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Thursday, November 30, 2006 - BUTLER EAGLE 5 ‘I know there are no winners KETTLE DRIVE Pastor arrested for in this game.’ MARK ROWE, South Butler tax commission chairman millionaire’s death Suspect set to Tax inherit funds ■ From Page 1 By ASSOCIATED PRESS FRESNO, Calif. — No one change under Act 1. The total thought the first crash was par- Vicki and Doug earned income tax collected ticularly unusual. Porter stand out- will nearly double under the The Rev. Howard Douglas side the Hickman recommendation to increase Porter’s vehicle had veered off Community the tax by 0.9 percentage point. a rural road in 2002 and Church in Hick- This increase will net the crashed into an oak tree. His man, Calif. Doug average homeowner with a elderly passenger broke his legs Porter, a former median income about $14 per and suffered other injuries. Stanislaus Coun- year. A person making $42,349 Two years later, the same ty pastor, was and who owns a home with an passenger, Frank Craig, 85, arrested Monday assessed value of $14,123 will drowned when Porter’s pickup at the U.S.-Mexi- pay an additional $381.14 in plunged into a canal. Porter co border on earned income tax. Each walked away from both crash- suspicion of mur- homeowner who qualifies for a es, and people started talking. der for allegedly homestead or farmstead “The first crash we had causing a car exemption will see a reduction investigated as an accident,” accident that of property taxes of $395, said sheriff’s Deputy Royjindar killed an 85-year- regardless of property value or Singh. “But after the second old man in a owner income. one, the family came to us and scheme to inher- While the homeowner with a said there was something more it his trust fund. median income will see a going on.” ASSOCIATED PRESS small savings, the retiree will Now authorities are saying reap the reduction in property Porter, 55, got control of the detective Mark Copeland. Jamieson said. taxes and have no earned retired farmer’s fortune and Eventually, Porter was Porter resigned as pastor income to be taxed. The killed the elderly man and his named trustee of Craig’s last year as suspicions about renter, however, will pay the dream of building an agricul- reported $4 million in stocks him mounted. His home was increased earned income tax ture museum. and real estate left to him listed for sale at $895,000 but get no savings elsewhere. Porter, of La Grange, was when his brother died, Singh recently but has since been Mark Rowe, commission behind bars Wednesday in San said. Family members were chairman, said when he first taken off the market, real Diego on a warrant for charges replaced by the church as heir, estate agents said. was introduced to Act 1, he of murder, attempted murder Craig’s family told authorities. wanted to increase the earned JACK NEELY/BUTLER EAGLE Porter was arrested Monday and embezzlement in a sus- Porter spent money on muse- income tax to the maximum Suzannah Knox of Butler, a Salvation Army volunteer, sings pected scheme to get his hands at the San Ysidro border sta- um plans, but nothing was ever tion as he returned from Mex- allowed by law, an additional Christmas carols Wednesday as she rings the bell at the kettle on Craig’s multimillion-dollar built, authorities said. 1.8 percentage points. When he in front of Kmart at Pullman Square. trust fund. ico, where he was starting a Porter gave the eulogy at and the other commission Porter was pastor at Hickman Craig’s funeral. new mission, Singh said. members studied the law, Community Church, a nonde- Craig’s family sued Porter Porter’s lawyer, Robert Oren- though, he said he realized that move would hurt as many people as it helped. “I know there are no win- Salvation Army nominational Christian church, when he befriended Craig. Craig, who was not a congre- gant of the church, hired for fraud in Stanislaus County Superior Court, contending the elderly man’s two sisters were deprived when the trust was stein, did not immediately return calls for comment Wednesday, nor did the church or Porter’s wife. ners in this game,” he said. His next thought was what would help the school district the most. The commission seeks $100,000 Porter to help him develop a farm museum in Hickman, a town of about 450 some 90 miles north of Fresno, said changed to benefit Hickman Community Church, said attor- ney David Jamieson. The fami- ly and Porter also settled a The district attorney’s office planned to file charges when Porter is returned today, said John Goold, Stanislaus County decided increasing the earned income tax by the minimum Bell ringers collect types of donations during the Stanislaus County sheriff’s past few years. wrongful death lawsuit, deputy district attorney. amount was the best, citing holiday coins, cash Last year, he said, someone factors including changing rev- enue patterns and the cost of By ADAM M. FABIAN dropped a gold coin into the kettle, and the year before Gibbons collecting the tax. Eagle Staff Writer that, a $100 bill was wrapped ■ From Page 1 about when he returned, needs. Additionally, he said, the With the Christmas season in inside a $1. according to his mother, Carol. “It’s such a diverse district, age, seeing it as a refreshing Now, she watches her son work from Ellwood City’s manufac- commission considered what full swing, the Salvation Army “We look for those things,” change, he said. change in the tax structure is hoping shoppers make dona- he said. “We’re excited by from the family room in their turing companies to dairy But he doesn’t spend much home and he acts just like her farms in the country,” he said. would encourage the most tions to its red kettles as they them. time thinking about it. son — that it is the most natu- Add to that Slippery Rock, growth. He said a 1.9 percent enter and leave stores through- While Fisher said the best “When opportunity presents ral thing in the world for him which has Slippery Rock Uni- earned income tax, which out Butler County. way to donate is by dropping a itself, you have to be ready to includes the municipal tax, is The Salvation Army’s annual gift in a kettle, he said people to do. versity, and his challenge seize it,” he said. “This used to be his play- becomes finding just what competitive for the area and kettle drive, which kicked off can also write a check and There are a few issues that room,” she said of his current everyone’s needs are. significantly lower than metro- Nov. 15, has 14 bell ringers send it to the Salvation Army. will be on his legislative agen- office. He plans to have at least two politan areas like Pittsburgh. throughout Butler, said direc- Although the checks are da because of his age, includ- The school board will hear tor of programs Randall Fish- placed into a separate fund — While he may get an apart- district offices, with his main ing student debts and creating ment in Harrisburg, Gibbons is headquarters in Ellwood City. the recommendation of the er. the Christmas Fund, Fisher more jobs in the area. Many of After two years of missing its content to live at home for He’d like to keep the office in commission Dec. 6. Glenn said the donations count Gibbons’ friends have already fundraising goals, Fisher said now. He has an older brother, Slippery Rock as well, but no Lang, school board member toward the $100,000 goal. left this region because they he’s optimistic this year’s drive Bryan, who lives in Ellwood staff or office location has and a member of the commis- Anyone wanting to mail in a needed to find jobs elsewhere, City, and a younger sister, Ash- been picked yet. Gibbons has sion, said he expects the board will meet the $100,000 goal. to vote on the recommendation Last year’s drive, which had a donation can do so by sending he said. ley, who attends Duquesne. to make a request for funding goal of $100,000, brought in it to: Salvation Army, P.O. Box Gibbons went to law school He has picked his legislative before that can be final, he at the Dec. 13 meeting. The at Duquesne University and recommendation approved by about $68,000 so Fisher said it 389, Butler, PA 16003. office in Harrisburg to be said. is imperative the Salvation Fisher said anyone wanting recently passed the bar exam- ready for the legislative ses- LaGrotta had three full-time the school board will appear on the May primary ballot for Army reach its goal this year. the check donation to count ination. He planned to go into sion begins Jan. 2. That will staff members, a part-time voters to consider. “We need (to raise it) to cov- toward the kettle drive should business or tax law, a career officially mark Gibbons first worker and two offices. er the shortfalls from last write “Randall’s Kettle” in the that probably would earn him day of work, but he’s been Though December is a year,” he said. memo portion of the check. a higher salary than what he’ll busy since the primary. month of rest for most house Fisher said people can make as a House member, he He filled his summer and members, Gibbons is eager to Busted So far, Fisher said the drive has raised about $30,000 with donate time to the kettle drive said. 25 days left to raise the other as well. He said the Salvation “Realistically, I’ll take a pay fall days with campaigning; now they’re filled with meeting start some real work. “I’m ready to move on and ■ From Page 1 $70,000. Army is always looking for cut to do this,” he said. “But his constituents. He recently get to working with people,” day that he knew of several While people usually drop service groups and individuals this is something I’ve always attended a groundbreaking in Gibbons said. spare change and small bills to volunteer. wanted to do.” Slippery Rock to do just that. Still, he may find time this ATVs that had been stolen by That realization hit Gibbons The event was held to kick off month to enjoy some of his the Pisors. Police then talked into the kettles, Fisher said To do so, call Fisher at 724- people have made different 287-5532. early. At age 13, he took a the second phase of the bor- hobbies, which show both his with Dorothy Pisor at her Boy- school trip to England and was ough’s downtown revitalization. young and old personalities. ers home. She agreed to let fascinated by the way the Eng- He’s also spent a lot of time They include rollerblading, police search her property after she told police she had Bush seen Joshua Pisor riding an ■ From Page 1 lish Parliament worked. It was all he could talk learning more about his dis- trict, which has a variety of fantasy football, wine collect- ing and show tunes. American cleric Muqtada al- ATV in the area. School must sell tickets Sadr said they were suspending During the search, police “This business about a graceful participation in Parliament and reportedly found another exit just simply has no realism the government to protest al- stolen ATV. to it at all.” Maliki’s decision to meet with An hour later, police visited ing been involved in the theft The president added: “I’m a Bush. Floyd Pisor at his Boyers-area realist because I understand Bush said al-Maliki “dis- residence. He admitted to hav- how tough it is inside of Iraq.” cussed with me his political sit- Today’s meetings were sup- uation,” but he declined to step to play without using name of two ATVs and said he was posed to be Bush’s second set publicly into delicate internal involved with about 10 to 15 of strategy sessions in the Jor- Iraqi matters. ‘Urinetown’ draws violate its copyright. So the play’s producer and director, “This is Urinetown,” “You’re at Urinetown,” and “Here we are other burglaries in the area. danian capital. But the first Privately, Bush and Secretary Although the defendants meeting between Bush and al- of State Condoleezza Rice bishop’s objection the Rev. Michael DeMartinis, in Urinetown” are featured in said he must try to sell tickets the show’s opening number. could not recall every resi- Maliki, scheduled for Wednes- repeatedly pressed the Iraqi ERIE — One might call it to the show — which runs Dec. DeMartinis said the play’s dence broken into, they report- day night along with Jordan’s prime minister to disband a the play that dare not speak its 7 to 10 — without using the subject matter is not shocking edly admitted to stealing king, was scrubbed. heavily armed Shiite militia name. play’s title on tickets, posters and it was nominated for a equipment along Harmony, Accounts varied as to why, loyal to al-Sadr and blamed for A Roman Catholic high and programs. Tony Award in 2002. The play Harrisville, Boyers, Boozel and but it followed the leak of a much of the country’s sectarian school must try to sell tickets DeMartinis said the title of is about a town that outlaws Long roads. The group report- classified White House memo violence, according to the sen- to its upcoming school play the show will become immedi- private toilets due to a edly planned to sell or give critical of al-Maliki and a boy- ior al-Maliki aide. without referring to its title — ately clear to the audience. drought, with the result that away the stolen items. cott of the Iraqi leader’s gov- The official quoted al-Maliki “Urinetown: The Musical” — “They’ll know what the play people must use pay toilets The defendants are in the ernment in Baghdad. Thirty as telling Bush that controlling because the local bishop is without a doubt within the controlled by a private corpo- Butler County Prison in lieu of Iraqi lawmakers and five cabi- the group “is not a big problem objects to it. first 10 seconds,” DeMartinis ration. $50,000 bond each. net ministers loyal to anti- and we will find a solution for Erie Catholic Bishop Donald said. 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