The Fred Rooth reward fund is now up to $22,750. The latest update from Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley. The retired farmer and former Mercer County Board member was severely beaten and robbed at his rural Joy farmhouse sometime before the afternoon of May 8th. The 83 year old remains hospitalized. Anyone with information on the crime can call the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department at 582-5194 or Mercer County Crime Stoppers at 582-3500 or toll free 800-582-2762.