The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

State News

October 9, 2012

Morning Briefing | Boy, 13, charged with slaying grandparents

FRANKLIN — State police have charged a 13-year-old boy as an adult on charges that he fatally shot his grandparents in their northwestern Pennsylvania home.

Troopers from the Franklin barracks announced the charges Tuesday against Zachery James Proper, of Oil City, but provided few details.

The Derrick in Oil City first reported the charges, which state police confirmed in a short news release.

Police say Proper shot his grandmother, Dorothy Fross, and step-grandfather, George Fross, at their home in Sandycreek Township about 4 p.m. Sunday.

Police did not immediately say how they linked the boy to the killings. Online court records don't list an attorney for the boy and a criminal complaint was not immediately available.

It was not immediately clear if Proper had been arraigned.


Teen charged in fatal birthday party shooting

YORK — Authorities say they have charged a central Pennsylvania teenager in a shooting death at a birthday party over the weekend and have been seeking others.

Police in York said 18-year-old Denzel Turane was gunned down during the party Sunday morning at a home in the city.

Officials said a 14-year-old girl was critically injured and a 16-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet.

Authorities said a youth who was 16 at the time but turned 17 on Monday has been charged with criminal homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

Police said they wanted to talk to three other people and located two of them Monday but are still seeking the third.


Body found near Pittsburgh wharf is man, 68

PITTSBURGH — A body found floating in a river near Pittsburgh's Mon Wharf parking lot has been identified as that of a 68-year-old East Liberty man.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that an autopsy is planned for Tuesday for David L. King, who was found in the Monongahela River on Monday.

The body was reported shortly before noon Monday along the parking area, which lines a half-mile section of the north shore of the Monongahela River downtown.

Officials at the scene had tethered the body so it would not float away until they could remove it from the river.

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