And the lesson?: Two of six suspects arrested for a spree of arsons in Jeannette over four years pleaded guilty and have been sentenced accordingly. But does either realize the lives endangered by such recklessness? Probably not. When asked about this by Judge Debra Pezze, Jeffrey Robert Tierney Jr., 24, replied, “I didn't think about that.” We doubt he was thinking about much of anything by engaging in such idiotic behavior. Consider this a wake-up call.
Roadmasters & reason: The election of a Unity Township supervisor this year has reopened a perennial issue that needs to be closed: the dual role of township supervisors serving as “roadmasters.” It's a throwback to an earlier era when supervisors' primary responsibility was road maintenance. Many locales in recent years have distinguished their leaders from their municipal employees. It's high time Unity catches up to the times and does the same.
Not so fast: A Fayette couple accused of breaking the ribs among other bones of their 7-week-old premature twins would have avoided any jail time under a pathetic plea bargain. What Kristen N. Eicher, 21, and Earl J. Ritenour, 22, got was a less-than-pleased sentencing judge, who flatly rejected the deal in light of what he called the children's “horrific injuries.” Added Judge John F. Wagner Jr., “Do I look like I just fell off the turnip truck?”
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