Archive - Sep 2013 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â At a press conference held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police announced that Michael Christopher Shugars, 32, of Punxsutawney, has been charged in relation to a homicide investigation that started Sunday night in Hamilton, Perry Township, just outside of Punxsutawney.
Police had reported to a bridge over Mahoning Creek just off of Miller Road after receiving a report from an area resident that human remains had been located below the bridge.
PERRY TOWNSHIP â Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police released no further details on Monday concerning a homicide investigation resulting from the recovery of human remains found Sunday in Mahoning Creek off of Miller Road in the village of Hamilton in Perry Township.
Late Sunday night, PSP-Punxsy said that the case had been deemed a homicide investigation, and that the remains located were those of a white male.
At its annual Fall Dinner on Saturday, the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society honored two organizations with Certificates of Commendation.
Pictured are (from left) the Rev. Timothy Spence, who was also the speaker for the night, receiving the award on behalf of Grace Place through the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry; Elmer Reed, PAHGS Board of Trustees chairman; and Jeff Long, receiving the certificate on behalf of Jeff S. Long Construction.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department dive team are pictured returning to shore after performing an apparent body part recovery investigation in the Mahoning Creek in Perry Township on Sunday evening.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
HENDERSON TOWNSHIP â A 12-year-old boy died in an accident Saturday, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police said the incident occurred at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, as the boyâs father was operating a Bobcat compact track loader along a private roadway off Rainbow Road in Henderson Township.
The boy was operating a horse-drawn wagon and inadvertently traveled behind the loader, which struck him, according to police.
Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder pronounced the boy dead at the scene.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
August 18, 1897
A Mountain of Ore
The Punxsutawney Iron Company is putting in an immense quantity of ore. A little mountain of it is piled up on the grounds containing about 50,000 tons, and the company expects to have as much more there before navigation closes on the lakes.
UPDATE: Police have issued a release announcing that Novak has been located.
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP â DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police have located Cassandra Lee Novak, 18, who was last seen at her Walls Road residence in Winslow Township at 6 p.m. Friday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The grieving process is certainly one that can carry on for many years after the loss of a loved one.
It never really, completely goes away, but through the healing power in the process, one can seek comfort in knowing he or she is not alone.
One local woman, Chris Gigliotti, has learned the healing power of grief. In 2009, she suffered the tragic loss of her beloved son, Adam Travis.
Gigliotti said that after his death, she spent a lot of time struggling and searching for "something" to help her deal with that loss.
On Friday, Verizon presented a check for $5,000 to the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center (PWDC) as part of the 2013 Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.
Through the recommendation of Pennsylvania State Rep. Sam Smith, Verizon is proud to partner with PWDC to support programs that empower young people with lifelong learning skills.
Spirit employees Lisa Ross (left) and Bridey Shawgo were recently honored by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club with Distinguished Service Citations for their work in composing and producing the Punxsutawney Spirit insert for the annual radio auction and several other Rotary projects.
In receiving the award, Ross and Shawgo were recognized and thanked for working tirelessly "behind the scenes" and doing a great job in support of the Rotary endeavors.