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					The Indiana Gazette                                                                                                State                                                                           Tuesday, January 6, 2009 — Page 3

                                                                                   Exec: Fumo sought                                                                                          BRIEFS
                                                                                                                                                                                          From Gazette wire services

                                                                                   $50M in demands                                                               Panel lodges ethics
                                                                                                                                                                charge against judge
                                                                                                                                                                                                            bridge improvements and said
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the county faced a $12 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                            to $22 million budget deficit if
                                                                                         By MARYCLAIRE DALE            Neighborhoods, the neighbor-                                                         it couldn’t use the money.
                                                                                         Associated Press Writer       hood nonprofit run by Fumo                 HARRISBURG (AP) — Penn-
                                                                                                                       loyalists. Fumo, 65, a million-          sylvania’s judicial watchdog
                                                                                     PHILADELPHIA — The for- aire banker and lawyer, is                         panel filed a misconduct                       Gas drillers need
                                                                                   mer president of Verizon Penn- charged with misusing more                    charge Monday against a
                                                                                   sylvania testified Monday that a than $3.5 million from Citizens             Philadelphia judge who ran for                 water to sink wells
                                                                                   powerful state lawmak-                       Alliance, the state Sen-        state Supreme Court two years                 STATE COLLEGE (AP) — A
                                                                                   er sought $50 million                        ate and the Indepen-            ago.                                        gas exploration company says
                                                                                   worth of demands dur-                        dence Seaport Muse-               The Judicial Conduct Board                the drilling and treatment of
                                                                                   ing negotiations with                        um.                             alleges that Judge Willis Berry             wells could at times require
                                                                                   the state over phone-                          Fumo’s lawyers sug-           improperly used his secretary               withdrawing up to 4 million
                                                                                   industry deregulation.                       gest that Senate and            and other resources of his judi-            gallons of water in one day
                                                                                     The demands includ-                        charity staffers per-           cial office to help manage his              from sources in three central
                                                                                   ed $15 million for a                         formed personal and             real-estate holdings. That con-             Pennsylvania counties.
                                                                                   small South Philadel-                        political chores for            duct violated the state consti-               A public notice says Texas-
                                                                                   phia charity linked to                       Fumo in their spare             tution by bringing the judiciary            based Anadarko Exploration &
                                                                                   ex-Sen. Vincent Fumo;                        time, even though               into disrepute, the board said              Production Co. told the
                                                                                   $10 million for neigh-
                                                                                                                  VINCENT       prosecutors say much            in its filing with the Court of Ju-         Susquehanna River Basin
                                                                                   borhood      redevelop-         FUMO         of the work was done            dicial Discipline in Harrisburg.            Commission the water from
                                                                                   ment in Fumo’s district;                     on weekdays.                      Since he was first elected as a           Centre, Clinton and Lycoming
                                                                                   and $10 million in deposits in        Whelan said he was leery of            judge in 1995, Berry has owned              County sources would be used
                                                                                   Pennsylvania Savings Bank, the the demand list on several                    as many as 16 properties, rang-             to sink wells into the Marcellus
                                                                                   Philadelphia Democrat’s family grounds — not least because he                ing from vacant lots to multiu-             Shale gas-bearing layer.
                                                                                   bank.                               knew there were many more                nit rental properties. Many of                Company spokesmen say it
                                                                                     “Naive as I was, I asked (lob- lawmakers in the statehouse.                the properties are run down,                isn’t known how often such
                                                                                   byist Stephen) Wojdak what When he agreed in a private                       and the city issued Berry more              amounts of water would be
                                                                                   PSB was,” Daniel Whelan, the 2000 meeting with Fumo to a                     than 70 citations for various               needed.
                                                                                   retired Verizon executive, testi- few items on the list — a scaled-          public nuisance, building,
                                                                                   fied Monday, recalling a hand- down contribution to the Philly               health and safety violations,
                                                                                   scrawled item on the demand Pops, for instance — he mostly                   the board said. Berry has the                 Man pleads guilty
                                                                                   list Wojdak discussed on sealed the deal with a hand-
                                                                                   Fumo’s behalf. Fumo in the late shake. He did not want the
                                                                                                                                                                right to a public trial before the
                                                                                                                                                                Court of Judicial Discipline.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             to 9 bank robberies
                                                                                   1990s was opposing the com- word to get out, for fear that                                                                 PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man
                                                                                   pany’s deregulation plan.           other lawmakers would follow                                                         has pleaded guilty to robbing
                                                           ED HILLE/The Inquirer
FAMILY OF Dr. John P. Pryor walked behind his casket as it was                       Whelan’s testimony comes as suit. When first confronted                         No appeal in                           nine banks in a hearing in fed-
                                                                                   prosecutors move toward the with the list, Whelan had won-                                                               eral court in Pittsburgh.
carried from the cathedral at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on             close of their case in Fumo’s dered if it smacked of influence
                                                                                                                                                                    drink tax ruling                          William Perry pleaded guilty
Monday in Philadelphia.                                                            139-count corruption trial. peddling, and debated contact-                     PITTSBURGH (AP) — Al-                     Monday before U.S. District
                                                                                   Fumo is not charged with any ing a criminal lawyer, he said.                 legheny County Executive Dan                Court Judge Donetta Ambrose.
                                                                                   wrongdoing in the Verizon mat-        He ultimately met in 1999
Family, friends mourn
                                                                                                                                                                Onorato says he won’t appeal a              A prosecutor says the 64-year-
                                                                                   ter, and his lawyers fought to with Philadelphia lawyers                     ruling restricting how money                old Perry admitted to using a
                                                                                   keep Whelan off the stand.          David Cohen and Arthur                   from a drink tax can be spent.              handgun to rob banks in Penn-
                                                                                     However, prosecutors pre- Makadan — well-connected                           A county judge says the tax               sylvania and West Virginia be-

 doctor killed in Iraq                                                             vailed and called him to testify Democrats — about the thorny
                                                                                   about his meetings with Fumo political situation, he said.
                                                                                   and Fumo delegates as Verizon         They counseled him to “find a
                                                                                   sought approval of its plan from way of working it out with the
                                                                                                                                                                on alcohol drinks sold in bars
                                                                                                                                                                and restaurants can only be
                                                                                                                                                                used for the county’s transit
                                                                                                                                                                agency. Onorato wanted to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tween 2004 and 2006.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Perry was being held by au-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            thorities until his sentencing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            on April 10. He faces 25 years in
        By JOANN LOVIGLIO                 ple closest to him did not sup-          the state Public Utility Com- senator,” Whelan testified.                    spend a $12 million surplus                 prison and a fine of $250,000
       Associated Press Writer            port his decision to go to Iraq,         mission. Peco Energy had              Fumo’s lawyer is expected to           from the tax on road and                    for each count.
                                          Pryor wrote that he “hopes and           agreed to donate $17 million to cross-examine Whelan when
   PHILADELPHIA — In every                prays for forgiveness from his           Citizen’s Alliance for Better the trial resumes today.
one of his many roles — hus-              family and colleagues.”
band, father, soldier, doctor,
friend and colleague — Army
                                            Rushing to New York after the
                                          Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks
                                                                                                                                                                 YMCA Youth
Maj. John P Pryor devoted his life
to serve others at home, at work
                                          and refusing to sit idly in a room
                                          with hundreds of other doctors
                                                                                   Boeing ex-worker gets 10                                                   Basketball League
and in war.                               awaiting instruction, Pryor “went                                                                                                           YBL is a great tool for your child to learn the fundamen-
   “All we can do is what we think
is the right thing to do,” the Rev.
                                          out to the street, flagged down an
                                          ambulance and went to ground
                                                                                   months for copter damage                                                                           tals of basketball and develop the YMCA core values of
                                                                                                                                                                                      caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Times are
                                                                                                                                                                                      Saturday mornings any time from 9:00 am-12:00 pm,
Damian J. McElroy told more               zero,” McElroy said.                       PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A for-           transferred to another job at the
than 1,000 mourners during                  He enlisted in the Army re-                                                                                                               possibly later. Times are dependent on number of teams
                                                                                   mer Boeing employee was sen-           Ridley Township plant after ap-                             in each bracket, players will receive a schedule at their fi-
Pryor’s funeral Mass on Monday            serves after 9/11, not only com-         tenced Monday to five months           plying for positions at other                               nal practice. Teams are co-ed. All players receive a team
at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints       pleting the required training but        in prison and five months on           sites. Montgomery used his                                  t-shirt and trophy.
Peter and Paul.                           also taking it upon himself to           home confinement for vandal-           work-issued wire cutters to
   “He served humanity gener-             learn Arabic, McElroy said.                                                                                                                  • Bitty-Ballers: For Pre-K ages and must be at least 4 to
                                                                                   izing a $24 million military heli-     sever about 70 electrical wires
ously. He served God generous-              Pryor was serving his second                                                                                                               participate. Your bitty-baller will begin to learn the very
                                                                                   copter during his last shift on a      running from the cockpit to the                              basics of basketball (dribbling, passing, shooting) under
ly.”                                      tour with a forward surgical team        suburban Philadelphia assem-           main body of a H-47 Chinook                                  the supervision of experienced YMCA staff. Bitty-Ballers
   Pryor, head of the Hospital of         with the Army’s 1st Medical De-          bly line.                              on May 10. Montgomery was                                    are not subject to the skills evaluation.
the University of Pennsylvania            tachment, based in Fort Totten,            Matthew Montgomery, of               ordered to pay $110,000 in                                   • Mini-Hoopers: K-first. No previous basketball experi-
trauma team and a major in the            N.Y.                                     Trevose, told the judge that he        restitution. The helicopter           ence is necessary. Mini-Hoopers are not subject to the skills evaluation.
Army Reserve, died Christmas                His first four-month tour was          did not know how to deal with          would not have been able to fly,    • Straight Shooters: Second and third grade. Straight Shooters must complete
Day when a mortar round struck            at a combat support hospital in          the mounting tension and tedi-         so there was no risk of injury,       a skills evaluation.
near his living quarters in Mosul,        2006 at Abu Ghraib.                      um of his job. The 33-year-old         and the damage was spotted by       • Hot Shots: 4, 5, and 6 graders. Hot Shots must complete a skills evaluation.
Iraq.                                       As chief medical adviser to the        also was upset about being             plant officials two days later.     • Blazers: 7-9th grade.
   The 42-year-old married father         Red Cross of Southeastern Penn-                                                                                                   Cost: $30.00 Members • $40.00 Future Members
of three from Moorestown, N.J.,           sylvania, Dr. Pryor conducted
arrived in Iraq on Dec. 6 to serve        disaster-relief training for volun-                                                                                                TIME FRAME: MUST REGISTER BY JANUARY 8TH
his second tour of duty with the          teers.                                                                                                              League will run from January 10th through March 28th every Saturday morn-
Army reserves as a combat                   In those lectures, he drew par-                                                                                   ing. There is a $5.00 late registration fee!
medic.                                    allels between the injuries sol-
   He received his medical school         diers experience on the battle-                                                                                                               60 N. Ben Franklin Road
training at the State University of       field and the injuries to shooting
New York at Buffalo and arrived           victims brought to Philadelphia                     PATRONS’ MUTUAL                                                                                   Indiana
in 1999 at the University of Penn-        emergency rooms.                                                                                                                  
sylvania, where he received
training in trauma surgery and
                                            A talented writer, Dr. Pryor
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mitment,” said Dr. Elizabeth                In a June 2006 column in the
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Datner, medical director of
Penn’s department of emergency
                                          Inquirer, Pryor wrote of the per-
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   “You would expect that any             soldier he couldn’t save.
medical provider would have a               He described the death of one
dedication to their patients, but         young Marine on his operating
it can be hard to sustain in a field      room table and expressed his
where you see trauma over and             sorrow to the family of the sol-
over again and real heartache             dier, whom he did not identify.
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                                          Pryor’s words about the Marine
                                          echo those spoken about him in
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   Pryor was described by his col-        else, know he was a true Ameri-
leagues, friends and relatives as a
doting father and devoted hus-
                                          can hero,” Pryor wrote to the sol-
                                          dier’s family. “I also want you to                 Dec. 31, 2008.
band.                                     know that I will never forget your
   “John loved his family, he loved       son, and that I will pray for him
his children. He lived and                and all of the children lost in this           Copies of records (from 2002-2008)
breathed for them,” McElroy,              war.”
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   McElroy read parts of a letter
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Pryor wrote and left with family          10; sons Francis, 8, and John Jr.,
in the event of his death in Iraq.        4; a brother, Richard; and his par-
Acknowledging that some peo-              ents, Richard C. and Victoria.

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