January 10th, 2012
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒJury selection for the double murder trial of Steven P. Rebert continued at the Jefferson County Courthouse Tuesday morning.
That morning, a few of the potential jurors interviewed by the prosecution and the defense had been called back from the night before, when proceedings in the selection wrapped up around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The day before, the first pool of jurors was asked if any one of them felt as if they could not take part on the jury. According to WJAC-TV, about 20 people stepped forward.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Several Punxsutawney business and property owners shared their concerns regarding PennDOT‚Äôs downtown traffic signal project at Monday‚Äôs Punxsutawney Borough council meeting.
Joe Ferrara, who, with his wife Joan VanDyke, owns the building at 101 East Mahoning St. that houses the studios of VanDyke & Company, expressed concern about what he believes to be a dangerous situation for property owners and pedestrians alike regarding the new traffic control devices that are being constructed on the sidewalks throughout the downtown area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Teachers and guidance counselors in local schools are at an important starting point in ending the cycle of child abuse, according to Pat Berger, the executive director and forensic interviewer for the Western PA CARES for Kids Child Advocacy Center (CAC).
‚ÄúThey can be the first people a child decides to disclose the abuse to,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúHow they get the information can affect the case.‚ÄĚ
Ruth Sowers Jeffries, 99, Brookville, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at Jefferson Manor.
She was born Sept. 10, 1912, in Brookville, a daughter of the late John and Anna (Sarvey) Cummings.
She was married to Ralph F. Sowers, who preceded her in death May 19, 1981.
She then married Homer Jeffries, who preceded her in death Feb. 28, 1996.
Mrs. Jeffries was a homemaker and formerly worked with her family at Sowers Appliance Store in Brookville.
William L. Morrison Jr., 90, Brookville, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, of congestive heart failure under hospice care at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
He was born May 17, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late William L. and Emma (Shields) Morrison Sr.
June 8, 1946, in Brookville, he married Gladys Chittester, who survives.
Mr. Morrison was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, having served in World War II with the WWII 346th Bomb Group in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
Arnold L. ‚ÄúArnie‚ÄĚ Trayer, 59, Weedville, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at DRMC West after a two-year battle with cancer.
He was born July 3, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late M. LeRoy and Gertrude (Fetterman) Trayer
June 3, 1972, he married Betty J. (Nunamaker), who survives, of Weedville.
Mr. Trayer was a graduate of St. Marys High School Class of 1970.
He worked 40 years at the same St. Marys' manufacturing plant, which carried many names, including Airco Speer, Airco Carbon and CG Graphite, etc.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ After almost two-and-a-half years of investigations and legal action, Det. Brian Andrekovich, a Punxsutawney Borough Police officer fired in November 2009, was approved to return to work next week.
During Monday‚Äôs council meeting, the motion for Andrekovich to return to work was approved 7-0.
Council fired Andrekovich Nov. 3, 2009, following the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, Aug. 15, 2009, in the back of a police cruiser after Andrekovich arrested him for public drunkenness at the Goodwill store in the Punxy Plaza.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ A member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board asked questions about contract negotiations with the Punxsutawney Area Education Association Monday, but was eventually reminded about violating possible confidentiality agreements.
Monday, board member Jack White asked about ongoing negotiations with the PAEA regarding the salary structure. Board President Gary Conrad said he would permit White to speak, but noted the possible confidentiality issues.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ Jefferson County‚Äôs Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) received disappointing news to begin 2012.
HPRP, which is under the direction of Community Action Inc., recently received a funding cut of $10,000.
According to HPRP Director Susan McLaughlin, the action, which was handed down from the state Department of Community & Economic Development, caused the necessity of a budget revision to ensure funds are available to provide service and assistance to only those already approved and enrolled in the program.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Punxsy girls' basketball team ‚ÄĒ a squad typically known for its defensive prowess ‚ÄĒ scored 60 points for the second consecutive game, including 22 in the first quarter, on its way to a 60-48 victory over Purchase Line Monday night in Punxsutawney.
After opening the season with seven straight losses, Punxsy has now won three games in a row and is gaining confidence with each win.