Archive - Jan 2012 - News Article
BROOKVILLE â€” 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 in Brockway.
The Kane Borough Council is expected to act Feb. 1 on what has been termed "a bare-bones' budget for 2012.
The "revised" proposed budget calls for a 1.5-mill increase in the property tax rate in Kane.
This increase would generate about $118,000 more in additional tax revenue for the borough.
The additional funds reportedly are needed to balance the budget due to rising costs for operating the borough government.
JAMES CITY â€“ A public meeting on the proposed closing of the James City Post Office is scheduled Tuesday at the Highland Township Fire Hall.
The meeting is expected to run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the fire hall in James City.
The U.S. Postal Service has proposed closing hundreds of post offices nationwide in an effort to cut costs. The closing of post offices in Ludlow and Hazel Hurst also has been proposed.
Organizers are preparing for what will be the 13th installment of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous scheduled for Feb. 18-25 in downtown Ridgway.
"We're excited because it's coming fast and we're excited about the new location," said Zoe Boni, daughter of Rendezvous founders Rick and Liz Boni.
"People Helping People" is more than a motto for the Kane Eagles club.
It's a reality.
The club is very involved in community service and in donating money to help Kane children, senior citizens and the needy.
"Being able to help people is very rewarding," club Secretary Barb Gadley-Cheeks said. "When you join the Eagles, you're going to be helping the community. That's just what Eagles do."
The Kane club is part of the international Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) founded in 1898. The Kane chapter-- called an "Aerie"-- was formed in 1903.
A new organization has been formed in Kane to honor U.S. soldiers killed while serving their country.
The Staff Sgt. Ken VanGiesen Memorial Fallen Soldier Tribute Foundation is named for the Kane native who was killed last July while deployed in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Amie Gullifer, VanGiesen's only sister, is co-president of the new non-profit organization along with John Bernhard of Mt. Jewett. Other foundation officers include Fred Tarnaski, vice president, and Renee McKay, secretary.
Tax documents for 2011 will soon start arriving in the mail, and it is never too soon to start getting organized to ensure a maximum refund with minimal difficulties.Â
Jennifer Jenkins, Internal Revenue Service media relations for Ohio and Western Pa., had some basic tips to offer taxpayers.Â
â€śThe first thing most people wonder is what's the deadline to file, and this year the deadline is Tuesday, April 17,â€ť Jenkins said.Â
In his job as a deputy in the McKean County Sheriff's Department, Dave Engman of Kane said he "strived to treat people like I would want to be treated in that situation."
He said he plans to "carry over" this principle as he begins his duty as the new judge for the Kane District Court.
"Most judges want to be known as a fair judge," Engman said. He said the "law dictates the majority of your job and how a district judge proceeds" in handling cases.
BROOKVILLE â€” Jurors during the third day of the 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.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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 vehicle parked in the driveway, he began fearing the worst.
Jason Shugar, a son of the victims â€” Victoria and Wayne Shugar, Coal Tipple Road â€” said he last spoke to his parents Saturday, April 10, 2010, and described how his mother had asked him to help with removing some items in a second-floor room that the couple wanted to refurbish.