Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1991 · Page 11
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Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania · Page 11

Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, July 10, 1991
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Regional Jubelirer: Public must know about felons seeking office By David Oilman Staff Writer State Senate President Pro Tern Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Blair, has introduced legislation requiring candidates for public office to make public information on whether they have been convicted of a felony. Under the bill, which.has attracted 23 Republican and Democratic cosponsors, candidates for public office would have to set forth the information in the affidavits accompanying their nomination petitions. "Recently, candidates in several areas of the state ran for office without the electorate knowing they had been previously convicted of serious crimes," Jubelirer said. "In at least one case the individual had already been elected and was serving in an elected office." Jubelirer said the Pennsylvania Constitution prohibits persons convicted of "infamous crimes" from holding office. He explained that because it is not clear what crimes are "While my proposal would not preclude a person convicted of a felony from holding office, it would require him or her to make that information public." included under the definition of infamous, courts are often reluctant to bar a candidate from running for office. "While my proposal would not preclude a person convicted of a felony from holding office, it would require him or her to make that information public," Jubelirer said. "The voters have a right to know this before they go to the polls." Frank Cullen, a Bedford dentist, was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Bedford County commissioner. He was convicted of five counts of Medicaid fraud, a felony, in 1989. The Bedford County Republican Committee challenged Cullen's can- didacy based on Article II, Section 7, of the state Constitution, which prohibits people who have been convicted of perjury, embezzlement or other infamous crimes from serving in office. However, Bedford County Judge Daniel Howsare ruled against the committee, asserting it was not in the court's jurisdiction to preclude the peoples' right to choose •their elected officials. . Cullen finished third in the voting, getting 1,900 votes to incumbent Commissioners Dick Rice, who had over 5,000 votes, and Kim Coon, who gained 4,700 votes. Cullen later charged there was a conspiracy to defeat him. Bedford grand jury indicts two for endangering species By David Oilman Staff Writer BEDFORD-A Bedford County grand jury, one of the last county grand juries in the state, heard charges against 42 people Monday, indicting 40, not acting on one charge and throwing out charges against two other people. Included in those indicted were Allen L. Dovico, of Ocala, Fla., and Arhmand F. Ward, of St. Mary's, Ga., who are charged with 12 violations of the Endangered or Threatened Spe- • cies Act. ' The pair were arrested in May by ' state police officers who slopped '. their van on the Pennsylvania Turn; pike. A subsequent search turned up ' eagle and owl feathers and parts and , other animal parts from birds which ; are on the endangered species list. ; Wildlife Conservation Officer ' David Koppenhaver identified the .contraband. Other items were sent ' to the Smithsonian for identification, i The pair also face federal charges. The two were jailed in the Bedford County Prison. Dovico is still there, unable to post an 511,000 bond. Also indicted Monday was Larry •H,,Mcyicker, charged with criminal attempt at criminal homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault in a stabbing incident that took place in June. The grand jury disapproved three counts of simple assault against Lynn A. Pittman of Bedford RD 2 and threw out two counts of driving -under the influence lodged against • Russell D. Rhodes of Bedford RD 5. '-.. The grand jury also dismissed ! three counts of violating the drug • laws against Jacob M. Heldibridle of . Saxton. He was indicted on one .count of violating the controlled sub• stance act. A weapons charge against Ronald S. Ammon of Saxton was also dismissed, although he was indicted on a criminal tresnass charge. The grand jury did not act upon a charge that a former convict was not permitted to own a firearm lodged against Michael Rough of Everett RD 1. He was indicted for making false statements to authorities In the same incident. Thirteen people were indicted for DUI offenses, and four people were indicted for drug law violations. Kevin Willis of Robertsdale was indicted on charges of corruption of minors and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Casey Hughes of New Paris RD 1 was indicted on two counts of indecent assault and one count each of Indecent exposure and corruption of minors. . i Remodeling Made Simple Need man; Living Space? We've Cot the solution. 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