Indianapolis (IN) Star
March 20, 1911
SMOKE SUFFOCATES WOMAN
Victim Found on Floor Dead When Relatives Enter Room
Bedford, Indiana, March 19 – Mrs. Amanda J. Norvill, nearly 90 years old, is dead at her home in Springville, Lawrence County. As was her custom, she retired to her room about four o'clock. An hour later members of the family noticed smoke issuing from her room and rushed to Mrs. Norvill's assistance. On opening the door, they found the carpet and bed on fire. By hard work the flames were extinguished, and when the smoke cleared away, Mrs. Norvill was found dead on the floor near the foot of the bed. She had evidently been overcome by the smoke while attempting to escape from the room. Origin of the fire is unknown.
RETURNS TWO INDICTMENTS
Grand Jury at Bedford Investigates Murder of Rock
Bedford, Indiana, March 19 – The special grand jury convened by Judge Wilson has returned indictments against Augustino Pongro and Tom Meno charging Pongro with the murder of Philip Rock and Meno with being an accessory before the fact. Rock was shot from ambush on August 16 last and, while large rewards were offered for the apprehension of the murderer, evidence sufficient to justify an arrest was not discovered until the confession of Frank Ross made a few days ago. Thomas Litters [difficult to read, could be Littera] and Pascoly Contante, who are serving a term at the Jeffersonville Reformatory for an attempt to kill John Meno, were brought here as witnesses before the grand jury.
Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.