The Week That Was |
A chronology of news from Sunday, Aug. 31, to Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003
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» Mercer County officials haggled behind closed doors Tuesday with administrators and board members of Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission. The two sides were trying to hammer out a contract that would meet state regulations, but the commission's chief executive officer, Dana Frankenburg, called the proposal costly and restrictive.
» Negotiators at the strikebound Wheatland Tube plant met in a marathon bargaining session Tuesday.
» Sharon-based Daffin's Candies recently bought Costello's Candies, which has stores in Grove City and Girard, Ohio. The buyout was a family affair, according to a story Wednesday.
» Kathleen Ann Robinson, 33, formerly of 322 Pearson Road, Sandy Creek Township, will spend at least 15 years in prison after admitting Wednesday she killed Robert A. Erickson Jr., 42, in March 2002. He was the father of her two children.
» All charges have been dropped against a Fairview Township woman accused of forcing her two teenage daughters to fast for 10 days, according to a story Thursday. Christine M. Sauer, 40, of 109 Balut Road, Lot 1, was accused last year of forcing her daughters, then 16 and 17, to consume only green beans and water because she wanted to "rid their soul of demons," according to a police affidavit.
» Hundreds of motorcyclists were on hand Wednesday for a "Freedom to Choose Bike Nite" sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube in Sharon and the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education. They were celebrating the opportunity to choose whether to wear a helmet while riding in Pennsylvania.
» A deal of sorts was struck Thursday between Wheatland Tube Co. and United Steelworkers Local 1660 which could pave the way for the end of a strike that has dragged on for more than four months. Union members will be given a chance to vote on the package Sept. 14.
» A former Wheatland man wanted by Florida authorities in their investigation of a fatal shooting is still in Mercer County Jail as Florida officials prepare the paperwork for extradition proceedings. Charles R. Sarchet, 48, is fighting extradition, according to a story Friday.
» Susan A. Mendonca, 18, of 150 Todd Ave., Hermitage, was charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses for causing the death of Brandee M. Simpson, 19, of 612 N. Water Ave., Sharon, in a traffic crash July 25. The story ran Friday.
» Mercer County farmers are eligible for low-interest loans from the Farm Service Agency to help them recover from the disastrously wet summer, according to a story Saturday.
» Bill Murray, 52, of Sharon, a cartoonist and satirist, has become the seventh African-American to land a contract with an international newspaper syndicate, according to a story Saturday.
» Northern Mercer County United Way and Trumbull County United Way kicked off their 2003 campaigns on Thursday. The stories ran Saturday.
» Sookoo Singh, 84, of Hermitage became Mercer County's newest U.S. citizen. The native of Trinidad was the only person to become a naturalized citizen Friday in a ceremony in Mercer County Courthouse.
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