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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Friday, June 17, 1988
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5-B BEAVERWEST Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Friday, June 17, 1988 2 Baldwin officers file suit over story By J. Kenneth Evans Post-Gazette Staff Writer Two Baldwin Borough policemen have sued a former colleague, a private detective, a free-lance writer and Pittsburgh Magazine, contending they were defamed. In a complaint filed last week in Common Pleas Court, Warren R. Cooley and Donald Misencik contend that an article, "The Search for Michael Rosenblum," and an editorial, "Dark Shadows," which appeared in the May issue of the publication, are filled with false statements. They are seeking damages from George Galovich, a Baldwin Borough policeman who has been fired recently, Steven F. Tercsak, a private detective; Jim Harge, who wrote the article; and Metropolitan Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting Inc., owner of the magazine. Bruce VanWyngarden, the magazine's editor and writer of the editorial, is not identifed as a defendant, but his name appears in the suit. The story is about Michael Rosenblum, a Shadyside man who has been missing since Feb. 14, 1980, and his father's search for him. Rosenblum was last seen driving his girlfriend's car in West Homestead. The car was found later on River Road in Baldwin Borough, where police impounded it. Lisa Sharer, who owned the car, was not told for more than three months that it had been towed. Baldwin Borough police have been accused of covering up the disappearance by not notifying Sharer that her car had been towed. Aldo Gaburri, borough police chief, was fired Oct. 5 when council accused him of backdating a letter to Sharer and forcing a clerk to forge a policeman's signature on learning that Sharer had not been told that her car had been towed. A Civil Service Commission dismissed the charge Dec. 30 and ordered Gaburri reinstated. Cooley and Misencik contend that the article accuses them of beating and killing Rosenblum, then disposing of his body. VanWyngarden disputes the contention. "There is nowhere in that article where Pittsburgh Magazine says they killed the guy," he said. "We'll stand by the story, and in court we expect to win." "This whole thing is completely ludicrous," Harge said, refusing further comment on advice of his attorneys. Tercsak, a retired Pittsburgh gold badge detective, did not want to comment. Get cash on the barrel. Sell your gun in PressPost'Gazette Classified. 263-1201 Poly Wool Suits dd90 Were $130...Now Suits Were $170 Now 139.90 Linen Blend Cft nn Sportcoats Were $80 Now OV.vi) Sportcoats Were $100 Now 69.90 Poly Cotton 1n nA Slacks Were $25 Now LV.V) Pure Silk Ties Were $18 Solid & Striped Knit Shirts Short Sleeve Dress Shirts Walk Shorts Were $13 to $15 Now T'-S Cycles for charity Bob Roberts of Mechanicsville, Md., sits on his homemade three-wheel motorcycle. Roberts was among more than 120 Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts who left Monroeville this morning on a leg of a ride to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Harley Davidson riders from across the country will meet tomorrow in Milwaukee to end the fund-raising ride. Bail posted by shooting suspect A 72-year-old East Rochester man charged with shooting his son in the kneecaps and spine was released yesterday from the Beaver County Jail after posting bond. A preliminary hearing for Ferdinand Toth Sr. of 119 Landell St. is scheduled for Thursday in Central Court. The son, Ferdinand Toth Jr., 49, of 143 Lyons Ave., East Rochester, was in serious condition yesterday in the Medical Center of Beaver Inc. He was shot Tuesday night. According to Rochester police, who patrol East Rochester, the father told officers his son had threatened him with a knife. The report said police were called about 9:30 p.m. by a Lyons Avenue resident who said the two men were n ff Now .UU CI90 ft Tony TyePost-Gazette arguing in a back yard next door to the son's home and that the elder Toth was pointing a rifle at his son. Officers said they found the son lying in the yard and that the father admitted shooting his son after being threatened. A .22-caliber rifle found in the father's pickup truck was confiscated. The report said the men have a history of disputes and that police have been involved in previous problems involving the two. The elder Toth posted a $10,000 bond before District Justice Hugo Iorfido of Baden. He is charged with criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. in I wfo h it mm T ft- '. MORE QUALITY. MORE VALUE. MORE FASHION, f OR LESS. Pleasant Hills: Southland Shopping Center Tel: 655-1660 Monroeville: Miracle Mile Shopping Center Tel.: 856-6051 North Hills: 7903 McKnight Rd. Tel: 364-8031. Mon. to Sat. 10 to 9 Sun. 12 to 5 Vim, Mastercard. Amtrican Expreu Tailoring available at cost Commissioner cautions county about leaving grant program By Gabriel Ireton Post-Gazette Start Writer Beaver County Commissioner Roger Javens cautioned Aliquippa officials yesterday about their plan to pull out of a county grant progam and seek alternative revenue sources. Councilman Gary Hickman asked council's solicitor this week to determine whether the city could withdraw from the county's federally funded Community Development Block Grant program. The request was the first step toward pulling out of the program and applying directly to the federal government for funds under a grant program for small cities. Javens said he does not believe Aliquippa will receive as much money through other programs as it receives through the block grant program, which is managed locally through a county agency. Council voted in September to pull out of the community development Ill BHISF Move to olter hours fails The Ambridge School Board last night voted 5-4 against revising the junior high school-hours schedule, despite a recommendation from the school superintendent and a petition from parents. Superintendent Joseph Dimperio had recommended placing the junior high school on the same schedule as the senior high, with teachers' workday beginning at 7:25 a.m. and ending at 2:50 p.m. The change was proposed to allow more time for student-teacher conferences and to address other concerns. The board received a petition containing 319 signatures of people who favored the change and one with 90 signatures of others opposing it. Vulgar stickers Post-Gazette Westmoreland Bureau A North Huntingdon man cited by Murrysville police for displaying two bumper stickers bearing an obscene word will challenge the citation. Patrolman John Verner cited Thomas H. 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"We are all looking at what's best for the people of Aliquippa." Britza said that to the best of his knowledge, the city has met all guidelines for the grant but is being told that the project is not eligible for community development funds. Javens said the city did not comply with federal Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines for the project because residents along Green Street had not been surveyed to determine whether their incomes were within HUD guidelines. "Aliquippa hasn't done it-shomework," Javens said. "They haven't submitted the required infor Montour holds tax line The Montour School Board approved a budget of $17,591,752 last night, holding the property tax rate at 70 mills for the fourth straight year. The budget includes a 7.6 percent increase in spending. Revenue will increase because of higher property assessments. Board members Joel Klein and Fran Burke abstained from voting. The board also changed the district's grading policy for all students in grades one through 12. A 90 score receives an A, while 59 is failing. The old policy set an A at 94 and an F at 69. A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. July 26 in Burkett School Library to discuss the new grading scale. on car bumper Parke, 41, a paraplegic, has asked for a hearing before Export District Justice Robert Scott. Parke's attorney, Kenneth Burk-ley of Greensburg, said yesterday that "The bumper stickers were stupid, but not offensive" because "free speech is not offensive." Burkley insisted that only an utterance of an obscenity would be the basis for a disorderly conduct charge. Bumper stickers don't quali bci&mm a www - LOVitSi rm Qur pHce Guarantee! 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He said the county will receive $4 million to distribute to municipalities, and requests for funding projects total $10 million. "If they pull out, I think their funding as a third-class city would be in jeopardy," Javens said. No Center Area tax rise The Center Area School Board voted last night to keep the district's real estate tax rate at 26.05 mills.. The board approved an $8.3 million budget for 1988-89 with no tax increase. The budget is $581,000 more than the present tax base garners. The extra money will be drawn - from a $1 million surplus fund. Af- ter this year, the fund will become dangerously low, board member Don Paladina said. Paladina, the only board member to vote against the budget, said there is fat that could be cut from the spending plan. He predicted that taxes may in-. crease as much as 7 mills for 1989-90. prompt charge fy, he said. Murrysville Police Chief Edward Roberts said the arrest was proper and that Verner "did the right thing. . . . 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