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January 24th, 2012
DA: The blood cries out for guilty verdict; jury hears it
BROOKVILLE â In his closing statement of Steven P. Rebertâs double murder trial Tuesday, District Attorney Jeffery Burkett invoked the voice of one of the victims, Wayne Shugar, and asked that the jury hear that voice, as well.
âThe blood of Wayne Shugar cries out in this courtroom,â Burkett said, citing evidence that showed four spots of Shugarâs blood on the bottom of Rebertâs work boots.
âYour DNA is the content of your person: Itâs responsible for your eye color, your personality, your height,â he said.
BROOKVILLE â During his closing arguments in the seventh day of Steven P. Rebertâs double homicide trial, defense attorney and public defender John Ingros told the jury that it has seen more than 300 exhibits and heard testimony about the victimsâ kitchen, knickknacks on the counter, the locations of âevery door and window,â the yard, where the vehicles were parked and even an incomplete bedroom on the second floor of their home.
But, Ingros asked, âAre you any closer to helping you decideâ Rebertâs innocence or guilt. âWhat did you really learn?
BROOKVILLE â A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jorden M. Bogacki, 27, Reynoldsville, on escape charges.
According to Jefferson County jail Warden Tom Elbel, Bogacki was sentenced to 45 days of jail time to be served on weekends in 48-hour periods.
However, Bogacki failed to report to the jail Friday, Jan. 20, and has not been located since, Adult Probation Officer Adam Oakes said.
According to Oakes, Bogacki works in the area and has served several hours of his jail time so far.
State police have been notified, and warrants have been issued for him.
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.