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Bedford Inquirer (Newspaper) - December 17, 1971, Bedford, Pennsylvania Established 25 Everett december 1971 gun found not pistol sought in murders speculation the fugitives wanted for the killing of a state police Corporal in Lewistown might have been linked with the Beechwood inn murders was blunted Friday when police reported that a gun recovered after a fatal gunfight didst Check the pistol found beside the body of Mark Stony was not the one police were looking the detachment of Over 20 Veteran crime investigators was immediately released from the Beechwood inn Case thursday four Bedford station personnel were also sent to Altoona to and police throughout the area cancelled Days off and went on Long pin i ii boost Reward fund to Riley guilty of passing bad checks James a Riley of Bedford re 2 thursday was fined and costs for conspiracy and fraudulent conversion in connection with the passing of bad checks in county charged with cashing illegal checks at the Iga food liner in Bedford pleaded guilty on both counts and was ordered to make a no pros was granted in a burglary charge against John Lohr of Manns Choice re and Jack of the two men had been charged with the burglary of and property valued at from a Concession stand at Shawnee state Park july phenol pros was granted on the grounds of a recommendation by the probation office and the state police in 1966 that the charges be held in abeyance for a two year period to determine if both defendants records remained the statements were of a Petty nature separate nol pros were also granted in gases involving Clyde Tewell of Everett re Brian Ankrum of charged with Drunken driving 8 in Snake Spring and charged with Possession of narcotics june were both released for Lack of Bedford dug into its pockets wednesday to help police do Justice in the Beech Wood inn murder after an Allday Appeal on radio station the double murder fund had reached that generous total was swelled by contributions of apiece by the two bed Ford bringing the total Reward fund to at least a Telephone Call from the May Bigley pin Mill after Signoff boosted the total swiftly to the pin Mills was a dramatic Las minute boost not previously corporation officer Edward Seeger inquired about the then just make it Seeger explained that the pin Mill is owned by about a dozen men who work he and Jim Edwards Are corporation one of the men who works there is Jim son of Mary one of the two ladies slain a week both Banks had agreed monday to make major and to act As collection agencies for the Public they had further agreed to withhold the announcement of their contributions until the radio stations Campaign was ended wednesday amounts pledged to the double murder including any late contributions people desire to make whether pledged or should be forwarded to either of the the first National of or the Hartley National president Joseph Smouse of the first National and William Covalt of the Hartley both agreed Early this week to establish and to designate personnel to maintain a confidential record of All the radio Appeal was an immediate program director Sherwood Hawley made plans at once to proceed with he and announcers George Paul Imgrund and John Cessna kept the momentum going with regular Jaycee ettes volunteered to Man the telephones during the Donna Thomas and Lynn Berkebile started the shifts at 7 and were later spelled by Linda june Marian Ickes and non member before ten the total had passed by it was predictably to the veterans of several successful campaigns at the response hit a plateau during the Hawley under the it was very he pointed out that the Christmas shopping High and the newness of this Type of an Appeal might have curtailed the Hawley added that Bedford county people have always been amazingly generous when they feel the cause is donations ranged from to and Hawley predicted that others would come in following the when husbands and wives have had a Chance to talk it another Factor limiting the Campaign was the Early at the Money will be deposited in the to await in formation leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer or killers at the Beech Wood it is emphasized that the Reward is for in not people playing or at tempting to capture a a committee will be named shortly to make the final decision As to the inthe secret witness program is informants need Only to write information about the crime on a piece of include any 6digit number for later and tear off a of the in formation should be sent to the Bedford Box callers reflect Shock at crime it makes no sense by Sally Frear wednesdays radio Hon for funds to help solve the murder of two elderly ladies in Bedford Valley last week revealed How deeply the crime had Cut in the feelings of a county Seldom visited by such vicious you hate to think its come Home to Bedford one caller its hard to but i guess it and its up to us to do something about some were and near others were if i got hold of those people who did one caller said id drag them Down the Road behind my car on a pair of i have no sympathy for them at i guess that being but they didst show any sympathy for those two so i have none for near another a i wept when i first we stopped there at the Beechwood Many and i just imagine anything like this its horrible and a sen Seless if they the killers wanted Why didst they just bind and gag the women and take it Why kill them it just Doest make any in a quieter she its past time for me to do anything for them the two but through i can help if my donation helps get the person or prevents it from happening to someone then Ive done something my Only wish is that once they catch they wont let them get away this int something that should be taken others picked up the same train of it have been a person that did it had to be an its too bad Treyve done away with the electric chair because that what they nothing most who knew the two slain women were open in their feeling that it was something that have i knew those two one resident of the Valley they have Hurt a there had to be something wrong in someones head for something like this to Hap those in business indicated it had Given them second thoughts about staying open at it puts a fear in you that want there one woman caller i have thought it could happen but that feeling that maybe this will do some Good was As one caller summed it sometimes most thought the sponsored jointly by wafd and the was a Good idea and the Best course of action to take when investigations proved As one caller pointed its a shame that people have to be paid to do something that really their civic informants remain and will not be contacted by either the newspaper or All they need to do to collect the Reward is to provide the in formation which police Tan use to convict the at the state police Mand Post beside the Beech Wood police said wednesday afternoon there was nothing new to most of the tests have been and there is still a Gap in the what at the Beechwood Between and last recount switches winners an official recount of votes cast in the 2 election for township supervisor in Broad top township 1 this week reversed the Early decision of the county Board of elec naming Democrat Woodrow Black to the who had presumably the election to Republican Alphonse Cornelius by a two vote won by a revised of just five recount totals the ordered by court order showed a seven vote discrepancy in the giving Black a total of 239 votes to Cornelius 234 in the combined townships and earlier tallies had listed the vote count at 239 for Cornelius and 237 for results in Broad top township Early figures were 191 for Cornelius and 153 for township 2 which were not were set at 48 for Cornelius and 84 for straight votes 49 42 split votes 105 139 additional valid votes 1 5 total 155 186 Broad top township 2 Black Cornelius total 48 official recount results Broad top township 1 Black Cornelius combined total 239 234 ammo gone at Clappers two 22calibre pistols and three boxes of ammunition were stolen from sporting goods store on West Pitt sometime Between 9 saturday and j monday the burglar climbed through a window measuring by 13

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