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Friday, October 26, 1990
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B4 -LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS 4 hurt in crash F our Waynesburg residents were seriously injured when their car ran off Interstate 79 and went over the guardrail after an argument between two passengers. . State police said Keith Grow was driving north in Amwell, Washington County, near the Lone Pine rest area shortly after midnight today when passengers Doris E. Johnson, 18, and Barbara Litton, 22. began fighting in the back seat. The car .struck the guardrail and then flew over it before coming to rest on a . hillside. Police said Ms. Johnson and Ms. Litton were thrown out of the vehicle. , Grow and Ms. Johnson are in the intensive care unit of Washington Hospital. Ms. Litton was in critical condition at Mercy Hospital. Passenger George Patterson, 24, was in serious condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. 2 charged in robbery A 19-year-old man and a teenager have been charged with an Oct. ' 13 robbery outside the night deposit drop at Dollar Bank's Westmoreland Mall branch in Hempfield, Westmoreland County. State police charged Charles M. Curry Jr., 19, and a 17-year-old juvenile, both of Youngwood, with robbing employees of the Shop 'n Save supermarket at Westmoreland Mall who were making a deposit at 11:30 p.m. Oct. 13. . State police arrested Curry after an Irwin police officer attempted to Stop Curry's vehicle for a traffic vi-; elation. Curry rammed another Ir-win police cruiser at a roadblock on Route 30 and attempted to escape on foot by pulling a knife on Irwin patrolman Richard Keeler before he was subdued, police said. . In addition to robbery, Curry was arraigned on five counts each of aggravated assault and recklessly en-, dangering another person as well as djiying under the influence and oth--er traffic violations. . He is being held in the Westmoreland. County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bond pending a Nov. 2 hearing before District Justice James Falcon of Youngwood. The juvenile was turned over to county juvenile authorities. Worker killed by equipment . A-31-year-old Westmoreland County man died after being pinned against a wall by a piece of heavy equipment, said Armstrong County Coroner Robert Bower. Leslie E. Parks, of East Vander-grift, was pronounced dead at 11:38 a.m. yesterday at Allegheny Sand Inc. jn Gilpin, Armstrong County, where he worked as a laborer, Bower said. Girl's death probed , : "State police and Westmoreland County authorities are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who died'of injuries suffered in a fall ; ddwn a stairway at her foster home.-. ' Dfana Shumaker of Hecla village in Mount Pleasant Township died yaround 11 a.m. yesterday at nearby "' Prick Community Health Center. An " autopsy performed yesterday by Dr. Cyril Wecht at Central Medical Center determined she died of head injuries, according to Deputy Coroner Joe Musgrove. The manner of ; death, however, remains undeter-; mined while the investigation continues. The coroners office and state police said the child had fallen down about nine steps at the foster home. Police said her foster mother, Frances Frye, reported the child was unconscious when she called for an ambulance about 10.30 a.m. yesterday. Police said the toddler was taken from her biological mother last : month by Westmoreland County J Children's Bureau, but would not ', provide further details. Man charged in bank robbery A Connecticut man was to be arraigned today for the holdup of the First National Bank in Everett. Bedford County, police said. . Joseph E. Almstedt, 32, of New Hartford, was charged last night with, the robbery, which occurred at 9:30-a.m. yesterday, police said. An undetermined amount of cash was taken. - Almstedt, who had been staying in Everett for the past five weeks, was arrested at a motel in Breezewood, police said. Police seize poker machines Video poker machines and other gambling devices were confiscated by state police liquor control agents in a Westmoreland County raid. Gambling devices were seized yesterday afternoon at these locations, police said: Hilltop Bar and Pizza, Coppula's Market, Country Chicken, and the VFW, all in Mount Pleasant; Tin Lizzy Bar, Youngs-town; and Norwin Pizza, Route 30, North Huntingdon. H- -.. Cleanup time City parks employee Tom Lyda of Brookline used a gas-powered blower to clear leaves and Ziegler recuses himself from hearing on FBI papers By Matthew P. Smith The Pittsburgh Press The judge in the organized crime trial of Charles J. "Chucky" Porter and eight others recused himself from a hearing on a related issue concerning FBI documents mailed anonymously to the news media. The documents contain allegations about state and federal judges taking bribes and allegations about drug use and sexual activity involving a former city official. Without explanation, U.S. District Judge Donald Ziegler recused himself at a hearing yesterday requested by U.S. Attorney Thomas W. Corbett Jr., who wants the reporters to turn over the documents. Ziegler would not comment further when contacted at his home last night. Ziegler's recusal was one of several unusual developments yesterday. After reporters who had received the documents tried to question officials from the U.S. Attorney's office about the allegations, the reporters, including Janet Williams of The Pittsburgh Press, were subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury. The subpoenas ordered them to bring the documents they received Porter from Page Bl more than a decade. "It's either now or never for Mr. Porter because they have been frustrated for 1 1 solid years. Better get a notch on the gun before they start picking up retirement checks," Schwartz said, referring to Green-bank and the team of investigators who worked on the case. Schwartz attacked the govern Neal from Page Bl When the three got out of the car, Recording to Foote, Cutler had the gun but then gave it to Ensley, who said he spotted one of the people involved in the earlier argument. After more words were exchanged, Ensley said he saw Neal and another man reach into their jackets. He said he then heard gunshots, although he never saw any Debate from Page Bl stances surrounding the S&L scandal, he ran overtime. When moderator Ann Denman, of the Mt. Lebanon League of Women Voters, appeared not to notice, Santorum quickly and quietly pointed it out to her as Walgren spoke on. "Thank you, Mr. Walgren," Ms. Denman then interjected. Walgren attempted to continue. "Thank you," Ms. Denman repeated. Santorum's supporters applauded and cheered loudly. At an earlier point in the debate, Santorum answered a question on budget cutting by blasting pork barrel bills by members of Congress. He quickly went on to attack agricultural subsidies and said Walgren has received campaign donations from the sugar industry while voting to keep government support for that industry high. "Yet we here in Pennsylvania pay twice what the world pays for sugar because of those subsidies," Santorum said. Ms. Denman then said the first part of the debate was over before Walgren gently asked for his turn to reply. "Oh, I'm sorry," Ms. Denman said, and she put her arm on Walgren's shoulder in embar The Pittsburgh Press LOCAL NEWS V ... f v by mail Wednesday. About the same time, Ziegler ordered the jurors in the Porter case to be sequestered until they reach a verdict. Court observers said it had been at least five years since a federal jury in Pittsburgh was sequestered. The case is expected to go to the jury today after closing arguments conclude. Yesterday's hearing was called on a motion by Corbett's office to require the reporters to immediately turn over the documents rather than wait until Tuesday's grand jury proceedings. But shortly after the hearing began, Ziegler recused himself at the request of attorney W. Thomas McGough, representing the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Attorneys for The Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh's television stations joined the recusal request. After the hearing, the" attorneys met privately with Corbett. Scott Henderson, attorney for The Pittsburgh Press, said news organizations agreed "to preserve" the . documents until Tuesday's grand jury session, but were not bound by any other restrictions. Ziegler said it is up to the govern ment's case, arguing that much of its evidence shows that some of the witnesses lied when they implicated Porter in racketeering and drug trafficking. Schwartz reserved his most vitriolic attack for Joseph Rosa, the 31-year-old son and grandson of Mafia members who has been cooperating with federal prosecutors since his weapons, he told police. Ensley said he then heard Cutler yell "Shoot! Shoot!" before firing two shots. Mrs. Anger, however, told a different story. She said that no one in the crowd of about six people was involved in the earlier argument, and she tried to tell that to the three defendants. rassment. Walgren went on to defend his votes for sugar price supports as necessary, saying "a recession in one part of the country will bring down other parts as well." After running out of time, Walgren quickly added that he has supported 2 percent cuts across the board in all government programs. At another juncture, Santorum asked Walgren how he could represent the 18th Congressional District without raising his family there. Walgren, who has school-age children, keeps his family at home in McLean, Va., while listing his parents' home in Mt. Lebanon as his legal residence. Walgren said it was necessary to keep his children in McLean in order to hold the family together. "I can guarantee you that if Mr. Santorum is elected to the House of Representatives, and if he has children, he will bring those children to Washington and he will stay with those children in Washington during the week. Because if he doesn't, he will never see them," Walgren said. Santorum waited until his closing remarks - three minutes that ended the debate - to hold up what he said was a copy of the deed for the address Walgren lists as his Mt. Lebanon other debris from a paved court at Allegheny Commons near Cedar Avenue, North Side. ment to decide whether to find another judge to hear its motion. Corbett said he had not decided whether to pursue the matter. One of the news organizations, The Greensburg Tribune-Review, turned over the documents it received to FBI agents. Tribune-Review Executive Editor George Beidler said he saw no reason for the newspaper to keep the documents. "We're not timid about challenging the government. But there was no prior restraint placed on the newspaper. It seemed we could do our job equally well and not need to keep this piece of paper," Beidler said. The subpoenaed documents, called FD-302's, are reports FBI Special Agent Roger Greenbank made after he interviewed Marvin Droznek, a cooperating witness who testified in the Porter trial last month. Droznek, 43, formerly of Monroeville, is serving 15 years for cocaine trafficking. The documents, dated Jan. 22, 1988, and April 18, 1989, were given to defense attorneys for use during cross-examination of a witness, but they were not entered into evidence and are not part of the trial's official arrest on drug charges in 1988. Rosa, Schwartz argued, has an incentive to lie for the government because he is serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for running a cocaine-trafficking business. Prosecutors can recommend to the judge who sentenced him that his term be reduced because of his cooperation. Schwartz also noted that several "Bell said he was going to hurt somebody and that he was trigger-happy," said Mrs. Anger, who broke down on the witness stand at one point during her testimony. "James Bradley had a silver bat, Line had a gun," she testified. "Ensley got out of the car, pointed a gun at the crowd, ran up and began shooting and Bradley with a bat was V A' '" Aye .1 iwwti "ti -at riintt liiftWtfatgi'fa, Steve MellonThe Pittsburgh Press transcript. In late August, Ziegler barred defense attorneys from disclosing the documents. Former U.S. District Judge Hubert Teitelbaum is among the individuals mentioned in the FBI document. A woman answering the telephone at Teitelbaum's home said he would have no comment. But Chief U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill yesterdav released a letter stating that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General's office, in 1988 and 1989. investigated the allegations concerning Teitelbaum and found them baseless. Pittsburgh Press Editor Angus McEachran said the newspaper will not publish other names contained in the FBI document because "they are not in the public record, because much of the information was second-and third-hand and because of the question of credibility of the sources." Corbett said federal officials want the documents to try to determine who mailed them. "Our purpose was not to preclude any First Amendment rights," Corbett said. "The government wouldn't take the action it did unless it felt it was serious." witnesses testified about conversations they had with reputed mob members who are now deceased, such as John LaRocca, Gabriel "Kelly" Mannarino and Frank Rosa, Joseph Rosa's father. "How in the world do you dispute a conversation with a dead person?" Schwartz said. running up to them" as did Bell, Mrs. Anger said. "I tried to tell them they were shooting at the wrong people," she testified, adding that several times during the day she made several attempts to calm down Cutler and Ensley, explaining that those involved "were just a bunch of kids." residence. "His name is not on it," Santorum said. The candidates also discussed their views on abortion, with Walgren favoring continued legalization and Santorum opposed. Neither candidate criticized President Bush's handling of the crisis in the Persian Gulf, although Santorum painted that, too, as a Walgren-created problem. Walgren sits on the house Energy and Commerce Committee, and Santorum said the committee dismantled alternative energy-development programs in the 1980s. Walgren pointed out that it was a Republican, Ronald Reagan, who cut funding for almost all alternative energy-development research. Santorum's partisans quickly and loudly claimed victory for their man while saying Walgren, after seven terms, had failed to hold back a political newcomer. "Fourteen years of practice for that?" said Michael O'Connell, an Allegheny County Republican who works for the GOP state committee. Jon Delano, Walgren's press secretary, said the congressman's answers showed "that Doug Walgren is a thoughtful, reflective individual who looks at all sides of issues." Friday, October 26, 1990 Penguins' extension of lease approved The county commissioners have approved a lease extension for the Civic Arena that will keep the Penguins hockey team in the city at least through the 1994-95 season. Under the agreement, which the commissioners approved yesterday, the city and county have pledged up to $6 million in city and county funds for capital improvements at the arena. In exchange, Penguins owner Edward DeBartolo has agreed to keep the team here through 1994-95. De-Bartolo's Civic Arena Corp. leases the arena from the city and county through the Public Auditorium Authority. . The agreement extends the arena corporation and Penguin leases through June 1997. But the team could leave up to two years earlier if annual attendance falls below 12,800 per game or the arena's capacity falls into the bottom five in the National Hockey League. Average attendance was more than 16,000 last year. The arena is the eighth smallest in the NHL. The agreement originally also called for the arena corporation and the Penguins to provide annual financial statements to the auditorium authority that the authority could not disclose to the public. The authority, which approved the agreement Oct. 18, amended it to permit public disclosure of the arena corporation's statements. The Penguins' financial records will remain confidential. Slap from Page Bl School in Lawrenceville, Montessori Early Childhood Center Inc. in Bethel Park, and all elementary schools in Mars Area School District in Butler County and Penn-Trafford School District in Westmoreland County. Some districts reported that the decision to ban bracelets would be left up to the principals of each building. In Penn Hills. Forbes School Prin cipal Robert Swanson banned the bracelets while other district elementary schools contacted had taken no action. "I don't care for them but I haven't taken an official stand on them yet," said Principal Greg Beyer at Aiken Elementary School in Keystone Oaks School District. "I guess I'm not a reactionary because I didn't get upset over the (Bart) Simpson T-shirts (touting underachieves) either. I have a feeling these bracelets will disappear soon enough just like all the other fads do." Ms. Pavlich said the Taiwanese bracelets are imitations that were based on Main Street Toy's bracelet. The Taiwanese bracelets substitute a cheaper nine-inch carbon steel band for the 934-inch stainless steel band used by the American firm, Ms. Pavlich said. The carbon steel bands rust easily when they come in contact with water, creating concern because slap bracelets are popular with preschoolers as young as age 3 who often still put objects in their mouths, she said. In addition, the Taiwanese bracelets do not use the double-knit polyester fabric designed to remain strong through repeated use, she said. Consumers can distinguish between the original and the imitations because Main Street Toy's "Slap Wraps" are identified as such by a tag attached to the bracelets, which sell for $1.75 each wholesale and for between $2 and $2.50 each retail. Ms. Pavlich said some imitations have small stickers with the words "Made in Taiwan," but none offer specific brand information about the manufacturer. The imitations generally sell for 99 cents each and can be found at convenience and novelty stores, flea markets and fairs. , Indictments charge two with fraud A federal grand jury has indicted two area men in separate cases, U.S. Attorney Tom Corbett announced. A four-count indictment charges Willie Dawkins, 46, of Crest Street, Clairton, with submitting false statements to the Veterans Administration. , It says Dawkins was president of Dawkins Communications Inc., which employed and trained a veteran and was eligible for a VA subsidy worth 50 percent of the veteran's wages. It alleges Dawkins submitted false documents, causing the VA to pay even though the veteran was no longer working there. A three-count indictment charges Nick M. Conte, 59, of Ridgewood Drive, Churchill, with helping a former Pittsburgh National Bank vice president embezzle $61,000. , The indictment said Conte'aided Frank J. Perry, who was a PNB vice president and manager of the Squirrel Hill office, by obtaining loans there in Conte's name and giving the proceeds to Perry. f

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