tuesDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
cold case heats up
21 YEAR OLD SHERRY LEIGHTY OF ALTOONA DISAPPEARED IN 1999 AND Police NOW SAY THEY MAY have a break. This weekend, State TROOPERS searchED for her body ON THE 150 ACRE HUNTINGDON COUNTY FARM BELONGING TO HER FATHER IN LAW, KENNETH LEIGHTY of warriors mark. ON FRIDAY, HE REPORTEDLY CONFESSED TO ACCIDENTALLY KILLING SHERRY, THEN ATTACKED POLICE OFFICERS…KICKING AND PUNCHING AT THEM. ACCORDING TO THE ALTOONA MIRROR, family members PREVIOUSLY told AUTHORITIES that Kenneth had groped Sherry when she was sleeping. KENNETH LEIGHTY REMAINS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICERS. HE HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED IN SHERRY’S DEATH. POLICE HAVE NOT SAID WHAT, IF ANY, EVIDENCE THEY FOUND AT KENNETH’S FARM.THE SEARCH IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY.
TRIPLE MURDER TRIAL UNDERWAY
A WESTMORELAND COUNTY JURY YESTERDAY VISITED THE AUTOMOBILE GLASS SHOP WHERE 3 WOMEN WERE SHOT TO DEATH IN 2009. 52 YEAR OLD KEVIN MURPHY OF CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP, INDIANA COUNTY, IS CHARGED with murdering his mother, sister, and an elderly aunt.
THE District Attorney saYS THE VICTIMS didn’t approve of MURPHY’S romance with a married woman.
CONVICTED KILLER WANTS NEW TRIAL
BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE JOLENE KOPRIVA WILL CONTINUE A HEARING WITHIN THE NEXT 2 WEEKS IN THE CASE OF PAUL AARON ROSS WHO WAS CONVICTED IN THE 2004 murder of tina miller at canoe creek state park. THE STATE SUPERIOR COURT GRANTED A NEW TRIAL, SAYING THAT DEFENSE ATTORNEY TOM DICKEY DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO PREPARE FOR TRIAL. THE PROSECUTION CLAIMS DICKEY TOLD THEM HE AND HIS EXPERT WITNESSES WERE READY TO GO. DISTRICT ATTORNEY RICH CONSIGLIO HAS ASKED THE STATE SUPREME COURT TO OVERTURN THE SUPERIOR COURT RULING AND KEEP ROSS IN JAIL. ROSS PARTICIPATED IN YESTERDAY’S PROCEEDING VIA VIDEO-CONFERENCE FROM THE STATE PRISON AT MAHANOY.
jury seated for another drug trial
A BLAIR COUNTY JURY WAS SEATED YESTERDAY FOR THE TRIAL OF RODNEY WILLIAMS OF BALTIMORE. AUTHORITIES TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR THAT WILLIAMS WAS THE SOURCE OF THE COCAINE THAT WAS BEING SOLD OUT OF THE CORNER BAR AND GRILL IN 2010 AND 11. WILLIAMS WILL GO ON TRIAL IN ABOUT 2 WEEKS. SEVERAL MEN HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED LONG JAIL SENTENCES.
WARNACO IS REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING CLOSING ITS DUNCANSVILLE PLANT…AND U-S SENATOR BOB CASEY SAYS HE HAS SENT A LETTER TO COMPANY OFFICIALS URGING THEM TO STAY PUT. THERE HAS NOT BEEN AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT, BUT BACK IN MARCH, BLAIR COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT AND C-E-O JOE HURD SAID A LEGITIMATE SOURCE HAD TOLD HIM THAT WARNACO’S PARENT COMPANY WAS PLANNING A 3-PHASE SHUTDOWN, WHICH WOULD BE COMPLETED IN 2014. THE LOCAL PLANT EMPLOYS 260 EMPLOYEES.
newt gingrich in happy valley
former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs will DEBATE TONIGHT AT 8 AT PENN STATE’S Schwab Auditorium. topics WILL INCLUDE gun control and the Boston Marathon bombings. The FREE event will ALSO include a question-and-answer period with the audience. Tickets may be picked up TODAY at the Eisenhower Auditorium ticket office. IF ANY REMAIN, THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
A fake text message claiming to be from a credit union is circulating around Pennsylvania. It says it’ from the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union and asks recipients to call a toll-free number to unblock their account. P-S-E-C-U officials say they never communicate with customers through text messages and advise account holders not to call the number.