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Punxsy native conducting research study on local speech, participants needed

July 26, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Does your grass need cut or does it need to be cut? Is there a difference? There is, and it's one that a Punxsutawney native and linguist is eager to study.

Derry Moore is so interested in the roots of language and its usage that he is conducting a research project in the local area as he pursues his doctorate in linguistics at the University at Buffalo — SUNY, in Buffalo, N.Y.

He is looking for 40 residents in the Punxsutawney area — including Rossiter, Anita, Big Run, etc. — between the ages of 30 and 55 to participate in his research project (see below for details).

Burkett: PA Supreme Court upholds murder conviction, death penatly for Rega

July 26, 2013

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently upheld, for the second time, the murder conviction and death penalty of Robert Gene Rega for the killing of Christopher Lauth, the former night watchman at the Gateway Lodge.

Burkett tried and convicted Rega in June of 2002 for the slaying of Lauth, as well as for robbery and other crimes.

After a sentencing hearing, the jury held that Rega’s crimes warranted death.

Rega then began a lengthy appeal process.

TWO-VEHICLE WRECK IN BIG RUN

July 26, 2013

A two-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 12:05 p.m. Friday on Route 119 in Big Run, when a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck driven by Lorie A. Lennox, 43, of Big Run, was stopped in the northbound travel lane on Route 119 with an activated left turn signal, waiting to make a turn onto Smyers Street, and it was struck from behind by a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Cammy M. Wardell, 36, of Big Run, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said both vehicles were removed from the travel lanes onto Smyers Street.

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