Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1990 · Page 3
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Monday, September 17, 1990
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3nbiana STATE Thursday, September 18, 2003 — Page 3 f Rendell memo causing stir By PETER JACKSON Associated Press Writer HARRISBURG—A once-confidential memo to Gov. Ed Rendell, listing scores of employees of state boards and commissions and advising Rendell how soon he will control their jobs, is circulating among administration outsiders who say it reveals the Democrat's eagerness to broaden his political patronage. The May 3 memo, written by gubernatorial aide Jamie Fleet, lists employees' names, titles, salaries and the dates they entered state service. Apparently only the first several pages have been widely distributed, but that partial copy, which The Associat- '• ed Press obtained, explained Fleet's assignment. 1 "I have reviewed all of the boards/commissions with dedi- '*'• cated staff under your purview and have outlined when we will i! control the board," Fleet reported to Rendell. The entry for the state Fish and Boat Commission lists 47 staff positions and says, "If you elect - to replace all of the (10) commission members, you will be able |to control these jobs." For the : state Commission on Crime and Delinquency, with 10 employees, ''it says, "You can hire/fire this staff at your pleasure." Republicans said the memo belies Rendell's stated desire to "''run a non-partisan administration and suggests an interest in "identifying positions that he could hand out to political |~ friends. i "I don't think a memo like this can be created by someone who , claims they're not being parti- i san," said Steve Miskin, | spokesman for Republican lead! ers in the state House of Repre: sentatives. i "Looks like a political shopping i list," Dan Hayward, political di| rector at the Republican State j Committee, said Wednesday. i "I know that Goyerjior Rendell I has made a lot of friends at-the nationaLleveJ,','.he said. "If he has chits to pay, it looks (like) i of those friends may be coming j to Pennsylvania." [ Kate Philips, the governor's 1 spokeswoman, said reviewing • boards and commissions is "a i very natural part of the change in I administration" and that "there's \ nothing scandalous about it" ! Philips noted that Rendell held j over several Cabinet members I appointed by his Republican j predecessors and said he did the j same for many odier high-rank- I ing appointed officials, but she j did not deny that at least some of ! the people identified in Fleet's memo would be replaced. "I think most of those people are still in tiieir jobs, but they're political jobs that come with a term limit," she said. Out of about 80,000 state employees under the governor's jurisdiction, Rendell has the authority to unilaterally appoint or replace between 1,300 and 1,500, Philips said. When contacted Wednesday, two employees listed in the memo said they were not surprised. "This is a political environment," said one of them. Fish and Boat Commission spokesman Danlredinnick, who > was hired during the Democratic administration of the late Gov. Robert P. Casey. "You work in state government, you have to understand ... one of the downsides is that it's at-will employment." Mike Manzo, chief of staff to ^House Minority Leader H. 'William DeWeese, D-Greene, jsaid, "These Republicans ought , to get a grip on reality." Man charged in death of pregnant woman Electronic signs have been placed around Erie in an effort to gain new leads in the bank robbery explosion on Aug. 28. (AP photo) Investigators still lack answers in Erie robbery By ALLISON SCHLESINGER Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH — A man confessed he beat two women with his fists and a wooden cane, killing a 19-year-old pregnant woman and the twins she had carried for seven months, after he slipped into their home through a bathroom window, police said. William Lee "Bump" Brown, 30, of Pittsburgh, was arrested late Tuesday and was arraigned Wednesday morning on three counts of criminal homicide for the deaths of Tiffany Griffin and her two fetuses, said Terry Brown, assistant chief Allegheny County Coroner. Also on Wednesday, police searched for a third occupant of the row house in which the Griffins were living when they were attacked. Lee Huston Glover, 51, had not been seen since Monday. While police be- lieve he was not involved in the murder, they are concerned about his well being, said Pittsburgh Police spokeswoman Tammy Ewin. Brown could face additional charges for beating Tiffany Griffin's 42-year-old mother, Carmen Griffin, who remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at UPMC Presbyterian hospital, police said. ; Brown told police that he slit a window screen to get inside die Griffins' home, according to court documents. The documents and police did not say why investigators believe Brown entered the house or offer a motive for the killings. Shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday, police arrived at the home in Pittsburgh's Glen Hazel neighborhood to respond to a report of a fight and found Tiffany Griffin dead in the living room and Carmen Griffin conscious but unresponsive in a second-floor bedroom. By JUDY UN Associated Press Writer ERIE — Random police stops, public appeals for help and electronic signs flashing a hotline number have yielded more than 600 leads, but nearly three weeks after a pizza deliveryman's mysterious bombing death investigators have made no arrests and have no known suspects in the strange case. Brian Douglas Wells' death Aug. 28 caused a sensation across the country, with investigators trying to determine whether, as Wells told them before he died, he had been forced to rob a bank by someone who had locked a bomb to his body— a bomb that exploded, killing him, before a squad of experts reached the scene. 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"It's bizarre," said Jennifer Ver- gotz, who lives near the site where Weils was believed to have made his last delivery — two pizzas — to a television transmission tower less than an hour before robbing the PNC Bank branch outside Erie. Investigators, led by a team of FBI agents, have followed numerous leads, putting out photographs of the heavy metal collar attached to a bomb and locked to Wells' neck; releasing sketches of people seen in the area; and even appealing directly to anyone who may have been involved in the incident to come forward. Authorities set up a hotline and started making random traffic stops in the area, moves that have led, in part, to more than 200 interviews. Those discussions have yielded "helpful" results, said FBI spokesman Bill 2340 Warren Road •«- -njL.9JUL.t99t Z34U «**"•" "can HIM/Z4-34V-IZZ1 Suite 105 • Imfcma, PA 15701 Crowley, but he refused to say what they might be. Investigators, however, are leaning toward a theory that Wells was a victim and not a willing participant. One law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the investigation has uncovered no evidence that the unassuming deliveryman acted on his own free will. In the area around the television transmission tower, for instance, neighbors have been asked about what they may have seen or heard the day Wells made the delivery. Vergotz's sister-in-law, Marissa Vergotz, 24, was home with her nephew that afternoon and said she doesn't remember hearing anything unusual. "They asked if I heard a gunshot. I said I couldn't remember anything that special," she said. (AP writer Todd Spangler in. Pittsburgh contributed to this report.) THAJVKYOU The family of Irene Lucas would like to express their deepest thanks to everyone who sent cards, donations, phone calls and came to visit during our Mother's long illness. 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