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   Bill Clinton coming to Cranberry                                                                                                                                                          Man
   stop at ‘Y’
      CRANBERRY TWP          —
   Former President Bill Clin-
   ton will be at the YMCA                                                                                                                                                                   Gunman robs
   here Wednesday, stumping
   for his wife.                                                                                                                                                                             Route 8 Rite-Aid
      He is to arrive at 5:45
                                                                                                                                                                                             By JIM SMITH
   p.m. at the Rose E. Schnei-
                                                                                                                                                                                             Eagle Staff Writer
   der Family YMCA, accord-
   ing to his schedule, which                                                                                                                                                                   BUTLER TWP — Wearing an
   was announced late Mon-                                                                                                                                                                   Ace bandage around his face
   day.                                                                                                                                                                                      as a disguise, an unknown man
      On Wednesday he also                                                                                                                                                                   armed with a gun Monday
   has stops at 9:15 a.m. at                                                                                                                                                                 night held up a drugstore at
   Indiana University of Penn-                                                                                                                                                               the Greater Butler Mart on
   sylvania, 11 a.m. at Kittan-                                                                                                                                                              Route 8 south of Butler.
   ning High School, 1 p.m. at                                                                                                                                                                  No one was hurt but the rob-
   Clarion University and 3:45                                                                                                                                                               ber made off with an undeter-
   p.m. at New Castle High                                                                                                                                                                   mined amount of drugs at the
   School before arriving in                                                                                                                                                                 Rite-Aid pharmacy, according
   Cranberry.                                                                                                                                                                                to township police.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Police have no suspects but
      Clinton will present a
                                                                                                                                                                                             investigators are still reviewing
   “Solutions for America”
                                                                                                                                                                                             videotape of the robbery taken
   event on behalf of Hillary,
                                                                                                                                                                                             by store surveillance cameras.
   who is seeking the Democ-                                                                                                                                                                    “One of my officers said the
   ratic presidential nomina-                                                                                                                                                                guy’s face was wrapped like a
   tion.                                                                                                                                                                                     mummy,” said township police
      A spokesman at the                                                                                                                                                                     Chief Gary Garman, referring
   YMCA said this morning                                                                                                                                                                    to the man’s makeshift mask.
   that Clinton is scheduled to                                                                                                                                                                 The robber is described as
   speak in the gymnasium at                                                                                                                                                                 white, about 5 feet 8 inches
   6:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                 tall, with a medium build. He
      The Clintons’ daughter,                                                                                                                                                                is between 40 and 50 years old
   Chelsea, made a campaign                                                                                                                                                                  and wore glasses.
   stop at Slippery Rock Uni-                                                                                                                                                                   He was dressed in a green
   versity on Friday.                                                                                                                    ASSOCIATED PRESS                                    hooded sweatshirt, khaki pants
      The Pennsylvania pri- Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands Monday with the ton will make a campaign stop on Hillary’s behalf Wednesday                                           and brown slippers or loafer-
   mary is a week from today. crowd gathered at Bellmont Middle School in Decatur, Ind. Clin- at the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry Township.                                    type shoes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Investigators believe the man
                                                                                                                                                                                             waited until closing time to do
                                                                                                                                                                                             the crime. When an employee

Wife gets jail for chop shop role
                                                                                                                                                                                             just before 9 p.m. unlocked the
                                                                                                                                                                                             front door to let the last cus-
                                                                                                                                                                                             tomer out, the robber rushed
                                                                                                                                                                                             in, pushing the customer and
                                                                                                                                                                                             employee back into the store.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Holding a revolver, the man
By JIM SMITH                                                                                                                                               “I thought she was going to       went to the back of the store to
Eagle Staff Writer
                                         Federal judge ignores plea for leniency                                                                         walk out of here,” Love con-
                                                                                                                                                                                             the pharmacy and told the
                                                                                                                                                                                             employees, “Give me the pills.”
much of her hair from                                                                                                                                      Linda Gebert and David               Investigators were told that
chemotherapy treatments for                                                                                                                              “Cash” Gebert, 61, in 2007          the robber had a “raspy voice,”
cancer, Linda Gebert said she         While prosecutors and inves-       She asked for leniency.                     ipate in everything. This is a      admitted to running Dee Gee         Garman said, adding that the
was sorry for her role in a for-   tigators characterized her as a       No way.                                     very serious offense.”              Motors and Cash Auto and Sal-       man pointed the gun at those
                                   “minimal participant” in the          U.S. District Judge Donetta                   Gebert’s attorney, Charles        vage, in the Sarver area, as a      inside during the holdup.
mer Butler County-based chop
                                   criminal      enterprise     that   Ambrose on Monday tossed                      Porter of Pittsburgh, seemed        chop shop — primarily for              The man was only in the
shop operation that netted
                                   spanned several states, Linda       aside a plea agreement that                   stunned by the sentence. Even       stolen Harley-Davidson motor-       store for “a short time,” police
hundreds of thousands of dol-
                                   Gebert said she was fessing up      recommended no jail time, and                 Assistant U.S. Attorney James       cycles and sport utility vehi-      said. They would not identify
lars.                                                                                                                                                    cles.                               what drugs were stolen.
  The 59-year-old woman and        and taking responsibility.          ordered Linda Gebert to spend                 Love admitted to surprise.
                                                                                                                                                           The couple acknowledged              It was not immediately
one-time school teacher, voice        “I want to get on with my        18 months in a federal cell.                    “We weren’t expecting any                                             known if the robber made off
                                                                                                                                                         they swiped numerous motor-
breaking at times, apologized      life, even though I don’t know        “This is a very difficult                   jail time,” Porter said. “We had    cycles at biker rallies in South    in a getaway car.
to the victims that she and her    how much more time I have           case,” Ambrose said. “But I                   hoped maybe home detention          Dakota, Georgia and Florida,           Anyone who may have seen
husband, David Gebert, stole       left,” she said, referring to her   don’t think for a minute that                 so Linda could get the medical      and admitted stripping and          anything suspicious at the time
from and swindled over the         recurring cancer and a bar-         Linda Gebert didn’t know what                 attention she desperately                                               of the robbery is asked to call
years.                             rage of other health problems.      was going on and didn’t partic-               needs.”                          ■ See Jail on Page 5                   police at 724-285-9600, or 911.

7 St. Kilian teens
travel to see pope
                                                      2008 PARK PROGRAM GUIDE —
                                                     From camping and swimming to concerts
                                                                                                                                                   2008  ELECTION

Eagle Staff Writer
                                                       and attractions, learn about recreation
                                                          events in Butler County. Inside                                         Attorney aspires to take his
  MARS — Seven teens from St. Kilian                                                                                              legal rights record to politics
Church parish will travel to Washington, D.C.,
Thursday morning to join thousands of
Catholics to celebrate Mass with Pope Bene-
                                                           INSIDE                                                                    This is the third of four stories profiling                     four hopefuls in the
dict XVI.                                             ■ Gardeners learn how to                                                    the candidates for the Democratic nomina-                          April 22 primary seek-
  The teens taking the bus trip to the U.S.         grow organic vegetable gar-                                                   tion in the 3rd Congressional District. The                        ing the Democratic nod
capital are Mars High School sophomores             dens during a workshop at                                                     final story will be published Wednesday.                           in the U.S. House of
Jackie Amurgis, Colin Bell, Courtney Cooper,        Slippery Rock University.                                                                                                                        Representative’s 3rd
Jim Garrity and Lauren Slivosky; Seneca Val-        P/8                                                                           By JIM SMITH                                                       District.
ley High School junior Dave Matuszak of Sev-                                                                                      Eagle Staff Writer                                                    The district compris-
en Fields and Mars High School senior Lisa            ■ Despite a petition bear-
                                                                                                                                    Personal injury attorney Tom Myers                               es most of Butler Coun-
                                                    ing the signatures of more      KEEP ROLLING — The
Moser.                                                                                                                            has spent the past two decades fighting                            ty, as well as all of
                                                    than 700 people supporting      Penguins’ Maxime Talbot, left,
  Krissy Brown, coordinator of St. Kilian                                                                                         for constitutional and legal rights in the                         Erie County and parts
                                                    boys     basketball   coach     celebrates his goal against
Youth Ministries, said the teens will leave at                                                                                    courtroom.                                                         of Armstrong, Craw-
                                                    Randy      Armagost,     the    the Ottawa Senators with
midnight from Good Samaritan Church in                                                                                              Now he wants to take his fight to the                            ford, Mercer, Venango
                                                    Moniteau School Board vot-      teammate Marian Hossa dur-
Ambridge as part of 262 youths and their            ed Monday to open the                                                         political arena.                                                   and Warren counties.
group leaders in six Diocese of Pittsburgh                                          ing Game 3 of the Stanley
                                                    position. P/9                                                                   “I’m running for one reason — to help                               Myers believes his
buses headed to Washington.                                                         Cup playoffs. Pens won 4-1.
                                                                                                                                  people,” Myers said “That’s why I went to                          personal and profes-
  The pope arrived in Washington today,                                             Story on Page 9.                                                                                  Tom Myers
                                                                                                                                  law school. That’s why I became an attor-                          sional experiences pro-
                                                                                                                                  ney. That’s why I’ve volunteered thou-           vide him with the insight and compassion
■ See Pope on Page 5
                                                          DEATHS                                 INDEX                            sands of hours in community service.
                                                                                                                                    “Community service is the greatest gift
                                                                                                                                                                                   required of a congressman and leader.
                                                                                                                                                                                     His own value system, he said, was
                                                                                                                                  you can give.”
SV school board OKs                                   Bonita J. “Bonnie” Bort-
                                                    mas, West Sunbury
                                                                                    Births . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3      A first-time candidate, Myers is one of ■ See Myers on Page 5
                                                                                    Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
custodial staff contract                              J. Robert Brown, Butler       Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Eagle Staff Writer
                                                      Flora M. Henry Priester,
                                                                                    Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
                                                                                    Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . 16          Altmire holds big fundraising lead
                                                      Helen Currie Rettig, Butler   Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
  JACKSON TWP — One of the Seneca Val-                                              Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13      By JIM SMITH                                     their reports with the Federal Election
                                                      Robert T. Saxman, Cheswick
ley School District’s outstanding labor con-                                        Horoscope . . . . . . . . . . . . 15          Eagle Staff Writer                               Commission.
tracts was resolved Monday, while the clock           VOL. 139, NO. 34              Lotto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2     U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-4th, has out-          The candidates’ balance sheets show
winds down on another.                                                              Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6      raised former Republican congress-               that Altmire had $1.3 million in the bank
  A week after approving an arbitration pan-                                        Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9    woman Melissa Hart by better than a 3-           at the end of the first quarter, compared
el plan for a new teacher contract, the board                                       Sudoku . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20       to-1 margin so far this year, according to       with about $393,400 for Hart.
approved a 5-year contract with the district                                        TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16   the candidates’ recently-filed campaign             But it appeared that the freshman
custodial and maintenance workers                                                                                                 expense reports.                                 Democrat is keeping his powder relative-
  The contract awards the 35 workers 4 per-                                                                                         Altmire’s campaign raked in $478,140           ly dry until the start of the general elec-
cent annual salary increases through the                                                                        Forecast          during the first quarter of 2008, far out-       tion campaign, as each candidate has
2011-12 school year.                                                                                          on Page 2.          pacing the $143,165 collected by Hart’s          spent just a bit more than $80,000 since
  The board vote was unanimous, with board                                                                                        campaign.                                        Jan. 1.
                                                                                                                                    The fundraising quarter ended April 2.
■ See SV on Page 5                                                                                                                Candidates had until Thursday to file            ■ See Lead on Page 5

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