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RONALD GEORGE

a witness herein, having been first duly sworn, was examined and testified as follows:

DIRECT EXAMINATION

BY MR. BAXTER:

Q. Would you state your name for the record, please?

A. Ronald George.

Q. And are you currently employed?

A. No. I'm retired from the Public Works Department, West View

Borough.

Q. And how long have you worked in the Public Works

Department of

West View?

A. Since 1953 till 1996. I had to quit for health reasons.

Q. And currently, you're an elected official in the Borough. Are you not?

A. Borough Councilman.

Q. In addition to working for the Borough and

being a Borough Councilman currently, do you serve

any other function with West View Borough over the

time that you've lived here?

A. I was the Fire Chief for 12 years.

Q. And being the Fire Chief, would you have anything to do

with the No. 3 Fire Hall?

A. I was in charge of all three fire halls, No. 1, 2, and 3.

Q. Incidentally, how long have you lived in the Borough?

A. I was born on Ashford Avenue 64 years ago.

Q. So you've been in the Borough for 64 years.

Have you had the opportunity during the course of

your life time in the Borough to make any

observations of the property that we've been talking

about this evening at 479 Perry Highway?

A. When I would be at the fire hall and that,

you know, they're right next-door.

Q. And during the course of the time of

working for the Borough, did you have the opportunity

to observe it?

A. I'd pass it, yes. I didn't observe it, you

know, look at it specially.

Q. Would you have noticed or made an

observation as to whether any vehicles were parked on

the front portion that we've been referring to as the

sidewalk?

MR. CLEMENT: I object. He's already

answered that question. He said that he did not

observe it.

MR. WATSON: Overruled.

 

Q. Do you understand my question, Ron?

A. Yes. Really and truthfully, the only time

I can say I remember seeing a car parked there was

this past Memorial Day. I believe it could have been

a little red car just parked out in front of the

building. Other than that, I've never really paid

that much attention to it.

Q. Would a car parked there have drawn your attention?

MR. CLEMENT: Objection. Calling for

speculation.

MR. WATSON: Overruled.

A. Do you want me to answer?

Q. Yes.

A. Probably not, no.

Q. So when you were operating the fire hall

there, did you ever make any observations of anyone

parked in front of that property?

A. No. This gentleman here (indicating), he

usually parked over by the hedges in front of the

fire hall or back by the door on the side of the fire

hall. There was cars in the alleyway. Some of them

were run, and some of them just sat there.

Q. And you observed Mr. Ballon park, then, in

the public parking lot there? Is that what you're saying?

A. Yes. By the hedges on the side of the

driveway or back by the side door where you go into

the fire hall. Then he parked in the alleyway

between the fire hall and his building.

MR. BAXTER: I have no other

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