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   Valley Independent, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1993, Monessen, Pennsylvania                               Speak 6A. Charleroi Legion stays The Valley Monday JUNE 1993 THE VOICE OF THE MID-MONONGAHELA VALLEY 35C PER COPY Two charged in beating death By KAREN PETERS MONESSEN Two missing Monessen men have been charg- ed with homicide in connection with the beating death of a 34-year-old man whose heart and liver were transplanted into Gov. Robert P. Casey two weeks ago Arrest warrants were filed Saturday against Christopher of 936 Grant Ave and James R of 621 10th according to Monessen Police Chief John _Bachmski who said each man was charged with one count uof criminal homicide and one count criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. Garry and Floyd were ques- tioned by police following the June 6 beating of William Michael but were releas- ed because of insufficient evidence to retain police said Additional information obtain- ed through a joint investigation Westmoreland County detec- tives and Monessen Police led to the issuance of the arrest war- which were signed Satur- day afternoon by Rostraver Justice Charles GARRY SUSPECT Here is a photo taken by Monessen Police last month of Christopher wanted in connection with the beating death of Michael 34. A photo of James R. who has also been was not available this morning. Christner. who is believed to be a relative of the Lucas and are accused of or arranging a large group of individuates to appear at the Lucas home and assault Michael Bachinski said. Five vehicles arrived at the Lucas home at 440 Clarendon Ave. in the early evening hours of June enticed Lucas to come to the Bachinski said. At that Lucas was severely beaten by several of the men in what in- vestigators suspect is gang- and drug-related activity. When Lucas died a week later at Allegheny General Hospital in his organs were given to Casey in what doctors said was life-saving transplant surgery. Investigators had met with difficulty in their probe of Lucas' death because witnesses were reluctant to provide testimony. Garry and Floyd had been wanted for further ques- tioning for several days prior to the issuance of the arrest warrants. Anyone who knows of their whereabouts is asked to contact Monessen Police at 684-4600 or Westmoreland County detec- tives through the county 911 system. raq attack deemed a success By ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON The House and the Pentagon Isay the U S. missile attack on Iraq was but stop short of claiming the strike destroyed Saddam Hussein's ability to use his intelligence network for terrorist purposes. think it was extremely suc- cessful in delivering the message that this kind of activi- ty that Iraq initiated is simply Vice President Al Gore said referr- ing to U.S. claims that Iraq hat- ched a foiled plot to assassinate former President Bush while he was in Kuwait in April vacationing in said he supported Clinton's deci- sion to strike. Clinton called Bush minutes after the attack was launched to brief him. The administration's claim of success is for having delivered the not for having in- flicted enough physical damage on Iraq's central intelligence headquarters in downtown Baghdad to shut down Saddam's intelligence operations. Testimony to Saddam's resourcefulness is the fact that the target of the Saturday night attack had been hit by U.S. missiles during the Persian Gulf War and had been rebuilt. Iraq's intelligence network is spread throughout the country. Speaking with reporters before church Clinton feel quite good about what has transpired and I think the American people should feel good about it. sent the message we needed to Clinton said. Rear Adm Michael director of intelligence for the Pentagon's Joint told reporters yesterday the 16 Tomahawk cruise missiles that think it was extremely successful in delivering the message that this kind of activity that Iraq initiated is simply Vice President Al Gore hit their intended targets in the intelligence headquarters com- pound a great deal of damage. He said that there was major damage to the operations much of the communica- tions records and computer support. There may be alternate Cramer this is their by far their most'important and it has suffered a major Secretary of State Warren Christopher acknowledged that the missile barrage doesn't end the but it cer- tainly is a reminder to him that we've got the capacity to hurt him very Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Sheehan told reporters 23 Tomahawk missiles were fired at the in- telligence headquarters com- pound from two U.S. Navy one in the Red Sea and the other in the Persian Gulf. He said three landed outside the com- striking what apparently were private homes. Iraq said at least eight people were killed. Four of the 20 that landed in- side the walled compound miss- ed their intended targets. Most of the missiles were aimed at a section of the headquarters building used by the director and other leaders of Iraq in- Cramer said. He said that section was nearly destroyed. The cruise missiles used in the attack are armed with high-explosive warheads and cost about million each. They are powered by turbo-fan engines and guided in flight by an internal computer system that enables the missile to compare its actual route with its preprogrammed course. Villey Independent Photo by Warren Park TAMING THE BULL Bull riding was part of this weekend's entertainment at the Ringgold Round-Up and World Cham- pionship sponsored by the Valley Inn Volunteer Fire Department and held at Cox's Rodeo Field in Monongahela. The four-day event came to a close last night. The weather cooperated over the weekend and large crowds turned out for the festivities. Singel faces big decision on workers' comp reform By SHARON L. LYNCH HARRISBURG He has waited as long as but this week acting Gov. Mark Singel must decide whether to sign a controversial bill to reform Pennsylvania's ailing workers' compensation system. The lieutenant governor who has taken the reins of state while Gov. Robert P. Casey recuperates from a heart-liver transplant has until Friday to sign or veto the long-awaited legislation. He must do so without help from who spearheaded the reform effort more than six years ago. It has become in- creasingly clear Casey will not be prepared to power before the clock runs out on the workers' comp bill. would prefer to leave the decision about whether to sign or veto that to the leader of the reform Singel said of the measure. I would be inclined'to support this At issue is a 100-page docu- ment filled with complicated language about medical cost containment and Penn- sylvania's insurance rating system. The proposal would force in- surers to reassess their premiums for workers' compen- sation but stops short of rolling back an average 24 percent rate hike that took effect late last year. The rate rollback was a key part of what Casey Good afternoon Index Weather cloudy tonight with a low near 50. For a complete see page 2A. Inside today 90s style is short and simple. See page 7A. Astro-Graph....................11B Celebrity Cipher...............3A Classified Ads...............6-12B Comics-Crossword............5B DearAbby........................4B Deaths.............................4A Entertainment-TV............4B Hospitals...... ...4A Lottery.............................5A News Roundups................2A Service Directory...........11B Sports............................1-3B Valley Briefs....................3A Valley Life.......................7A How lessons. Coming Tuesday class reunions reaffirm old Photo contest starts today Today's the day the beginning of our photo contest has The Valley Independent Amateur Snapshot Contest has official- ly started and you could win national or international recognition. The contest is easy to enter and anyone who has a camera professional is eligible to enter for an opportunity to be chosen a winner in the annualcompetition. Weekly Certificates of Merit will be from which eight top local winners will be selected to receive each and have an opportunity to compete in the international judging of the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards Any picture taken from Jan. through the dates of contest is eligible for judging. Pictures previously entered in KINSA are not eligible. If you haven't taken that award winning picture grab a camera and a roll of film and start shooting. The contest concludes Aug. 6. Entries can be either black-and-white or including slides. All entries must be taken on Kodak film and printed on Kodak paper. Once the local competition is eight top winners will be selected for entry into the KINSA where prizes total- ing will be awarded. Complete details can be found on page 3B today. demanded from the package. Now lawmakers say it is legally impossible. if the bill becomes insurers would request new rates taking into account poten- tial cost savings laid out in the reforms. The biggest financial factor would be a proposed cap on medical fees and hospitals charge for treating in- jured workers. The measure would limit health care fefes to 113 percent of what Medicare woufd pay for the services. In addition to health care the bill includes stiff penalties for mandates that some part-time minimum wage workers give up a portion of their benefits and would scale back payments to employees who also receive unemployment compensation all injured employees would be required to see a company-approved doctor for the first 30 days after they are hurt. The recommended com- promise also would provide a one-time 5 percent discount in workers' compensation rates for businesses that institute workplace safety committees. Singel has vowed to run state government the way Casey would have done himself. Whelher Casey wouid have wanted this particular piece of legislation signed is unclear. In addition to wanting the rates rolled Casey oppos- ed extending the number of days injured workers must see a company-approved doctor and he abhorred the idea of cutting benefits for low-wage employees. The governor's posi- tion had softened somewhat in the months before his but it is hard to say how much. Ringgold survey called a ploy By CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY T AJ'IOLL TOWNSHIP The ii Education Association said a survey being distributed by the board to taxpayers con- tains and is a cost- ly negotiating ploy James president of the Ringgold Education Associa- said the survey is a ploy by district negotiators to get the residents their side The district and the REA are cur- rently negotiating a new pact as the current five-year deal ex- pires Aug 31. Martell questioned the ex- pense of the noting it cost more than a dollar to mail and receive back each of the surveys with self- stamped envelopes included In Martell there was likely a cost for writing the survey and stuffing the envelopes. upsets me most are the number of inaccurate items to mislead the public that are in Martell said of the survey sent to property owners last week and due to be returned to the district within a week. Board President William Polacheck and director Jack the board's two representatives on the district's negotiating could not be reached for comment this morning. One question on the survey suggests Ringgold teachers average only 16V2 hours of in- structional work per a statement Martell called bla- tant He said in addition to classroom teachers make and grade have other school-related duties and pro- vide individual instruction to students as well. probably isn't a single teacher in this district who doesn't take work home with them every Martell said. day doesn't end at the end of the school Martell said the average teacher's salary of roughly noted in the is a figure representative of teachers with at least 18 years of service. He said 175 of the district's 237 teachers have at least 18 years of service and that the average salary will decline as the district replaces retiring teachers at the top of the salary scale with newcomers. Martell said teachers do not receive full dental and optometry benefits paid by the as he said the survey and that teachers pay into pension plans along with the district. He said a teachers take half- pay sabbatical leaves and those that do usually take the time off to improve their educational skills. Carroll man hospitalized after crash CARROLL TOWNSHIP An 18-year-old Carroll Township man remained in a Pittsburgh hospital today following a head- on collision Sunday on Grant Road. Police said a car driven by Robert V. Smith 18. of Monongahela R.D. 1 crossed the center line at p.m. and struck an oncoming vehicle operated by Sharon C. 49. also of Carroll Township. Police said they were unable to determine the reason for the collision. Smith was flown by emergen- cy helicopter lo Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following the acci- dent. No condition was available this morning. Fleming was treated at Mon Valley Hospital and according to a spokesman there. There were no passengers in either according to who said personnel from Tri-Community Ambulance and Carroll Township Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene.   

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