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Publication: Altoona Mirror April 12, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Pirates post their first win at PNC Park Life: Rockers The Clarks branching out from PittsburghAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2001 500 newsstand Teen claims coach asked her for sex ■ The C-K volunteer wrestling assistant has been charged with corruption of minors. By Michael Emery Staff Writer CLAYSBURG — A former volunteer assistant wrestling coach at Claysburg-Kimmel High School is charged with corruption of minors for an incident that occurred with a student on the evening of March IO at the Hampton Inn in Hershey. A 16-year-old female student at Claysburg-Kimmel High. School filed a complaint against Mark Mosley, 21, of 605 Marie St., Hollidaysburg, for the incident that occurred the weekend of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state wrestling championships. Members of the Claysburg-Kimmel wrestling team stayed in Hershey from March 7-11. The state wrestling tournament was held Thursday through Saturday of that week. In a written statement to Detective David Melhorn of the Derry Township Police Department, the student stated that Mosley initiated sexual relations with her by asking her for sex and kissing her at the hotel while they were in Hershey to attend the PIAA state wrestling championships. The criminal complaint filed by Melhorn states that Mosley “who was 21 years of age and representing the Claysburg-Kimmel High School as an assistant wrestling coach, did have sexual relations with la student, who was a minor].” The charges were filed April 4 in the office of Dauphin County District Justice Dominic A. Pelino. Mosley’s preliminary hearing in Dauphin County is scheduled for IO a.m. May IO. James O’Harrow, Claysburg-Kimmel School District superintendent, said when the charges were brought to his attention, the school district took immediate action to terminate Mosley from his volunteer coaching position. “This is a very unfortunate circumstance,” O’Harrow said. “First and foremost, we want the best for the young girl and her family. They are good people.” When members of the student’s family attended Wednesday night’s school board meeting and asked to discuss matters in connection to the coaching staff and incidents that occurred at this year’s PIAA wrestling championships, the school board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters privately with the family members. Mosley was not a teacher. He was a college student taking time off, and he was in his first year as a volunteer assistant coach, said Dave Marko, head wrestling coach at Claysburg-Kimmel. Please see Coach/Page A4 BATTLE OVER BOYER Lawsuit’s transfer to be challenged By Phil Ray Staff Writer The dispute over control of Altoona’s Boyer Candy Co. should be heard in Blair County courts, not federal court in Johnstown, said attorney Thomas M. Dickey, who represents Deborah Forgione, the ex-wife of the company’s late president. Dickey said Wednesday that he will challenge a move by the company’s chief financial officer, Roger Raybuck, to transfer the lawsuit that Dickey filed on behalf of Deborah Forgione to U.S. District Court. Dickey had no further comment on the legal arguments he will cite in the case. Dickey, of Altoona, last weekend asked Blair County Judge Norman D. Callan to issue an injunction that would permit Deborah Forgione to go to Boyer Candy at 87117th St. and examine its financial records. She also is attempting to become the sole trustee, or overseer, of an irrevocable trust that holds the candy company’s 400 shares of stock. She and her three grown children are the beneficiaries of the trust. Please see Boyer/Page A12 Spy plane crew returns today after Chinese release COMING HOME The Associated Press Above: A chartered Continental Airlines jet (background) carrying the 24 crew members of a U.S. military spy plane who were detained by China takes off from Meilan-Haikou International Airport early today. At right: Three sailors from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One, based on Whidbey Island, Wash., sign a welcome-home banner for the 24 crew members. Incident raises questions about diplomacy By Robert Igoe Staff Writer The Chinese release of 24 American crew members is resulting in a myriad of emotions and opinions from local residents and officials. Though all welcomed the news, the incident has opened up other viewpoints in American military and diplomatic attitudes. Altoona’s Karen Donaldson, who called for a yellow ribbon campaign to support the troops, was pleased to hear of the announcement Wednesday. LOCAL ANGLE “I was thrilled to learn of it,” she said. “I don’t believe that these people should have been held. “I think that President Bush made the right decision not to give in, but now, I think it’s time to look at China in a different light, not as our brother. Some things have to change.” Meanwhile, Donaldson urges residents to keep th^yellow ribbons up to support American troops in the Balkans and other trouble spots. “Our ribbons are going to stay up,” she said. “This is not just a one-time thing. These soldiers are fighting for us. Their efforts are for our benefit.” Blair County Commissioner John H. Eichelberger Jr. gives President Bush high marks for his handling of the situation. “I think that President Bush did a great job," he said. “His father was the ambassador to China, so I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he advised his son on the situation. Please see Diplomacy/Page All From Mirror wire reports HAGATNA, Guam-The crew of a U.S. spy plane was back on American territory today after being held for 12 days in China in a diplomatic showdown that ended after President Bush said the United States was “very sorry” for a Chinese pilot’s death and the U.S. plane’s landing without permission. The 21 men and three women boarded a Continental Boeing 737 that took off at about 7:30 a.m. local time from the civilian airport at Haikou, the capital of Hainan island. It quickly disappeared into the cloudy sky, bound for the U.S. territory of Guam and then Hawaii. After giving crew members their first chance to talk with family members by telephone, a military C-17 was to carry them further across the Pacific to Hawaii. Because of time changes, they were arriving at dawn of the same day they left China. Word spread early Wednesday that the U.S. crew would be released after journalists across China who are midranking Communist Party members and above were called to attend secret meetings at which they were ordered to stick to official New China News Agency accounts when reporting the news. The message, according to people who attended one meeting, was that America should be blamed for the incident and that the struggle would continue because the U.S. surveillance aircraft will remain on Chinese soil. The $100 million EP-3E Aries ll, which was heavily damaged in the collision with the Chinese F-8 that was tailing it, is sitting on the airstrip where the American crew’s pilot brought it to rest after a harrowing 15-minute ride that aviators describe as just short of miraculous. About 10:30 p.m., Brig. Gen. ; Neal Sealock, the American * I defense attache in China, met with Chinese officials to arrange the crew’s departure. Though the general and other officials were not allowed to tell the crew of their imminent departure, they passed their cell phones to Chinese counterparts and asked that they be given to crew members for calls to loved ones. The Chinese announced late I * * Wednesday afternoon that the crew would be released and broadcast the word nationally about p.m. The Continental plane that wilt * bring the crew to Hawaii will leave Guam with a team of military officials. There also were doctors and psychologists on board to conduct preliminary examinations of the crew. * Please see Home/Page All *Debate continues on whether to keep disabled homes open By Ray Stephens Staff Writer An ongoing debate over where the mentally challenged should live continued Wednesday night at the Ramada Inn Altoona, where advocates and family members testified during a state Department of Public Welfare hearing. About 30 people offered opinions during a 214-hour hearing scheduled after the Altoona Center’s residential population dropped by 20 percent. The center houses 119 residents, down from 143 in 1997. “There are no plans to close the Altoona Center,” Ford S. Thompson Jr., executive assistant to state welfare Secretary Feather Houstoun, told the 175 people who filled the Ramada’s ballroom. Despite Thompson’s statement, the concern for the Altoona Center surfaced repeatedly at the hearing, where some people asked that it and other centers remain open, while others testified that it’s time for the centers to be closed. Renee Davis of Altoona told the audience that she works at the center as an aide and her sister lives there. Please see Homes/Page A4 NORFOLK SOUTHERNIF YOU GO WHAT: Hearing on Norfolk Southern Corp.’s operations of former Conrail services WHO: Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee WHEN: 10 am. to 1 p.m. today WHERE: Penn State Downtown Conference Center, 1431 12th Ave. PUBLIC: Invited to attendLocal lawmakers vow to fight for car shop: By Robert Igoe Staff Writer As union members worked feverishly stuffing envelopes with letters asking state and federal officials to support their efforts to keep the Hollidaysburg Car Shop open, some of those offi cials joined an aspiring federal lawmaker in vowing to help in that fight. State Senate President Pro Tem Robert Jubelirer, R-Altoona, joined state Rep. Jerry Stem, R-Martinsburg, and Bill Shuster, Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional District seat, for a press conference at the Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council hall Wednesday to emphasize to workers that they will continue to fight for them. Please see Shop/Page AIQ IMI DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 '22910 00050 a A BM FOUR# 7 # 0 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Thunderstorms likely, 69° ■ Forecast, A2 a Hqr-ADS.com We re white-hot!. Altoona mirror [THE GREAT COMBINATION] Call us today...Make money today. 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  • Bill Shuster
  • Dave Marko
  • David Melhorn
  • Deborah Forgione
  • Feather Houstoun
  • Ford S. Thompson Jr.
  • Jerry Stem
  • John H. Eichelberger Jr.
  • Karen Donaldson
  • Marie St.
  • Mark Mosley
  • Neal Sealock
  • Norman D. Callan
  • Renee Davis
  • Robert Igoe
  • Robert Jubelirer
  • Roger Raybuck
  • Thomas M. Dickey

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: April 12, 2001

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