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Saturday, November 16 2002


NTAMHS releases 2003 valley history calendar 
Historic house demolished in Nanty Glo

Twin Rocks in its heyday | BTHS Class of 1957 page online 
Delano's Domain: Vintondale history book reprinted 
Historic Vintondale photos 
| Nanty Glo's coal trains 
Someone Looking for You? | Births | Deaths 

David Caldwell's weekly roundup
of news affecting Blacklick Valley

Football playoff
Forest Hills, 40; Bishop McCort, 10

Trooper shot

Pennsylvania State Trooper Joseph Sepp of the Ebensburg barracks responded to a call over the police radio around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday that reported a drunken driver wielding a gun after Summer Hill Township Police pulled him off for a sobriety check. After showing the gun, the suspect, Mark R. Leach of Summer Hill Township sped northward along Route 160. Trooper Sepp and police from 10 local departments responded to the call for help. Police managed to throw tire deflation devices in front of Leach's vehicle and flatten three tires. Nevertheless, he continued to drive on the rims into Ebensburg where he rammed a police cruiser on South Center Street. When Trooper Sepp arrived on the scene, the suspect fired a bullet through Sepp's windshield. The bullet struck him in the head. Other police on the scene returned fire until Leach fell to the pavement.

Both Trooper Sepp and Mr. Leach were life flighted to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. Trooper Sepp died late Sunday afternoon following 12 hours of surgery. Mr. Leach remains in the hospital, his condition unknown. The Cambria County District Attorney's office is charging the suspect with first-degree murder and criminal homicide.

Trooper Joseph Sepp, a 34-year-old Windber native, left behind a wife and three children. During his funeral mass at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Windber, his wife praised him highly as a father and husband and revealed that it had been her husband's life-long dream to serve as a Pennsylvania State Trooper. The Thursday morning funeral drew 500 fellow Pennsylvania troopers as well as 1000 police officers from California to Maine. The borough of Windber was so inundated with vehicles that 10 blocks of the main thoroughfare, Graham Avenue, was used for parking. Joseph Sepp was laid to rest in St. Anthony of Padua's Cemetery.

This tragic shooting has shaken Valley residents because of its nearness and especially since many have friends and relatives serving as police officers or working in one of the local prisons. One Valley resident commented, "We hear about shootings in big cities but we don't expect it to happen so close."

Winter is coming

Two weeks ago, Cambria, Somerset, and Bedford counties suffered much damage and inconvenience from an early winter ice storm. Now, they are bracing for another winter onslaught of freezing rain, sleet, and possible accumulations of snow and ice. Beginning on Tuesday of this week, the weather forecasters began warning of a large east coast storm combining with cold air from the north and dumping inches and possibly a foot of snow on west-central Pennsylvania. As the week progressed, these prognosticators hedged their predictions and are now calling for much less ice and snow. Nevertheless, they have us leery and on edge about what the weekend has in store; ice, snow, or rain.

The bigger worry, however, is what does this coming winter have in store? The east has been spoiled by three successive mild winters and many worry that this winter's early start doesn't bode well.

Construction continues

Several weeks ago a crew dug up the sidewalk on the north side of Chestnut Street and laid down a temporary walk of asphalt. This week, the large house at the corner of Chestnut and Second Streets came down in preparation for improving the intersection next year. Another crew dug trenches along and across Chestnut Street for storm drains. Also, work continues along Shoemaker Street. The coming winter weather will soon halt all work till next spring.

Signs across America


Trying to reduce the
local population?


—Sent by Sallie Covolo

Thought for today

A good way to avoid the snare of empty religious activity is to appear before God every once in awhile with our Bibles open to the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians. This passage, though rated one of the most beautiful in the Bible, is also one of the severest to be found in Sacred Writ. The apostle takes the highest religious service and consigns it to futility unless it is motivated by love. Lacking love, prophets and teachers, orators, philanthropists, and martyrs are sent away without reward. To sum it up, we may say simply that in the sight of God we are judged not so much by what we do as by our reasons for doing it!

—A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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