Friday, February 27, 2009 - BUTLER EAGLE 3
2 state judges face 3rd lawsuit
Pittsburgh, and left the ani-
mals to starve before they
get caretakers were found on Saturday.
The Meadows Standardbred
WASHINGTON — Humane Owners Association at the
They pleaded Mark Ciavarella and Michael
Conahan with taking $2.6 mil-
al court by the Philadelphia-
based Juvenile Law Center
meaning others could join in
and share any monetary
officials say they have found
caretakers for 37 malnourished
Meadows Racetrack and Casi-
no in nearby Houston, Pa., is
guilty to fraud lion in payoffs to put juvenile
offenders in lockups run by PA
Thursday claims that Ciavarel-
la, Conahan and others con-
Two other federal lawsuits
horses on a western Pennsyl-
vania farm where officials also
donating hay to feed the ani-
Child Care and Western Child spired to violate the juveniles’ making similar allegations mals and will also pay for vet-
By ASSOCIATED PRESS found the frozen carcasses of
Care when they were judges in civil rights and that they broke were filed this month. One also three starved horses. erinary care.
ALLENTOWN — Two dis- Luzerne County, about 100 racketeering laws. seeks class-action status. The Washington Area Humane Humane officials say they
graced Pennsylvania judges miles north of Philadelphia. Conahan’s lawyer declined other was initially filed as a Society Officer Matt Walsh says received reports about the
charged with taking kickbacks Western Child Care is in to comment and a lawyer for class action, but was refiled he plans to charge the owner horse mistreatment for months,
to send youth offenders to pri- Ciavarella didn’t immediately Wednesday to allow all 113 of of the South Franklin Town- but had to go to courts to raid
Allegheny Township, Butler
vate detention centers are fac- return a phone call Thursday. ship farm with animal cruelty. the farm and seize the ani-
County. its plaintiffs to seek damages
ing another civil lawsuit tied Youth advocacy groups had Walsh says she abandoned the mals.
The judges pleaded guilty to individually.
to the scandal. complained for years that farm, about 20 miles south of By The Associated Press
The suit, filed Thursday on fraud earlier this month and All three suits also name
Ciavarella was overly harsh
face more than seven years in Robert Powell, a former co-
behalf of juvenile offenders and deprived youths of their
sentenced between 2003 and prison. owner of both detention cen-
constitutional rights. Ciavarel-
2008, claims the judges perpe- Federal authorities also la sent a quarter of his con- ters, and Robert Mericle, who
trated “what ranks as one of have arrested a court adminis- victed juvenile defendants to owns the construction company
the largest and most serious trator and a top probation offi- detention centers from 2002 to that built them. Neither has
cial, and the investigation been charged criminally. Butler PA – A new FREE report check one of the forgotten causes
violations of children’s rights 2006, compared with a
prompted the county prothono- Powell has said through his reveals the shocking truth about of carpal tunnel symptoms when
in the history of the American statewide rate of one in 10.
legal system.” tary to resign. attorney that he was the victim carpal tunnel/Hand & Wrist Pain they diagnose and treat you. There
The suit filed Thursday
Federal prosecutors charged The civil suit filed in feder- of extortion. A spokesman for your doctor may not know! If may be other options available to
claims Ciavarella detained
youths for offenses “as trivial Mericle has denied he made you’ve ever heard you had to live you that are far more effective. If
as shoplifting a $4 jar of nut- payments to influence the with the pain, take pills, wear you’d like a copy of this special
Worth Twp. man’s meg or taking change from
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plaintiffs and asks a judge to
The judges were charged
Jan. 26 and subsequently
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plea deal is rejected certify it as a class action, removed from the bench. 1021187 Advertisement
He’s accused of sexual assault, 20 counts of
aggravated indecent assault,
sex with teenager and 23 counts each of corrup-
tion of minors and indecent
By KIM PASKORZ assault.
Eagle Staff Writer Claypoole, according to court
A judge on Thursday reject- records, allegedly admitted to
ed a plea bargain arrangement state police that he’d had sex-
ironed out for a Worth Town- ual relations with the girl in
ship man accused of having his Grange Road home numer-
sex with a teenage girl. ous times between April 1 and
Timothy James Claypoole, 31, June 6.
in January pleaded guilty to The girl told investigators
statutory sexual assault. the sex was consensual,
Based on his plea bargain according to court documents,
arrangement with prosecutors,
and started when she was 13
Claypoole was prepared to
face a punishment of 11 1/2 to
The case is set for another
23 months in county prison,
followed by probation. hearing on Wednesday.
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POLICE REPOR T S
These items have been col- Banfield, 20, of New Castle suf-
lected from various police fered a minor injury.
departments. Feb. 12 — Someone stole a
four-inch Gorman-Rupp water
Butler Police pump valued at $3,000 and two
portable grinders valued at $30
5:59 p.m. Thursday — Leah each, all belonging to Thomas E.
Christine McGee, 19, of Butler Seigel of Shippenville, from the
was charged with false reports to Bruin Stane plant on Hassenflu
law enforcement after she Road in Parker Township.
allegedly lied about the identity of
her boyfriend, Ryan M. Kelly, 27,
of Butler, when police arrived at
their Fourth Avenue residence to New Castle
serve a warrant on Kelly. 3 a.m. Tuesday — Someone
1:34 p.m. Feb. 8 — Tyler broke into the Tic Toc Food Mart
Duane Smith, 23, of Butler was on Ellwood Road in Slippery
charged with access device fraud Rock Township by cutting tele-
after he allegedly twice withdrew phone and alarm wires then pry-
$403 belonging to Nicole Lynn ing the lock from the door. Cash,
Nelson of Butler, using the ATM cigarettes and lottery tickets were
at Marathon on North Main stolen. Anyone with information
Street without her permission. should call police at 724-598-
Butler Township Feb. 20 — Some one forced
9:28 a.m. Wednesday — Mark open a garage door at 202 Mt.
N. Frank, 48, of Butler was Hope Furnace Road in Slippery
charged with two counts of retail Rock Township, Lawrence Coun-
theft, two counts of prohibited ty, stealing a .22 caliber rifle
offensive weapons and driving belonging to Robert R. Oster-
while suspended, DUI-related, meyere of Portersville between 8
after police were dispatched to p.m. Feb. 19 and 6 a.m. Feb. 20.
Ollie’s for a report of retail theft.
11:48 a.m. Tuesday — Steven Liquor Control Board
Currence, 51, and Donald Quer- Dec. 19 — The Paul W. Wood
ry, 61, both of Butler, each were V.F.W. Post 7840 on Oneida Val-
charged with simple assault and ley Road in Emlenton was cited
disorderly conduct following a for gambling violations.
fight at Whitestown Village Apart-
ments. Kwik Fill
State Police, Butler Missing Fombell Mercer Rd.
man found dead
2:30 p.m. Thursday — Some
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at $7,850 were taken from the Beaver County, about 2 p.m.
home. Any one with information Wednesday.
should call police at 724-284- According to state police,
8100. family members discovered the 8
1:10 p.m. Thursday — Some body of Timothy James Locke,
one broke into a home belonging 40, on a bank of the Beaver
to Orvel Seal, 75, on Keck Road River.
Locke, who was reported Clearview
in Summit Township. Police were Mall
alerted by an automatic alarm missing to state police in New
system, but the suspect fled Castle on Saturday, was pro-
before they arrived. nounced dead at the scene by
12:05 a.m. Thursday — A car Beaver County Deputy Coroner
driven by Sean J. Tress, 26, of William Pasquale. Although no
422 Bon Aire
New Castle struck a deer on cause of death has been deter-
Interstate 79 in Lancaster Town- mined, police said there do not
ship. Tress and his passengers, appear to be any signs of foul Butler
Anthony J. Holliday, 18, of New play.
Castle, Richard R. Boggs, 22, of A forensic pathologist will
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Another passenger, Joshua R. police said.