Colegrove building to remain

BY JOSH MROZINSKI
“They won’t be forgotten,” Richard Sabatelle said. “As far as I’m concerned, it will be the Colegrove building.”

Sabatelle, who was friends with Joe Colegrove for 26 years, plans to keep the building, which he acquired this month, as a barbershop.

“It’s a hole in the middle of town, we’d like to fill,” Sabatelle said. “I live right next store and it will be nice to get a barber back in town.”

Colegrove, 60, had run a barbershop at the building for about 40 years until he, and his wife, Marlene, 56, and son, Michael, 36, were allegedly killed by Steven Colegrove.

According to Bradford County District Attorney Steve Downs, Steven Colegrove, 31, formerly of Deposit, N.Y., does not have a trial date.

Steven Colegrove continues to be held at the Bradford County jail without bail and faces three counts each of criminal homicide, first-degree murder, second-degree murder and third-degree murder.

“It is possible there will be some pretrial motions filed by the defendant,” Downs said.

According to court documents, Steven Colegrove has until Jan. 16 to file an omnibus pretrial motion, a notice of alibi, insanity and/or mental infirmity defense.

Nearly six months have passed since the Colegroves’ death on Aug. 8, and Laceyville residents still hurt.

Asked if he has healed, Sabatelle responded, “How can you heal?”

He noted it was not as if only Joe Colegrove, who also spent 40 years in Goodwill Fire Co., had died of natural causes.

“Most of the family is gone,” Sabatelle said, adding that Joe Colegrove was a good guy.

As people remember, Sabatelle noted that life also moves forward.

Goodwill Fire Chief Scott Fisher said that the company’s safety officer and treasurer positions, which went vacant with the death of Colegrove, have been filled.

He noted that the fire company is doing better.

Meanwhile, the borough’s council is working to put a plaque in memory of the Colegroves near the barbershop.

“It really breaks my heart to see the shop empty and I hope we can get something in there,” Mayor Ken Patton said. “We’ll never be the same but we’ll do our best.”

Still, memories linger.

“I still catch myself driving by the shop, still waving,” Patton said.