2012-12-12 / Local & State

MHS Class Of 1987 Holds Reunion DA: Firefighter’s Pa. Rape Text May Be Hacked Fake


McConnellsburg Class of 1987 recently held its 25th year class reunion at the American Legion Post 561 in McConnellsburg. Classmates in attendance are pictured above, front row: Darron Butts, David Augustine, Rex Fields, Shawn Berkstresser, Tom Shearer, Mike Feagley, Kirby Carbaugh, Lonny Hollinshead and Tony DeShong; back row: Janet Strait Krause, Anita Weller, Gerri Will Fischer, Mike Hess, Deena Souders Mellott, Deanna Miller, Iva Swindell Bottomfield, Penny Spriggs Beachum and Kerby Randler. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all classmates and a 30th-year reunion is planned for November 2017. McConnellsburg Class of 1987 recently held its 25th year class reunion at the American Legion Post 561 in McConnellsburg. Classmates in attendance are pictured above, front row: Darron Butts, David Augustine, Rex Fields, Shawn Berkstresser, Tom Shearer, Mike Feagley, Kirby Carbaugh, Lonny Hollinshead and Tony DeShong; back row: Janet Strait Krause, Anita Weller, Gerri Will Fischer, Mike Hess, Deena Souders Mellott, Deanna Miller, Iva Swindell Bottomfield, Penny Spriggs Beachum and Kerby Randler. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all classmates and a 30th-year reunion is planned for November 2017. BEAVER, Pa. (AP) – A text messaged “confession” used to charge a Michigan firefighter with raping a woman in western Pennsylvania may have been faked by the alleged victim.

Beaver County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Popovich says she's investigating whether 50-year-old Lee Finlayson's accuser hacked into his phone and sent the message to herself.

The message allegedly had Finlayson admitting he raped the woman at her Brighton Township home on Sept. 22, and also said, “I can't get that out of my head.”

Popovich and Steve Colafella, the Rockford, Mich. firefighter's attorney, tell the Beaver County Times there's reason to believe the message was bogus.

Finlayson is a lieutenant and was firefighter of the year in the Grand Rapids Fire Department last year.

Finlayson is free on bond.

His accuser could face charges if it's proved she faked the text.

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