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Police: Smicksburg man, 32, charged in fatal shooting

June 3, 2012

NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP — A 32-year-old Smicksburg man has been charged with criminal homicide for allegedly fatally shooting his estranged father-in-law, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police and the Indiana County Coroner’s office.

Shaun C. Fairman was also charged with aggravated assault and a firearms violation in the death of Richard E. Shotts, 55, Rural Valley, police reported.

Despite rainy weekend, pool still draws crowd

June 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As Alice Cooper said many years ago "School’s out for the summer." When translated, that lyric also means: The pool is open and ready for sunbathers and swimmers alike.

The George C. Brown Community Pool unofficially kicked off summer Saturday, as it opened its doors for the first day of swimming, said Jeff Overly, co-manager of the pool with Adrienne Goss.

Overly said that pool regulars will find that there is a new entrance to the pool this year located by the concession stand.

No serious injuries in Route 119 two-car crash

June 3, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — There were no serious injuries reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 1:10 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Snyder Hill Road and Route 119 by Wal-Mart, Young Township.

Committee welcomes band for Old Home Week Carnival

June 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Fire Department’s Old Home Week celebration will offer a different form of entertainment for the first time, as a live band will perform one night at the carnival located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

Ridin’ Shotgun will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the carnival grounds.

“We’ve been exploring alternatives to draw more people into the carnival, and by having a band, it should bring out some of the people who don’t ride rides,” said Tami McFarland, chairperson for the Punxsutawney Fire Department’s Old Home Week committee.

Leemhuis retires as only sixth woman promoted to Pa. State Police major

June 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — April 13, Kim Leemhuis put on her uniform as a Pennsylvania State Police trooper for the last time, as after 25 years of service, Leemhuis formally retired.

She was only the sixth-ever woman to be promoted to as a major in Pennsylvania State Police history.

Despite all the changes the state police has undergone since Leemhuis began, there are still not many female officers — only about four percent.

“This is not a traditional role for women,” she said.

STORM WATERS CLOSE ROAD

June 3, 2012

A large storm dumped a sizeable amount of rain onto area roads in Jefferson County Friday afternoon. The heavy rain washed out numerous roads, including this portion of Jackson Run Road in Gaskill Township. Here, PennDOT inspects the washed out area as water continued to cascade under the road. Officials did open some roads after a period of time when the storms had receded. There were also reports of funnel clouds in the Punxsutawney area as the National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning.

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