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Valley Independent, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1986, Monessen, Pennsylvania Report on RFK slaying 'too too late' LOS ANGELES Critics of the police handling of the investiga- tion into Robert F. Kennedy's assassination say release of a sum- mary of the massive probe is too lit- too late. The summary was released Tuesday almost 18 years after the New York senator was gun- ned down in a crowded hotel pantry after winning the California Democratic presidential primary. A summary section on conclusions reached during the investigation says Sirhan Bishara Sirhan acted alone when he shot Kennedy June and was no evidence of conspiracy in the The about 5 percent of which was was gleaned from more than pages of documents and more than photographs only a few of which were released. The Police the civilian board that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department released the and also decided to release the remaining material after a review by a panel to be appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley. Critics complained that process could take and also said all the material released Tuesday had been made public before and thus the commission did little to quiet continuing talk of a conspiracy. release of the summary is decades overdue and it is secondary said Philip a political science professor at Southeastern Massachusetts University and member of the board of directors of the RFK Assassina- tion Archives there. most important material is the basic and I and others a national constituency of scholars have petitioned to get that material 18 months Melanson said. Melanson and Paul a Kennedy aide shot in the head dur- ing the said key evidence including a doorjamb with two bullet holes had been routinely destroyed by police. The jamb is they because if it did contain bullet holes it would show there were more bullet holes than Sirhan had bullets in his and thus indicate a second gunman. Sirhan used an eight-shot and the investigation showed that all but one of the slugs were recovered from the victims' bodies. police took that doorjamb. X-rayed that doorjamb and now that according to Chief has been and the X-rays are miss- said who was Ken- nedy's West Coast campaign coor- dinator and regional director of the United Auto Workers. Investigators concluded that a young Palestinian im- acted alone when he fired the shots that killed Kennedy and wounded five others at the Am- bassador Hotel. was establish- ed beyond any doubt by eyewitnesses and physical the report said. The report said the police probe a great number of allegations implicating Sirhan and other individuals or groups in con- to kill but yield- ed negative and evidence to indicate the ex- istence of a It said the notoriety of the assassination the subject of conspiracy fertile for theories and information from political adventurers and publicity The report says Sirhan could not be linked to any of four conspiracy including probes into the Palestinian terrorist organiza- tion Al and the Mafia. Deleted from the released in accordance with Page The VALLEY INDEPENDENT _ _ 11__A__-. Weather Outlook snow. Low in the upper 20s. snow tapering to flurries by after- r JEEDNE6DAY MARCH 18 Pages Police top business at Carroll By KAREN PETERS Police department matters highlighted last night's regular mon- thly meeting of the Carroll Township Supervisors. The board denied a request from Police Chief Fidel Ambrose for an extra week of vacation this year. to the police contract we are not required to give him an extra stated Supervisor Ron Amati would have to make a change in the contract Ambrose now receives four weeks of according to Supervisor Chairman James Koslosky The matter died for lack of a motion. The board also denied a request from former Police Chief Joseph Villella for an increase in his pen- sion In order to grant the the board would nave to amend its police ordinance. The matter also died for lack of a motion According to the supervisors. Villella now receives in excess of per month on pension. He ap- parently did not specify an amount of the increase he was requesting Bids for a new police car were opened and tabled for further review. Bids were received as Rotolo Da vies and Tregembo Monongdhela The board also approved a pay in- crease for a part-time police officer who was overlooked at the beginning of the year. Koslosky said that ac- cording to the township's agreement with the police the of- ficer is entitled to a 45-cents-an-hour bringing his hourly wage up to In other the board nam- ed Amati and Supervisor Louis' Resovich to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Mon Valley Economic Revitalization program who attended a meeting on the subject last informed the supervisors they will have to provide the committee with a list of three priontized items which could help economic revitahzation in Carroll Township. Kosloskv announced that the township has reapplied for a Depart- ment of Commerce grant to be used for a water line project on Clinton Street. The board appointed f Penn- sylvania Municipal Services to collect per capita taxes for the township at a rate of percent The township will participate in the Washington-Greene County Job Training Agency's summer pro- gram and in the American Legion's Clean and Green the supervisors announced. Classified Comics-Features.....................17 Deaths....................................12 Family News.........................6.7 Hospitals................................12 Jack Anderson..........................4 Lotteries.................................13 Opinions...................................4 Reflections.............................13 Valley Valley Doings.........................15 Weather Outlook.....................13 What's Cookin'........................16 Also in The Valley Independent today you'll find the following Pennsylvania's mandatory sentencing law has come under attack in the courts. Page 2. Ray Catani is being honored for his volunteer work at Monessen Public Library. Page 3. Jeff Esper is the winoingest wwifer in RineeoM Hieh School history. Page Several more area students have gained college Dean's List status. Page 14. Charleroi Area Band Boosters are extending a dance invitation. Page 14. Plans are being formulated for Health Emphasis '86. Page 1C. PER COPY In Charleroi Rail crossing accidents stir new concerns ALL FOR ONE A festive and nostalgic mood prevailed last night as Charleroi Historical Society- celebrated the community's 9Cth bir- thday and participants were plen- tiful In the picture above are past presidents of the Society to Margaret George West and Lois Hawe. In the picture below are to the Rev Gerald guest speaker Dr. Bruce and Mrs. Emma Jane program chairman. Independent Pholos Warren Park Charleroi nears 6magic number' By EMMA JENE LELIK Charleroi is 96 reaching for 1990 we're going to celebrate out 100th birthday and are already making announced program chairman Emma Jane Sweadner party in the borough of Charleroi. Proud residents and former like Mr and Mrs William Guiler who come back from D.C. each year for the gathered in Charleroi Elks Club for a banquet and special program. Dr. Bruce language pro- fessor at California University of presented an in- teresting history lesson concerning the early immigrants in and particularly in Western Penn- sylvania. is typically the guest speaker all parts of Western Europe are represented He explained how the Scotch-Irish Woman injured in Speers crash A Bentleyville woman was admit- ted to Mon Valley Hospital in stable condition yesterday after she was in- volved in a two-vehicle accident on Route 88 hear the west ramp to In- terstate 70 in Speers. The accident took place at a.m. when a 1977 Mercury operated by Carolyn Lojek of Bentleyville col- lided with a 1985 Ford pickup truck operated by Lome Mark also Of Bentleyville. According to Charleroi police of- ficer William Lojek' was traveling north on Route 88 and an employee for Midas Muf- First St. and McKean was giving the truck a road test and was traveling south on Route 88. Lojek attempted to get on to the 1-70 ramp and made a left turn across the southbound lane when the accident occurred. Her vehicle suf- fered extensive damages to the right damages to the front end. Amos was not injured. Monessen Ambulance Service per- sonnel transported Lojek to the hospital and the Charleroi Fire Department was also called to assist at the scene. Both vehicles were tow- ed. Police said that no charges have been filed in the accident. played an important part in American as well as the English and different types of Ger- mans. Germans made their mark in Eastern nomtes and those like the Frick family didn't stay long in this he stated other the came later The Scotch- Irish were heavier He noted the Irish and the Scandinavians settled later and that the big ethnic change came about when this section of the state went from agriculture to industrial. great amount of laborers were he said. Welsh and English came first to the coal mines He said in the 1850s and 1860s as children were surviving to families in Eastern and Southern Europe were becoming 1 I J iU 1.1 t-1 VJ migration came here to work and earn more money to be able to go back to their home countries and buy he said percent of the Slovenes and the Italians and Greeks also He went on to explain how the families were extremely important and how music and dance played im- BOB G It may be some time yet before a much-needed railroad crossing signal is installed at Eighth Street in Charleroi Concern triggered bv a number of recent vehicular accidents involving trains in the area most recently on Feb 28 at Charleroi's Fifth Street crossing prompted queries by The Valley Independent regarding the status of the Eighth Street crossing warning signal system which has been two years in the planning stage in said Frea P Ak-Luckie lormei Crmneroi w while in initiated and monitored a move to have the warning system installed at the Eighth Street crossing in iront 01 Corning Glass. McLuckie reported that has been approved for the installation its design and cosl. included and il onh for the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission to give Conrail permission to proceed with con- struction Cost of the project is with 90 percent of that or being paid by the federal government in the form of a grant and the remaining 10 or being paid by Charleroi Borough would appear that everything is now tied up in governmental red said McLuckie. thing now. is for the PUC to give Conrail notice to proceed with the construction Charleroi Mayor Matthew P. Cowell. has scheduled a meeting with Corning officials about the project That meeting will take place within the next two weeks lldi JuiSL admitted he did not know that much about the project and that was why he was going to meet with the Corn- ing officials to receive up-dated information lot has to be said Cowell regarding the Eighth Street crossing which will be fully automated and tied in electronically with traffic lights at Eighth Street and McKean Avenue must raise the level of the tracks and RESCUE MISSION Volunteer firemen from Charleroi and other emergency personnel work to remove Carolyn Lojek of Bentleyville from her automobile after it was involved in a two-vehicle accident yesterday morning on Route 88 at the West ramp of In- terstate 70 in Speers. Lojek's vehicle collided with a truck and she was taken to Mon Valley Hospital. Valln liHtfpmdeni Photo By Frrd Hevii grade the banks to meet the surface of the streets and alleys 1 don't know that much about as said Cowell just about a week short of being able to give you intelligent must pay a share of the cost of but it's not that said the mayor Borough has not received notice from the PUC that it has Conrail the green light to proceed with construction. has council placed its share of the costs in this year's budget. 'It eel's Drettv discouraging when sou have worked so hard to get the warning system said McLiickie. gone around the horn on this so many limes it would appear that Laurel Development which operates Chamber Plaza as a private has no future plans to install a railroad crossing traffic warning signal at its Fifth Street crossing And Gaylord for thinks that one is needed there. Fleming was driving the car that Page Three children hit by vehicle in North Charleroi North Charleroi Police are in- vestigating an accident in which three children were reportedly struck a vehicle while crossing Route 88 to board a Charleroi Area School District bus The accident allegedly occurred at about 9 15 this morning in front of the Professional Plaza on Route 88 Police could not be reached for a i cpOi UUL a ijpuivcbiiian at LUC Lit Charleroi municipal building verified that the accident had taken place and that police were m- A spokeswoman the Charleroi High School said school oificials were also at the scene as part of the investigation. A woman who works in the profes- sional plaza said the accident occur- red shortly before she arrived at work at a m She said that the school bus was stopped on Route 88 headed toward with its blinking red lights as ihe children crossed the road and boarded the bus A driver operating a vehicle the opposite direction on Route allegedly did not notice the children crossing the road and struck three of them According to the professional plaza there were police ambulances and school buses at the scene at a.m. Another bus came to the plaza to pick up the children and take them to she said. Officials at Mon Valley Hospital had no report on the children's con- ditions as of 11 a.m St. Jerome basketball team proudly displaying trophy for winning tournament. Axtion fans still recovering from concert. SL Sebastian Trojans congratu- lated for their efforts. Charleroi family anxiously await- ing arrival of special dinner guest. Their many friends and fans wishing Mike and J.R. a The gang still talking about weekend with Ed and Charleroi Rec Board way down East Annie and John of Carroll Twp. basking in their good fortune at Atlantis. Lovely Debbie 29 and doing tine. I