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West Brief: 6/30/02

Sunday, June 30, 2002

BEAVER COUNTY: Impersonator sought

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of a police impersonator.

On March 30, a male driver with a white or yellow revolving light on the dashboard tried to pull over a 54-year-old woman traveling south on state Route 60 in Vanport.

The man was operating a white mid-sized vehicle with alternating lights in the grille. The suspect turned the lights off when traffic approached from the opposite direction. State police in Beaver said the man followed the woman for about four miles to the Wal-Mart in Center. When the woman entered the parking lot, the suspect circled the lot twice and then drove away.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-4-PA-TIPS (472-8477).

FINDLAY: Fisher speaks at event

State Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Fisher told several supporters at a National Right to Life Convention banquet last night that the 2003 state budget passed early yesterday prohibits family planning organizations from using state money for abortions.

The event was held at the Hyatt Regency at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Fisher also reiterated his belief that abortion should be an issue left to individual states to decide.

"All of us are hoping and praying that the day will come under the leadership of George Bush that we'll have a Supreme Court in the future with justices who will leave it to the states to decide the legality of this issue by overturning Roe vs. Wade," Fisher said.

While not mentioning Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Rendell by name, Fisher did criticize his opponent for his support from pro-choice organizations.

"We have a Democratic candidate who stood up on election night and said Katie Michelman is a saint," Fisher said.

Michelman is president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. That organization bought $170,000 of television ads for Rendell during his primary race against Robert Casey Jr.

Rendell has said he is not comfortable with the state's current strict abortion statute, but if elected he would not seek to change it.

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