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January 18th, 2012

REBERT DAY 3: Video shows Rebert at three stores the day of murders

January 19, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Jurors during the third day of Steven P. Rebert’s double-homicide trial learned how he left a video trail of surveillance of him stopping at Sheetz as he made his way to the home of Wayne and Vickie Shugar, Coal Tipple Road, Brockway.

Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of the Shugars, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their home.

January 17th

REBERT DAY 2: Son feared the worst upon arrival at parents’ house

January 18, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The son of a slain Snyder Township couple took the witness stand Tuesday during the second day of Steven P. Rebert’s double-homicide trial, saying that when he arrived at his parents’ home and found both of their vehicles parked in the driveway, he began fearing the worst.

Jason Shugar, a son of the victims — Victoria and Wayne Shugar, Coal Tipple Road — said he last spoke to his parents Saturday, April 10, 2010, and described how his mother had asked him to help removing some items in second-floor room that the couple wanted to refurbish.

Expert: Victims suffered more than just wounds

January 18, 2012

BROOKVILLE — A forensic pathologist testified Tuesday that while gunshot wounds to the neck and trunk killed Wayne Shugar, there were also two areas of hemorrhaging under his scalp.

He also testified that Wayne Shugar’s wife, Vicky, died of a gunshot would to the trunk, and chipping defects on her fingernails were defensive wounds, suggesting that perhaps she was fighting off an attacker.

PAHS to crown Winter Queen, Princess Friday

January 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Dec. 22, the PAHS senior class chose six senior girls to represent the 2012 Winter Formal Queen’s Court.

This year’s court includes Tori Brooks, Cassandra Cook, Kaitlyn Cressley, Randa Depp, Sydney Jekielek and Samantha Winebark.

The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen, and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess after the official crowning during halftime of the boys’ basketball game Friday against Bradford.

January 16th

REBERT DAY 1: DA draws ‘road map’ for Rebert jury

January 17, 2012

BROOKVILLE — After almost two years, the double-murder trial of Steven Patrick Rebert Monday, began Monday, with the prosecution guiding the jury into what it could expect to hear, and the defense noting that the prosecution presented its opening arguments with no evidence of Rebert’s guilt.

Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and Wayne Shugar, both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.

Former Flowers & More employee testifies about relationship with Rebert

January 17, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The first to testify in the double murder trial of Steven Patrick Rebert was Michelle Bright of DuBois, formerly of Coudersport, who works for the Brady Street Florist, DuBois.

Bright began to work for Flowers & More in Brockway in 2007, after she was hired by Vickie Shugar, who, along with her husband Wayne Shugar, was killed around April 10, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Snyder Township.

Bright said before she moved, she sent flowers from Flowers & More to her boyfriend’s mother and got to know Vickie.

Deeley retires, sells funeral home to new owner, Alex Park

January 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Bill Deeley and Alex Park have shared a remarkably similar career path.

Both graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Neither of them entered the funeral business through a family member, and both worked for other funeral homes before purchasing them.

And as of Jan. 1, the path of Park, 24, a graduate of Brookville Junior-Senior High School, has caught up with Deeley’s, as he is the new owner of the Deeley Funeral Home, Hillcrest Drive.

January 15th

Corbett to trek with Punxsy Phil Feb. 2

January 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Break out the red carpet for the Groundhog Day trek to Gobbler's Knob for two important figures: Punxsutawney Phil and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

The Groundhog Club's Inner Circle confirmed last week that Corbett and his wife, Susan, will indeed attend Groundhog Day 2012, serving as the guest speaker at the annual Groundhog Banquet Feb. 1 and making the trek with the Inner Circle the morning of Feb. 2.

The official announcement from the Inner Circle coincides with the first day — today — that tickets for the banquet will be available.

Rebert murder trial starts today

January 16, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Jury selection was completed Friday for the trial of Steven Patrick Rebert, as 12 jurors and four alternates were chosen for the trial, which is set to begin with opening arguments at 9 a.m. today at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and her husband, James Shugar — also known as Wayne Shugar — both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.

Way Back When

January 16, 2012

(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.)

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