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December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review



Keiper caught in SW

Snyder County car conman on run since April seized in Colorado town

Sept. 8. Durango, Colo.  A Snyder County businessman who fled before being sentenced for bilking buyers of $340,000 for vehicles that did not exist was captured Friday in southwest Colorado.

Kurt Keiper, a convicted conman who skipped bail and failed to show in Snyder County Court for sentencing in April, was nabbed in La Plata County, Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch said Friday afternoon.

Details of the arrest were not available — not from Piecuch, who declined to comment, or from La Plata County Sheriff Duke Schirard, who was not available Friday. Durango, with a population of about 17,000, is the seat of La Plata County.

Keiper will be extradited to Snyder County, but Piecuch couldn’t say how long that might take.

2 charged in murder

Resident’s killer remains at large

Sept. 12. Mifflinburg. Two Valley men were charged with murder Tuesday morning in the drug-related slaying of a Union County resident in June, but one would not give up the name of the gunman, who shot Randy Alan Sampsell in his head as he sat in his recliner.

Herbert L. Tiebout, Sunbury, and Justin G. Richard, of Mifflinburg, were at the shooting scene near Mifflinburg, state police at Milton said, but the killer and another accomplice remain on the loose.

Two others face charges in connection to the death of Sampsell, 51, whose decomposed body was found by his brother about 10 days after he was killed.

Tiebout and Richard were among four men who first broke into a Millmont home and savagely beat Scott Vonneida before stealing drugs and firearms, then drove to Cowan, where they used one of the stolen guns to kill Sampsell, state police at Milton said.

Tiebout, 37, and Richard, 28, were charged Tuesday before District Judge Jeffrey Mensch with second- and third-degree murder each in connection to Sampsell’s death, as well as with robbery, burglary, assault and various other offenses, totaling 13 in all.

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