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Virginia man stopped at Peace Bridge driving car stolen from murder victim

An Alexandria, Va., man accused in the murder of an elderly man in Pennsylvania was arrested at the Peace Bridge last Thursday, driving the station wagon of the murder victim.

Graham Nicholas Norby-Vardac, 23, was stopped by Canadian Border Services agents late Thursday after they got a warning that he was driving a stolen vehicle.

Norby-Vardac is charged with fatally beating 82-year-old Donald Kleese Jr.,  in the widower's home in Eldred Township, north of Williamsport last Wednesday.

Norby-Vardac is accused of breaking into Kleese's home sometime on April 5. Relatives of found his body in his bedroom last Thursday.

He now is in custody at the Lycoming County Prison in Williamsport without bail pending further court proceedings.

Buffalo homicide detectives questioned Norby-Vardac, who confessed to slaying, police  said. Pennsylvania State Police  traveled to Buffalo on Friday and conducted a follow-up investigation, and the suspect was charged with murder.

Homicide Detectives Scott Malec and Mark White, under the supervision of Detective Sgt. James Dunham, were credited with obtaining the initial confession.


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