The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 20, 2013

In brief: City woman among 5 killed in crash


The Tribune-Democrat

WAYNESBORO — A local coroner on Sunday identified five Pennsylvania residents as the victims of a horrific crash involving two motorcycles and an SUV near the Maryland state line.

All four people traveling on the motorcycles died, as did Marjorie Smith, 68, of Johnstown, who was a passenger in the SUV, according to Franklin County coroner Jeffrey Conner.

The motorcyclists were Douglas Hoffer Jr., 32, of Quarryville; Colleen Nesbitt, 27, of Gap; and David Russell, 67, and Michelle Russell, 53, both of Mount Joy.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon in Washington Township, near Waynesboro.

According to Conner, the northbound SUV crossed the center line on Fort Ritchie Access Road for unknown reasons and hit the motorcycle driven by Hoffer. The SUV then spun around and was broadsided by the Russells’ bike, he said in a statement.

Jenner Twp. burglary suspect sought

State police are asking for help to find whoever broke into a Jenner Township home on Friday and stole cash and a significant amount of jewelry, including an inscribed gold watch, class ring, Masonic ring and other goods.

State police in Somerset said someone slipped into the Walker Way home sometime between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., gaining access by removing a window air conditioner. The burglar then left through a garage door, police said.

Anyone with information can call state police at 445-4104.a

Client allegedly breaks glass at clinic

GREENSBURG – A Latrobe area man was charged with criminal mischief earlier this month after he allegedly broke a glass door at a methadone clinic, agitated he wasn’t receiving his medication fast enough.

State police in Greensburg said Jason F. Kistner, 29, caused $400 worth of damage to the door at Med Tech in Hempfield Township.

Garrett man charged following crash

A Somerset County man was charged with resisting arrest Friday after he allegedly became unruly at the scene of a DUI crash in Somerset Township, state police said.

Duane David Hetz II, 24, of Garrett, allegedly suffered a broken wrist in the crash at the intersection of Stepping Stones Road and South Center Avenue.

He was arraigned in Somerset County and then released on $10,000 unsecured bond, state police said.

2 people killed in nightclub shooting

PITTSBURGH – Shots fired inside a Pittsburgh nightclub early Sunday morning killed two people, including a mother of three, and injured several other patrons, authorities said.

The victims were identified as Demetrius Broadnax, 27, of Wilkinsburg, and Jasmine Morris, 21, of Penn Hills, according to the Allegheny County coroner’s office.

Officers were on patrol in the city’s Homewood section around 3 a.m. when they saw several people run out of the Diverse Banquet Hall, police said.

They went inside and found Broadnax and Morris dead at the scene.

Pastors to defy church, perform gay marriage

PHILADELPHIA – About 30 Methodist ministers from eastern Pennsylvania say they’ll jointly officiate the marriage of a same-sex couple, in violation of church doctrine.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the move is intended as an act of solidarity with a pastor facing possible dismissal for presiding at the wedding of his gay son.

The Rev. Frank Schaefer officiated his son’s 2007 wedding in Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal. He faces a religious trial Nov. 18.