Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 24, 2002 · Page 5
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,3fnhtzma STATE Thursday, October 24, 2002 — Page 5 Briefs By The Associated Press Nursing homes urged to follow voting rules PITTSBURGH — Nursing homes will be receiving notices from Allegheny County, warning them to be conscious of voting regulations regarding absentee ballots. During the primary election earlier this year, a township judge voided 10 absentee ballots when it was determined that all displayed similar handwriting. While the elections office eventually reinstated the ballots, finding that there was no criminal intent by nursing home workers. County Chief Executive Jim Roddey said he wanted to avoid any appearance of voter fraud. A nursing home employee cannot fill in the ballot for a patient unless the voter first submits a request-for-assistance form to the elections office. The form is mailed to voters who request an absentee ballot. Judge pleads innocent PITTSBURGH — An Allegheny County judge pleaded innocent to more charges that he extorted thousands of dollars from an attorney with cases pending in his courtroom. Joseph A. Jaffe was indicted by a federal grand jury in September on charges of extorting $13,000 from attorney Joel Persky, a partner in a firm with about 1,300 asbestos-related cases before Jaffe. He pleaded innocent to those charges. Jaffe was indicted again earlier this month on charges of extorting $12,500 from Pittsburgh attorney Edwin Beachler III in early August. Beachler's firm had about 400 asbestos-related cases before Jaffe. Jaffe and his attorney left the courtroom of U.S. Magistrate William Prince without comment. Jaffe remains free on $15,000 bond. No trial date was set. Trucker pleads guilty to vehicular homicide GREENSBURG — A beer truck driver pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular homicide for an accident that left three people dead. As part of a plea agreement, Raymond Revels, 58, of Columbus, Ohio, also pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless driving. He will spend three months in jail, but will avoid a trial and a potential 15-year prison sentence. In June 2000, the truck carrying 22 tons of beer flipped over a concrete median along the turnpike in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County, crushing three oncoming vehicles. Juanita Collins, 46, of E ; ort Pierce, Fla., her husband, John, 47, and Mark Flamos, 39, of Bellevue, were killed in the accident. Amish man hurt in accident EBENSBURG — A member of the Swartzentruber Amish was slightly injured when a pickup truck smashed into the rear of his horse-drawn buggy. The Swartzentrubers, one of the most conservative Amish sects, are involved in a court bat- tie because they refuse to place state-mandated reflective triangles on their buggies. The buggy did not have a reflective triangle, police said. The Swartzentrubers believe the triangles take their fate out of God's hands. Levi Zook, 27, refused treatment after Tuesday's accident, but will be ticketed for not using the reflective triangle. There were no injuries to the truck driver and the vehicle sustained only slight damage. A Cambria Countyjudge found 19 members of the sect guilty in June of violating state transportation laws. The Swartzentrubers have appealed the judge's ruling. They have threatened to move out of Pennsylvania if laws are not changed to accommodate their religious beliefs. 20 GALLONS CULLIGAN BOTTLED WATER AND ONE MONTH COOLER RENTAL WITH THIS COUPON •Refundable bottle deposit and 6 mos. tease required. 1749 Wilson Ave., Indiana Behind Hite Etactric 724-465-5611 Rite Aid lawyers continue to press for new venue HARRISBURG (AP) — Lawyers for four men charged in the Rite Aid Corp. accounting case say publicity has not waned since the June indictment of their clients, underscoring the need to move the trial out of Harrisburg. Replying to government objections to their request last month for a change of venue, the lawyers say media coverage has continued and "even a casual review of the coverage reveals a pervasive hostility toward defendants." Lawyers for former Rite Aid Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Martin L Grass and three others who face charges of accounting irregularities want the trial moved from the U.S. District Court in Harrisburg to Pittsburgh to offset pretrial publicity. The U.S. attorney's office in Harrisburg argues a change of venue is unwarranted unless jury selection determines that it is impossible to find an impartial pool of local jurors. The government has suggested shifting the trial to Williamsport or Scranton if an impartial jury cannot be found in Harrisburg. Along with Grass, Franklin Brown, the drug retailer's former chief counsel and vice chairman, and Franklyn Bergonzi, former executive vice president and chief financial officer, face charges including conspiracy to defraud, fraud involving the purchase or sale of securities and making false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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