Harrisburg punk locked up on Evansville murder charge
SALINE CO./VANDERBURGH CO.—A Harrisburg teen is being held at the Saline County Detention Center pending transport to Vanderburgh County, Ind., to face murder charges.
Pharoah D. Newton, 17, is being charged in Indiana with the murder of an elderly woman from whom his father was renting a basement apartment.
Frances Wolf, 79, was found dead in her home at 1321 SE First St. in Evansville on the morning of Oct. 3. She had died of apparent blunt force trauma to her head.
Henry Newton, Pharoah’s father, had been renting from Mrs. Wolf, and Pharoah had been living between his dad’s residence there in Evansville and his mom Cassy Smith’s in Harrisburg.
While in Saline County, Pharoah had dropped out of school and had been charged with numerous crimes, including vehicle theft—of both a car, and of a motorcycle.
As it turns out, Mrs. Wolf’s 2002 minivan was located this past Wednesday (10.06.10) in Union County, Ky., having been set afire and burned up. Kentucky authorities are involved in the investigation at this point.
Newton remains in the SCDC until he either waives extradition or, in the alternative, he refuses to go and Vanderburgh County has to file paperwork on him.
More in the print version, which we’re currently at work on (which is why this is so brief), to hit the stands in a week, Oct. 18-20.
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