New Castle Police Department

  • Agency: New Castle Police Department
  • Address: 303 E North St., New Castle , 16101 PA
  • Chief: Thomas Sansone (Chief of Police)
Phone: 724-656-3570
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New Castle Police Department is located at 303 E North St., New Castle , 16101 PA. The Chief of Police of the department is Thomas Sansone. The New Castle Police Department phone number is 724-656-3570.

New Castle Police Department News

On October 25, 2017 at approximately 1:00 P.M. a sealed search warrant was executed on a residence located at 604 West Washington Street. The warrant service was a result of a joint investigation between the New Castle City Narcotics Unit and the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Special Investigative Unit (SIU). While making entry into the residence, one male did attempt to flee through a back door but was quickly apprehended. Officers did locate a total of five individuals inside of the house. Once inside of the residence officers viewed several handguns and baggies of suspected heroin in different rooms throughout the residence. Upon searching the residence officers did locate: 28.7 grams of heroin containing suspected fentanyl Several Percocet pills One loaded.45 caliber semi-automatic handgun One loaded Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun One loaded Taurus 40. Caliber semi-automatic handgun Approximately $3,333 in cash Multiple cell phones Charged as a result of the investigation were: Sheldon WHITEHEAD, (from Detroit, Michigan) with two counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver, 3 counts of Possession. 1 count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Felons not to Possess Firearms. Whitehead was arraigned and placed into the Lawrence County Jail on $100,000 bond. Ladonte SCOTT, (from Detroit Michigan) with two counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver, 3 counts of Possession. 1 count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bryant HOLLAND, (from Detroit Michigan) with two counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver, 3 counts of Possession. 1 count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. John TROVER, (from New Castle) with two counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver, 3 counts of Possession. 1 count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ashley Grebenz, (from New Castle) with two counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver, 3 counts of Possession. 1 count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

HALLOWEEN IN THE CITY OF NEW CASTLE IS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 31ST FROM 5-7 PM. HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS The New Castle City Police Department encourages safety and supervision during the annual Trick-or-Treat season. It is especially important for parents to adhere to a few safety rules for their children when they are trick-or-treating. • Know your treaters' route • Take a flashlight • Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe. • Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars. • Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home. Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them. • Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely. • Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk. • Never cross the street from between parked cars. • Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire. • Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the real thing!

On 12 October 2017 at 2:30 PM, the New Castle City Police Department Narcotics Bureau and the Lawrence County District Attorney's Special Investigation Unit did serve a sealed search warrant on a residence located at 137 East Wallace Avenue in the City of New Castle. Upon searching the residence, officers did locate: Approximately 11.69 ounces of cocaine (327 grams). Approximately 58 grams of heroin containing Fentanyl. A loaded Taurus PT .380 Semi-automatic handgun $9,717 in United States Currency One Hydraulic Pill Press machine 6 cell phones One digital scale with white powder residue (Total Street value of drugs seized approximately $35,000) Officers did arrest Michael SCHMIDT (21 years old) SCHMIDT is being charged with two counts of Possession With the Intent to Deliver a controlled substance, Persons (Felons) Not to Possess Firearms, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

$10,000 REWARD OFFERED - WIRE THEFTS FROM VERIZON The New Castle City Police Department is working with Verizon to investigate recent wire thefts. Aside from the expense and inconvenience of the lines being down, some of the previous incidents have resulted in a shutdown of CSX and the power plant. This could have created a very dangerous situation for railcars. Verizon is offering a $10,000 reward for info leading to arrest/conviction of the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information in regards to these thefts please contact the NCPD at 724-510-0125 or tips can be left on our tip line at www.newcastlepd.com.

PRESS RELEASE- HOMICIDE The New Castle City Police Department is investigating a homicide which occurred on 9/29/2017 in the City of New Castle. At approximately 9:02 pm, New Castle City Police Officers were dispatched to 901 Franklin Avenue in reference to a male shot. Upon arrival, officers did view 22 year old Dakota OLINGER lying on the kitchen floor with a apparent gunshot wound to the facial area. Detectives are asking for anyone with any information in regards to this homicide to contact the New Castle City Police Department Criminal Investigative Division at 724-656-3588 or tips can be left on our tip line at www.newcastlepd.com.

ARRESTS- FELONY ARRESTS RESULTING IN SEARCH WARRANT On September 28, 2017 New Castle the City Police Officers did go to a residence located at 1325 Pennsylvania Avenue in reference to locating wanted individuals. Officers did locate James KELLER and Diana TILLIA at the residence. KELLER did have active felony warrants for receiving stolen property and TILIA did have active felony warrants for aggravated assault. After viewing contraband in plain view, officers did apply for a search warrant for the residence. Upon searching the residence officers did locate: 17.9 grams of Fentanyl 19.9 grams of crack cocaine 1.1 grams of heroin one 9mm handgun with an obliterated serial number $2,493 in cash 7 digital scales with drug residue Diana TILLIA is being charged with PERSONS NOT TO POSSESS FIREARMS (F2), POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH ALTERED MANUFACTURES NUMBER (F2), POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE(F) (3 COUNTS), POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. She was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail.

PRESS RELEASE ARREST/ ROBBERIES On the date of September 17, 2017, the New Castle City Police Department did respond to a robbery at the Market 24 Service Station located at 719 East Washington Street. The suspect matched the description of the suspect in several recent robberies in the Tri-County area including banks in New Wilmington and Hermitage and two other robberies in the City of New Castle NCPD investigators had previously identified a suspect in the robberies as Eric BARBATI (32 years old male residing on Wallace Avenue). After the robbery, New Castle Patrol Officers did wait at BARBATI’s residence on Wallace Avenue. BARBATI did arrive back at his residence approximately 10 minutes after the robbery wearing the same clothing description as the male in the robbery. BARBATI was subsequently taken into custody. A search was then conducted on BARBATI’s residence by New Castle City Police Officers and the New Wilmington Police Department. Officers did located clothing in the residence which matched the clothing in previous robberies. BARBATI was interviewed by investigators from the NCPD, New Wilmington PD and the FBI. BARBATI did eventually admit all to the robberies in which he was a suspect in the Area. BARBATI was placed into the Lawrence County Jail on a State Parole Violation and the New Castle City Police Department will be the following charges against BARBATI: 8/31/17 robbery at the Red Apple located at 1010 Wilmington Road- robbery, theft and receiving stolen property. 9/4/2017 Theft at the Market 24 located at 719 East Washington Street, theft and Receiving Stolen Property (the defendant in this case grabbed money from the register while the clerk was in back). 9/17/2017 Robbery at the Market 24 located at 719 East Washington Street, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigators for both New Wilmington and Hermitage both advised charges are pending for the bank robberies in their jurisdiction.

The New Castle City Police Department is currently investigating robberies which occurred in the City of New Castle on 8/31/2017 and on 9/4/2017. The suspect is believed to be responsible for five (5) robberies in the Tri-County area at this time. Anyone with information on the robberies or the identity of the suspect please contact the New Castle City Police Departments Criminal Investigative Unit at 724-656-3588 or tips can be left on website at www.newcastlepd.com.

On August 11, 2013 Christopher Story was reported missing from New Castle, Lawrence County. While the case remains open with the New Castle City Police Department, all credible leads have been exhausted. This week marks the four year anniversary of his disappearance but Christopher Story’s family, friends and the NCPD have not given up hope or stopped searching for Chris. The reward has been raised to $5,000 for anyone with credible information which leads to the location of Christopher Story or the circumstances of his disappearance. Chris was 40 years old when he went missing, he is described as a white male, estimated Height: 6'1", estimated Weight: 160 lbs, thin build, Hair Color: Brown, Eye Color: Blue, scars on legs, may walk with a limp. Mr. Story is prescribed medication. Without his meds, he may hallucinate and appear confused, irritated or jittery. If you have any information about this case, please contact: The New Castle City Police Department at 724-656-9300 or you can leave a tip on our tip line at www.newcastlepd.com.

PRESS RELEASE KIDNAPPING ARREST On the date of July 27, 2017 at approximately 8:27 pm, New Castle City Police Officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident located at the intersection of Francis Place and Duquesne Street. The officers learned that Brandon SAMUELS had struck the vehicle of his 22 year old girlfriend forcing her off of the roadway. SAMUELS then exited the vehicle and assaulted the female numerous times before getting back into the vehicle attempting to run the female victim over. The victim was then assaulted again by SAMUELS at which time she lost consciousness. When the victim awoke SAUMUELS was placing her into his vehicle. Attempts by the victim to stop SAMUELS were unsuccessful. SAMUELS then left the area with the victim in the vehicle. Through the investigation officers learned that SAMUELS and the victim were in the area of Grove City, PA. Pennsylvania State Police along with police Departments from Mercer, Venango and Erie Counties then did pursue SAMUELS North on Interstate 79 to mile marker 179 where he was subsequently taken into custody. The NCPD has charged SAMUELS with Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Unlawful Restraint, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Simply Assault and Accidents Involving Damage to Attended Vehicle or Property.

PRESS RELEASE STANDOFF/ARREST On the date of July 21, 2017 the New Castle City Police Department did arrest Frederick Lee BOWEN aka “Chicago” after a standoff on the South Side of the City. On this date, officers did respond to an Armed Robbery at the Dollar General Store located on Moravia Street. Through the investigation officers were able to identify the suspect as Frederick BOWEN. BOWEN was armed with a handgun in the robbery. Officers had recently filed Robbery charges against BOWEN for an Armed Robbery which occurred at the 7 Eleven Station located on Highland Avenue on 7/13/2017. Officers did locate the vehicle involved in the robbery at a residence on Friendship Street. A individual inside of the residence did advise officers that BOWEN was inside and did have a weapon. Officers did set up a perimeter at the residence and attempted to call BOWEN out. Officers did introduce gas into the residence and utilized a mechanical Robot in a attempt to locate BOWEN, all with negative results. The NCPD Special Response Team then did make entry into the residence and were unable to locate BOWEN inside of the residence. NCPD officers and the Special Response Team then did a secondary search of surrounding vacant residences. During the search of 817 South Mercer Street, BOWEN did attempt to flee out of a basement window. BOWEN was quickly captured and placed into custody. BOWEN was arraigned and placed into the Lawrence County Jail on the Armed Robbery charge from 7 Eleven and on a probation violation. Charges for the Armed Robbery at Dollar General will be filed Monday. The NCPD was assisted by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

The NCPD has had the privilege to team up with volunteers from the Watermarke Youth Group from Bellefonte, PA. and members of the First Assembly of God Youth Group from New Castle to do community service projects all week in the County. Watermarke has come to New Castle for the last two years as part of their Mission’s trip to help restore Muff Sallie Playground and this year they also did community service Projects to help elderly people with needed maintenance to their homes. On July 19, 2017, the NCPD was part of a “Community Day” held at “Muff” Salie Playground. The event featured free food, games, face painting, soccer games, basketball, a bouncy house, a Firetruck from the New Castle Fire Department, the New Castle Running club run, K9 Demonstration, and many other actives. This event was made possible by local businesses who went above and beyond providing materials, equipment and workers at no cost. Here is a list of those businesses who graciously donated: • SMITH PAVING, paved the entire basketball court at no cost. The old court was in very poor condition. The paving has brought new life to the park, kids are playing basketball and other games such as 4-square on the court. • SALZANO LANDCAPING, donated six tons of topsoil for the park where the old toilets were dug up and also donated stone for underneath the shelter. • TC REDI-MIX, for donating concrete for one of the community service projects allowing the mission group to build a new sidewalk. • EQUIPMENT RENTAL OPTIONS, for donating a lift so volunteers could scrape and paint the light poles at the Park. • LAWRENCE COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP, for providing dinner for all the volunteers Tuesday night and for participating in our community day. • NEW CASTLE HIGH SCHOOL CUSTODIANS, for helping to maintain and paint lines on the soccer fields. • R NESBIT PORTABLE TOILETS, for providing toilets and cleaning station at the park for the event at no cost. • THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS for providing rooms for the mission groups at a discounted rate.

The New Castle City Police PLAY Youth Program is proud to be part of a Community Day being held Wednesday July 19, 2017 (Yes, that is Tomorrow). This event is being held at the Muff Sallie Playground located on Pennsylvania Avenue. The fun will begin at 4:00. There will be food and games for children including a bouncy house, face painting and many others activities. There will also be a soccer game for children and the New Castle Running club will be running their weekly run from the playground. Everyone is welcome to attend. This was made possible by a very special group of volunteers and by several local businesses who very generously donated time, materials or equipment (in some cases all three). We will recognize these volunteers and businesses Thursday.

On the date of June 30, 2017, the New Castle Police Department's Street Crimes Unit did conduct a traffic stop on a rental vehicle on West Washington Street in the City of New Castle. The Occupants were identified as Ira Ray LEE and Darious DESHON LEE. Both individuals did possess Detroit, Michigan Identification. On a search incident to arrest (for a marijuana charge) Officers did locate in Ira LEE’s underwear approximately 38 individually wrapped bags containing crack cocaine and a bag containing heroin. Officers also located $2,109 in Ira LEE’s pockets. Officers also located a digital scale in the vehicle. Officers did search Darious LEE and did locate a bag containing approximately 8.5 grams of crack cocaine and another bag containing marijuana. Officers also seized $995.00 from Darious Lee’s pants pocket. Ira LEE is being charged with two counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver, three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and traffic violations. Darious LEE is being charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The New Castle City Police Department is attempting to identify the individual in the video who was involved in a theft from vending machines at Sylvan Heights Golf Course which occurred on June 22, 2017. Anyone with information on the identity of the person is asked to contact the New Castle City Police Department at 724-656-3587 or tips can be left on our tip line at www.newcastlepd.com.

PRESS RELEASE PROSTITUTION DETAIL On June 22, 2017 the New Castle City Police Department Street Crimes Unit did conduct a Prostitution Operation on the South Side of the City of New Castle. The NCPD did arrest four females. In all four cases the female did get into the vehicle being driven by an undercover officer and did ask for money in exchange for sexual acts. Two of the females arrested did have Bench Warrants already out for their arrest. The New Castle Street Crimes Unit will continue to enforce prostitution related and all other street level crimes throughout the City. Those arrested during the detail were: 1) Miranda BOOKAMER, charged with Prostitution 2) Angel SAVAGE, charged with Prostitution 3) Elissa HEEMER, charged with Prostitution and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on a outstanding bench warrant. 4) Natalie McKee, charged with Prostitution and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on a outstanding bench warrant.

On June 8, 2017 NCPD officers responded to a shooting on the East Side of New Castle. Officers learned that the victim had been shot in the back and then ran into a residence on Spruce Street. Officers identified the actor as Gage GILMORE, Officers also learned that GILMORE did run North after the shooting. New Castle City Police Officers then did set up a multi-block perimeter with the assistance of the Lawrence County Sherriff’s Department. After an extended search GLIMORE was located inside of a residence located at 712 Cumberland Avenue and placed under arrest. Charges of Criminal Attempted Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Felons not to Possess Firearms and Recklessly Endangering Another Person are being filed against GILMORE. GILMORE was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail. The victim was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio and is listed in Stable Condition.

On 7 June 2017 at approximately 6:45 am, the New Castle City Police Department Narcotics Bureau and the Lawrence County District Attorney's Special Investigative Unit did serve a sealed search warrant on a residence located at 806 Morton Street in the City of New Castle. The Warrant was executed by the New Castle City Police Department Special Response Team. Upon searching the residence, officers did locate and seize a Taurus Slim 9mm handgun, a ATI Rifle and a Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm handgun which was reported stolen from Coraopolis, PA.. Officers also located baggies containing heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, fentanyl patches, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, four digital scales and Unites States Currency. Officers did arrest Marc TAYLOR (39 years old) who resides at the residence. TAYLOR is being charged with Felons not to Possess Firearms, Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm), 2 counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver and 4 count of Possession.

The New Castle City Police Department has teamed up with the Rite Aid Pharmacy and the "KidCents Foundation” to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of unused or expired medication/prescription drugs. A receptacle has been placed in the lobby of the New Castle City Police Department. Anyone wishing to drop off any unused or expired medication/prescription drugs may do so (no questions will be asked). The goal of providing this receptacle is to prevent any accidental ingestion or abuse of prescription drugs in your residence. Please do not place needles in the receptacle, a sharps disposal container will be installed next to the receptacle for disposal of needles.

The 2017 Lawrence County Law Enforcement Memorial was held on 5/16/2017 in front of the New Castle City Police Department. On behalf of all Law Enforcement agencies in Lawrence County, we would like to thank everyone who came out to share in our memorial service. We would also like to thank New Castle High School Junior Ashton Camerot for singing the national anthem, the New Castle Area Honor Guard, bagpiper Gary Hassan, New Castle Fire Chief Eric Perrry, the New Castle Fire Department, and our keynote speaker former NAACP president Sidney McKnight. The list of Lawrence County's fallen in the line of duty and their end of watch are: •Seely L. Houk, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Aug. 17, 1904 •Thomas Thomas, New Castle police, March 27, 1913 •James Cucia, New Castle police, May 2, 1918 •John W. Edwards, New Castle police, Dec. 1, 1919 •John Atkinson, New Castle police, June 20, 1924 •Bernard McElroy, State police, Dec. 21, 1924 •Brady C. Paul, State police, Dec. 27, 1929 •Clarence Campbell, New Castle police, May 23, 1932 •Albert J. Izzo, State police, June 13, 1979 •Tod C. Kelly, State police, Nov. 7, 2001, in Robinson Township •K9 Chico, New Castle police, June 4, 2011 •William J. "Jerry" McCarthy, Shenango Township police/ Lawrence County District Attorney's office, May 2, 2013. photographs courtesy of the New Castle News

PRESS RELEASE The New Castle City Police Department has completed the investigation into the August 25, 2016 crash which resulted in the death of Paul Joseph Rosta. The investigation showed that Rosta was driving his motorcycle north on South Jefferson Street when a vehicle being driven by Scott Young, from Sharpsville PA, pulled out from the area of the Oasis Bar and into the path of Rosta. Young is being charged with Homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, reckless driving, vehicles crossing or entering roadway, operation of vehicles following suspension of registration and operation of vehicles without official certificate of inspection.

PRESS RELEASE KIDNAPPING/PURSUIT On April 25, 2017 the New Castle City Police Department investigated a a kidnapping incident involving a female victim and her ex-boyfriend. Officers learned that Michael Paul MASON had taken his ex-girlfriend against her will by grabbing her and forcing her into his vehicle. The victim stated that MASON did threaten her with a firearm during the incident. The victim also had a active PFA against MASON. After several hours of driving around, MASON did take the victim to UPMC Horizon hospital in Farrell, PA. . The victim was able to separate herself from MASON at the Hospital. MASON did leave the area prior to Law Enforcement locating him at that time. On April 26, 2017 at approximately 3:07 pm, NCPD Patrol Officers did view MASON driving in the area of Grimes Street on the South Side. Officers did attempt to stop MASON at which time MASON did fail to stop and led officers on a pursuit through Taylor, Hickory, Scott and into Neshannock Townships. Officers were able to disable MASON's vehicle off of Maitland Lane. MASON did attempt to flee on foot but was caught by officers. Officers from Neshannock, Shenango, Hickory, PSP and the Sheriff's Department did assist in the pursuit and subsequent arrest of MASON. Charges of Kidnapping, Terroristic Threats, Possession of Firearms Prohibited, and Firearms carried without a license were filed against Michael MASON and additional charges from the pursuit will be filed.

The New Castle City Police Department has received numerous complaints recently in reference to illegal parking throughout the City. Prior to beginning any enforcement action, we would like to remind drivers that it is illegal to: Stand or park a vehicle: (i) In front of a public or private driveway. (ii) Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. (iii) Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection. (iv) Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic-control signal located at the site of a roadway. All vehicles parked upon a two-way highway shall be positioned parallel to and with the right-hand wheels within 12 inches of the right-hand curb or, in the absence of a curb, as close as practicable to the right edge of the right-hand (vehicles should be parked with the passenger side facing the curb).