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February 14, 2007

Sex offender gets 35 years for molesting girl



A previously registered sex offender was sentenced to another 35 years in the Department of Corrections after molesting a girl while her mother shopped at Goodwill Industries in August 2006, court records show.

Rodney Wayne Bible, 50, was found guilty of third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault Feb. 1 after an encounter he had with a 7-year-old girl at Goodwill Industries, 151 N. Burhans Blvd., on Aug. 25, 2006.

When the girl was alone, Bible approached her from behind and rubbed her private area, according to court documents.

The girl told her mother about the assault as they were leaving the store and pointed out Bible, who was getting into a car, and the mother wrote down the vehicle's tag number, documents state.

Bible is registered as a child sex offender with the Maryland Sex Offender Registry because he was convicted of second-degree rape and indecent exposure, according to the registry Web site.

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Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said Bible was convicted of five counts of indecent exposure in 1992 and one count of indecent exposure in 1998. All the charges involved children, she said.




Pa. man charged with burglary



CASCADE - A boot sticking out from underneath a blanket in a cabinet gave away the location of a man accused of trying to steal about $50,000 worth of copper at Pen Mar Development Corp., a Washington County Detention Center charging document states.

Michael Reese Cooper, 41, of 1388 Mount Carmel in Orrtanna, Pa., is charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, attempted theft and two counts of theft, according to court records.

A Washington County Detention Center deputy said Cooper was in jail Tuesday night.

Cooper allegedly tried to steal copper gutters, downspouts and wire from the Pen Mar building at 601 Buena Vista Avenue in Cascade early Saturday. Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies found him hiding in a cabinet, the charging document states.

Cooper told police he was homeless, and he was looking for a warm place to sleep when he went into the building, the document states.

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