The Pittsburgh Press from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 14, 1989 · Page 95
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, September 14, 1989
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Thursday, September 14, 1989 The Pittsburgh Press S7 One defendant is to be dropped in libel case of Baldwin's ex-chief By R. LaMont Jones Jr. The Pittsburgh Press The attorney for former Baldwin Police Chief Aldo Gaburri said he will drop Maurice Rosenblum from the list of defendants in Gaburri's lawsuit over two articles in Pittsburgh magazine. Attorney Timothy G. Wojton said he plans to ask Common Pleas Court to delete Rosenblum of Shadvside as a defendant in the libel suit. The suit stems from two magazine articles about the 1980 disappearance of Rosenblum's son, Michael. "In reviewing the article in its entirety, we decided that he (Maurice Rosenblum) is not a proper party defendant," Wojton said. "His presence would serve no purpose in the litigation." The lawsuit filed Sept. 1 contends Gaburri was defamed by two articles in the May 1988 issue of Pittsburgh magazine an editorial titled "Dark Shadows" and a feature story titled "The Search for Michael Ro senblum." Both contained false, negligent, malicious and libelous statements about Gaburri, the complaint said. "The Search for Michael Rosenblum" was about the 25-year-old man's disappearance and the elder Rosenblum's unsuccessful efforts over the years to find him. Besides Rosenblum, other defendants named in the suit are the monthly magazine and its owner, Metropolitan Pittsburgh Broadcasting Inc., Editor Bruce Van Wyngar-den and Jim Harger, the author of the feature article. Gaburri is seeking more than $20,000 in compensatory and punitive damages from each of the defendants. Michael Rosenblum disappeared on Feb. 14, 1980. The same day, Baldwin police found the car he had been driving, abandoned and disabled along River Road in the borough. Police had the car towed, but the owner, a woman the younger Rosenblum had been dating, didn't receive a notice about the car until three months later. Rosenblum has said the delay hindered a Pittsburgh police search for his son, and he since has accused Gaburri and the borough of a cover-up. Although Rosenblum will no longer be a defendant, Wojton said "chances are fair" that he will subpoena Rosenblum as a witness. Rosenblum said he was. told he would be dropped as a defendant in a certified letter he received from Wojton on Sept. 5. "I have no problems about being called as a witness, because anything I ever said is backed by witnesses and fact," he said. Baldwin Council fired Gaburri in October 1987 for allegedly falsifying documents in the Rosenblum case. Gaburri appealed to the Baldwin Civil Service Commission and was reinstated in December 1987 with full back pay.' He retired last September after 37 years as a policeman, 15 of them as Baldwin's chief. Gaburri's son-in-law arrested on drug charge A Baldwin street department worker who also is the son-in-law of former borough Police Chief Aldo Gaburri has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The arrest of Charles Hankel, 36, followed a police search Monday evening of his Boni Drive home, said current Police Chief Chris Kelly. Police found marijuana in the basement, Kelly said. Police said the street value of the marijuana is between $3,000 and $4,000. He said a tip from a source, whose name he would not reveal, had given officers probable cause to believe that drugs were at the home. Hankel is free on bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday at 1 p.m. before District Justice Leonard Boehm in Baldwin Borough. In an earlier incident, Hankel's wife, Adell, was taken by Baldwin Emergency Medical Service paramedics to Mercy Hospital early Monday morning because she was having trouble breathing. 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