tuesDAY, may 14 2013
body finally found
65 YEAR OLD Kenneth Leighty OF ALTOONA IS NOW CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER TELLING INVESTIGATORS WHERE TO DIG FOR THE REMAINS OF HIS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, 23 YEAR OLD SHERRY LEIGHTY. SHE DISAPPEARED IN 1999 AND ALTOONA POLICE RECENTLY RECORDED A PHONE CONVERSATION IN WHICH LEIGHTY TELLS his SON THAT HE ACCIDENTALLY KILLED HER AND BURIED HER BODY ON HIS 150 ACRE PROPERTY NEAR WARRIORS MARK, HUNTINGDON COUNTY. SEARCH CREWS HAVE BEEN COMBING THE AREA FOR 3 WEEKS. THE SKELETON WAS DISCOVERED SATURDAY, BUT AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT COMMENTED ON THE CAUSE OF DEATH. LEIGHTY HAS BEEN JAILED SINCE ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING THE OFFICERS WHO WANTED TO QUESTION HIM. YESTERDAY, LEIGHTY WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING ON THE HOMICIDE CHARGE. NO WORD YET IF PROSECUTORS WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY.
death row inmate clobebrs his attorney
DEATH ROW INMATE ANDRE STATON OF BALTIMORE HAS REQUESTED HE RECEIVE A LETHAL INJECTION RATHER THAN CONTINUE HIS APPEALS IN THE 2004 STABBING DEATH OF HIS ESTRANGED GIRLFRIEND, BEVERLY YOHN IN ALTOONA…AND HE WAS IN BLAIR COUNTY COURT FOR A HEARING YESTERDAY, ASKING TO REPRESENT HIMSELF. WHILE STILL HANDCUFFED, STATON PUT HIS HANDS TOGETHER AND SLAMMED HIS COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEY IN THE FOREHEAD AND EYES. LAWYER TIM BURNS BROKE A WOODEN CHAIR AS HE FELL TO THE FLOOR. HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED AT ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM. Staton is expected to FACE ASSAULT chargeS.
JOHNSTOWN SHOOTING INVESTIGATIoN
One person has now been charged after last week’s shooting in the Hornerstown section of Johnstown. Anthony Sanders faces attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges. Police say he was with 2 other men and a juvenile in an apartment when a fight and then a shootout began. 4 people were injured, but all are expected to be OK. 3 more suspects are expected to be arrested.
former high school soccer coach charged
a former assistant girls soccer coach for the altoona area high school has been charged with felony counts of having sexual contact with 2 female students, ages 15 and 16, between october 2010 and this past february. 24 year old kyla hollingshead has resigned and she is free on unsecured bond with a preliminary hearing next wednesday. altoona police tell the altoona mirror that hollingshead allegedly held a knife and threatened to kill herself if one of the girls broke up with her.
jail time for thief?
IN CENTRE COUNTY COURT TODAY, 48 YEAR OLD TERESA HORTON OF Bellefonte IS DUE FOR SENTENCING. SHE PLEADED GUILTY TO STEALING more than 37-THOUSAND DOLLARS from the Philipsburg-Osceola wrestling booster club WHILE SHE WAS treasurer. District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller PLANS TO SEEK JAIL TIME.
wanna buy a prison?
THE state prisons AT CRESSON AND GREENSBURG ARE SLATED TO close next month AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS EXPECTED TO APPROVE THE SALE OF THE BUILDINGS. A TOTAL OF 13 surplus properties COULD BE SOLD AND The Department of General Services estimates they MIGHT GO FOR more than 6 million DOLLARS. THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT SAYS The CRESSON LOCK-UP is projected to bring in 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS for the 40-building complex spread across 450 acres.