The Christine Guenther Murder

In 1981, a small Western Pennsylvania suburb mourned the loss of a 15-year-old girl. Thirty years later, her peers speak up, insisting on justice. Learn more about this promising young woman, and help us finally put this mystery to rest.

WJPA Website Story 10/29 - 10/31

The story ran on air through out the weekend into Monday.  To listen to the cast, click here.

Also, WJPA uploaded the story to their website:


East Washington Police Chief Arrested 
East Washington Police Chief Don Solomon has been arrested. The FBI took Don Solomon into custody Friday morning on undisclosed charges. WJPA has learned his patrol car was also confiscated. An indictment is expected to be unsealed Monday morning by the U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh. Ea
st Washington Mayor Mark Pacilla called the news "shocking". Pacilla says authorities have told him that no other officers are under investigation. Pacilla says he's appointing officer Mark Griffith the officer in charge. Solomon is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

October Snow Storm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania residents are digging out from a rare October snowstorm that dropped more than a foot of snow in some areas, cut power to hundreds of thousands, and toppled a tree onto a southwest Pennsylvania home, killing an elderly man napping in his recliner. Forecasters say 16 inches of snow fell in Huffs Church in Berks County and more than a foot in parts of Carbon and Monroe counties. Forecasters said Allentown's 6.8 inches easily broke the all-time October record of 2.2 inches set on Halloween in 1925. Utility officials say about 423,000 customers remain without power in eastern and central Pennsylvania. State police say 84-year-old Charles Loder died instantly Saturday afternoon when a large snow-laden tree fell on his house in Temple, about five miles north of Reading.

NEW YORK (AP) - The unusual October snowstorm that's hit the East Coast has disrupted rail service, with downed trees blocking tracks and weighing down overhead power lines. Amtrak says it has suspended service between Providence, R.I., and Boston; Harrisburg, Pa., and Philadelphia; and New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass. In the New York region, the Metro-North commuter rail line says service is suspended from suburban North White Plains to Wassaic. Service on the Danbury and Waterbury branches of the New Haven line in Connecticut is also suspended. New Jersey Transit says service is suspended on the Morris and Essex line and the Gladstone and Montclair branches.

State Welfare Changes
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Some of the changes to Pennsylvania's state welfare agency that Republicans have long sought are now in the works.
A senior Department of Public Welfare official told a legislative meeting last week that the department is finding cases of fraud and waste, and have kicked some 113,000 people off the rolls in recent months. But some people are raising questions about how many of those former recipients are children, and predicting that many may soon be back in the program once they or their parents provide required documentation. The agency also is cracking down on the use of electronic benefit cards, and working more closely with other state agencies to investigate fraud.

30 Year-Old-Mystery
There is a mystery dating back to 1981 in Washington County and it surrounds the disappearance and killing of 15-year-old Christine Guenther, a junior at Peters Township High School. Chris was last seen in Peters, five days before her body was found by a hunter in a wooded area of South Fayette Township in Allegheny County. Friends of the teenager staged various events this weekend to call attention to the case, including Mass at St. Benedict the Abbot Church in McMurray Saturday morning, services at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Sunday morning and unveiling of an electronic billboard Monday afternoon at Valley Brook and Washington Roads. There is also a website ( and a Facebook page with more information about the case. Family friend Diane Postrech tells WJPA NEWS she believes someone is still out there who knows what happened to Chris and is pleading with them to come foward with any information. District Atttorney Steve Toprani says he is certainly willing to prosecute any "cold case" once police are able to identify a suspect and make an arrest and says he applauds these kinds of groups who keep cases like this in front of the public.

Leaders Focus On G-20 Summit
BRUSSELS (AP) - Two European Union leaders have called on the upcoming G-20 summit of wealthy and developing countries to build on the EU plans to stabilize the eurozone and further boost the global recovery.
EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Commission President
Jose Manuel Barroso wrote in a weekend letter to the leaders that there was "continued need for joint action" to get the world economy back on track. Last Thursday's three-pronged EU deal appeared to have met expectations for some kind of major action and stock market rallied in Europe and around the world. The EU plan retools the eurozone's underpowered bailout fund, calls on banks to take 50 percent losses on Greek bonds and orders them to raise euro106 billion ($150 billion) in new capital by June. The G-20 leaders meet in Cannes, France, on Thursday and Friday.