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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - March 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Inside today: Altoona native's art put on display in Wolf-Kuhn Gallery Altmma IBtmir Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2001 500 newsstand Success afield Buck Doe Area's doe harvest surges in 2000 From Mirror staff and wire reports More than half a million deer were killed by Pennsylvania hunters during the 2000-01 hunting season. That constitutes a 33 percent increase from the previous year. And now Game Commission Deer Management Section supervisor Gary Alt is recommending "bold and innovative" proposals that will extend the deer hunt- ing season in the hope of increasing next season's harvest even more. The proposals are sure to raise the ire of animal protection and anti-hunting groups, and Mirror outdoor columnist John Kasun said, there might be a sig- nificant difference of opinion among Pennsylvania hunters as to whether such a move is desirable for the sake of the ecosystem, as Alt contends. "There's a lot of emotion involved on both sides of this issue, people feel very strong about this, and it's difficult to get away from Kasun said. "Both sides claim that they want to do what's best for the deer population and the ecosystem. And depending on your per- spective, both sides can make valid points. I can understand the emotion from both sides." Please see All COMING- Look for the April edition of Outdoor Times included free in Monday's Mirror. LIQUOR LICENSES New law doesn't see rush to move BY TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer Recent changes in the state liquor law could lead to more restaurants selling alcohol in areas outside the city. The new law allows liquor licenses to be sold and transferred anywhere in a county, except in municipalities that have voted to stay dry. It replaces a nearly 70-year-old ordinance pro- hibiting the transfer of licenses from one municipality to another. Although long-term plans may develop differently with the new law, a rush to buy licenses and move them hasn't occurred since the law took effect Feb. 18. A common thought across the state is that the law will allow licens- es to move from urban areas to devel- opments that want chain restau- rants requiring liquor licenses. But that may not happen as much in Blair County, where most chains already are established out- side Altoona. "Probably where you'll see some benefits are a lot of places that are trying to get development and need licenses. Some places where there are too many licenses can get rid of said Molly McGowan, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Please see A12 AT A OUNCE Number of liquor licenses in the area as of Jan. 16, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement Bedford County 64 Blair County 195 Cambria.Cou.nty Centre County 130 Clear-field County 164 Huntingdon County 56 DANCIN' IN ATLANTA femp m Pen The Associated Press nple guard David Hawkins (left) drives past Penn State guard Jon Crispin Friday during the NCAA South Regional semifinals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Mirror Associate Sports EditorNeil Rudel and correspondent Mark Brennan have com- plete coverage, Page Bl. Lawsuit targets city cops BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer JOHNSTOWN Four Altoona police officers are being sued in federal court, accused of roughing up a city man who had been fight- ing with his wife. The lawsuit, filed by Robert T. and Loretta Lynch, charges that the officers used "excessive and unjustifiable force" when they responded to a domestic violence call in June at the couple's Maryland Avenue home. Neither of the Lynches were charged in the incident. The lawsuit claims the officers' actions violated Robert Lynch's constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure. It also claims the city tolerates police violence and does not prop- erly investigate incidents of police misconduct. City and police officials said they could not comment on the specifics of the lawsuit, but police Chief Janice Freehling said that all citi- zen complaints about police vio- lence are investigated internally. Named as defendants in the law- suit are the city and police officers Jeffrey Pratt, John Miller, Chris Cohn and Brian Freewald. In the lawsuit, the Lynches agreed that a domestic call was placed by Loretta Lynch, but they contend they called back and told a 911 dispatcher that everything was fine. The suit claims that when police arrived at the Lynch home June 26, Pratt rapped on the door, Robert Lynch answered and the officer asked him to step outside. The lawsuit alleges that when Robert Lynch did that, Pratt grabbed him by the wrist, twisted it and forced him to his knees. WELL SUITED Other recent lawsuits (Had agalmt the city and Its police officers In federal court Include: In 1997, an Altoona man, Victor D) Thomas, filed a lawsuit charging an illegal search of the car he was dri- ving resulted in him spending four months in jail and losing more than in wages. The case was dis- missed by Judge D. Brooks Smith. Altoona bar owner Franklin West in 1999 charged city police with harassing his customers and creat- ing racial friction as well as entering his residence above Panda's Bar without a warrant. The charges were dismissed for lack of evidence. An elderly Allegheny Township resident, Clyde Burket, filed a lawsuit last year claiming a police officer roughed him up during a traffic stop for the 1998 Tour de Toona bike race. The case is in the preliminary stages in the federal court system. The suit, filed by Hollidaysburg attorney Arthur S. Cohen, contends police "had no legal cause to assault and brutalize" Robert Lynch. At the request of the Altoona Mirror, Freehling released a 911 summary of what occurred at the Lynch home June 26. She would not release the police report on the incident, saying it was an "inves- tigative report" not covered by the state's Right to Know law. J: The .911 call sheet reportedtg domestic dispute call in which: K female identified as Loretta Lyncfc was crying and unable to speak clearly. Please see A12 Wary, watching State farmers are keeping their eyes on foot-and-mouth outbreak From Mirror staff and wire reports The outbreak of foot-and-mouth dis- ease may be an ocean away, but Pennsylvania livestock farmers and agriculture officials are concerned that the highly contagious virus might make its way to the region. This epidemic "is a very serious situa- said Joel Rotz, director of national legislative programs for the Pennsyl- vania Farm Bureau, which represents many of the state's dairy and beef farmers. "We're doing everything we can. I think we're hoping for the best but preparing for the worst." Britain may widen slaughters PACE C1 Foot-and-mouth disease poses no threat to humans, but it can be transmit- ted by humans carried on shoes and clothing and living in an infected per- son's respiratory tract for up to five days. While it rarely is fatal to adult ani- mals, foot-and-mouth is a debilitating disease that causes blisters on an ani- mal's hooves or in its mouth, making it painful to walk and eat, said Marel Raub, an animal health specialist with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. The disease also causes severe loss in the production of milk and meat and often is fatal to an animal's offspring, Raub said. The disease doesn't affect horses, but like small mammals, they can transmit the virus. Jan Musgrove knows the heartaches and headaches a viral outbreak can cause. Operating about 200 sheep, in addition to a few cows and pigs on her farm in Hatton, Warwichshire, the English farmer said that even though her farm was cleared of the disease, the country's Ministry of Agriculture! still closed her down. Please see AS The Associated Press Animal hoofs and bones emerge from a smouldering pyre of dead animals. Scientists warned the worst is yet to come. AT A GLANCE mouth disease strikes cloven-hoofed animals including sheep, pigs and cows. It reduces the production of milk and development of meat in contaminated animals. It cannot be passed on to humans. The toll: In the four weeks since the first case of foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed near London, nearly animals have been killed or marked for destruction. 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