Altoona Mirror, April 12, 2001

Altoona Mirror

April 12, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Pirates post their first win at PNC Park life: Rockers The Clarks branching out from Pittsburgh Dl 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 former volun- teer 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 10 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 Ath- letic 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 Depart- ment, 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 represent- ing the Claysburg-Kimmel High School as an assistant wrestling coach, did have sexual relations with [a student, who was a 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 10 a.m. May 10. James O'Harrow, Claysburg- Kimmel School District superin- tendent, 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 cir- 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 con- nection to the coaching staff and incidents that occurred at this year's PIAA wrestling champi- onships, 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 A4 BOTH OVER BOYEH Lawsuit's transfer to be challenged BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter 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 com- pany'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 finan- cial 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 A12 Spy plane crew returns today after Chinese release COMING HOME Tho 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-Halkou International Airport early today. At right: Three sailors from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One, based on WMdbey Island, Wash., sign a welcome-home banner for the 24 crew members. Incident raises questions about diplomacy BY ROBERT IGOE StaffWriter The Chinese release of 24 American crew members is resulting in a myriad of emo- tions and opinions from local residents and officials. Though all welcomed the news, the incident has opened up other viewpoints in American military and diplo- matic 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 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 phina in a differ- ent light, not as our brother. Some things have to change." Meanwhile, Donaldson urges residents to keep thffyellow rib- bons up to support American troops in the Balkans and other trouble spots. "Our ribbons are going to stay she said. "This is not just a one-time thing. These soldiers are fighting for us. Their efforts are for pur 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 he said. "His father was the ambassador to China, so I wouldn't be sur- prised to learn that he advised his son on the situation. 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 show- down 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 a.m. local time from the civilian air- port at Haikou, the capital of Hainan island. It quickly disap- peared 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 fam- ily members by telephone, a mili- tary C-17 was to carry them fur- ther 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 v 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 peo- ple who attended one meeting, was that America should be blamed for the incident and that the struggle would continue because the U.S. surveillance air-' craft will remain on Chinese soil. The million BP-3E Aries E, 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 p.m., Brig. Gen. Neal Sealock, the American 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 depar- ture, they passed their cell phones to Chinese counterparts and asked that they be given to crew mem- bers for calls to loved ones. The Chinese announced late Wednesday afternoon that the J crew would be released and cast the word nationally about The Continental plane that wflC< bring the crew to Hawaii will leave Guam with a team of mill-; tary officials. There also were doc-' tors and psychologists on board toi conduct preliminary examina- ;ct tionsofthecrew. Please see All Please see All ,'-J Debate continues on whether to keep disabled homes open BY KAY STEPHENS StaffWriter An ongoing debate over where the mentally chal- lenged 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 ZW-hour hearing scheduled after the Altoona Center's residen- tial population dropped by 20 percent. The center houses 119 residents, down from 143 in 1997. "There are no plans to close the Altoona Ford S. Thompson Jr., executive assistant to state welfare Secretary Feather Houstoun, told the 175 peo- ple 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 A4 NORFOLK SOUTHERN iFvoueo WHAT: Hearing on Norfolk Southern Corp.'s operations of former Conrail services WHO: Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today WHERE: Penn State Downtown Conference Center, 1431 12th Ave. PUBLIC: Invited to attend Local lawmakers to fight for car shop! BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer As union members worked feverishly stuffing envelopes with letters asking state and fed- eral 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 Teffi Robert Jubelirer, joined state Rep. Jerry Stern, R- Martinsburg, and Bill Republican candidate for the 9ffe Congressional District seat, for press conference at the Blair- Bedford Central Labor Counctt hall Wednesday to emphasize'to' workers that they will continue to fight for them. 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