January 24th, 2012
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.
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 âJunieâ 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
Brookville battles back for win over Punxsy
BROOKVILLE â 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.
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce, in itâs most basic sense, is the glue that holds the community together, responsible for many behind-the-scenes projects that support Punxsy.
âWe are really the front desk for the community,â Executive Director Marlene Lellock said. âItâs the place that people from out of town, if they want to know anything about the community â whether they want to move here, locate a business here, or come to visit â we are the place they call.â
Punxsutawney Phil and members of the Inner Circle had a special guest in town last Monday: Sara Haines (second from left), from NBCâs âToday with Kathie Lee & Hoda Kotb,â explored Philâs 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.