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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania World: American GIs killed civilians at No Gun Ri Cl Life: The flu is coming! How to fight off the bug Dl Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2001 newsstand Heroin death results in jail A Martinsburg man will serve up to two years for his role in friend's overdose. BY MIA ROHART StaffWriter EBENSBURG A Martinsburg man was sentenced to up to 24 months in the Cambria County Prison after pleading no contest to charges stemming from the drug overdose of his friend. Danny Bardell will serve 12 to 24 months in the Cambria County Prison with credit for time served, Judge Timothy Creany ruled Thursday. Bardell pleaded no contest in November to involuntary man- slaughter, reck- lessly endanger- ing another per- son and delivery of a controlled substance. Bardell original- I ly was charged with drug delivery resulting in_death. "I just want to tell his family I'm sorry.... If I could bring him back, I Bardell said of Adam Fowler in court. Defense attorney Thomas Dickey said the shoe could have just as easily been on the other foot. Fowler died from respiratory failure May because of an intravenous overdose of heroin, according to court documents. A few days before his death, Fowler accompanied Bardell on a drug run to Philadelphia. Fowler lent Bardell money to buy the heroin, and Bardell repaid him, in part, with some of the drug. Fowler's mother found her son dead on the floor of his bedroom about a.m., according to court documents. Next to his body were numerous drug paraphernalia, including three clear plastic packets believed to have contained the heroin. A syringe and a bent nee- dle were found in the teen's hand. Bardell will continue to attend rehabilitation programs while in prison and as a condition of release during his T'A-year proba- tion period. Bardell has been tested repeated- ly for drugs and has been clean since the court proceedings began, Dickey said. Please see A2 Bardell IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec PennDOT is installing snow fences in an effort to improve visibility in spots on Route 22 such as this area between Gallitzin and Cresson. WINDBREAKERS PennDOT goes low-tech to curb whiteouts on notorious section of Route 22 BY MIA ROHART StaffWriter CRESSON One year after a jury found that PennDOT's design of Route 22 was partial- ly to blame for a 27-ye'hicle crash during a-1994 whiteout, the agency is turning to an old-fashioned solu- tion to help curb such conditions on the wind-swept mountain roadway. PennDOT officials hope feet of newly installed snow fence will improve conditions atop Cresson Mountain, where a high-tech weather warning system already is in place. PennDOT spokesman Asbury Lee said the lawsuit is linked only indi- rectly to the addition of snow fence along a portion of westbound Route 22 near the Cresson-Summit exit. Lee said that during the December 1999 trial in Cambria County, PennDOT used the services of Ron Tabler, a snow fence expert. The highway agency learned more about snow fences through Tabler, who has done extensive work with snow patterns in Wyoming and Colorado, Lee said. John Ambrosini, a PennDOT engi- neer said the fence should decrease dramatically the amount of snow that is blown from the slope onto the highway. There are three snow fences, each 4 feet high, set up in a tiered pattern straddling the road. The first fence rises to just 2 feet below the shoul- der of the road. Please see A7 Highway safety Comparing traffic accident statistics on Old Route 22, new Route 22 and two other comparable area fit. 22. Rt. (between exits (betweervB'edlOrcT and "Somerset) Time (10.2 (10.2 (11 (11 years) Avg. daily Length of Number of Accidents per MVMof Accident rate per Number of Fatalities per Fatality rate per 100 MVM- Million vehicle Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington II SEEKING SHUSTER'S SEflT Democrat candidates square off BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter HUNTINGDON Democratic Party leaders in the 9th Congressional District were feisty Thursday night after hearing old-fashioned stump speeches from five candi- dates seeking to fill the vacancy that will be created Jan; 31 when Bud Shuster resigns. Outnumbered almost 2-to-l in voter registration throughout the 11-county district, the Democrats said they haven't felt this good about their chances of winning since Shuster first appeared on the local political scene almost three decades ago. NeilE.CashmanJr. of Harrisburg, execu- tive director of the sees an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat in Congress. "Any time you are looking at a seat that hasn't had a major challenge in 28 years, yes, there's an opportuni- Cashman said. Centre County Commissioner and candidate H. Scott Conklin of Philipsburg roared that the Democrats can win in the upcoming special election, but he predicted a tough campaign that "will be a blood bath. It will wear the shoes off your feet and the tires off your car." "What does it take to win? said candidate Stacey Brumbaugh, a Blair County lawyer who served on first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's staff in the mid-1990s. Please see A10 2moreGOP hopefuls seek Congress post BY ROBERT IGOE StaffWriter Two more Republicans have announced their inten- tions to run for the soon-to-be-vacant Pennsylvania 9th District seat. State Rep. Lynn Herman, R-State College, hopes to be the GOP choice to run for the seat that will be vacated by Bud Shuster Jan. 31. "My 18 years of experience in the Pennsylvania House of Representa- tives and my broad educational back- ground makes me a credible candidate for consideration to represent the peo-1 pie of the 9th Congressional I said Herman, chairman of the House Herman Local Government Committee and a member of the House Education Committee. "One of the things that needs to occur is that we elect someone with a sense of ability' to work together with other legislators. Please see A10 Blair officials press for tax reform but not a Web site BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Blair County commissioners said they will keep fighting for tax reform, will keep using the punch card vot- ing system and will be prepared to carry on if Commissioner John H. Eichelberger becomes a congress- man. But as for developing a county Web page, commissioners said that's not likely to happen because of the county's mix of computers and computer systems. "Quite frankly, in my opinion, it's a Commissioner Donna D. Gority said of the county's com- puter setup. Gority, Eichelberger and Commissioner John J. Ebersole gave their State of the County address to the Breakfast Club of the Blair County Chamber Thursday. A few county or county-related offices either have Web sites or have plans to offer information via Web sites, Gority said. But as for Blair County's govern- ment haying a Web site of its own, the officials offered little hope. "I'd like to see all of the county on one Web Gority said. Please see AS Moss's pays for steer champion at Pa. Farm Show BY PETER JACKSON The Associated Press HARRISBURG For a 12-year- old whose first appearance at the Pennsylvania Farm Show won him the top honor, Jack Clark n did a masterful job of keeping his cool Thursday as his rust-and- white crossbred steer fetched at the closing auction. A wiry seventh-grader, the 90- pound Clark was dwarfed by his grand champion, Red Dogg, and he struggled with the harness to keep the beast facing the television cameras. Clark, who gets to keep one- third of the purchase price, said he planned to bank the money for now and may use it to help pay for a college education. He shrugged when asked how he felt about his steer going to the slaughterhouse the ultimate destination of nearly all the 352 steers, hogs and lambs that were sold at the auction. "As long as I get my said Clark, whose family has a farm in Hustontown in Fulton County. While far less than the record paid for the 1999 grand champion steer, the price that Hoss's Steak Sea House paid for Red Dogg is far more than the steer's market value of Please see A7 KUVHY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 I I 7 0 Lottery numbers, A2 Partly cloudy, Forecast, C3 2001 PT CRUISER IN STOCK NOW! Ready For Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. QLOCM. Business A6 Hospitals A9 Obituaries A9 Opinion AS B6 B5 Movies Scoreboard [3 NATION Classifieds C4-10 Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4