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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, November 12, 1987
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Thursday, November 12, 1987 CITYAREA 6 Chiefs ouster adds few clues to disappearance case FROM PAGE 1 Michael is remembered as a young man who wanted to emulate his father by working for him, but who did not want to finish college first; somebody who had a heavy drug habit but who thought of it "as a fun thing, something he could handle," his father said. "He was a great individual, real outgoing," Levy said. "He was a good-looking guy and the girls were attracted to him. He never had a problem in that department." Percodans, Quaaludes, Valium and alcohol were another matter. Levy said he and Michael would spend many a weekend cruising Shadyside singles bars. Sometimes, the night would end abruptly. "Sometimes you're real high, pitching some girl, and some gorilla comes out of the woodwork and wants to kill you. It happens to everybody. "We were all kind of wild back then, but I guess with Michael, he had a problem, he absolutely had a problem with alcohol and drugs," Levy said. On several occasions, Levy recalls Rosenblum being ejected from bars. He also recalls trying to get the keys to Rosenblum's Datsun 240-Z so he could drive the pair home safely. Eventually, Michael's father was to confiscate his son's car because, he said, of repeated traffic violations. Indeed, of Rosenblum's three arrests by Pittsburgh police for possession of drugs, two involved traffic violations such as drunken driving. The first arrest was in April 1974, The last was on Jan. 21, 1980 three weeks before he disappeared. During this period, investigators say, Michael Rosenblum required drug-abuse treatment on six occasions. He was sent to clinics including Gateway Rehablitation Center and Western Pyschiatric Institute & Clinic. The latter was where he met his most recent girlfriend, Lisa Sharer. He had completed a 28-day treatment program at Gateway Jan. 10, 1980, five weeks before he disappeared, his father said. Maurice Rosenblum has blamed his son's drug problem on Dr. Paul James of Beach Haven, N.J., where the Rosenblums had a summer home. According to Rosenblum, his son made hundreds of phone calls to James that enabled him to get dozens of illicit prescriptions. James surrendered his medical license in February 1981 after an investigation by the New Jersey attorney general's office. . Michael is identified in two of nine counts against James, charging that the doctor illegally prescribed Per-codan, Valium and Tussionex, a narcotic cough syrup, to Michael between 1976 and February 1980, a spokesman for the New Jersey attorney general's office said. Levy, who often vacationed with the Rosenblums in Beach Haven, recalls Michael's mother, Barbara, flushing pills down the toilet after finding them. "The reason she was screaming, Levy said, "was that she cared. 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Sharer is the common thread tying Michael's disappearance to the downfall of the borough's police chief. Not until this week has anyone Maurice Rosenblum or the investigators in the Gaburri case made more than a fleeting effort to find her. Now, the borough's special prosecutor, Robert Cindrich, is looking. Estranged from her second husband at the time she dated Michael Rosenblum, Sharer, described as an attractive even glamorous woman, has since been divorced from him and has married a third time. She may have moved back to Florida or to Baltimore, but nobody, knows for certain. Lawyers say Sharer's whereabouts are not a central issue in the case against Gaburri. Maurice Rosenblum, meanwhile, is convinced that she was just a role player in his son's disappearance a part-time lover in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is not known how long Sharer knew Michael Rosenblum, but their relationship was short-lived and fast-paced. Their final two days together have become a recurring theme in Maurice Rosenblum's mind. Feb. 13, 1980: Michael calls Sharer after his mother angrily orders him to leave the house. Later that evening, Michael takes Sharer to the Encore, a Shadyside nightclub that has since closed, where she applies for a waitress' job. They spend the night at Sharer's adoptive mother's house in Whitehall. Feb. 14, morning: Worried that Michael is ill because of his chronic use of drugs, Lisa drives him to Jefferson Hospital. "His eyes just kept rolling back in his head. He looked really bad," she is quoted as saying in a 1981 deposition. Despite medical advice, Michael refuses treatment and walks out of the emergency room. Lisa chases him and talks him back into her car. After stopping at a filling station in West Homestead, Michael drives off without Lisa and her 3-year-old daughter, Jessica. This forces them to hitchhike to Oakland, where Lisa voluntarily enters Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic. Feb. 14, early afternoon: Crippled by two shredded tires and dented along the driver's side, Lisa Sharer's new Pontiac Sunbird sits abandoned on River Road in Baldwin Borough. It is prime bait for a tow truck, but nobody is sure how the car got there with Rosenblum or without him. It was more than three months before the towed Pontiac resurfaced CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 mum MM The newest Cathy collection is here, A Hand to Hold, An Opinion to Reject, filled with Cathy Guisewite's painfully funny view of today's women and the men in their lives. The other five Cathy collections are available too! Order your copy now. Please send me copies of A Hand to Hold at $6.95 plus $1.00 for postage and handling per book. Enclosed is Make check payable to Andrews and McMeel. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. O Chert Money Order VISA O MasterCard Addresi . City - Zip . 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