Ruling blocks needle in yoga master’s death
Jan. 20. A Union County judge has dismissed the burglary charge against accused killer Joel R. Snider, effectively throwing out the potential for a death sentence if he’s convicted of the July 2010 slaying of New Berlin yoga master, Sudharman.
State prosecutor Frank Fina said he will appeal President Judge Michael H. Sholley’s ruling.
“The law and the facts are on our side,” Fina said Thursday. “Snider broke in by slashing a screen door, snuck in during the middle of the night and killed this man in his sleep.”
Legendary Lion dies
Jan. 23. State College. Happy Valley was perfect for Joe Paterno, a place where “Joepa” knew best, where he not only won more football games than any other major college coach, but won them the right way: with integrity and sportsmanship. A place where character came first, championships second.
Behind it all, however, was an ugly secret that ran counter to everything the revered coach stood for.
Paterno, a sainted figure at Penn State for almost half a century but whose reputation was scarred forever by the child sex abuse scandal that led to his stunning dismissal, died Sunday at age 85.
Police charge neighbor with tying, killing dog
Jan. 23. Danville. A Derry Township woman has been charged with tying a neighbor’s beloved family dog to a tree and shooting her to death on Saturday.
State police at Milton say the yellow lab and her puppy wandered into a fenced-in area where the woman, whom they have not identified, kept numerous rabbits.
She found one of her rabbits dead, removed the dogs from the area, separated them, and then tied the adult dog to a tree. She killed the dog by shooting her three times with a .22 caliber rifle, police said.