Archive - Jan 24, 2012
DA: The blood cries out for guilty verdict; jury hears it
BROOKVILLE â€” In his closing statement of Steven P. Rebertâ€™s double murder trial Tuesday, District Attorney Jeffery Burkett invoked the voice of one of the victims, Wayne Shugar, and asked that the jury hear that voice, as well.
â€śThe blood of Wayne Shugar cries out in this courtroom,â€ť Burkett said, citing evidence that showed four spots of Shugarâ€™s blood on the bottom of Rebertâ€™s work boots.
â€śYour DNA is the content of your person: Itâ€™s responsible for your eye color, your personality, your height,â€ť he said.
BROOKVILLE â€” During his closing arguments in the seventh day of Steven P. Rebertâ€™s double homicide trial, defense attorney and public defender John Ingros told the jury that it has seen more than 300 exhibits and heard testimony about the victimsâ€™ kitchen, knickknacks on the counter, the locations of â€śevery door and window,â€ť the yard, where the vehicles were parked and even an incomplete bedroom on the second floor of their home.
But, Ingros asked, â€śAre you any closer to helping you decideâ€ť Rebertâ€™s innocence or guilt. â€śWhat did you really learn?
BROOKVILLE â€” A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jorden M. Bogacki, 27, Reynoldsville, on escape charges.
According to Jefferson County jail Warden Tom Elbel, Bogacki was sentenced to 45 days of jail time to be served on weekends in 48-hour periods.
However, Bogacki failed to report to the jail Friday, Jan. 20, and has not been located since, Adult Probation Officer Adam Oakes said.
According to Oakes, Bogacki works in the area and has served several hours of his jail time so far.
State police have been notified, and warrants have been issued for him.
E. Eugene (Gene) Elbel, 82, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at home.
He was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Rossiter, a son of the late Edward and Alice (Smith) Elbel.
June 25, 1949, he married Dorothy E. (Smith) Elbel, who survives. They were married 62 years.
Mr. Elbel enjoyed gardening, hunting, traveling and watching sports.
He was retired as a heavy equipment operator.
Gilbert Michael â€śJunieâ€ť Piszker, 77, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Oct. 7, 1934, in Anita, a son of the late Gelly and Annie (Reves) Piszker.
He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. Piszker was a friendly and kind-spirited man. He enjoyed playing the lottery and keeping track of sports.
In his younger years, he was a member of the Anita Baseball team, and he liked paint-by-numbers oil painting.