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January 23rd, 2012
BROOKVILLE â Both sides in Steven Rebertâs double homicide trial rested their cases Monday following a week of testimony at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
The Commonwealth seeks the death penalty in the case in which Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
Monday, public defender John Ingros, representing Rebert, called to the stand Stephen Buttering, Brockway, who testified that he was home the night of April 10, 2010.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce, in itâs most basic sense, is the glue that holds the community together, responsible for many behind-the-scenes projects that support Punxsy.
âWe are really the front desk for the community,â Executive Director Marlene Lellock said. âItâs the place that people from out of town, if they want to know anything about the community â whether they want to move here, locate a business here, or come to visit â we are the place they call.â
Punxsutawney Phil and members of the Inner Circle had a special guest in town last Monday: Sara Haines (second from left), from NBCâs âToday with Kathie Lee & Hoda Kotb,â explored Philâs Souvenir Shop and also asked (from left) Inner Circle President Bill Deeley, Vice-President Mike Johnston (third from left) and John Griffiths about the phenomenon that is Groundhog Day.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 2012 is the year without the plush. But for those behind the scenes at Phil's Souvenir Shop, it's the people â not necessarily the items â who make a Groundhog Day successful.
"I think the tourists and the people who come into the store are the most interesting," said Mary Ann Jacobson, the shop's head clerk.
"They're all happy to be here. When they're looking at your stuff, you see them smiling and laughing, and it makes for a happy atmosphere."
Samantha Winebark (second from left) was crowned the Winter Queen, and Randa Depp (third from left) was crowned the Winter Princess during halftime of Friday nightâs Chucks versus Owls basketball game. Their escorts were Tyler Milliron (far left) and Jesse Reinhart (far right), respectively.
Members of the PAHS 2012 Winter Queenâs Court are (from left) Randa Depp, with escort Jesse Reinhart; Kaitlyn Cressley, with Luke Spack; Sydney Jekielek, with Micky DeChurch; Samantha Winebark, with Tyler Milliron; Cassandra Cook, with Tyler Presloid; and Tori Brooks, with Brody Morgan.
BROOKVILLE â Testimony on the fifth day of Steven Rebertâs double homicide trial revealed that while performing a DNA profile, Pennsylvania State Police forensic scientists found the DNA of one of the victims, Wayne Shugar, on Rebertâs work boots.
Rebert, 46, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
BROOKVILLE â Two acquaintances of Steven P. Rebert took the witness stand for the prosecution in his double murder trial Thursday, both testifying to Rebertâs abuse of drugs â mainly Oxycontin.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces charges in the shooting deaths of Wayne and Vickie Shugars, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010 in their home on Coal Tipple Road, Brockway.
First, District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett called Marc Cirrincione of Clarence, N.Y., a friend of Rebertâs since the late 1980s.
BROOKVILLE â Testimony about a jail-house confession by Steven P. Rebert emerged during his Aug. 11, 2010, preliminary hearing in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, and Thursday, the man who allegedly heard the confession testified for the prosecution.
Joel Eagleson, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., now residing in Batavia, N.Y., told the jury about a 15- to 20-minute conversation he and Rebert had in early June 2010, after Rebert had been arrested by authorities in Genessee County, N.Y., for possession of a weapon.
Local Punxsy teachers recently received a grant on behalf of the Olweus Committee from McDonaldâs to fund a school/community-wide event to call attention to the ever-growing problem of cyber-bullying. The âWe Are PAWS-itively Bully-Freeâ event will feature a speaker from the state Attorney Generalâs office, as well as a free open swim night at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School natatorium; games; door prizes; snacks; and an opportunity to sign a Family Anti-Bullying Pledge poster.