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January 26th, 2012
Defense: Jurors must also consider prison, not only death
BROOKVILLE â While District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett told the jury that it was âjustâ in finding Steven P. Rebert guilty in the 2010 shooting deaths of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, defense attorney Michael Marshall asked the jury to also find a âjustâ verdict during the penalty phase Thursday.
âAgain, render a just verdict, and choose not to put Steven to death,â he said.
BROOKVILLE â As the penalty phase for Steven P. Rebert began Thursday â two days after he was found guilty of killing Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, in their Coal Tipple Road, Brockway residence in April 2010 â District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett reminded the jury that itâs not all about whether it sends Rebert to prison for the rest of his life, or it sentences him to death.
The phase during which the jury explored Rebertâs innocence or guilt is over: The jury found him guilty of killing the Shugars, Burkett said, âand now, itâs not just about Steven Rebert anymore.
BROOKVILLE â It might just have been the best kept secret in Brookville.
But as AGLogic continues to serve more than a million users a day from its office space on Main Street, Brookville, its presence canât be kept secret any longer.
Last January, when AGLogic developed its first app â swackett (sweater, jacket or coat?) â founder and director C. Scott Gilbert never imagined it would grow into the phenomenon it is today.
DUBOIS â Students at Penn Stateâs DuBois branch campus joined in the chorus of voices Wednesday, remembering the life and legacy of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Wednesday afternoon, students took part in a candlelight vigil near the campus Lion Shrine, honoring the memory of JoePa.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center is preparing to welcome its ninth inductee into the National Meteorologist Hall of Fame, Fred Gadomski, the host and co-producer of âWeather World,â a 15-minute nightly weather magazine program produced by the Penn State Weather Communications Group.
He will be inducted at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 â Groundhog Day â at the Weather Discovery Center, Punxsy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Next Wednesday, the Punxsy Elks Club will host its 14th annual comedy night. The show will feature Michaelangelo as emcee and headliner Dan Long.
Long, an Ohio Native, has performed his high-energy act all over the country. A master of impressions, Long performs a spot-on impersonation of Jack Nicholson, Johnny Carson and others.
A former writer for âThe Tonight Show,â this veteran of the stand-up comedy scene has performed from coast to coast.
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.