Indiana Gazette, July 30, 2003, Page 16

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Indiana Gazette (Newspaper) - July 30, 2003, Indiana, Pennsylvania Page 8 — Wednesday, July 30, 2003 Region (Hljc (3nbtana (Suzette Ohio fugitive finds himself in double trouble ... -i : GALLERY TT BALCONY (ABOVE) I I I ..... I J BOX OFFICE i I MAIN LOBBY OFFICE THEATER 250 SEATS COSTUMES HOG SHOP WITH * STORAGE ABOVE I _____ _    _--_    _    _    _ JI ii I CLASS ROOMS GALLERY 14-4% : i ■ I I. TiTErru: I— vjr This simplified drawing of the interior of the Players' proposed new home shows a 250-seat theater. Indiana players make third attempt to find new home Continued from page I at the BiLo supermarket along North Fourth Street in White Township. The case is supposed to be dismissed if Brooks makes restitution. Then on Thursday, state police reported in a news release that Cleveland prosecutors want to extradite Berry from Indiana County. No police reports went out any other time Brooks/Berry was arrested. Indiana County court records show: ■ On Oct. 31 and Jan. 21, he burglarized a downtown Indiana apartment rented by Robert Martin and Terry Sabo, according to Indiana Borough police. Last fall, Brooks stole a blank check from the apartment and forged Martin’s name on it for a $420.15 payment for a set of stereo speakers, according to Indiana police detective Scott Schuller. There was a more extensive haul in the second burglary, Schuller wrote: Martin was missing electronics and appliances valued at $ 1,200 altogether, a golf bag and clubs worth $1,300, and six pairs of shoes valued at $150. The booty also included a 15-inch World War II German officer’s dagger of undetermined value and a blank check that ended up being forged for an unreported amount. Sabo reported as stolen a $60 pair of tennis shoes and a com-pact-disk player worth $100. Indiana County court records show Brookspleaded guilty June ll to four felony charges of burglary ■ Police caught Brooks/Berry in February driving a car reported stolen from an Apollo-area pizza delivery driver and found a crack pipe in his sock. Lt. Sacco, who was working on the Indiana County drug task force, tailed Brooks from a home that was under surveillance for Continued from page I rate and then re-examine the decision at its October meeting. “Hopefully by October we’ll have a very clear picture as to what the budget process might be,” he said. State lawmakers who serve on the board cautioned that although they are discussing the matter with the governor’s office, the prospect of getting additional funding remains uncertain. “I don't want anyone to walk away thinking that restoration of all or part of the funds is extremely likely," said Rep. Jeffrey Coy, D-Cumberland. In an interview with reporters after the meeting, Hample said that if the state comes up with additional money, she will probably recommend restoring university spending cuts rather than reducing tuition. “I would strongly urge the board not to do a tuition rebate,” she said. Pettit also said today that many Bats will be the topic of discussion Friday at Yellow Creek State Park. Friends of the Parks program goes batty Bats are the smallest known mammals and the only ones that fly Using sound alone they can detect obstacles as fine as human hair. They can fly 50 miles in a night and eat 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour. And while they are as numerous as birds, they are seen infrequently. In the next Friends of the Parks program, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Pat Snickies will explain how bats grow and live in their natural habitat, and how to handle bats if they get into your home. "Bats — Friends or Foes?” will begin Friday at 7 p.m. at the Yellow Creek State Park Education Onter. More information on the free presentation is available by calling the park at (724) 357-7913. drug trade. Brooks was unable to post bond and has been in jail since his arrest on Feb. ll. Brooks/Berry entered a guilty plea to a charge of receiving stolen property on June 11 and prosecutors dropped three others counts. ■ He also was accused of stealing two credit cards on Feb. 3 from Nicole Crago’s residence across North Ninth Street from the county jail. Prosecutors agreed to drop the charges if Brooks/Berry makes unspecified restitution to Crago. ■ Between July 26 and Aug. 30, 2002, Brooks stole IO personal checks from Melanie Chverchko of Nicktown, a co-worker that he befriended at Reese Bros., then forged her name on them and cashed them for $ 1, 180. Chverchko told the Gazette that, at some point, “I found out his name really was Greg, but I didn’t know Brooks wasn’t his real name.” ■ Last summer, Brooks/Berry also convinced Christopher Cornman of Keystone Drive that he was a traveling evangelist and stayed for several days at Corn-man’s house. Berry stole one of Cornman’s checks and persuaded Cornman to cash two of the checks he had stolen from Chverchko, according to charges filed by state trooper Robert Valyo. For stolen-checks cases, Brooks/Berry pleaded guilty to 11 felony counts of forgery, each punishable by up to IO years in prison. * In April 2002, Brooks wrote bad checks for a total of $35.94 at Romeo's Pizza on Oakland Avenue, Indiana. This past April, he was sentenced to pay $300 in fines, costs and restitution. ■ Brooks/Berry fell victim to scheming by the Indiana County Drug Task Force on Sept. 13 people once regarded public higher education as a public good. But there has been a “subtle, unarticulated philosophical shift” across the nation by many in politics who now regard public higher education as a private benefit. And if it is viewed that way, the next step is likely to make those benefiting pay more, he said. The funding cut was proposed by Rendell and included in the state budget, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor in March. The governor has said he hopes to use a portion of a $900 million federal windfall to restore a range of program cuts, including state university funding. A year ago, the board approved a 9 percent increase for resident undergraduates — the system’s largest increase ever — after state aid was reduced by 3 percent. It also introduced a $100 technology fee. Tuition is also going up next when an informant lured him to a White Township hotel and sold him 3.75 grams of cocaine for $100. Police filed three drug charges against him but prosecutors dropped the case June ll. On learning last week that Brooks/Berry is wanted in Ohio, troopers took him before District Justice George Thachik for arraignment on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. Thachik upped Berry’s bond by $50,000. Except for the theft case in Cleveland, Brooks/Berry apparently had no run-ins with the law before he landed in Indiana. The I.ancaster County clerk of courts found no criminal charges against Berry or Brooks in computerized records dating back to 1988. Officials in Ohio will have to wait until Pennsylvania is finished with Berry, according to Indiana County District Attorney Robert Bell. “It’s because we have him,” Bell said. On Sept. 5, Brooks/Berry could be imprisoned for up to 20 years and be fined up to $25,000 when he is sentenced for the break-ins at Martin's and Sabo’s second-floor apartment at 561 Philadelphia St. The man identified as Brooks confessed to the burglaries in February after police arrested him in the stolen car. Schuller told Brooks/Berry that prosecutors might not treat him harshly if he could help get the stolen golf clubs returned to Martin. Brooks said he was unable to recover them, according to Schuller’s affidavit. Brooks, or whoever he is, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on many of the charges on March 12, while prosecutors withdrew some of the counts. On that day, court records show, police changed Brooks’ name to Gregory Berry on all the complaints. year for grad students. Full-time resident, graduate tuition at the System universities will increase by $264 in 2003-04, to $5,518 for the full academic year. Room and board rates and other fees vary from campus to campus in the State System, and the average cost of attending a System university in 2003-04, including tuition, room and board and ail required fees for both semesters, will be about $10,750. The State System universities continue to provide the lowest-cost education among all four-year colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. The state system comprises Bloomsburg,    California, Cheyney, Clarion, Fast Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester universities. (Gazette staff writer Randy Wells contributed to this report.) Continued from page I This is the Players’ third attempt in the past 18 months to find a home of their home. Since 1990, they had rehearsed and staged their plays in the Indiana Theater, located on Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana. In June 2000 however, Indiana architect Tom Harley purchased the building and converted it into a movie house. Since that time, the Players have encountered problems using the building for rehearsals and performances, and have been searching for new quarters. T\vo earlier bids to buy property — the First Assembly of God Church in Indiana Borough and the former Hofbrauhaus restaurant in White Township — did not work out. Fran Stineman, who is heading up fund-raising efforts for the Players, believes construction of a performing arts center for the Indiana area is feasible, even with its multi-million dollar price tag. She said that within the past few weeks, since Carino an nounced his gift of land, many people have told her they are excited about the Players’ plans for a new theater building. "I feel certain (by) the number of people I talked to . They are happy about it. They think it is a great idea.” To date, the players have collected $50,335 in cash and pledges that can be used for needed site-preparation work at the new center. The funds were given during previous campaigns for new quarters. Another $150,000 will be needed to complete the work, and Stineman is expecting this will come from donations from Players members and local business supporters. Stineman plans to apply for grants from private foundations for the $3 to $5 million needed for construction of the center. She has been researching information about foundations that have, in the past, given sizeable grants to arts and cultural groups from southwestern Pennsylvania. “Some of them have given IO million” for projects like the theater proposed by the Players, Stineman said. Even if the Players would receive foundation grants to help with construction costs, Stineman doubts that outside foundations would help the Players pay for everyday expenses once the theater is built. “Most grants are not for operational expenses,” she said. She would not disclose projected costs to mn the proposed new center. Stineman did say she expected the Players’ standard bill of six regular plays and six children’s plays to generate enough revenue for the proper running of a new theater building. Filoni, who specializes in the design on theaters, has already drawn a layout for the proposed performing arts center. Plans call for a one-story building with 15,960 square feet of space. The building would include a 250-seat theater, costume and dressing rooms and two classrooms. There would be parking for 143 cars at the site. • Straight Chiropractic • Open Monday through Saturday • Modem, State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Center • Convenient Morning, Afternoon and Evening Hours • Most insurances accepted - Including BOBS, Medicare, Workmen's Comp., Auto Accident, UPMC • Personal, Friendly, Professional Care for the Entire Family Boumaamamau* Chiropractic Clinic, P.C. 102 Christy Park Drive, Indiana, PA 724-465-4080 Or. 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