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Delaware County Daily Times (Newspaper) - March 08, 1980, Chester, Pennsylvania
Saturday morning Delaware county Sil sol us Ili shed in upper Darby township a. March 8,1980 Home delivery $1.15 a week published in upper Darby township a. Claa is accused of firing employees for Union activity by John roman daily times staff writer Chester a two of three former employees of the Delaware county Legal assistance association Claa claim they recently were fired by executive director Dean a. Nance because of Union organizing activity. The Chester a act Branch reportedly will hold Public hearings in two weeks to investigate complaints by the employees and Community activists about the operation of the Claa under Nance to leadership during the last three years. Recently fired were Vicky Kaywood 27, of Chester a Secretary for del aah to Chester today s times wet Ond Windy get the umbrellas out. Periods of rain winds and possible thunderstorms Are forecast today with highs in the upper 50s, a few showers Are expected to linger tonight. Details on Page 2. Explosions reported upper Chichester two explosions reportedly ripped through a Sun Oil pumping station and a Gas station at the intersection of Pennell Road route 452 and 1-95 about 12 30 this morning. Reports indicated that two Gas pumps exploded first the fire was quickly extinguished by local firefighters who arrived on the scene within minutes. The explosions were hear Las far away As Media. V no injuries were reported immediately in the explosions or the fire. The Sun Oil co. Refinery in Marcus Hook was hit by two fires in As Many Days earlier ttys week. Refinery workers have been on strike since january. Amusements .22 Church. 13-15 classified. 23-32 Public notices .23 help wanted .23,24 real estate. 24-31 automotive. 31,32 comics. 20,21 editorials .6,7 obituaries. 4 sports .1. 33-36 ?" 16,17 l Odd Centennial Home centers inc. Rte. 452, Glen Riddle a. Open sunday 12 to 4 office for eight years former paralegal Daniel Bartoletti 25, of Secane a Darby office staff member since 1977 and Toni Cornell a Ceta funded accounting assistant at the Chester office. Their firings Between feb. 12 and 23 came amidst two weeks of demonstrations that began feb. 11 at the Chester office As Community activists and members of the Delaware county welfare rights organization Wro demanded Nance to ouster. The operation of the Claa office at 140 Welsh St. Was disrupted during the first week of the protest and it was unable to serve its Low income clients. After a three night sit in a handful of protesters agreed to voluntarily leave the premises Nance had sought a preliminary court injunction against the pickets. The recent firings Are the latest development in a history of problems cited by employees and Wro members a who formerly had an office at Claa a involving the internal operation of the Legal Aid organization. The Claa Board a headed by attorney Jon Auritt who became chairman in january a has supported Nance saying the protesters do not represent a majority of the Community or boards to client members. Bartoletti said tie was fired feb. 12 after he took annual leave on feb. 11 to support the Community pickets in Chester. He said he was fired because he contradicted Nance to alleged statement that Bartoletti had participated in the creation of a new proposed client priority plan. Bartoletti said he was appointed to a committee in the Early stages of the process but never worked on the plan. See Claa Page 2 Al it or a Darby township High school Center Kevin Gale lifts cheerleader Vanessa Armstead High overhead in Celebration staff photo by Bert Hodge of the eagles to 77-58 Victory Over Bristol for the District i class a championship Friday night. Details Page 36. Gentleman Bandit steals the show by Marlene Digiacomo daily times staff writer upper Darby while Ronald Wayne Clouser sat in a jail cell some 100 Miles away 23 upper Darby High school students this week discussed with a county judge the plight of the a gentleman Bandit and the events surrounding his dramatic confession which exonerated a Maryland priest last year. Susan Saunders a senior in the criminal Justice class wanted to know whether Clouser to financial and emotional troubles had motivated the judge to give him a less severe sentence than the 40 to 80 years that could have been doled out. Testimony has indicated that those troubles led to the crimes. Pat Boyle another senior asked How the county investigation first linked the Rev. Bernard t. Pagano to the crime and whether the two men actually looked alike. And ail seemed interested in whether Clouser were really the gentleman Bandit or if he had come Forward to protect father Pagano. On hand to answer the questions was Delaware county judge r. Barclay Surrick who had sentenced Clouser feb. 28 to serve four to nine years in jail. The sentence will begin after his current six year sentence in Delaware ends. Clouser entered guilty pleas last year to armed robberies at the aquarium shop Havertown on april 2 the Greenberg pharmacy Springfield May 4 and the Ayoub Thrift Way food store Springfield May 15. In addition he entered a guilty plea at his sentencing last Mont for the Holdup of the Holly to shop in the Brandywine Summit shopping Center in Concord in february 1979. Father Pagano also had been arrested for the Holly shop robbery As Well As a series of crimes in Delaware. Clouser came Forward last August and confessed that he not the priest was the soft spoken mild mannered gentleman Bandit. The students had visited the courthouse on the Day of Clouser to latest sentencing. A Oit was a coincidence we were there a teacher Joseph Crock said. A but it was interesting for them to see firsthand the proceedings which had made ?� the class had seen judge Surrick in his official capacity his own staid environment. This week they saw a More relaxed informal judge Surrick who had come to the students to turf a a High school classroom. The judge said Clouser to problems i f affect the sentence imposed. A Ohe was not a hardened criminal a Man who did no to give a Damn about society a judge Surrick said adding that the emotional trauma Clouser had suffered tended to lighten the sentence imposed. See Clouser Page 2
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