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December 3, 2012

Local and state briefs 12/4/2012

Man held for trial in shooting case

WINDBER – A Paint Township man accused of trying to shoot a woman in October will face trial.

Lester E. Gindlesperger, 51, of Clearview Heights, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday before District Judge Joseph Cannoni, sending charges that include attempted homicide and aggravated assault to court.

 Police alleged that Gindlesperger told a woman he was going to kill her, then fired a handgun, striking a pillow near her head. Alcohol also might have been a factor, investigators have said.



Burglars hit Armagh church

ARMAGH – Pentecostal Tabernacle in Armagh was burglarized between Nov. 25 and Friday, state police in Indiana said.

Police said someone entered the church by an unknown means and stole an amplifier and a guitar.

Anyone with information can call police at 724-357-1960.

Earlier, authorities said someone had broken into Samuels Lutheran Church in Somerset Township on Friday or Saturday and taken more than $2,000 in items that included candleholders, crosses and communion wine.

Anyone with information on that crime can call police at 445-4104.



Gay GOP legislator among nation’s first

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Fleck  is among the country’s first Repub­lican state legislators who are openly gay, according to a national advocacy group for gay and lesbian public officials.

Denis Dison of the Washington, D.C.-based Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute said Monday that Fleck also is currently the nation’s only openly gay sitting Republican state legislator.

Fleck, 39, of Huntingdon County, came out in an interview published Saturday in The Daily News of Huntingdon County. He represents a conservative district between Altoona and State College.

Fleck told the Altoona Mirror newspaper Saturday night that he had been working toward the decision for months.

Fleck is the first and only current legislator from either party in Pennsylvania’s Legislature who is openly gay.

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