Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 25, 2002 · Page 1
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Jeff Kent's homers led San Francisco to another win. Page 25. 32 pages —4 sections wwwJndianagazette.com Mike Fisher prefers a Primanti sandwich to a Philly cheese- steak. Page 3. 50 cents FRIDAY OCTOBER 25,2002 Vol. 99 — No. 64 Who's in the news There is good news today in The Indiana Gazette about the following area people: Ryan Grant, Kristin Miller, Cody Musser, Mark Pears, Traci Lorenzo, Susan Bennett, Tina A. Kocanmiley, Marlene Stotsky, Mary K. Moreau, Sumaya Michele Twal. INSIDE Elsewhere • Hurricane Kenna, a Category 5 storm, forces evacuation of Mexico's Pacific coast and could be the strongest to hit in a generation. • A report says the United States is "dangerously unprepared" for another terrorist attack and recommends preparation measures. » Chechan Rebels holding 600 people hostage in a Russian theater threaten to begin killing as early as dawn Saturday. Page 9. Deaths Obituaries on page 4 KOWCHUCK, Leona Grace Bagley, 73, of Indiana RIDDLE, Isabelle, 83, of Indiana STILES, Helen M., 93, of Roswell, N.M. STOIKA, Gary J., 66, of Tip ton Forecast Breezy today with showers and a low of 45 tonight, becoming cloudy and breezy Saturday with a high of 56. Page 2. Index Classifieds 12-16 DearAbby 7 Entertainment 22 Family 21 Lottery numbers 2 Today in History 7 School news 17-20 Sports 25-31 Stocks 2 TV-Comics 23 Viewpoint 6 Teddy "Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament." — George Santayana, Spanish- born philosopher (1863-1952) This newspaper is printed on recyclable paper. Please recycle. Newspaper contents copyright © 2002 Indiana Printing and Publishing Co., Indiana, Pa. Adopt-A-Thon Sunday 11-5, ICHS... Reduced Prices! Beef Sale! Hamburger And Patties, Friday And Saturday Only! Yamick's Farm, (724)34^3901 Bruno's Restaurant Weekend Specials... Stuffed Flounder And Veal Marsala. Mclntyre Inn, Saturday, 10p.m.-la.m., DJ & Illusionist Halloween Party! SensaFoam...The "Weightless Sleep System". NowAtDouds OfPIumville. (724)397-5511. Tonight DJ And Karaoke, Wake-O-Bill And Rita... Rayne Drop! Tuesday, Nov. 5 Upcoming Fire-fighting money Saturday: If voters approve a bond issue of up to $100 million for fire departments statewide, how much would Indiana County departments get and how would they use it? The Coleman phenomenon Sunday: Jeff Coleman is unopposed for re-election two years after toppling a five-term incumbent. What are the highlights of the Apollo Republican's first term, and what's next? Stayi By ELAINE JACOBS Gazette Staff Writer When she first began serving as state representative in the 62nd District in 1990, Sara Sleelman made it clear she didn't want to be a career politician. Twelve years later, as she runs for her seventh term in office, she's still saving it. Although the statement may leave some people confused, the truth is — by her definition — she's not a career politician. Being a representative isn't her first line of work, and she says it won't be her last. But in the meantime, she says, she's been so busy tackling local issues mat she just lost track of time. Growing up, Steelman never thought she would enter the political realm, though she did come from a political family. Her father, Paul Gerling, had run for various offices in her native Kansas but never won. "He was a Democrat running in a very Republican area," Steelman said. She still has a photo of her dad during his days as a congressional Catherine Baker Knoll, left, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, joined Sara Steelman, right, in door-to- door campaigning recently in Homer City, where they talked with resident Joan Bash. (Gazette photo by Jamie Isenberg) 14 years would not make a career, Steelman says "1 11 run as long as there are issues that I don't want to put down, and I don't see somebody out there that I think can do a better job." — Sara Steelman candidate in Kansas' fourth district, posing with President Lyndon B. Johnson. . . . . p • 'For years, Steelman stayed out of _ politics. She earned a bachelor&.degree in zoology from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in behavior genetics from Stanford and went on to teach college-level biology in Illinois, California and New York. When she didn't get tenure at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., she answered an ad in the county's newspaper, The Saratogian, looking for a reporter. There, she wrote mainly features and concert reviews until she moved to Indiana in 1986, when her husband, John Henry Steelman, accepted a teaching position at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In Indiana, Steelman continued in -the. newspaper-business, writing for The Indiana Gazette. But when the 1990 elections neared, a Republican friend asked her to consider running for state representative. "She thought my byline would give me some name recognition and the work would give me some knowledge about what the issues were," Steelman said. In the race, incumbent Republican Paul Wass was running for his eighth term as representative and the Democrats needed someone to oppose him. Ultimately, Steelman's political upbringing pushed her into the ring. "My dad fell people shouldn't run unopposed — that legislators ought to have lo justify the quality of their public service," she said. She had little in the way of resources — financial or human — but some area Democrats pitched in. Former state Rep. Bill Shane, now a county commissioner, began introducing her around town. He also gave her a copy of a memo he wrote in 1976 about door-to-door campaigning mat is still being distributed within the Democratic Party. .- Starting, so-smalt, Steelman: °was skeptical about how she would fare. "I didn't think I had any chances," she said. Wass "was supposed to be an entrenched incumbent, and I was running a small, grass-roots campaign." But Wass' mistakes left the door open for her, she said. "He assumed he didn't have to work — didn't have to debate or go door to door," she said. "He gave people the impression that he thought lie had a lock on the elec- tion." To her great surprise, she said, Steelman was victorious. But she admits that when she first said she didn't plan to be a career politician, it was largely because she didn't feel the decision was up to her. "I assumed the Republicans would throw so much money at me that I'd be overwhelmed," she said. "They come after me over and over again." She also saw taking office as one of many things she would do in life. "I'm not one who got out of school and said 1 wanted to be a professional politician and do this all my life," she said. "1 went into politics after a couple other careers and I may go on to another." Knowing she's willing and able to do other things has enabled her to buck her party a! times, she said. "I'm not so desperate to keep this job that I'll do anything. I have more ability to accomplish things for Indiana County and Pennsylvania, so (the job) is important, but not so important that I'd do anything at all" to keep it, she said. Continued on page 4 Fall shimmer Off the main roads in the Smicksburg area, Gazette photographer Jamie Isenberg found this reflective autumn scene recently. >• Woman, 52, killed; woman, *• Man, 39. killed in White Flint. Md. 24. wounded outside liquor slore in Montgomery, Ala. Window shot out in Aspen Hill, Md. *• Man, 55, killed in Wheaton. Md. »• Man, 54. killed in Rockville, Md. *• Woman, 34, killed in Silver Spring. Md. >• Woman, 25, killed in Kensington, Md. > Man. 72. killed in Washington, D.C. >• Woman. 43, >• Boy,13. > Man, 53, wounded in wounded in killed in Fredericksburg, Va. Bowie. Md. Manassas, Va. The sniper's victims > Man, 53, killed in Fredericks-burg. Va. >• Woman, 47, killed in Falls Church, Va. ^ Man, 37, wounded in Ashland, Va. »• Man, 35. kilted in Aspen Hill, Md. Suspects arrested at I-70 rest slop near Myersville, Md. Ballistic test indicates .223- caliber bullets [rom same high-powered rille. Eyewitness reports lead police lo search lor two men in a white box truck or van. A tarot card inscribed: "Dear Policeman, I am God" is found near a.223-calibershell casing near crime scene. \: First handwritten note lound at crime scene contains a telephone number, threat toward children and demand forSTO million. Caller lo tip line claims responsibility for the shootings and a Sept. 21 shooling in Montgomery, Ala., during a liquor store robbery. J I Suspect telephones authorities but message is garbled. Second handwritten note found at crime scene repeals demands ol first note. Clues lead to capture The three-week manhunt for the sniper that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area culminated Thursday in Ihe arrests of John Allen Muhammad, 41, a Gulf War veteran, and John Lee Malvo, a 17-year-old. Authorities believe they are responsible for the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and left three critically wounded. Muhammad Malvo Suspects About a year ago, Muhammad and Malvo lived together in a Bellingham, Wash., homelGss shelter. Their relationship was not immediately clear. Malvo's fingerprint is found on a magazine at Alabama shooting and traced to a Tacoma, Wash., home where he had been Jiving wilh Muhammad. Home is searched. Police issue a nationwide warning for a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice registered to Muhammad at a Camden, IMJ., address. SOURCE: Associated Press Volunteers raise spirits after haunting burglary Conventional wisdom falls apart in sniper case By CHAUNCEY ROSS Gazette Staff Writer COWANSVILLE — Burglars may have played the trick on organizers of a fund-raising'Halloween haunted house, but the treat is still in store for Cowansville-area residents in search of frightening fun. In two days, volunteers who annually outfit the former Sherrett school house as a terrifying maze found replacements for more than $9,000 worth of lights and props that were stolen earlier this week, according to the chief organizer, Mary Judge. Intruders stole an old wooden casket, strobe lights, black lights, scores of masks, a portable stereo and a fire extinguisher, according to a list released by state police at Kittanning. Judge added a life-size skeleton and a gory torso to the list of missing props. The light fixtures are worth $35 each and some of the masks cost up to $300, Judge said after reviewing 19 years'worth of receipts. Continued on page 4 By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN New York Times News Service WASHINGTON — So much for the Astro van. And the 26-year-old white loner with the buzz haircut. John Allen Muhammad, it ends up, is not what was expected. Despite the surplus of experts who have locked eyes with serial killers — and then gone on TV to talk about it — and all the intense pontification, the prime suspect in the sniper shootings not only evaded the authorities for so long, he eluded the stereotypes. "A black sniper?" said Candice DeLong, a former FBI agent. "That was the last thing 1 was thinking." "A serial killer who targets Prosecutors undecided on charges, page 7. strangers and then suddenly asks for a ransom?" Jack Levin, a Northeastern University criminologist. "Nobody guessed that." A beat-up old Chevy? The police had been scouring the Washington area for a white mini-van. Some people now wonder if the suspects simply drove right through a roadblock, since officers were preoccupied with a different profile. It is still too early to know the motivation for the shootings. Authorities say Muhammad and his 17-year-old sidekick, John Lee Malvo, killed 10 people, with a plan to extract a $10 million ransom. Some of the sniper theories appear to fit Muhammad and Malvo. Bo Diet!, a retired New York Police Department detective and self-confessed profiling addict, thought all along a pair of "twerpy teens" were involved. "I knew it, I knew it," said Dietl, who has rushed into television studios talking on his cell phone, wrapping up one interview while getting his face powdered for another. "I knew it was two immature meatballs feeding off each other, one impressionable, the other taking the lead. That's the only way this madness could keep going on." 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