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June 4th, 2012
INDIANA â A South Mahoning Township man who allegedly killed his two daughters and estranged wife also tried to burn down the two residences in which the murders occurred, police said Monday.
Lewis Beatty, 40, South Mahoning Township, faces three counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of his two daughters, Amanda, 11, and Sara, six, and his estranged wife, Christine Beatty, 33, Friday.
INDIANA â The district attorney is calling the victim in an early morning shooting a hero for defending his family, even though he lost his life.
"In many ways, (he) is a hero," Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty said during a Monday news conference at the PSP-Indiana barracks. "He was defending his family. I believe that if he
had not been there, we would have had the possibility of more victims on our hands."
INDIANA â The Indiana County district attorney said two separate incidents in which four people lost their lives over the weekend can be attributed to domestic violence.
"Indiana County was rocked this weekend by domestic violence deaths," Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty said during a news conference Monday at the PSP-Indiana barracks.
"Too often, we treat things like this as something that
just happens," he said. "We see now, it's not just something that happens."
NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP â 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 Coronerâs 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As Alice Cooper said many years ago "Schoolâs 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.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâs 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.
Ridinâ Shotgun will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the carnival grounds.
âWeâve been exploring alternatives to draw more people into the carnival, and by having a band, it should bring out some of the people who donât ride rides,â said Tami McFarland, chairperson for the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâs Old Home Week committee.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ 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 â only about four percent.
âThis is not a traditional role for women,â she said.
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.
BROOKVILLE â During Tuesdayâs Jefferson County Jail Board meeting, Judge John H. Foradora complimented the Jefferson County jail Warden Tom Elbel and the jail staff on several prosecutions that recently went to trial.
âThey did a fine job with testimony, and the video system and phone system has all worked to a T to bring offenders to justice,â Foradora said. âAnd hopefully, that will make the jail a more secure place.â
Recent cases involved inmates smuggling drugs into the jail internally, and the jailâs video equipment was a benefit to the prosecution.