WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2003 Butler County’s daily newspaper DAILY 35¢
SIGHTS ON SADDAM
Bliss in Baghdad crash
Jubilant 3 hurt when
crowds semi hits 5
celebrate By JIM SMITH
Eagle Staff Writer
RICHLAND TWP, Clarion
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
County — Two people were
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Jubilant killed and three others serious-
crowds swarmed into Baghdad ly injured early this morning
streets today, dancing, looting, when they were struck by a trac-
defacing images of Saddam tor-trailer on Interstate 80
Hussein as U.S. commanders where they were standing after
declared that his regime’s rule an accident.
over the capital had ended. The five got out of their vehi-
“The capital city is now one cles after a sport utility vehicle
of those areas that has been rolled over shortly before 2 a.m.
added to the list of where the on the Emlenton Bridge, where
regime does not have control,” they were struck by the tractor-
said Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks trailer, authorities said.
at U.S. Central Command in Two unidentified, out-of-state
women who were riding in the
However, Brooks said that
SUV were killed. Their names
Saddam loyalists were holding
were not immediately released,
out in the north, including Sad-
pending notification of next of
dam’s hometown of Tikrit and
kin. One other was injured.
still posed a threat, including
Clarion County Deputy Coro-
the possible use of weapons of
ner Chris Hile pronounced the
women dead at the scene at 4:33
Even as they encountered
a.m. The women died of massive
sniper fire from roving bands of
injuries to the head, chest and
holdout fighters, Marine and
Army units swept through Bagh-
The three injured in the
dad, seizing or destroying build-
ASSOCIATED PRESS crash, whose identities were not
ings that once housed some of
Saddam’s most feared security immediately known, were taken
LOOTING ERUPTS — Iraqi civilians push carts with goods Baghdad following the apparent end of Saddam Hussein by ambulance to Clarion Hospi-
forces. Marine tanks rolled into today after looting a government warehouse on a main road regime’s rule over the capital.
the commercial center, greeted tal in Clarion and United Com-
leading to Baghdad. Jubilant crowds swarmed the streets of
by people cheering and waving munity Hospital in Grove City,
white flags. Mercer County.
“Thank you, thank you, Mr. free of Saddam’s control, U.S. here, but I would definitely hilltop near Mosul; senior Kur- An official at the scene who
Civilians gestured to the
Bush,” some of the looters officers said their forces faced stay on the cautious side and dish leader Hoshyar Zebari requested anonymity, character-
Americans with V-for-victory
shouted. An elderly man beat continued resistance, fierce say we still have more to called it the most important ized the injuries as “life threat-
signs. “We were nearly mobbed
a portrait of Saddam with his but disorganized, from small come.” gain in the region thus far. ening.”
by people trying to shake our
shoe, while a younger man groups of holdout pro-Saddam U.S. commanders focused The fate of Saddam Poor visibility due to the
hands,” said Maj. Andy Milburn remained unknown; his sup-
of the 7th Marines. spat on the portrait. fighters. The U.S Central Com- attention on targets to the morning fog did not allow med-
Not everyone rejoiced. mand reacted cautiously to the north — including Tikrit, still a porters retained control of the ical helicopters to transport the
At police stations, universi- upscale Baghdad neighbor-
ties, government ministries, the “This is the destruction of euphoria and chaos in Bagh- stronghold of loyalist troops, injured to hospitals.
Islam,” said Qassim al- dad. and the northern city of Mosul. hood targeted by four 2,000- Both westbound lanes on I-80
headquarters of the Iraq pound bombs in a U.S. strike
Olympic Committee, looters Shamari, 50, a laborer wearing “There are still many days Lt. Mark Kitchens, a Central near the crash remained closed
an Arab robe. “After all, Iraq of perhaps fierce fighting to Command spokesman, said aimed at killing the Iraqi pres- at mid-morning.
unhindered by any police pres- ident.
ence made off with computers, is our country. And what about follow,” said Capt. Frank special operations forces and Traffic was being detoured on
Elsewhere in the capital, secondary routes through
furniture, telephones, even mil- all the women and children Thorp, a command spokesman. airstrikes were “actively engag-
however, U.S. forces steadily Emlenton.
itary jeeps. One young man used who died in the bombing?” “There are other areas of the ing” Iraqi forces in both cities. expanded their reach, securing
roller skates to wheel away a Even as most of the popu- country where we have yet to U.S. Special Forces and Kur- Rescue workers described the
refrigerator. lace seemed suddenly to feel be at... We’re seeing good signs dish fighters seized a strategic s See Baghdad on Page 5 scene early this morning as
“chaotic,” with paramedics,
police and firefighters converg-
Packages amass INSIDE
s Saddam Hussein returns to the lim-
ing on and around the bridge.
State police in Clarion, who
are investigating the accident,
could not immediately provide
for U.S. soldiers
bo status he occupied after the first strike
of the war nearly three weeks ago — any information about the crash.
U.S. officials are unsure if he is dead or Authorities said the accident
alive. P/2 occurred as the SUV was trav-
s Residents in southern Iraq plead for eling west on Interstate 80.
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS Troops and service agencies are U.S. troops to help restore order. P/2 All three occupants, including
BUCKLAND, Ohio — While being inundated with mass s In a Pennsylvania Supreme Court the two women, got out of the
Chris Bush watches news donations of everything from ruling, a Marine reservist called to active vehicle and were apparently
reports about U.S. soldiers in underwear and chili to compact duty regains custody of his children. P/7 standing on the bridge.
Iraq, her hands are busy knit- discs and Bibles. s Saddam Hussein is said to have The drivers of two cars that
ting colorful, coaster-sized There’s been such a crush of built so many tunnels that just about any- were traveling behind the SUV
prayer squares she hopes will gifts that the Defense Depart- thing could be underground — troops, stopped their vehicles and got
eventually join them. ment has asked the public to weapons of mass destruction or the Iraqi out to help the others.
She’s one of 18 church volun- stop mailing unsolicited pack- president himself. P/20 A westbound tractor-trailer
teers who have made and ages to members of the military s An audio tape purportedly from traveled onto the bridge, strik-
shipped hundreds of the near or at the front lines. The Osama bin Laden urges Muslims to rise ing the five people, authorities
squares to Iraq. The hope is Pentagon wants the mailings up against the United States and Britain, said.
that soldiers will carry them in limited to family members, and the Muslim governments that support Troopers from the Clarion,
their pockets or tuck them loved ones or personal friends them. P/20 Punxsutawney and DuBois bar-
under a pillow and know some- of soldiers. s As resistance in Baghdad crumbles,
racks and paramedics with the
one in America cares. “People who are giving prob- ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. forces are now targeting Tikrit, Sad-
ably feel a responsibility to the Emlenton and Knox ambulances
“It makes us feel a little less dam Hussein’s desert hometown, a
soldiers and also want to show AIR WAR — A Mark 7 Lynx helicopter from the redoubt bristling with loyalists who could were called to the scene.
helpless,” said Bush, 54, of Also assisting were volunteer
nearby Wapakoneta. support to the families of the British 3rd Regiment, Army Air Corps, 16 Air be bent on making it the site of the
soldiers,” said Abe Wanders- Assault Brigade, on combat patrol and carrying regime’s last stand. P/20 firefighters from Emlenton,
The squares aren’t the only TOW missiles, flies over a destroyed Iraqi T55 Knox, Clintonville and Richland
things on their way to Iraq. s See Packages on Page 5 tank south of Al Qumah, Iraq, today. Township.
Butt used in nest arette butt to use in building IRS ready for surge prepare their returns.
F OREC AS T sets house ablaze
Konkle said there were no in tax return filings
The filing deadline is Tuesday.
For a Take one nest-building bird, other possible sources of fire in The Internal Revenue Service Births. . . . . . 9
add a smoldering cigarette butt
and officials say they know what
“The nest was 60 percent con-
expects to get 52 million returns
during the last days of the tax DEATHS Business . . . 8
Classified . . 21
caused a house fire in Harris- sumed and we weren’t able to filing season, almost 40 percent Ardell M. Bonzo, Economy Comics . . . . 31
burg last month. interview the bird,” he said. “I of all the returns filed this year. Pearl I. Eberhart, formerly Crossword . 31
The March 28 blaze was believe he’s homeless.” More than 80 million of the of Blawnox Editorial . . . . 4
caused by “the careless use of Reed cautioned residents 132 million tax returns expected Marion M. Heaton, 239 Focus. . . . . 11
smoking materials by a bird,” against flicking lit cigarettes. this year had been received at Meridian Road Horoscope . 31
Mayor Stephen Reed said Tues- “This is at least littering, and the IRS by last Friday, many of Robert C. Johns, Kittan- Lotto . . . . . . 2
day. if there are nearby birds build- them arriving electronically. The ning R.D. 3 Obituaries. . . 6
Fire Chief Donald Konkle ing a nest, which they do in the number of returns filed elec- Richard Q. Kriebel, 210
Sports . . . . 17
said fire investigators found a spring months because of egg tronically increased 10 percent TV . . . . . . . 30
Lillian I. Surrena, Har-
large bird nest in the ceiling of laying, there is a chance the cig- over last year. The biggest jump risville
the house and determined a arette winds up in the nest,” — 27 percent — is among those
bird picked up a smoldering cig- Reed said. who use a home computer to