Court nixes lawsuit against alleged victim
UNIONTOWN – A federal appeals court has refused to consider reviving a lawsuit filed by a Fayette County man acquitted of charges he raped a woman in 2007.
Stanley Ohler Sr., 38, of Connellsville, sued in 2010, claiming state police in Uniontown, county prosecutors and his alleged victim made up allegations that he repeatedly raped the woman in her home. Ohler was acquitted in July 2008 after calling witnesses who said the woman made up the allegations.
The Herald-Standard of Uniontown reported a lower federal judge rejected Ohler’s claims of a conspiracy to frame him, and the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now refused to consider his appeal.
Ohler is serving six to 12 years in state prison for an unrelated sexual assault involving a 14-year-old girl in 2002.
Vatican upholds closing of church site
DONORA – The Vatican has upheld a decision by Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik to close a 107-year-old church over the objections of parishioners who appealed, citing its historic ties to the Slavic immigrants who built it.
The Pittsburgh diocese closed St. Dominic Church in Donora, Washington County, last year, saying it was too costly to maintain or repair and that Our Lady of the Valley Parish – which used the building as one of two worship sites – wouldn’t be harmed by the move.
Six parishioners appealed, but the diocese said the Vatican found “no canonical basis in law or in fact” to keep the church open.
Jesus figurine returned, but replacement is swiped
CHAMBERSBURG – A baby Jesus figure taken from a Franklin County church’s Nativity scene last year was found cradled in the arms of a nearby statue just hours before the replacement statue was swiped.
The vintage figurine was taken last year from outside Chambersburg’s Central Presbyterian Church. It was found Sunday in the arms of a bronze Civil War soldier statue across the town square.
A local business had replaced the Jesus statue when the Nativity scene was set up a couple of weeks ago. The Chambersburg Public Opinion reported that replacement statue was stolen sometime after services on Sunday.