Good for Butler County District Judge David Ricke for giving Doug and Valerie Herrman the longest prison sentences possible — nine and seven months, respectively. That provides some justice for taxpayers. The Herrmans had ripped them off by collecting at least $15,488 in state adoption subsidies after their 11-year-old adoptive son, Adam (in photo), vanished from their Towanda home in 1999. But what about justice for Adam? Maybe he did run off, and is a happy, healthy 23-year-old somewhere. But just as “he deserved” to be reported missing, as the judge said Monday, his mystery needs to be solved. So it’s appropriate that Butler County authorities are treating Adam’s case like an open homicide investigation.
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