News Live 365 for June 22nd, 2017

Man Charged with Child Rape

Edmond Proper is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl for many years

Seneca, PA –

Edmund Proper of Seneca has been charged by authorities with several felonies in relation to child sexual assault. It is alleged that proper molested the same young girl over a period of five years, starting all the way back in 2007 when she was only seven years old. Proper is also said to have threatened the girl, warning her that he would hurt her sister and her animals if she told anyone. Proper has been arraigned on the following felony charges: Aggravated indecent assault of a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child less than 16 years old, aggravated indecent assault of a child less than 13 years old, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, and one misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors.

Boyfriend Charged in March First Shooting Death of Katrina Seabern

Damien Ditz admitted to pointing a loaded pistol at Katrina, claimed shooting was accident

Clarion, PA –

While undergoing a polygraph test Damien Ditz of Clarion admitted to the March first shooting and killing of his girlfriend Katrina Seaberg. Court records show Ditz has changed his story at least times while while Katrina’s death was investigated until he finally admitting that he pointed a loaded gun at her on purpose during an argument. The March 1st shooting was reported as an accident but a three month long investigation was opened after holes were found in the story of Ditz, who was the only witness.

Originally Ditz’s story was that the weapon which killed Katrina, a Glock 37 pistol, had been sitting on the dashboard of Katrina’s car and fell off while he was making a left turn. He said it landed on the center console and discharged a single bullet that hit her in the chest and killed her. Later Ditz changed his story; saying that instead of contacting the center console he had caught the gun and it discharged as he fumbled to put it in the back seat.

On June the 20th Ditz submitted to a polygraph test to clarify the details about his story to State Police. During that polygraph Ditz eventually admitted that he had deliberately pointed the gun at her while driving. He said they were in an argument and they were angry. Ditz went further to say that he pointed the weapon at his girlfriend with knowledge that it was loaded but that the trigger pulling was by accident. Investigators believe that Ditz deliberately pulled the trigger and he has been charged with homicide by the State Police and arraigned for murder in the first degree. He has no chance for bail.

 

Erie Policeman Assault Verdict: Not Guilty

Patrolman Justin Griffith found not guilty of assaulting Patrick Gehrlein

Erie, PA –

A jury quickly found an Erie Police officer not guilty of of simple assault charges wednesday afternoon. It was alleged that Patrolman Justin Griffith had kicked and stomped on the face of a handcuffed suspect named Patrick Gehrlein that had spit on him. Griffith was reported by fellow police officers who also stated that Gehrlein claimed he had AIDS when he started spitting.

 

Penncrest School Board Votes for Tax Increase

One board member walked out during a recess after tax increase votes

Saegertown, PA –

Bill Mantzell, a member of the Penncrest School Board walked out of a budget hearing on Tuesday after his colleagues voted 6 – 3 on a tax increase of 1.79 mills in their final budget. Mantzell had been passionately arguing against an increase in taxes, pointing out how many in the district were already hurting from the taxes they currently paid and pointed out how many people had a very limited income. He never returned to the meeting after his colleagues broke for recess to check on a procedural rule.  One mill is a property tax of $1 per $1,000 of property value and the increase would raise the average residents tax cost by about $49.