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Couple escapes New Castle house fire without injury


Emergency dispatchers said the fire started in the attic of the home on Sheraden Avenue.

A man and a woman got out safely, along with their pets.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Neighbor rescues dog from Highland Avenue fire

By New Castle News

The Douglas family was not home when the attic fan in their Highland Avenue home caught fire yesterday.

But thanks to a neighbor, who was not identified, their dog escaped safely.

 Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kobbe said a neighbor saw flames coming from the attic of a home at 2208 Highland and forced open the door to the house, then went inside to look for the dog.

He found the dog, a medium sized beagle mix, and got it out safely. The family’s other animals, which included another dog, two fish and a bird, were not injured. Phillip and Kayla Douglas and their four children live in the house, which is owned by Holly Hampe, according to the report.

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Car rams Perkins entrance

080414-new-castle-perkins-accidentBy New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A car jumped the curb outside a Wilmington Road restaurant Sunday and slammed into the entranceway.

No one was in the vestibule of Perkins Restaurant and Bakery at the time, and no injuries were reported.

Joanna Wetzl, associate manager at the 3334 Wilmington Road eatery, reported that about 50 customers were inside when the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m.  She said the main entrance had to be closed off, and customers were being allowed to leave through emergency exits. She said the restaurant was assessing its options.

Neshannock Township police said the driver of the car, William Evans, 77, of 6 W. Sheridan Ave., told police his foot slipped off the brake pedal and hit the gas, causing the car to jump the curb.

Police said because of the apparent accidental nature of the incident, Evans  probably will not be cited.

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New Castle Arson Case May Be Connected To High School Football Stadium Fire

080314-new-castle-arsonBy Kym Gable – KDKA

NEW CASTLE (KDKA) — A second arson in Lawrence County may be related to a destructive fire at the high school football stadium.

Late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, callers to 911 reported heavy smoke coming from the field in New Castle.

“On closer inspection, we could see those things were foam taken from the goalposts and foam taken from the five-man sled that was sliced out, placed on the turf, and then lit on fire,” said New Castle Area School District Superintendent John Sarandrea

Damage to Taggart Stadium alone is estimated at $4,300.

Shortly before that blaze, Ashley Sambro got a frantic knock on her door from the fire department. Flames were shooting out of her backyard because someone set fire to her trampoline.

“My peace is gone,” said Sambro. “You never know whose back here or what they’re doing. My kids are upset cause their trampoline is gone. They did nothing to anybody.”

Sambro’s neighbor has surveillance cameras mounted on his home. Police are looking at footage that reportedly shows two young males setting that fire.

The superintendent says the school has a good idea who the culprits are.

“Obviously, we take this as a serious matter,” said Sarandrea.

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Ellwood man charged after driving over fire hose

hw-logoBy New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — An Ellwood City man has been charged for driving over a fire hose .

Michael Joseph Docchio, 51, of 110 Fourth St., was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving over a fire hose, careless driving and failing to obey traffic control devices.

According to police, Ellwood City officers were assisting fire departments fighting a blaze in an apartment building at 221 Fifth Street about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers maintained traffic control and blocked access to the fire, including stopping Fifth Street traffic between Spring and Lawrence avenues. Officers said this was done because of the presence of firefighters and equipment, specifically the hoses connected to hydrants.

The Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department connected a hose to the fire hydrant on the northwest corner of Lawrence Avenue at Fifth Street, police said, running it for a block and a half to the fire.

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Two injured in car-bus accident


By New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Two people were taken to Jameson Hospital after a car and city bus collided Tuesday on Kennedy Square.

New Castle police reported witnesses had said John Zbiegien, 83, of Fields Drive, was northbound on Jefferson Street about 1:30 p.m., apparently went through a red light and collided with a city bus, westbound on East Washington Street.

The bus, driven by John Pezzutti, 67, of New Castle, was carrying three passengers at the time of the crash.

Police said Zbiegien and a female passenger on the bus were taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

Zbiegien is expected to be cited for a traffic light violation, according to police.

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State Street fire under investigation

FIRE-HeadlineBy New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The state police fire marshal is investigating a vacant house fire in Union Township.

Chief Pat Donofrio of the Union Township Volunteer Fire Department, said firemen were called to 1237 W. State St. at 1:18 a.m. Tuesday. They remained at the scene until 6:46 a.m.

The chief said the house, which was fully engulfed when firemen arrived, is a total loss.

Neither Donofrio nor the Lawrence County assessment office had any record of the property owner.

He said the house has been vacant for a long time and no utilities were connected to it.

The North Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid. No injuries were reported.

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