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Grindstone man wants evidence preserved

| Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007

A Fayette County man who is serving a life sentence following his conviction in the brutal slaying of a Uniontown waitress nearly 30 years ago wants evidence from his 2002 trial preserved for appeal purposes.

James F. "Silky" Sullivan, 60, of Grindstone, filed a petition Wednesday in Fayette County Court of Common Pleas seeking to preserve a hair that was taken from the body of Linda Mae Covach following her death in 1978.

Covach was 29 when Sullivan beat her to death with a metal pipe when she threatened to report him to police for striking her. In 2001, prosecutors used DNA testing on decades-old evidence from the case to charge Sullivan.

In yesterday's petition, Sullivan included a state police forensics lab report that indicates the hair that was taken from Covach's body was sent to the forensics lab in Greensburg, but it was not analyzed.

The report indicates that testing of blood and semen samples taken from the woman's body were analyzed, and both were found to be matches to Sullivan.

Sullivan contends the hair could prove his innocence. He indicated he plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A jury convicted Sullivan of first-degree murder in connection with Covach's death. At the time of his conviction, he already was serving a 10- to 20-year sentence for third-degree murder in the 1987 beating death of Charles Wheeler, of Uniontown.

Connellsville

Patriots collecting

money for troops

Connellsville Area High School Patriots is conducting a fund drive to raise money for care packages for U.S. troops overseas.

The group has sent 3,211 packages at a cost of $5,000 to $20,000 for each mailing, depending on how many packages were sent.

The current promotion involves buying a "Proud to be an American" banner acknowledging the donor for $25. Banners will be hung at the high school on a "wall of honor" and will include the donor's name, or the name of the business or organization making the donation.

To donate, send a check payable to CAHS Patriots to Linda Shearer/ CAHS Patriots, Box 71, Connellsville Area High School, 201 Falcon Drive, Connellsville, PA 15425 before Oct. 31. Include a note indicating what the banner should say.

Donegal

Doc's Blocks

locations announced

From now through Sept. 24, a number of businesses in the Donegal area are offering to make Doc's Blocks available for the community. The Doc's Blocks is a fundraiser for a scholarship, started in honor of Dr. Eleanor C. Morris.

The blocks are available at:

In Donegal: Brady's, Dairy Queen, Tall Cedars, Donegal Pharmacy, Country Pie Shoppe

In Jones Mills: TJ's Restaurant, Sarnelli's Market

In Champion: Champion Service Center Restaurant

In Melcroft: Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping, G & D Market

In Indian Head: Resh's Market

In Normalville: See-Mor's All Star Grill

In Mill Run: Show's Country Cafe

Bullskin

Crime watch

meeting at Pennsville

The Bullskin Township Neighborhood Watch will have its monthly meeting Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. The program will be presented by Trooper Brian Burden and deals with driver safety. Meeting will be held at the Pennsville Baptist Church Educational Building. For more information, call 724-887-4427.

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