Altoona Mirror, January 13, 2001

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January 13, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 13, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: Former President Reagan, 89, breaks hip Cl Bringing warmth back into home after holidays Dl iKirrnr Copyright 2001 City man admits to attack on fetus Judge gives defendant permission to move back in with the girlfriend he assaulted while she was pregnant. BY PHIL RAY Stuff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG An Altoona man who beat his nine- months-pregnant girlfriend in July was given court permis- sion this week to move back home while undergoing anger management classes and possibly other forms of treatment. Anthony Kofalt, 26, of the 1600 block of nth Street, has entered guilty pleas to charges of aggravated assault of an unborn child and simple assault of his girlfriend. The pleas came Thursday evening, five days before his trial was to begin before a Blair County jury. The charge of assaulting an unborn child was the second such offense filed in Blair since the state's Uniformed Crimes Act Against the Unborn Child was enacted in March 1998. Judge Jolene G. Kopriva did not sentence Kofalt after accepting the guilty pleas. Instead, she allowed him to fill out an application to participate in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program. If accepted into the program, he Will receive treatment in lieu of prison; although, he could spend some time behind bars. If Kofalt is accepted into IPP, he may bfe ordered to attend parenting classes, enroll in drug and alcohol abuse courses, write reports to understand himself better and perform com- munity service. "If you don't comply, we can put you in jail even if it's not a Kopriva said. IPP Director Thomas Shea will investigate Kofalt's back- ground to determine if he is eligible for the program. Kopriva said Kofalt at one point had drug and alcohol problems. He contended he experienced an alcoholic black- out during the attack. The defense, led by Assistant Public Defender Mark Zearfaus, several months ago asked that a mental health evaluation of Kofalt be performed to determine if he was competent to stand trial. He was found competent. Please see A9 Officers beef up patrols in Johnstown BY TIFFANY SHAW AND MICHAEL EMERY StaffWriters In response to five months of violence, unsolved armed robberies and drug activity in Johnstown, state police at Ebensburg are increasing their presence in the city. Troopers will conduct more patrols and routine stops beginning this weekend in an attempt to stop the violent crime plaguing the Johnstown area. In the last five months, there have been 16 violent crimes in the Johnstown area, including armed robberies and the murder of Johnstown High School student Aaron Coyle Dec. 26. Cambria County commissioners believe many of the vio- lent crimes, especially the armed robberies, are linked to Johnstown's escalating illegal drug activity, Commissioner Fred Soisson said. The plan requesting more state police troopers to assist city police came from Johnstown Mayor Don Zucco, Johnstown police Chief Robert Huntley and City Manager Karl Kilduff, trooper Stephen Barto said. The new, stronger partnership won't take work away from the city police, Barto said. State troopers will patrol through the city's most notori- ous problem areas when manpower is available and then schedule some special saturation patrols. "They [city police] will still handle the calls, and we can assist on back-up and routine Barto said. Please see A3 SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2001 newsstand THE GULF WAR: 10 YEARS LATER Soldiers' stories Sickness, some Members of Charlie Company, Airborne Infantry watch as a Multiple Launch Rocket System is fired at an Iraqi target near the Iraq-Saudi Arabia border during the Gulf War in January 1991. :rr.'.r. i Pesticides unlikely cause of illnesses BY ROBERT BURNS The Associated Press WASHINGTON Pesticides used by American troops in the Gulf War probably didn't contribute to, the unexplained illnesses reported by many veterans but cannot be dismissed for sure, the military said Friday. A survey of Gulf War veterans, conducted by the Rand Corp., found that about troops used a collar while in the Gulf that was deemed "unsafe and illegal" by the Pentagon. Rand said vet- erans described getting the collars from family mem- bers or friends. Rand also found that some of the or so troops who were assigned pesticide spraying and debusing duty did not use masks and other protection. But neither the collars nor the; inadequate spray protection is likely to have caused health.prob- lems, said Bernard Rostker, undersecretary of f defense for personnel "We're not able to make a Rostker said. He added, however, that the Pentagon cannot exclude the possibility that some pesticides caused chronic health problems, and he urged more research. Rostker's conclusion regarding pesticide is similar to the Pentagon's previous assessments of other sug- gested causes of the unexplained illnesses, including accidental exposure to nerve agents during demolition Please see A6 The Associated Press The Mirror takes an in-depth look at the Gulf War 10 years later: the search for the cause of Gulf War Illness, how the soldiers and the families of those killed in action are coping, how Kuwait has fared since the war and how Sadaam Hussein's tyran- ny has not changed. Look for it in Sunday's Mirror. BY KEVIN OTT StaffWriter Ken Smith wasn't thinking about what the next decade would have in store for him as he franti- cally stripped off his clothes in a military tent-in' Saudi Arabia, trying to get his skin to stop burning. That was in 1991 after American forces destroyed a; nearby Iraqi munitions depot. Neither Smith nor any of his friends knew exactly what was destroyed-' in the bombing, but they did know that whatever rained from the sky afterward burned their eyes and; left a metallic tang in their mouths. C- After a war that was won quickly and enjoyed pojj: ular support on the home front, too many of the men and women Who fought, in it were forgotten, said Smith, who lives in Corsica with his wife and two children. Some of those veterans, like Smith, are getting sicker with illnesses they can't understand Others the ones who aren't sick are just happy to have participated in the liberation of a smml nation from foreign aggression. For United States, the Gulf War was a welconjrf' respite from the malaise that had surrounded the military since Vietnam. Congress authorized the usg> of force Jan. just days before Sadaam Hussein ignored the U.N. deadline for pulling out of- Please see A6 7 BEHIND THE BACK Huntingdon Area High School's Nick Varner passes around Central High School's Ben Hoenstine during their game Friday night in Martinsburg. Huntingdon won the game, 59-48. Please see more local hoops coverage on Pages Bl, B4. Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Stock shock I Investors bracing for poor 401 (k) results from BY LISA SINGHANIA The Associated Press The stock market's slide will become painfully clear to many ordinary investors when they get a look at their end-of-the-year retirement account statements that are in the-mail this month. "I'm anxiously waiting and quite ner- said Mary Enright, 41, a software tester in Sioux Falls, S.D., who expects her retirement nest egg, contained in a account, to be off by 15 percent. "I went through the slump in the late 1980s, and I've made it back and then some since. But it still is going to be very hard when I see what the actual results are." Americans had more than t invested in employer-sponsored retiliP ment plans as of 1999, the most receSSI figures available from the InvestmeBj Company Institute, a mutual fund industry group. About 60 percent of peg pie participating in employer plans had no other stocks, mutual funds or bonds? After one of the worst years ever stocks, most investors will see moH losses than gains in their Many of the highest-fly ing tech stocks of the last few years ended 2000 off fe more than 50 percent; blue chips tOl, more modestly. 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