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APRIL 28, 1992 Classified Ads. -B6-12 Comics C9 -C8 -C B6 -C2 Crossword puzzle- Dear Abby Death notices Editorials Horoscope. C Lifestyle Lottery ..C5 -C3 BOBCAT ELUSIVE outdoors D2 PENGUINS r.IAY DE TOO LATE SPORTS Dl RAISES HERE DIGGER MARKETPLACE Bl IX. LIGHT LINEUP A&E C7 Marketplace. Movies Obituaries ..B15 .a ..C4 -C6 People. Sports. TV. .CIO Vital statistics. C4 f- WEATHER: Tmmti Uraooa ckmds. Details A3 TrYAW -fir1 j - j SCBIPPS HOWARD The Pittsburgh Pre Vol. 108, No. 306 Thirty Five Cents Doily Home Deliver - $1J0 a week Latest Stocks 4-28 HID) ff fksrt JJawaeo' tadly perns men myoteiieo By Tim Vercellotti and Jim Wilhelm The Pittsburgh Press Confirmation that a body found Saturday in Washington County was that of missing auto dealer Art Jones solved one mystery, but gave rise to a host of other questions. "I can guarantee no stone will be unturned in the investigation of Jones' death, said state police Trooper Pat Donohoe. The criminal investigation unit at the state police barracks in Belle Vernon took over the case after an examination of dental records revealed the body was that of Jones,, 55, of Fallowfield. Before yesterday, Fallowfield police had handled the matter as a missing person case. Donohoe said the state police will begin by re-examining information Fallowfield police gathered in their investigation. "Obviously we were surprised," Mark Blohm, Jones' son-in-law, said today of the body's discovery. "The idea that it was there all along is no more comforting to the family than it is to authorities. At this point, the only thing it does is dispel theory by some . . " that he was off someplace on a beach." Jones was last reported seen by a neighbor about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 as he pulled into his driveway. A propane gas explosion leveled Jones' house early the next day. No trace of Jones was found until Saturday night, when a motorist driving on old Route 71 toward Charleroi spotted something on a hillside about 400 yards southeast of the site of Jones' home. The motorist, Craig Bartolozzi, an avid hunter from nearby Dunlevy, Washington County, climbed the hill and found a nude, badly decom posed body below a 40-foot cliff. Washington County Coroner S. Timothy Warco yesterday said dental records confirmed the body was that of Jones. An autopsy by the Allegheny County coroner's office showed Jones likely died from a fractured skull. What authorities don't know is how Jones received the head injury, whether he was in the house at the time of the explosion, how he got to where his body was found, and the time and manner of his death. "There are a lot of unanswered questions," Donohoe said. Toxicology tests by the Alleghe-. ny County coroner's office, due to be completed in six to eight weeks, will determine the time of death. Warco said the tests will measure for drugs, alcohol and carbon dioxide, and the latter could show whether Jones was in the house when it exploded. The autopsy, performed by Dr. John Heiserodt, an Allegheny County -forensic pathologist, showed Jones' skull was fractured near the right temple. Jones had a fractured left rib, and hair was singed on his arm and scalp. Noting the singed hair, Warco Please see Jones, A3 mmw mm mmmw Art Jones Died of fractured skull ' Q jZ'-fi u& - cam 1 r " John HellerThe Pittsburgh Press Waiting for voters on the steps of Grace Lutheran Joanne Bolar examined photographs as Carmella Church in Troy Hill today, Eileen Wehner, left, and Suchanek and Flo Wolford looked on. toft jpiranasiif jpawaDtoll Clinton aiming for big win; Brown trying to hang on 3 By Dennis B. Roddy The Pittsburgh Press The Pennsylvania Primary, normally a presidential footnote, got under way today as voters headed to the polls in an election that could seal the fate of any of a number of politicians, starting at the top. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m, State and local election officials predicted turnouts of around 50 percent. Allegheny County election officials reported a moderate-to-light turnout by mid-morning, although a spot check in some areas showed surprisingly low turnout. In Mt. Lebanon, three precincts reported less than 1 percent turnout by 10 a.m. Other communities showed similarly light voter turnout. Buffalo Township, in Washington County, reported an unusually light turnout, but an election worker there said many voters wait until after work. That's when the Grange Hall in which the precinct is located, serves a dinner. "Judging from the amount of phone calls we've been receiving, it seems to be about moderate," said Kevin O'Leary, the county's deputy director of elections. On the Democratic side, voters are deciding whether to further the campaign of presidential front-runner Bill Clinton or breathe new life into the sagging campaign of challenger Jerry Brown. Clinton and Brown are competing for 169 nominating delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Paul Tsongas, who has not been campaigning, also could pick up some nominal support. Both Clinton and Brown have described Pennsyl vania as pivotal to their campaigns. Clinton, who has used Pennsylvania as the forum for refocusing his campaign, spent the contest targeting President Bush, all but ignoring Brown. "You don't need four more years of certain, slow economic decline when you're being told things are getting better, when they're not," Clinton said at a rally in Steelworkers Plaza, Downtown, yesterday. Clinton, the Arkansas governor who has led handily in most statewide polls, drove heavily at his theme promising change if he is elected. "If you want a new economic policy that will create high-wage jobs in a tough local economy you won't get it unless you change presidents," Clinton told the crowd. He also hinted broadly at a theme for the general election, saying he wants "to make it exciting to be Please see Primary. A4 Check-kiting scam hinted in House bank probe WASHINGTON (AP) A special counsel investigating thousands of overdrafts at the House bank says his preliminary inquiry already has found evidence "that a classic check-Jating scheme may have occurred." In a four-page letter sent to House leaders yesterday, Malcolm R Wilkey said, "It has been claimed that there have been no violations of law in the operations of the House banking facility. How can anyone possibly make such a claim?" "As a matter of fact, our preliminary inquiry has already unearthed evidence that a classic check-kiting scheme may have occurred," the retired federal appeals judge said. Check kiting is generally defined as writing a check while knowing there are insufficient funds to back it up. In his letter to House leaders, however, Wilkey gave no specific examples of how members of Congress were involved in what he called a "check-kiting scheme." Wilkes letter became public as House Republican leader Robert Michel of Illinois joined Speaker Thomas Foley, D-Wash., in trying to block a blanket subpoena of House bank records sought by Wilkey. Michel accused Wilkey, a Justice Department ap- Piease see Inquiry, A3 Dollar Bank gets clean bill on urban loans By Eleanor Chute The Pittsburgh Press A local community group's complaint that Dollar Bank was not investing money in city neighborhoods is over. The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which has been working with the bank making loans available in various neighborhoods, voted last week to drop the protest it had filed with the federal Office of Thrift Supervision in Cincinnati. "We came to the conclusion that Dollar Bank had met the test of wanting to be involved in equal lending patterns and practices," said Stanley Lowe, executive director of the community group which is a coalition of neighborhood organizations which monitor the lending patterns and practices of banks and thrifts. "It got to the point we almost forgot the protest was there? The group informed Dollar Bank yesterday that it was dropping the protest. James Carroll, vice president of public affairs at Dollar Bank, said, "We were pleasantly surprised with the lifting of the protest. That kind of recognition is important to us. What's more important, however, is Please see Protest, A3 Simple blood test can predict cases of inherited breast cancer Press news services NEW YORK - A simple blood test that can predict with nearly 100 percent accuracy whether a woman will develop inherited breast cancer will be marketed within two years, its inventors said. Not all breast cancer is hereditary, but the inventors said that 25 percent of the patients involved in ieir research contracted the dis- ease from a DNA mutation they inherited. Irish researchers Fred Given and Dennis R. Headon of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute of Galway told a news conference yesterday that males who test positive for the mutation will not develop the cancer, but can pass the trait to their children. It has long been suspected from statistics that breast cancer co'd be inherited, but this is the first time researchers have been able to identify anyone who has inherited it, Headon said. It is also the first evidence that breast cancer could come from the father's side of the family. While the test which is effective even in newborns could be used to help women and their physicians head off the disease, it also raises ethical questiiis, a spokeswoman for the National Cancer Institute said. While stressing that she could not comment on the work since it has not been published in medical journals, Susan Jenks of the NCI said she feared such a test could be misused by insurance companies or employers. "I don't really have an answer for that. "I hope the insurance people would not do that, but it would be a problem," Headon said. Working with tissue from the tumors of 80 breast cancer patients in Ireland, the researchers found that 25 percent of the women had altered DNA not just in their tumors but in their blood. Research published in California in 1987 also found there was a detectable DNA charwe associated with breast cancer, m only in the breast tissue, not in the blood, Headon said. The research has not been published, at the request of American Biogenetic Science Inc., an Indiana-based research concern that plans to eventually market the test, said the firm's president, Henry L Nor-doff. (Newsdaydistributed by LA Times-Washington Post News Service) .

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