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."
Ramona Kathryn McAninch Hilliard, 83, of Longview Road, Fairmount City, Redbank Township, Clarion County, died Monday, June 4, 2012, following a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 23, 1929, in Hawthorn, a daughter of Inez Neil and Henry Claude McAninch.
She was married Nov. 14, 1948, to Blair Hilliard, who preceded her in death May 2, 1986.
Mrs. Hilliard was a graduate of Hawthorn High School, a homemaker and had been employed at the G.C. Murphy Store in New Bethlehem. In her earlier years, she worked as a caregiver.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With their respective wins over St. Marys last Wednesday in Brockway, the Chucks baseball team and the Lady Chucks softball team each advanced to today's opening round of the PIAA Class AAA State Championships.
On the boys' end, the Chucks, who earned an impressive ninth-consecutive District IX crown last Wednesday, will open the PIAAs with a 4 p.m. contest against a WPIAL team â€”Â the Belle Vernon Leopards â€” who finished as District VII's second seed after a 1-0 loss in a pitching duel against Blackhawk in the D-VII championship game last Thursday.
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 Coronerâ€™s 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 "Schoolâ€™s 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.
Janina H. Brewer, 92, Reynoldsville, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at home.
She was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Elenora, a daughter of the late Fred and Mary (Killian) Wisneski.
Feb. 29, 1938, she married Raymond L. Brewer, who preceded her in death April 23, 1973.
Mrs. Brewer was a 1938 graduate of Reynoldsville High School.
She retired from Loree Footware in Big Run after 16 years of service.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Reynoldsville.
Kenneth L. Dobson, 88, Valier, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Johnstown.
He was born Sept. 14, 1923, in Oliveburg, a son of the late Roy and Anna (Himes) Dobson.
March 15, 1947, he married Anita Jane Mahan, who preceded him in death Dec. 3, 1980.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Falls Creek and the American Legion of DuBois.
He was a painter, a farmer, and a truck driver, and he enjoyed being outdoors.