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News Update for Sat., Mar. 16, 2013


Tidioute, PA man sentenced to 33 to 66 years in prison for fatally shooting girlfriend last December...

A Warren County, PA man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for the shooting death of a Tidioute woman late last December.  The Warren Times-Observer reports that Judge Gregory Hammond Friday sentenced 55 year-old Randy Poole to 33 to 66 years on four different convictions.  The main one... third-degree criminal homicide... is for 20 to 40 years.  Poole was also convicted of burglary... one count of "Persons not to Possess Firearms..." and, fleeing or attempting to elude police.  Poole was found guilty of shooting his girlfriend, 56 year-old Kathleen Sweeney, in the head twice at her home last Dec. 20.  The Observer reports that Poole admitted to police that he was high on the drug "bath salts" when the incident occured.


Two hurt in two-car accident in Mina late Friday...

Two people suffered serious, but, non-life threatening injuries when another car pulled in front of their vehicle on Route 426 in the town of Mina.  Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene at the intersection with Interstate 86 shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday.  Officers say 75 year-old John Rossiter of Chesterland, Ohio allegedly pulled his car out in front of a northbound Mustang... and, caused the collision.  Two of the occupants in the Mustang were taken to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  They were not identified.  Rossiter was not hurt... but, is charged with Failing to Yield the Right of Way at a Stop Sign.


No students hurt when school bus is struck by car in north county Thursday...

No one was hurt when a Brocton Central school bus was struck by a car in a business parking lot in the town of Pomfret yesterday.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Route 20 about 4 p.m. Thursday... and, learned the bus driver, 41 year-old Laurie Travis of Brocton... had made a left turn into the lot to safely turn the vehicle around.  There were students on board at the time.  Deputies say the operator of the car... 23 year-old Marianne Drzymala of Fredonia... was apparently following to closely... and, the car struck the back of the bus.  Neither Travis nor the students on the bus were injured in the the accident.  Neither was Drzymala.  She has been charged with following too closely... and, will appear in Pomfret town Court at a later date.

 

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