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Franklin News Herald (Newspaper) - May 9, 1986, Franklin, Pennsylvania 2 the news Herald Franklin a. Friday May 9, �?T86 county shooting trial opens suspect held a civil trial opened this morning in Venango county court Over a shooting Accident in Rockland township last fall. Richard m. Ufner a Butler county resident filed suit against Ronald c. Shaffer of Kennerdell after Ufner was shot while Turkey Hunting nov. 7. The Accident occurred in a Remote wooded area about two Miles West of Van. The plaintiff suffered a serious Chest wound from a .22-caliber Bullet fired by Shaffer. The Bullet reportedly just missed his heart. Last month another county jury acquitted Shaffer of criminal charges related to the Case. During opening arguments this morning Ufner a attorney Kenneth Perkins advised jurors a guns done to kill people people kill the attorney stated someone who fires a gun bears a great Deal of responsibility to know what he is shooting. Perkins expressed disbelief Over Shaffer a claim he was firing at a grouse in a tree. He charged the defendant mistook Ufner for a Turkey because the plaintiff was using a Turkey Call at the time of the incident. Perkins accused Shaffer of negligence in the shooting and said he would Call various witnesses besides Ufner to Back up his Case. Plaintiff witnesses will reportedly include Hunting companions a physician and a representative of the state game commission. The attorney admitted his client was wearing camouflaged clothing at the time of the shooting but added a just because you enter the Woods in camouflage does no to mean you expect to be in his opening comments to the jury defense attorney h. William White described the Cranberry loses liability insurance shooting scene As a two Hunters in deep Woods Hunting he asked the jury to keep in mind the Remote wooded area where the shooting took place the individuals involved and their behaviour at the scene. According to w Hite the Day of the shooting was very hazy and visibility was poor. He also said Ufner was in Complete camouflage including hat gloves face and weapon. W Hite stated Shaffer was Well acquainted with the area where the shooting took place but said Ufner was there for the first time. The attorney described his client As a a Superb shot who was aiming at a grouse in a tree about to to 12 Yards away. He apparently missed Tjie Bird and the Bullet travelled about 177 feet striking Ufner. He denied Shaffer mistook Ufner for a Turkey. White said Shaffer had already bagged his Turkey for the season and therefore would not be firing at another. W Hite stated Shaffer provid Cranberry township supervisors Learned last night the municipality will have no liability insurance As of june 30. The township received a notice from its carriers that the municipality a three year agreement will be cancelled. The carriers Are Maryland casualty and Pennsylvania National said Dick Castonguay township Secretary treasurer. The carriers cited various reasons for cancelling the policy including a pollution potential and no longer wanting to handle municipal insurance a Castonguay explained. Among other items the comprehensive policy covers the townships buildings equipment general liability air and emissions and crime. The township is seeking insurance coverage from other firms. Bid documents can be picked up at the township building and will be accepted until june to with the deadline possibly being extended. The liability insurance crisis has become a nationwide problem with Many municipalities taverns and Day care centers finding that the Cost of insurance has become unaffordable. Last month the Thornburgh administration said it will propose changes in state Law that will be designed to help ease the liability insurance problems of local governments. Possible changes include modified rules for calculating damage awards and shifting initial review of liability lawsuits from the courts to an administrative proceeding. In other matters last night two township residents ques Borough oks Grant monies Sugarcreek Borough Council voted approval wednesday to plans for spending some $178,-088 in Community development Block Grant monies the Borough expects to receive from the state department of Community affairs for fiscal years 1985 and 1986. According to Borough manager Joan Johnsen the Borough expects to allocate $98,-000 of the funds for economic develop emt $50,000 for housing rehabilitation and $30,088 for administrative costs. Council also granted approval to a proposal to spend an estimated $75,072 allocation for fiscal year 1987 in the same ratio. $41,600 would be used for economic development $21,400 earmarked for housing rehabilitation and administrative costs would be $12,072. Weather j ii Clear tonight Low in the % lower 40s. Wind Light and a variable mostly sunny Iii $ saturday High in the mid ii 60s. X ii mostly sunny sunday. A a Clouds will increase Mon a ii Day. Rain is possible ii Iii tuesday. Ii highs will Range from 65 ii to 75 sunday and tuesday a and in the 70s monday. J lows will be in the 40s ii sunday and monday and a from 45 to 55 tuesday. A thursdays High 71 24-hour Low 41 no precipitation River stage 4.28 Sunset today 8 24 . Sunrise saturday 6 05 . Toned supervisors about a sewer Extension project in Cranberry Village. Work is expected to begin soon on the sewer line Extension that will accommodate Over 60 Village property owners. Several residents from Iroquois drive questioned supervisors about a sewer line being placed for single family Homes. Castonguay said no sewer line exists for various lots located in the area. The line would serve future Homes that would be built there. In other action supervisors a approved yearly bids for gasoline diesel fuel Limestone Blacktop and emulsion paving materials. Seven companies were awarded contracts. A were notified the township will receive four youths in the Job training partnership act summer program. All three supervisors a Pat Andres Dick Carothers and Art Harry a attended the i hour meets Franklin redevelopment authority held a Brief meeting at noon at City Hall thursday. The authority set ceilings of $3,500 for Legal services and $2,500 for accounting services for its Small communities Grant program. At the last meeting the authority had awarded a contract to gent Thompson and gent the Lone bidder for Legal services. The Board also had awarded a contract to May and company also the Lone bidder for accounting services. Several status reports were also reviewed at the meeting but no other action was taken. Hearing set on Public safety report Franklin City Council will hold a Public hearing at 7 30 . Monday in City Hall Council Chambers on City manager e. William Gabrysz Public safety report. Gabrys submitted a report to Council monday night which recommends the creation of a Public safety department to coordinate police fire and code enforcement operations. The report includes recommendations to phase out the paid fire department and establish a Volunteer department and to consider elimination of the positions of police chief and fire chief in favor of a Public safety director. The Public will be afforded the Opportunity to ask any questions they have on the report or offer suggestions. Council members Are also expected to ask questions regarding the report. Council has accepted the report but decided not to take any action on any of the recommendations until Public input is received. De Aid to Ufner after the shooting. He claimed visibility was so poor and Ufner a camouflage so Complete the plantiff had to fire his weapon twice when rescuers arrived so they could find him. Shaffer plans to testify in his own defense White told jurors. Other defense witnesses will include Hunting companions and an expert on grouse Hunting. The jury will also review videotapes of the shooting scene. The trial is expected to run through wednesday. Judge William e. Breene is presiding Over the Case. State scam reported area police departments have received a warning of a potential scam being operated in Pennsylvania involving the Sale of video cassette recorders. According to information received by the Franklin police department an individual operating under various company names is recruiting a club members for a yearly fee of $92. With that fee members reportedly Are Able to buy items from a Catalon at Low prices. The Case currently focuses on reports Consumers Are being Given the Opportunity to Purchase Vars for $175. Consumers Are told the Vars Are currently held by a bankruptcy court in Connecticut but will be released with payment. Customers must buy the video equipment sight unseen and police say so far no one has seen or obtained the Vars. In other news Franklin police Are investigating the theft of a tool Box and tools from a City resident. Mark Evingham of 419 Grant St. Told officers someone removed the tool Box from the Back of his truck while it was parked at his residence Between 3 30 . Tuesday and 4 55 . Thursday. Anyone who saw an individual in the area carrying a Green Gray tool Box has been asked to Contact City police. Oil City police arrested a 69-year-old North Side resident thursday charging him with arson at a Plummer Street residence monday night. James p. Curran a resident of 55 Plummer St., allegedly set fire to the next door apartment building at 57 Plummer St., police said. According to the arresting officers Curran was booked on three counts including arson endangering persons arson endangering property and criminal mischief. He was taken into custody at his Home following an investigation conducted by sgt. Derek Marki and patrolman David Becki. Curran was arraigned by District Justice Charles thurau and remanded to the Venango county jail in lieu of $5,000 Bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for to . Thursday before thurau. The incident in which Curran was involved occurred at 8 25 . Monday. A fire was started by an unknown Means in a Wood pile under a window near the front of the House at 57 Plummer St., owned by Laura Foster of 55 Butler Alley. Juli Anne Anderson Carole l. Kyler Grove reveals top two students two students at Rocky Grove High school have earned the honors of valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduating class of 1986. Raymond Brown jr., principal of the school announced Carole l. Kyler As the top Honor student and Juli Anne Anderson As salutatorian. The daughter of or. And mrs. Lynn Kyler and or. And mrs. James e. Taylor Carole lives in Cochranton re i. She is involved in Many school activities including National Honor society chorus French club Junior varsity and coed volleyball. A talented musician who enjoys playing both the guitar and Organ she participated in the school musical District chorus and also was a member of the schools science team at the biology olympics. Her future plans include attending Penn state University Behrend Campus for two years and main Campus in University Park the remaining years in Pursuit of degrees in electrical engineering and math. The daughter of or. And mrs. Donald f. Anderson of 442 Gilfillan St., Juli will be a chemical Engineer major at Grove City College this fall. She is a member of Christ United methodist Church where she is involved in the choir and youth group. Among her Many school interests Are band chorus girls varsity basketball varsity Golf baseball statistician future problem solving and ecology club. An avid outdoor Buff who enjoys hiking fishing and Hunting she was nominated to the All sports court and is a member of the National Honor it was incorrectly reported in thursdays edition of the news Herald that Sugarcreek Borough Council approved the Purchase of two new computer systems wednesday evening to be used by the boroughs general authority. Council approved $6,889 to Purchase various components that will be incorporated into one computer system. Eighth Street project requires traffic changes major traffic revisions in Franklin will be put into effect on or around May 15 As a result of continuing construction of the eighth Street Bridge according to Penn dots construction unit. New Hospital executive honoured by Magazine James p. Reber new chief executive officer of Franklin regional medical Center is included in the May 5 Issue of hospitals Magazine As one of 51 a up and Comers in american health care administration. The 50th anniversary Magazine of the official Magazine of the american Hospital association features Young administrators from each state and the District of Columbia. The Magazine says the individuals selected represent a a new innovative generation of leaders a and adds they were selected by a panel of experts based on criteria of a vision organizational ability and Overall Reber who has been chief operating officer at Kent general Hospital in Dover Del. For the past five years was recommended for the Honor by Dennis Klima Kent president. Kun pump damaged in hit and run crash state police Are continuing their investigation into a hit and run Accident at Stop 8 in Barkeyville thursday. According to troopers a tractor trailer pulled into the truck Stop to obtain fuel then proceeded to strike a Gas pump while exiting. Damage to the pump was set at $150. The incident occurred shortly after 2 . A credits Reber for a providing significant leadership and coordination during a time of extremely rapid growth and for developing a number of new supplementary and outpatient services at that facility. In commenting on the distinction Reber said a a it a a special and very satisfying experience to be recognized in this contract talks to continue Sugarcreek Borough conducted another meeting thursday with a Union negotiating team representing local 2279 of the International brotherhood of electrical workers in an Effort to reach agreement on a new contract. According to Borough manager Joan Johnsen agreement on a contract has not yet been settled and another negotiating session has been scheduled for May 30. The i Bew represents maintenance workers at the Borough and a contract this year will include three clerical employees who voted last year to join the Union. The current contract expired april 30. Union members have since been working under a contract Extension. Mrs. Johnsen said the parties Are still negotiating language items for a new contract. Way by ones Robert l. Mcmullen president of the Franklin regional medical Center Board of trustees added a a we re very pleased that Jim received this distinction and especially pleased that this Young a up and Comers will be leading Franklin regional medical Reber will begin his duties in Franklin june 23. Work is expected to begin on or around May 15 on the Concrete Bridge approach to the new Span from eighth Street. The revisions will remain in effect approximately seven weeks. Alternating one Way traffic controlled by traffic signals will be in effect on eighth Street Between Elk Street and the new Bridge. In conjunction with the one Way traffic flow at the work site Elk Street will be closed to through traffic Between the Washington crossing and eighth Street. Traffic will be two Way opposing traffic on this portion of Elk Street with Access from ninth and 10th streets. Westbound traffic entering Franklin on route 322 will not be permitted to turn left at Liberty Street. Instead motorists should turn left at Elk Street. Signing will be in place throughout the affected areas to accommodate All through traffic. Compliance with the sign instructions will eliminate confusion and permit a smooth flow of traffic according to Penn Dot. Zzz in addition to work on Tbs eighth Street Bridge project a paving project on Liberty Stre will begin monday May Venango county manager a Ishman reveals . Dunn construction of Cochranton will pave both Liberty Street Between Washington crossing and eighth Street and eighth Street from Liberty to Elk Street. Ishman said the project will be completed in three Days weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained throughout the work Dies Morgantown . Apr William a. Moreland a former state Senate majority Leader who crusade for Black lung benefits for disabled miners died wednesday of heart disease. He was 70. 22 years ago Heathcliff May 9, 1964 a Strong wind storm hit Venango county shortly after Midnight causing some damage to Trees and television antennas. A daughter was born yesterday in the Franklin Hospital to or. And mrs. Van a. Shaw of 619 13th St., and a son was born to or. And mrs. Arthur Beck of Kennerdell re. Or. And mrs. Richard Ludwig have returned from fort Wayne ind., where they visited their son Edward and family. Or. And mrs. Raymond Lingier of 625 Liberty St. Will observe their 25th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Or. And mrs. William Beeson of Wayne arrived yesterday to spend the weekend with their son in Law and daughter or. And mrs. David Runkel. 44 years ago May 9, 1942 or. And mrs. Myron a. Jones Are attending commencement activities this weekend at state College. Their son Robert is a member of the graduating class As is Donald Miller son of or. And mrs. Clarence a. Miller who will also attend commencement exercises tomorrow. He s Bor the ed<3e. 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