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
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
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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
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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.
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