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					                                                                                                                                                                     Friday, February 27, 2009 - BUTLER EAGLE 3

                                                                                                                                                 Starving horses
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-

                                                                                                                                                  Carpal Tunnel?
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

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                                                                            plaintiffs and asks a judge to
                                                                                                                  The judges were charged
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plea deal is rejected                                                       certify it as a class action,      removed from the bench.           1021187                                                         Advertisement

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sex with teenager                       and 23 counts each of corrup-
                                        tion of minors and indecent
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Eagle Staff Writer                         Claypoole, according to court
   A judge on Thursday reject-          records, allegedly admitted to
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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
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   Based on his plea bargain            according to court documents,
arrangement with prosecutors,
                                        and started when she was 13
Claypoole was prepared to
                                        years old.
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23 months in county prison,
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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
                                              State Police,
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
one broke into the home of                FOMBELL, Beaver County —                                                                                                                                      Butler Floor &
Anthony and Sharon Carbon on            A Fombell man missing since                                                                                                                                      Carpet Co.
Shearer Road in Oakland Town-           Saturday was found under the
                                                                                      NO INTEREST AND NO PAYMENTS
ship between 9 a.m. and 2:30
                                        Koppel Bridge on Route 351 in
p.m. Thursday. Guns, jewelry, a
flat-screen TV and cash valued          North Sewickley Township,                                                                                                                                 Dairy Queen
                                                                                             FOR 12 MONTHS!
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
Enon Valley and a 16-year-old           examine Locke’s body before a
New Castle boy were not injured.        final ruling is made, state               Store on Route 8, 1 mile North of the Clearview Mall beside Butler Vet • 724-287-2289 •
Another passenger, Joshua R.            police said.