Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1990 · Page 5
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,3tti>faua (gazette STATE Saturday, September 20, 2003 — Page 5 Barb Quenzer and her grandson brought down their Hag shredded by Isabel in Truce, Lancaster County. (AP photo) New clues lead to reopening of case JEROME (AP) —A father's plea and recently discovered clues have led investigators to reopen a murder investigation into the death of a nurse's aide 22 years ago along a narrow road near Johnstown. Kathy Dawson, 30, of Boswell, was found in the burned wreckage of her car that investigators believe may have been rammed before 'sliding off Cable Hill Road in Conemaugh Township on Nov. 9,1981. Authorities, however, say Dawson was beaten to death. They believe she was killed on a hillside next to her 1980 Plymouth Horizon after leaving Windber Hospital at 11 p.m. and dropping off a co-worker. Her body was put back in the car that was then set afire, investigators said. "We have received some information that may be of interest to the case and we want to follow up on it," Detective Robert Fatula said. i Dawson's father, 77-year-old Iloy D. Smith, of Johnstown, said he has not given up hope that his daughter's killer will be found. He said he was elated Wednesday when Fatula called to say the case had been activated. "I couldn't believe it," Smith said. "I want closure. I want the murderer incarcerated." Fatula did not say what information led investigators to take a new look at the old murder, but did say he dusted off files in the case after reading a story in The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown last month about Smith and the Starting your own business? CallSCORE- The Service Corps of Retired Executives. We can help you get a good start. Register for our next workshop. October 1,2003 • 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. 201 Eberly Hall, 604 Pratt Dr., Indiana, PA Call 724-539-7505 for registration information. 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"We are expecting this restoration effort to go through the weekend and likely to Monday and Tuesday," said Peco Energy spokesman Tim Lindberg, whose company serves southeastern Holiday death of his daughter. Fatula joined the force five years ago. He said as difficult as it is to investigate cold cases, he believes more information may be forthcoming. "I believe after 20 years, there are people out there ready to talk with me," he said. Both township and state police have tried and failed to find Dawson's murderer. "I've already heard so many different scenarios of what happened," Fatula said. A blackjack was found on the ground near Dawson's charred vehicle. Investigators say she died from two blows to the head. She was identified through dental records. There were indications that Dawson's small car had been rammed from behind by another vehicle. There was also paint from her car on railings along the road. Fatula said he was not sure if there ; was -an * accident' 'before Dawson's death or if .she was forced off the road. "At some point, she left the vehicle, whether by force or not I don't know," he said. During a coroner's inquest, it was revealed that Dawson's husband was having an affair, but he was not linked to the murder. He called police at 12:33 a.m. and again at 1:11 a.m. to say his wife had not returned home from work that night Dawson's husband has since moved to Florida and has always denied any role in her death. Pennsylvania. "We are doing everything we can to get customers back in service as quickly as possible." Peco had about 750 crews in the field on Friday, including some brought in from Chicago and Detroit. Lindberg said the amount of debris and downed lines made for slow going. "You're almost building your infrastructure from the ground up," he said. PPL Corp. customer Tom Swank was preparing for the possibility his home in the Harrisburg suburbs would be without electricity for several days, using a borrowed generator to power his refrigerator and sump pump and utilizing more low-tech methods to help his two.boys stave off boredom. "We're coping with it the best we can. We're trying to entertain our children, pulling out Scrab- ble and Old Maid. We're spending quality time," said Swank, a 35-year-old police officer. PPL spokesman Dan McCarthy said the more than 400,000 customers without power was a record in the company's 83-year history, and getting them back on line meant making about 3,000 separate repairs. The outages were concentrated along the eastern side of the center of the storm where winds were strongest, greater Harrisburg, and the areas to its east and northeast. But scattered outages were reported throughout the state. The storm exited northwestern Pennsylvania and blew out over Lake Erie late Friday, leaving behind a haphazard pattern of damage. The strongest winds of the night wailed through Pat Millar's back yard about 1 a.m. Friday, pushing a rotting 40-foot-high maple tree directly onto a prized possession — an aboveground pool. "There's two things, besides my More on other areas, page 8 family, that I really enjoy, and that's my pool and our cabin," Millar, 76, a retired school crossing guard, said as she swept wet green leaves from a drainage area alongside her home in Adams County, about 30 miles south of Harrisburg. "Any of these other trees would have (fallen), I wouldn't have cared." A National Weather Service damage assessment included flattened crops in Lancaster County and 500 reports of trees and wires down in Dauphin County. In Blair County, a tree crushed a mobile home and the roof of a lumberyard building blew off. 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