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January 24th, 2012

Defense: What did you learn from prosecution’s case?

January 25, 2012

BROOKVILLE — During his closing arguments in the seventh day of Steven P. Rebert’s 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 victims’ kitchen, knickknacks on the counter, the locations of “every door and window,” the yard, where the vehicles were parked and even an incomplete bedroom on the second floor of their home.

But, Ingros asked, “Are you any closer to helping you decide” Rebert’s innocence or guilt. “What did you really learn?

Police seek whereabouts of Reynoldsville man

January 25, 2012

BROOKVILLE — 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.

E. Eugene (Gene) Elbel, 82

January 25, 2012

E. Eugene (Gene) Elbel, 82, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Rossiter, a son of the late Edward and Alice (Smith) Elbel.

June 25, 1949, he married Dorothy E. (Smith) Elbel, who survives. They were married 62 years.

Mr. Elbel enjoyed gardening, hunting, traveling and watching sports.
He was retired as a heavy equipment operator.

Gilbert Michael “Junie” Piszker, 77

January 25, 2012

Gilbert Michael “Junie” Piszker, 77, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Oct. 7, 1934, in Anita, a son of the late Gelly and Annie (Reves) Piszker.

He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. Piszker was a friendly and kind-spirited man. He enjoyed playing the lottery and keeping track of sports.

In his younger years, he was a member of the Anita Baseball team, and he liked paint-by-numbers oil painting.

January 23rd

Punxsy wins in full-team effort

January 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — All 12 of the players who saw time for the Lady Chucks basketball team Monday night scored at least two points, and Punxsy cruised to a 70-16 victory over the Lady Owls of Harmony in Punxsutawney.

Despite the large number on the scoreboard for the Punxsy, it was a balanced attack, as Emily Horner and Taylor Newcome were the only two Punxsy players to reach double-digits, with 14 and 10 points respectively.

The Lady Chucks scored 46 of their 70 points in the first half and held the Lady Owls to just nine over the first two quarters.

The Raiders earn their revenge

January 24, 2012

Brookville battles back for win over Punxsy

BROOKVILLE — Although Punxsy jumped out to an early 13-0 lead Monday night against Brookville, the Raiders made some adjustments and battled back before sealing up the 54-52 victory.

Chucks head coach Dirk Neal decided to change up his defensive scheme at the beginning of the game, electing for a triangle and two set-up. The defense worked early, and the Chucks were able to capitalize.

DAY 6: Defense, prosecution rest their cases

January 24, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Both sides in Steven Rebert’s 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.

Chamber still seeks donations for capital campaign

January 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce, in it’s most basic sense, is the glue that holds the community together, responsible for many behind-the-scenes projects that support Punxsy.

“We are really the front desk for the community,” Executive Director Marlene Lellock said. “It’s the place that people from out of town, if they want to know anything about the community — whether they want to move here, locate a business here, or come to visit — we are the place they call.”

READY FOR ‘KATHIE LEE & HODA’

January 24, 2012

Punxsutawney Phil and members of the Inner Circle had a special guest in town last Monday: Sara Haines (second from left), from NBC’s “Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda Kotb,” explored Phil’s 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.

Winfield Scott Harriger, 87

January 24, 2012

Winfield Scott Harriger, 87, Reynoldsville, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

He was born April 14, 1924, in Winslow Township, a son of the late Scott and Edna (Milliron) Harriger.

July 16, 1954, he married Sarah Annabelle Pifer Harriger, who preceded him in death Dec. 30, 2001.

Mr. Harriger was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reynoldsville.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a corporal in the U.S. Army.

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