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Doylestown Standoff Ends, Missing Drexel Student Pulled From Schuylkill, Tougher Abortion Clinic Law
  by: Rebel - Havertown, PA
started: 06/19/12 7:07 am | updated: 06/19/12 7:07 am
Richard Klementovich, a Clifton, N. J. police officer and Gulf War veteran, is charged with multiple counts of attempted criminal homicide following a daylong standoff on Sunday at his estranged wife's home in Doylestown Township.

Over 118 shots were fired from the home into three responding police vehicles and one neighbor’s car on the street. It all started with a 911 call that police say Klementovich made from the home where he was alone.

“He called and requested an officer out there for a civil dispute,” said acting Police Chief Dean Logan.

The first officer responding found a note on the driveway that indicated Klementovich had 2000 rounds of ammunition and that he was a police officer. Gunfire erupted after the officer backed his car away.

“I first thought it was fireworks,” said neighbor Lisa Gervais. She also explained that police called and told her to stay in her home with the windows and blinds closed.

Others who had been out on Father’s Day could not return to their neighborhood until early Monday morning. This was hours after police say Klementovich surrendered through a second story window, helped in part by Clifton, N. J. police.

Behind the Klementovich home are flattened trees and torn up lawns leftover from the armored vehicles that surrounded the home. The State Police Bomb Squad, county SWAT team and surrounding police departments all responded.

The Klementovich couple, who have two children, are in the middle of a divorce that was filed last October. Police responded to a domestic call here last November. No action was taken, but Clifton police were notified.

No motive was given for Sunday’s incident, but police say Klementovich was prepared for a fight.

“He had high-powered assault rifles. He was dressed in tactical equipment,” said chief Logan.
A Doylestown Borough officer was treated for injuries from concrete kicked by a bullet.


Philadelphia police have confirmed that a body pulled from the Schuylkill River Monday afternoon is that a of Drexel University Student who went missing on Saturday.

Rescue crews pulled the body from the area of Boathouse Row and the Water Works around 5 p.m., and a few hours later, they confirmed that it was the body of 18-year-old Steven Glemaud. Glemaud had just wrapped up his freshmen year at Drexel and was set to have his family pick him up from the University on Saturday morning to return to his northern New Jersey home for the summer.

Glemaud was last seen leaving his dorm in the early morning hours on Saturday. He was reportedly at a party the night before and had returned a few hours before surveillance video caught him leaving. He was not seen again until his body was discovered in the Schuylkill.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine an exact time of death, but as of right now, authorities are classifying the death as a drowning.


Nearly all of the state’s abortion clinics are expected to remain open under a tougher law that raises surgical standards as a response to grotesque conditions discovered at a Philadelphia clinic two years ago, state officials said Monday.

The law takes effect today, six months after it was enacted over the protests of abortion rights proponents as an unnecessary law written by opponents as a stealth effort to shut down clinics. It’s unclear how many clinics will have to forgo more complicated procedures to meet the standards of the new law, and the Department of Health had no answer to the question.

Proponents of the new law say it will help protect the health and safety of women seeking abortions by putting abortion clinics under the same standards as outpatient surgical centers. In a statement, Health Secretary Eli Avila called the law “a public health victory.”

Of the 22 clinics that had been licensed under the previous law, just one, in the Pittsburgh area, will stop performing the procedure, state officials said. Two clinics connected to medical centers at the University of Pittsburgh or the University of Pennsylvania will continue to operate under a hospital license, which allows them to perform surgical abortions that require anesthesia.

Five clinics will be allowed to perform only early-term abortions that use prescribed medication. Five will have three months to seek accreditation by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities to perform abortions that require local anesthesia only.

Eight will have six months to meet state standards to perform abortions that require general anesthesia, under which the patient is not fully conscious.

Another, Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center in Harrisburg, has received a license to use local anesthesia, the health department said.
Clinic operators note that they were already subject to regulations and unannounced inspections.

Complying with the new law has forced many of the clinics to renovate their buildings, buy new equipment and train their staffs for what Planned Parenthood of Central Pennsylvania president Suellen Craig said are regulations that are unnecessary to provide safe abortions.

Still, she said she felt the Department of Health had treated her organization fairly and the process has been tough for both.

“We’ve obviously had a lot of work to do to meet the requirements,” Craig said. “That’s been disruptive because it’s taken us a lot of time and money to make sure that we’re in compliance.”
Planned Parenthood said its eight abortion clinics around the state will remain open and providing the same services as before.

“Even in the face of burdensome, medically unnecessary regulations, we will do what it takes to be there for the women counting on us,” the organization said.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, an abortion rights opponent, signed the bill on Dec. 22. The bill passed both legislative chambers with solid majorities, 32-18 in the Senate and 151-44 in the House.

Abortion rights supporters in the Legislature had pressed for a different approach, writing a bill designed to strengthen licensing standards and inspection requirements.

The bitter debate was spurred by a case in which law enforcement officials called a clinic a “house of horrors.” Inside the now-shuttered Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, newborn babies were routinely killed in illegal, late-term abortions performed by workers who weren’t properly trained, prosecutors say.

The operator, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, was charged last year with murder in the deaths of seven babies and one patient and with drug conspiracy and distribution charges in connection with what authorities say are thousands of illegal prescriptions he wrote for painkillers and sedatives.

Federal drug and FBI agents raided the clinic in February 2010 and reported finding deplorable and unsanitary conditions, including fetal parts in jars. That led to an investigation in which authorities accused Gosnell of routinely performing illegal late-term abortions and said some viable babies were killed by having their spinal cords severed with scissors.

Gosnell has said he is innocent.
The health department dropped its policy of annual inspections in the mid-1990s under Gov. Tom Ridge, who supported abortion rights, according to a grand jury report last year. In 2010, then-Gov. Ed Rendell ordered inspections after news of the clinic raid emerged.


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