June 5th, 2012
Richard Earl Shotts, 55, Rural Valley, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012.
He was born Nov. 17, 1956, in Kittanning, a son of Dorothy (McCausland) Shotts, who survives, and the late Lynn Murray Shotts, who preceded him in death Dec. 31, 2008.
May 27, 1978, he married Candice (Cooper) Shotts, who survives.
Mr. Shotts worked in the maintenance department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was a retired coal miner.
He was a member of local Union No. 488 and the National and PA Trappers Associations.
Irene Catherine Ruth Hamner, 66, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at home.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home Inc.
ST. MARYS â€” With rain clouds looming and a few showers hitting Berwind Park in St. Marys, it appeared as if the Chucks' PIAA Class AAA opening round game against Belle Vernon may be delayed due to inclement weather.
That never happened, but there was an unfortunate 40-minute delay due to a benches-clearing incident as Belle Vernon relief pitcher Dom Francia was being warned for brushing back Punxsy's No. 3 hitter Ty Zimmerman twice in a row.
NORTH ALLEGHENY â€” Entering the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA State Championship tournament, the Lady Chucks knew what was ahead of them: A solid hitting team in the Lady Spartans of Moniteau and a steady pitcher they'd have to make contact against.
Unfortunately for the Lady Chucks, that steady pitcher, Kaitlyn Kutchman, pitched a complete game, walking none, striking out ten and allowing just one run on three hits, and Montour earned a 4-1 victory behind three unearned runs in the fifth inning.
BROCKWAY- The defending State Champion Riverside Panthers (18-6) proved to be too much for the Brookville Raiders (15-5) to handle during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA State Playoffs, as the Panthers earned a 6-3 victory Monday in Brockway.
"None of us wanted the season to end today, but I told the kids to keep their heads up; we had a good year," said Raiders Head Coach Kenny Lindermuth.
After a traffic-related delay to the game, both teams came out hot offensively.
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.