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| Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A just sentence. We agree with District Attorney Randa Clark, who said she had never seen such a horrific case of violence against the elderly. A Butler County judge on Friday sentenced Joshua Goyette, 27, to a minimum of 26 years in prison and a maximum of 56 years. Goyette, who lived in the Saxonburg area, pleaded guilty to five burglaries and indecent attacks on elderly women in the borough about five years ago. One woman needed 17 stitches in the back of her head after being struck with a glass candleholder when Goyette awoke her from sleep. These were incomprehensible acts against some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Spread the word. Laurie Palumbo, 47, of New Kensington, and her son Michael, 17, are great advocates for young people wearing helmets while riding ATVs and bikes. They know the consequences firsthand. Michael is recovering from a head injury in HealthSouth's Harmarville Rehabilitation Hospital in Indiana Township after a March 2 accident while riding his father's ATV without a helmet. He was in a coma at a Pittsburgh hospital for a month and is now improving. More than 130,000 youths suffer concussions from riding accidents each year, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Michael says he plans to ride again -- but always with a helmet.

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