Valley saves with refinancing by jennyyingdi


									                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday, March 20, 2008 - BUTLER EAGLE 5

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                                        Grave desecration                                                                                         A-C Valley saves
   Investigators tied Malone to
criminal activity with 26 vehi-
cles, including one he drove to
the police station.
                                                                                                                                                  with refinancing
   In January, Malone pleaded
guilty to multiple counts of
                                                                                                                                                  Bonds paid for                     market for that savings,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Brinker said.
theft, owning or operating a                                                                                                                      elementary center                     When the representatives
chop shop, conspiracy and                                                                                                                                                            returned to Monday’s meeting,
                                                                                                                                                  By MEGAN DUNCAN
insurance fraud.                                                                                                                                                                     it was determined the refi-
                                                                                                                                      Eagle Staff Writer
   He was sentenced Wednes-                                                                                                                                                          nancing would exceed 2 per-
day by Butler County Judge                                                                                                               FOXBURG — The Alleghe-                      cent, and the board approved
Timothy McCune who followed                                                                                                           ny-Clarion Valley School Dis-                  the transaction.
the terms of Malone’s plea                                                                                                            trict has refinanced its remain-                  The transaction is expected
arrangement: a 4-to- 14-year                                                                                                          ing debt from the elementary                   to be completed in late April.
prison sentence and five years’                                                                                                       school building to save about                  The bonds are expected to
probation.                                                                                                                            3.1 percent.                                   mature before 2019.
   The judge also made future                                                                                                            The school board Monday                        Also, the board Monday
cooperation with officials a                                                                                                          night approved a plan that                     night hired Foreman Project
condition to the sentence.                                                                                                            refinances $5.8 million of
                                                                                                                                                                                     Construction Managers to over-
   About two dozen other peo-                                                                                                         bonds. Those bonds were tak-
                                                                                                                                                                                     see renovations to the gymna-
ple were charged as part of                                                                                                           en out in 1996 to finance build-
                                                                                                                                                                                     sium at the high school. Fore-
this investigation. Their roles                                                                                                       ing the elementary center,
                                                                                                                                      which also houses the admin-                   man, a company related to the
allegedly ranged from provid-
                                                                                                                                      istration building.                            architect the district used for
ing stolen parts to doing paint
                                                                                                                                         Tim Frenz from Janney                       the project, will be paid
and body work.
   In addition to the high resti-                                                                                                     Montgomery Scott, a financial                  $79,000.
tution, Malone must repay                                                                                                             services firm, and Anthony Dit-                   Bids for the general contrac-
Cranberry Township more than                                                                                                          ka, bond counsel for the dis-                  tor will go out later this week
$5,000 in investigative fees.                                                                                                         trict, reported to the school                  and construction will begin in
   Deputy Attorney General                                                                                                            board March 10 about the state                 May.
Ronald Thurner, who prosecut-                                                                                                         of the bonds, which were up                       Renovations to the gymnasi-
ed the case, in court outlined                                                                                                        for renewal.                                   um are estimated to cost
prosecutor’s plan to recoup                                                                                                              Superintendent        Brenda                $800,000 to $1 million and
part of the restitution.                                                                                                              Brinker said the board decid-                  include a new heating and
                                                                                                              JACK NEELY/BUTLER EAGLE
   Thurner said any money gen-                                                                                                        ed it would refinance if there                 cooling system, a new floor,
erated from the rental or sale          Merle Ealy, caretaker of North Side Cemetery in place between noon Saturday and Monday would be a savings of at least                        motorized bleachers, new
of the garage and residence at          Butler Township, stands next to one of seven morning. If a cleaning solution does not remove 2 percent.                                      lights, and electric and plumb-
2616 Rochester Road must be             large headstones vandalized during the week- the markings, the stones might have to be sand-     Frenz and Ditka watched the                 ing work.
divided 50-50 between Mal-              end. Groundskeepers discovered the desecrat- blasted. A stone in the background has been
one’s wife, Karen, and the
restitution bill.
   Additionally, proceeds for
                                        ed graves when they arrived at work Monday covered because of foul language spray-painted
                                        morning. Police believe the vandalism took on it.                                                         Plan
the sale of equipment at that                                                                                                                     ■ From Page 1                      further explanation Wednes-
site will all got for the restitu-                                                                                                                                                   day, but Brydon refused, stat-
                                                                                                                                                  or three bedroom apartments        ing that a written decision will
                                                                                                                                                  will have income guidelines
   Malone’s attorney said sale
of the property likely will not         Soldier                                                                                                   and inexpensive rent. Several
                                                                                                                                                  residents have protested the
                                                                                                                                                                                     be available at the March 26
                                                                                                                                                                                        Zoning hearing board mem-
cover the entire restitution tal-       ■ From Page 1                    before or during the initial          its memo. “The contract did        development for about two
ly. He said the property is                                              refurbishing of the building by       not cover fixing potential haz-                                       bers are Ron Fodor, Jeff
under control of a construction      cuted, that something so sense-                                                                              months, and they have submit-      Hogue, Paul Jacobs, Walt Pow-
                                                                         Iraqis and before KBR took            ards so those issues were nev-     ted a petition to support their
company, which paid to keep          less happened to him.”              over maintenance, the memo            er addressed.”                                                        ell and Steve Braden.
the property from being sold at         Maseth’s parents on Wednes-                                                                               case.                                 In case the parking ordi-
                                                                         said.                                    The contract “only required
a sheriff sale when the prop-        day filed a wrongful-death law-                                                                                 The apartments do not have      nance would be overturned,
                                                                            Harris said the military ini-      KBR to fix the building
erty went into foreclosure last      suit in Allegheny County Court                                                                               sufficient parking based on the    borough council had attached
                                                                         tially did not tell her that          (plumbing and electricity) as
fall.                                against KBR Inc., the Houston-                                                                               borough parking ordinance.         conditions for the development
                                                                         Maseth was electrocuted and           things broke,” according to the
   The judge also agreed with a      based contractor responsible                                                                                 The project calls for two park-    to proceed. Those conditions
                                                                         then told her he “died with a         memo. Since Maseth’s death,
defense request to delay Mal-        for maintaining Maseth’s bar-       small electrical appliance in                                            ing spaces per apartment           require the developer to:
                                                                                                               KBR has been paid to fix haz-      instead of the required four
one’s imprisonment until next        racks.                              the shower.” She said she was                                                                                  ■ Reimburse the borough
month.                                  An Army investigation found                                            ards in his and several other      spaces.
                                                                         later told there might have                                                                                 for all costs and fees for the
                                     his death was due to improper                                             buildings in the barracks, the        The developer had appealed      review of the plans
                                                                         been electrical lines over his        CID said.
                                     grounding of the electric pump      shower, and she finally found                                            that ordinance, claiming it was       ■ Build an 8-foot fence on

          ‘I                         that supplied water to the                                                   KBR declined to comment.        not approved according to          the north and west side of the
                                                                         out how her son died after
                                     building, Waxman said.                                                       Maseth, a native of Allison     state regulations. The objec-      apartment complex
                     think we                                            working with Army CID and
                                        When Maseth stepped into                                               Park, enlisted in the Army in      tions deal with the advertising       ■ Submit a geotechnical
                                                                         seeing a copy of the autopsy
    benefited from a                 the shower and turned on the        report.                               June 2001 as an infantryman.       of the ordinance before it was     study dealing with mining on
    more competitive                 water, an electrical short in          The lawsuit, which seeks           He was a rifleman, scout and       approved.                          the property and how it affects
                                     the pump sent a current                                                   fire team leader for more than        The zoning hearing board        building plans
    environment.’                                                        unspecified damages and costs,
                                                                                                               three years before taking the
                                     through the pipes into the          alleges KBR allowed U.S.                                                 agreed with that argument,            ■ Build a security fence
                                     shower hose and then through        troops to continue using “elec-       Special Forces course at Fort      labeling the amended parking       around the stormwater reten-
           JIM HRABOSKY,             his arm and to his heart, Wax-                                            Bragg, N.C. in 2005.               ordinance invalid. And since       tion basin
                                                                         trical systems which KBR
        interim vice president for   man wrote in his letter.                                                     He deployed to Iraq with        the previous parking ordi-            ■ Revise the internal side-
                                                                         knew to be dangerous and
      finance and administration        The Chinese-made pump did                                              Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th      nance only required two            walk system, adding sidewalks
                                                                         knew had caused prior
                                     not meet U.S. safety standards,     instances of electrocution.”          Special Forces Group Air-          spaces per apartment, the          where they aren’t shown
                                     the Army’s Criminal Investiga-         An initial KBR survey of the       borne for the second time in       developer meets the require-          ■ Build a school bus stop
BC3                                  tions Division said in a Jan. 21
                                     memo responding to questions
                                                                         building “noted several safety
                                                                         issues concerning the improp-
                                                                                                                  Maseth earned 19 awards
                                                                                                                                                     The zoning board vote was
                                                                                                                                                                                     shelter on Grove City Road
                                                                                                                                                                                        ■ Sign an agreement with
■ From Page 1                        from Maseth’s family. The           er grounding of electrical            and decorations while in the       taken after a 40-minute execu-     borough council guaranteeing
awarded to R. A. Glancy Sons pump was bought locally                     devices,” the Army CID said in        Army.                              tive session and without fur-      certain work will be done.
of Gibsonia for $4.1 million.                                                                                                                     ther comment.                         The council’s solicitor for
Thirteen general contractors                                                                                                                         Solicitor Joe Brydon said       this matter, Kevin McKeegan,
submitted bids, college offi-
cials said.
                                        Bush                                                                                                      board members may be able to
                                                                                                                                                  comment after they reconvene
                                                                                                                                                                                     told council earlier this month
                                                                                                                                                                                     that he and solicitor Tim Bon-
   “I think we benefited from a ■ From Page 1                            too quickly. From his perspec-        ists.                              March 26 to review the find-       ner reviewed all information
more competitive environ- strategic victory for our ene-                 tive, retreat would lead to              All that, combined with a       ings and sign the documents        about the plan and that the
ment,” said Jim Hrabosky, mies in Iraq.”                                 chaos in Iraq, embolden al-           strategic influx of U.S. troops    that he’ll prepare related to      only legal reason council could
interim vice president for                                               Qaida to pursue an attack on          last year, has “opened the door    the ordinance.                     deny the plan was based on
                                        The U.S. has about 158,000       America and encourage Iran to                                               Several residents asked for     the parking ordinance.
finance and administration.                                                                                    to a major victory in the
                                     troops in Iraq, and that num-       develop nuclear weapons.
   The highest general bid was ber is expected to drop to                                                      broader war on terror,” Bush
about $900,000 more than R.A. 140,000 by summer. But Bush                   “To allow this to happen           said.
Glancy Sons.
   BC3         President
                                     signaled anew that he will not
                                Nick pull more troops home as long
                                                                         would be to ignore the lessons
                                                                         of September the 11th and
                                                                                                                  “Iraq was supposed to be
                                                                                                               the place where al-Qaida ral-
Nuepauer said cooperation as his commanders worry that                   make it more likely that Amer-        lied Arab masses to drive          ■ From Page 1                      equipment more than a few
between the college and its doing so will imperil recently               ica would suffer another attack       America out,” Bush said.                                              years old are arriving at acci-
architect, Burt Hill, led to a                                           like the one we experienced                                              cities are spending tens of        dent scenes and finding that it
                                     improved conditions in Iraq.                                              “Instead, Iraq has become the
successful bidding process.                                              that day,” Bush said.                                                    thousands of dollars — if they     will no longer do the job.
                                        “Having come so far, and                                               place where Arabs joined with      can afford it — to buy more
   Other contracts awarded by                                               Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida         Americans to drive al-Qaida                                              Leading hydraulic-tool mak-
                                     achieved so much, we’re not                                                                                  powerful equipment that can
the board of trustees included:                                          network orchestrated the Sept.        out. In Iraq, we are witnessing                                       ers such as Hurst Jaws of Life
                                     going to let this happen,” Bush                                                                              cut through newer cars’ rein-
   ■ Heating, ventilation and                                            11, 2001 attacks. The bipartisan      the first large-scale Arab                                            must keep putting more oomph
                                     said.                                                                                                        forced steel and the lighter,
air conditioning: Guy’s Mechan-                                          Sept. 11 commission found no          uprising against Osama bin                                            into their equipment, making it
                                        Demonstrators converged in                                                                                tougher exotic metals used in
ical Systems in Rochester for                                            collaborative       relationship      Laden, his grim ideology.”                                            heavier and more expensive. A
                                     the nation’s capital, other big                                                                              roofs, posts and doors.
$840,025.                                                                between al-Qaida and Saddam                                                                                 single Hurst cutter and power
                                     cities like Miami and San                                                    Bush did not mention that          Then there are obstacles
   ■ Plumbing: East End                                                  Hussein, who ruled Iraq at the                                                                              unit runs about $25,000.
                                     Francisco, and in smaller                                                 weapons of mass destruction        that endanger rescuers’ safety.
Plumbing & Mechanical in                                                 start of the war and was later                                                                                 The flip side, of course, is
                                     towns in Vermont and Ohio to                                              in Iraq — a main justification     Pressurized gas canisters that
Pittsburgh for $172,800.                                                 captured, tried and hanged.                                                                                 that more people are surviving
   ■ Fire protection: J&J Fire urge an end to the war. Police               Al-Qaida in Iraq, an insur-
                                                                                                               for the war — were never           inflate air bags can explode if
                                                                                                                                                                                     horrific crashes that would
                                     arrested more than 30 people                                              found.                             pierced by cutting tools. Res-
Protection Co. in Butler for                                             gent group, has grown into a                                                                                have killed them just a few
$87,500.                             who blocked the Internal Rev-                                                “This isn’t the war we signed   cuers can be blown from cars
                                                                         more potent, dangerous organ-                                                                               years ago.
   ■ Electrical: Right Electric enue Service building in Wash-           ization since the start of the
                                                                                                               up for,” said Jon Alterman,        when air bags suddenly inflate.
                                                                                                                                                                                        With about three people hurt
in Butler for $1.07 million          ington, and protesters blocked                                            head of the Middle East pro-       Hidden battery cables in
                                                                         war. Bush speaks of undeni-                                                                                 in car crashes every minute in
   The total of the contracts is downtown intersections sever-           able links between that group
                                                                                                               gram at the Center for Strate-     hybrid cars can deliver a pow-
                                                                                                                                                                                     the United States, National
$6.2 million.                        al times.                                                                 gic and International Studies      erful shock.
                                        However, the demonstrators       and the broader al-Qaida net-                                               To protect themselves, work-    Highway Traffic Safety Admin-
   The BC3 board meeting was                                                                                   in Washington. Back in 2003,
                                     numbered in the hundreds            work, although experts ques-                                             ers now have to peel away the      istration spokesman Rae Tyson
at the BC3 Cranberry Center.                                                                                   he said, Americans expected a
                                     rather than the thousands           tion that extent of those ties.                                          ceiling and interior plastic to    said he is comfortable with the
                                                                                                               quick, decisive defeat of Sad-                                        trade-off.
                                     organizers had hoped for.              Bush praised Sunni tribal                                             see what’s underneath before
                                                                         leaders for rising up against         dam and no lingering pres-
                                        Even as his time and power                                                                                they can even start cutting.
                                                                         al-Qaida in Iraq. He said that        ence.
                                     wane, Bush made clear he will
   Sharpening                        prosecute the war as he deems
                                     fit till the end of his presiden-
                                                                         has led to similar uprising
                                                                         across the country. Bush put
                                                                                                                  “What we are seeing is a
                                                                                                               much more difficult, muddled,
                                                                                                                                                     Experts cannot say for cer-
                                                                                                                                                  tain whether the delays in get-
                                                                                                                                                  ting these victims to the hospi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 If You See Susan
                                                                                                                                                                                                   At Irene Stacy
                                                                                                               nuanced presence at a much
     Service                         cy.
                                        Bush starkly described the
                                     costs of trying to end the war
                                                                         the figure at 90,000 local citi-
                                                                         zens who are protecting their
                                                                         communities against extrem-
                                                                                                               higher cost and for a longer
                                                                                                               time than anyone bargained
                                                                                                                                                  tal have resulted in people
                                                                                                                                                  dying. But that’s the fear.
                                                                                                                                                     “We build more fire stations,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Today, Wish Her A
                                                                                                                                                                                               Happy 30th Birthday!
                                                                                                               for,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                  we make faster fire trucks,

                                                                                                                  Bush spoke of Saddam’s
               Carbide                                                                                                                            we’ve got helicopters to get
             Saw Blades
              Router Bits
         Planer/Jointer Knives
                                                           Wardrobes                                           removal as a worthy end in
                                                                                                               itself, ridding Iraq of death
                                                                                                               squads, torture chambers and
                                                                                                               rape rooms.
                                                                                                                                                  you to the hospital,” said
                                                                                                                                                  Roberts, an expert who teach-
                                                                                                                                                  es extrication to colleagues

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                                                                                                                                                  around Florida. “But what’s
            Shaper Cutters                                                                                        He also jabbed at political     slowing us down are these
         New Bandsaw Blades                                                                                    critics who he said “still call    vehicles that are harder for us
                                                                                                               for retreat.” The message was      to get into.”
                                                                                                               similar to the “no surrender”
           SAW SALES                                         Unassembled & Unfinished                          theme of Bush’s would-be
                                                                                                                                                     The problem has rescue
                                                                                                                                                  workers scrambling to update
         MACHINERY CO.                                                                                         Republican successor, Sen.         their tools and explore differ-

                                         75hx24dx41w                                                           John McCain, who also warns        ent ways to attack cars with
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