you sure? Are you one of those folks that lives over around Highland and never ventures to the other sides of town while pretending to live in Hermitage?

You've never heard of Zone 5? That's interesting, shows how out of touch you are with Sharon. Do you know you town has a big designated Weed & Seed area which the above mentioned folks appear to be inhabitants of?


[source: http://sharonherald.com/local/x120834...

October 9, 2007
Police campaign targets reported prostitution zone
By Courtney Anderson

SHARON — Three women have been charged with prostitution in the past week in Sharon as part of a police crackdown.

Targeting loiterers in the “Zone 5” area and getting the word out to neighbors seems to be helping, police Chief Mike Menster said.

The campaign began about a month ago after residents complained about prostitution in the area, which is bordered by South Dock Street on the west, Stambaugh Avenue on the east, Prindle Street on the north and George Street on the south.

Anyone hanging out on the streets will be cited, Menster said, and those involved in any prostitution activity will be charged.

Janice Chatman, 28, of 840 Wallis Ave., Sharon, was charged with prostitution after allegedly charging a man $20 for oral sex about noon Saturday in the 800 block of Wallis, police said. She has been cited for loitering in the past month, too, police said.

Another woman, Brandi Lynne Wills, 28, of 172 Fourth Ave., Sharon, was charged with prostitution after police said she offered to perform sex acts on a man for $50 at 7:23 p.m. Saturday at George Street and New Castle Avenue.

Michelle Renee Brooks, 41, of 1115 Negley St., Farrell, was charged with prostitution after an incident at 10:17 p.m. Oct. 2 at Budd Street and Orchard Avenue, police said.

About a half dozen people have been cited for loitering, as well, Menster said.

The area in question is part of the Weed and Seed program.


Here's another for you
[source: http://sharonherald.com/local/x120835...

August 11, 2008
Armed robbery suspect arrested in Sharon, another sought
By Courtney Anderson

SHARON — A man was in jail Monday after an armed robbery Saturday morning in Sharon and his alleged accomplice was still on the loose, police said.

Police were called at 4:48 a.m. after two men robbed a 62-year-old Sharon woman at gunpoint in the 900 block of East State Street, police said.

A short time later police chased two men matching the robbers’ descriptions and patrolmen in cruisers joined in in the southern neighborhood of the city known as “zone 5,” police said.

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35uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago

As for @totalchaos claim about there being no prostitution in Zone 5 or near Ravine, holy chuckle fest:

May 17, 2011

Jessica R. Burr, 33, of 449 Spruce Ave., Sharon; at 3:46 a.m. Saturday at Morrison Street and New Castle Avenue on a warrant from Greenville-West Salem Township police for prostitution.
[2 blocks tops from Ravine]

April 20, 2010
Kimberly A. Odem, 47, of 1410 Robertson Road, Hermitage, has been charged with prostitution and disorderly conduct for performing oral sex on a man for $20 July 8 in the 1000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Farrell. The man also was charged, but those charges have been withdrawn.

January 23, 2010
Stephen Hayla, 69, of 7140 Lamor Road, Jefferson Township, has been charged with promoting prostitution and disorderly conduct for paying a woman $20 for oral sex Jan. 8, police said. He was arrested at 1:24 p.m. at Fruit Avenue and George Street, Farrell, after the woman was seen getting out of his pickup in the 1000 block of Hamilton Avenue, Farrell, and he was pulled over for not using a turn signal and failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, police said.

June 9, 2008
Police said Ayres — after fighting with his fiancée — set out to test the authenticity of a rumor he heard from friends about being able to find a prostitute on George Street in Farrell.

Ayres pulled to the side of the 1000 block of Hamilton Avenue, where police said Annette Smith, 47, of 906 Hamilton Ave., asked if he was “looking” and then got into his vehicle.

Ms. Smith agreed to perform oral sex for Ayres for $10 and a ride to a convenience store on New Castle Avenue, police said.

December 26, 2007
Amy Joe Begeot, 22, of 41 Hillview Drive, Apartment 3, Hubbard, was charged with prostitution at 5:12 p.m. Friday at 840 Wallis Ave., Sharon, police said. There was also a bench warrant for her arrest on retail theft charges, according to court documents.

November 20, 2007
• Jennifer A. Szaniszlo, 30, of 817 Wallis Ave., Farrell, was picked up at about 10:45 a.m. Monday in the 1200 block of Hall Avenue on a warrant for prostitution, police said.

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36uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago

October 11, 2007
4 found in vacant Sharon house charged with trespassing

SHARON — Sharon police have charged four people with criminal trespassing after they were found in a vacant house in the 700 block of New Castle Avenue at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Chief Mike Menster said police believe the four were inside the house for the purpose of prostitution, but because they weren’t caught in the act they won’t be charged.

Menster said someone called police to report suspicious activity in the area of Morrison Street and New Castle Avenue.

Facing felony trespassing charges are: Sierra Carnahan, 18, of Warren, Ohio; Brandi L. Wills, 28, of 172 Fourth Ave., Sharon; Erica L. Boatwright, 24, of 1111 Fruit Ave., Farrell; and Lester T. Ledbetter, 55, of 8159 Davis St., Masury.

Ms. Wills had a warrant for possession of crack cocaine in Trumbull County, police said. She was also charged with being a fugitive from justice and arrested on a warrant for prostitution from Sharon police, police said. She was taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post $5,000 bond.

October 9, 2007
Police campaign targets reported prostitution zone
By Courtney Anderson

SHARON — Three women have been charged with prostitution in the past week in Sharon as part of a police crackdown.

Targeting loiterers in the “Zone 5” area and getting the word out to neighbors seems to be helping, police Chief Mike Menster said.

September 12, 2007:
Sierra D. Carnahan, 18, no address, was cited for loitering at 2:12 p.m. Monday at Budd Street and New Castle Avenue, police said. Police have said they are cracking down on people hanging out on the streets in that area because residents have complained about prostitution.

January 17, 2007:
Robin M. Griffis, 49, of 481 Leslie St., Sharon, was charged with prostitution after she allegedly solicited a uniformed policeman for sex at about 6:40 a.m. Saturday at New Castle Avenue and Mesabi Street, police said.

December 23, 2006:
Amber R. Pennachio, 25, of 632 E. State St., Sharon, was arrested at 7:59 p.m. Thursday at Fruit Avenue and George Street on a warrant charging her with prostitution and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

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37uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago


" Camp out on Strawbridge because a kid got picked up there a year ago? You could pretty much say the same thing about every road in every small town across the country."

That's rubbish. That house on Strawbridge had people in and out all the time. The neighbors thought the place was a drug house. Let that sh!t go on next door to you for a while, okay?

"Come to Sharon some time and I'd be more than happy to give you a tour of the war zone you are attempting to desribe. You may piss yourself but I promise no one will prey on you during your visit."

You don't even know where Zone 5 is until I schooled you. You deny a rampant prostitution issue in your town even though that Zone 5 area and nearby portions of Farrell are known county wise as the place to buy drugs and pickup prostitutes.

You are in denial and lost in space like the most of Sharon residents. White wash the stats and try to lure decent folks to your town. Good luck. Recent census data shows how much of a mess Sharon is.

Population in 2011: 14,026. Population change since 2000: -14.1%

Care to take a gander at how many abandoned properties there are in Sharon?

Shame what Zone 5 has become. 20 years ago it was a strong middle class area with lovely old homes. Now it is a war zone.

Guess you deny the proliferation of gangs in Zone 5 also? And the outsiders that come to Sharon from Youngstown, Detroit, etc. since the Sharon PD is notoriously understaffed and slow to deal with problems (i.e. drugs, sex trades, etc.)

Ravine is a lovely place:
HARON — An argument over drug money resulted in a man pulling a shotgun on a woman and threatening to shoot her, Sharon police said.

The woman got away a safely and the 12-gauge shotgun was recovered in a neighbor’s garbage can, police said.

Yohond C. McKeithan, 38, of 325 Columbia Ave., Sharon, was arrested on charges of prohibited possession of a firearm and terroristic threats.

Police gave this account:

The victim said she went to a home in the 800 block of Ravine Place at about 8 p.m. Saturday to talk to McKeithan about drug money.

The woman said she had given McKeithan $200 as an investment, expecting him to buy drugs, sell them at a profit, and return to her more money than she gave him.

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38uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago

As for Ravine Place, lovely residents living on public generosity:



• Preston L. Hines, 24, of 840 Ravine Place, Sharon; at 11:09 p.m. Friday at New Castle Avenue and Morrison Street; also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Unspecified warrant pickup:
Kahmel R. Washington, 21, of Farrell; Sunday at Quinby Street and Ravine Place on a warrant from the district attorney’s office.

FARRELL, BROOKFIELD — A Sharon man has been charged with engaging in a gun battle with another man Aug. 4 in Farrell.

Lennie Harvey Jr., 30, of 827 Ravine Place, has been charged with aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.


July 10, 2012
Witness in Basilone slaying case shot in leg, police say
The Herald

FARRELL — Southwest Mercer County Regional police are asking for help from anyone who might have witnessed a shooting Monday morning in Farrell.

Tyree Sanders of Sharon was shot on the lower left leg and right forearm, police said.

Police said they were called with a report of shots fired at 2:40 a.m. in the 900 block of Hamilton Avenue, and Sanders was found on Ravine Place in Sharon.


Police said within the last two weeks someone broke into a home in the 800 block of Ravine Place and ransacked it, stealing food from the freezer, a propane grill, a plastic jungle gym and a children’s picnic table.

• Catherine Houston, 28, no address, was charged with burglary, theft and making terroristic threats after police said a woman returned home at 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of Ravine Place, found Houston inside and she refused to leave, police said.

Houston threatened to kill the woman if she touched her, $40 was missing from the victim’s purse and $20 of newly purchased hair care products were stolen, police said.

Police said they arrested Houston about an hour later at New Castle Avenue and Budd Street.


April 12, 2012
Man beaten in apartment invasion takes plea deal
By Courtney L. Saylor
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — A man stabbed with broken cane during a home invasion robbery in April 2011 in Sharon pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges against him as his case was set to go to trial.

Anthony L. Alexander, 21, of Sharon, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of reckless endangerment and carrying a firearm without a license before Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert G. Yeatts.

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39uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago

March 29, 2012
Man faces charges after police chase
By Courtney L. Saylor
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — A crowd gathered Wednesday as police struggled to arrest a man who fled the scene of a domestic dispute on Sharon’s south side.

Police were called at 11:51 a.m. to the 800 block of Ravine Place and found a woman standing outside with a ripped shirt, Chief Mike Menster said.

Idrais B. Alexander, 19, of 1228 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, ran to a car, jumped in and “sped away,” Menster said.

A patrolman told him to stop, but Alexander drove around the policeman and east on Quinby Street where he drove around a cruiser that stopped in the street to try and block him, Menster said.


Police searched the area of Quinby Street and Ravine Place after Southwest Mercer County Regional police reported hearing 14 shots in the area at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

Police did not find any victims or damage, nor had any been reported by Monday, but they said they found seven shell casings of two different calibers on the street in the 800 block of Spearman Avenue.


James Jackson, 21, of 800 Ravine Place, Sharon, was charged with harassment about 5 p.m. Friday after he slapped a woman during an argument, police said.


Preston Hines, 22, of 840 Ravine Place, Sharon; Wednesday on a warrant for failing to appear in court.


August 24, 2010
Fights keep police busy
Chief: Neighbors egged brawlers on

By Courtney L. Anderson
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — Repeated reports of disturbances on the south side of Sharon Sunday led to a “cat and mouse” game between police and a crowd of as many as 200 people, Sharon police Chief Mike Menster said.

Menster said they were busy late Sunday afternoon until midnight as “several factions of people” tried to fight each other in the area of Quinby Street and Ravine Place.

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40Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago

Nice research eater...

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41uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years ago

Where did @totalchaos go? Back to playing video games and living in the lily white section of Sharon? Yeah too cold to play ball games outside.

That character has some audacity coming around here throwing names around and labeling people things.

Let's finish the re-education of this poster now.

"The comments on this article are disgusting, but I guess that's what you get when you allow people to express their true feelings while hiding behind an anonymous pseudonym."

Yes, @totalchaos comes in here and doesn't post as his assumed self, Mr. Richard Head, but instead does so under a pseudonym.

Why is there this movement among ultra leftist liberals to out and identify everyone saying things that are unpopular? This isn't Facebook junior. You want people outed in their own name, go over to that big pond and chatter with your pals in the government experiment.

"if you are so worried about all of these problems why don't you get off of your couch, turn off Fox News and do something about it."

Just like a an ultra leftist liberal. Wait are you really communist or socialist?

Quick to call someone saying the truth as a Fox News watcher and claiming they are lounging on a couch. Here's some news for you pal, 1. We don't own a couch in my home, it make for slothful and rather lazy people, not to mention often stupid. 2. I haven't watched Fox News or CNN in a decade. I cut the cable pig out and untethered a decade ago.

"Stereotyping and prejudice is the #1 indicator of your education and intelligence levels."

Refer to your pointed figure accusations and name calling in my above points. Check your feces for odor.

Now if you call stereotyping labeling these inhabitants and their families as beneficiaries of the publics hard earned taxation and claiming their own families in part and in some cases themselves are involved in illicit activities (see the Crumby crack dealer, see Hosey shooting over drugs, etc.) then so be it. I hope the truth burns a hole in your souls.

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42Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years ago


Forgot to mention, I pray for you that your 2 children don't become addicted to something, because I have a feeling you would'nt stand behind them 100%. I feel bad for them actually. Oh wait, I forgot, you have no skeletons in your closet in your little house with a the little nice white picket fence.
Living Life on Life's Terms, skippy.

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43uselesseater(229 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

I'd like to know where the liars went.

That's @LeeLeesCousin and @totalchaos.

I ought to poke you fools in the pocketbook for LYING. Misrepresenting the situation and criminal elements in Sharon. Lying about curfew and when the deceased was out loafing with questionable folks.

As per the Sharon Herald:

"He said Barnes was handling the gun at about midnight and the 17-year-old Ford asked to see it.

Barnes murmured something about “heart” and wouldn’t hand it over; Ford then grabbed at the gun, which ultimately went off, Stovall said."

Read that? About midnight. Curfew was 11 and always is.

Saying the mother was keeping tabs on the deceased is bogus. He was out with other minors after curfew.

[source: http://sharonherald.com/local/x205660...

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44Alucard1466(1 comment)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I find it hilarious that these people claim to be college educated but don't seem to understand the difference between your and you're. Most people also don't seem to understand the difference between too and to. I dropped out of high school when I was 15 and even I know that!

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