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November 5, 2012

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Body of missing boater found

PORTERSVILLE — Authorities have found the body a boater who went missing more than a week ago at a western Pennsylvania lake.

Officials at Moraine State Park say the body of 52-year-old Brian Cornetti was found near the boat launches at Lake Arthur.

Cornetti, of Prospect, disappeared Oct. 26 while raccoon hunting. Police suspect he drowned while trying to retrieve his boat when it drifted away while he was on shore.

Cornetti's empty boat, carrying his life vest, was found a day after he disappeared.


Trial set to start in killing over $20 in drugs

STATE COLLEGE — A Pennsylvania man accused of stabbing another man over $20 in marijuana is scheduled to stand trial this week.

Twenty-two-year-old Tyler Marlatt is charged with first-, second- and third-degree murder as well as robbery and aggravated assault in the Jan. 16 slaying of slaying of 20-year-old Tyler Struble in Lemont.

Authorities in Centre County say Marlatt and others went to Struble's home to claim money from a deal when Marlatt stabbed Struble to death.

Marlatt's girlfriend pleaded guilty to robbery and drug charges.

Marlatt's attorney has said he was acting in self-defense.


Priest accused of taking $380K from parish

BONNEAUVILLE — A central Pennsylvania priest faces charges he stole more than $380,000 from his parish.

Investigator says 52-year-old Father Caesar Belchez transferred more than $190,000 from various accounts at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Bonneauville to an online stock account and more than $120,000 to a personal account.

The alleged misuse of funds extends to unauthorized credit card charges and church checks made out to Belchez.

Authorities in Adams County say the fraud was discovered by Belchez's successor when he left the church during a regular assignment change.

Belchez was charged last week with two counts of theft and access device fraud. A phone listing for him could not be located Monday.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg says Belchez has been barred from celebrating Mass and other priestly duties.

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