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January 19th, 2012

Cellmate: Rebert said Pa. couple had ‘old money’

January 20, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Testimony about a jail-house confession by Steven P. Rebert emerged during his Aug. 11, 2010, preliminary hearing in the shooting deaths of Victoria and Wayne Shugar, and Thursday, the man who allegedly heard the confession testified for the prosecution.

Joel Eagleson, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., now residing in Batavia, N.Y., told the jury about a 15- to 20-minute conversation he and Rebert had in early June 2010, after Rebert had been arrested by authorities in Genessee County, N.Y., for possession of a weapon.

CRACKING DOWN ON BULLYING

January 20, 2012

Local Punxsy teachers recently received a grant on behalf of the Olweus Committee from McDonald’s to fund a school/community-wide event to call attention to the ever-growing problem of cyber-bullying. The “We Are PAWS-itively Bully-Free” event will feature a speaker from the state Attorney General’s office, as well as a free open swim night at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School natatorium; games; door prizes; snacks; and an opportunity to sign a Family Anti-Bullying Pledge poster.

Winter sports mid-season glance

January 20, 2012

Boys' Basketball

With 11 games in the books, the Punxsy boys' basketball team is halfway through the regular season. This story is a look back on the season so far and a glance forward to where they're headed.

Where they've been: The Chucks basketball team started the season with a number of questions surrounding how well it would perform after losing would-have-been starting senior guard Logan Weaver to Indiana.

So far this season, Punxsy has found answers to all the questions and jumped out to a 9-2 record, including a 3-0 record in District-IX play so far this season.

Helen Bobette (Sutter) Lechner, 90

January 20, 2012

Helen Bobette (Sutter) Lechner, 90, Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Bradford and Phoenix, Ariz., died Friday, Jan, 13, 2012.

She was born Aug. 24, 1921, in Valier, a daughter of the late Dee Glenn and Flora (Neal) Sutter, and her step-mother, Elizabeth Sutter.

July 18, 1941, she married Arthur Raymond Lechner, who preceded her in death Sept. 26, 1995.

Mrs. Lechner wasemployed by Zippo Manufacturing Company in Bradford, retiring in 1986 after 35 years of service.

After retirement, she and her husband lived in Phoenix.

Annabelle Painter, 79

January 20, 2012

Annabelle Painter, 79, Big Run, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Aug. 30, 1932, in Big Run (Foxburg), a daughter of the late Edward and Pheobie (Guthrie) Frantz.

Dec. 25, 1949, she married Earnest Painter, who preceded her in death July 28, 2008.

She was Methodist by faith and had attended St. Phillips United Methodist Church in Big Run.

She previously worked in the chenille department at the Standard Pennant Factory in Big Run.

January 18th

The Zak Zone

January 19, 2012

Academics is something that I have always held very near and dear in my life.

I grew up a bookworm, always reading every chance I could — a habit I wish I had continued throughout my adolescent and college years — and have always loved to study anything and everything.

Growing up, my favorite parts of the newspaper were the agate of the sports pages, where I could analyze the statistics and standings of each of my favorite sports, and the "Today in History" section, where in such a short amount of time I could learn so much about the history of a single day on the calendar.

Mary Jane Miller, 68

January 19, 2012

Mary Jane Miller, 68, Brookville, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born Dec. 11, 1943 in Tonawanda, N.Y., a daughter of the late Marcel Russell and Hilda Madelyn (Lewis) Wazelle.

May 25, 1974, she married the love of her life, Wayne Arthur Miller, who preceded her in death Oct. 1, 2009.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Nazerene Church in Anita, as well as a member of the Gentian Chapter No. 23 of the Eastern Star in Wyoming.

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.

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