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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
PITTSBURGH — Minus
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
By BOB SCHULTZ
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
By KATHRYN SHERANKO
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