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Publication: Altoona Mirror May 16, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania ~V SPORTS: PENGUINS TIE UP SERIES WITH DEVILS Bl_Altoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2001 50C newsstand [pp Votes for Scott Conklin, Alanna Hartzok and Bill Shuster: (partial results) ^ 37,994    ’    I lUllUJ Totals from area counties in the 9th District race Results for other important races: County Conklin Shuster Pittsburgh Mayor, Democrat J Blair 10,384 15,203 Thomas J. Murphy (D) 32,150 Bob O’Connor (D) 31,220 I f Bedford 2,372 3,677 Blair Township supervisor, Republican Centre 2,233 1,393 Palmer Brown (R) 503 John Nlgro (R) 258 Clearfield 8,791 6,481 Antis Township bottle club referendum (to ban) | Yes 720 Jj|| Huntingdon 4,610 4,887 No 393 All results are incomplete and unofficial. 'j iii j ij Winners in the race for the GOP nod for Blair County district attorney (Bob Donaldson vs. Dave Gorman) and Logan Township supervisor (Frank Meloy vs. Joe Merilli): 8,996    988 7,871 im . - By Phil Ray Staff Writer For a career prosecutor like Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman, his narrow primary victory over a tough opponent was particularly sweet because his record — the way he handled thousands of cases during the past four years — came under intense fire from his opponent. Attorney Robert Donaldson, opposing Gorman for the Republican nomination, criticized the plea bargains that Gorman and his assistants struck in several cases. He criticized several losses suffered by the DA’s office, and he hammered away, saying the office needed better leadership and communication with police officers, witnesses and others. Please see Gorman/Page All LOGAN IWP.Meloy wins GOP’s nod By Ray Stephens Staff Writer Incumbent Logan Township Supervisor Frank Meloy is ready to serve another six-year tenn as supervisor. Republican voters in the township’s precincts Tuesday provided the Altoona RD 5 man with 988 votes, allowing him to defeat challenger Joseph Merilli of Sylvan East for the party’s nomination. Merilli, making his first run for public office, got 758 votes. With no Democratic candidates seeking office, it’s likely Meloy will be the lone candidate on the ballot in the fall election. He also may be the Democratic candidate, depending on the results of the write-in votes to be counted and certified by county election officials. Please see Meloy/Page All Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Congressman-elect Bill Shuster speaks to supporters Tuesday night at campaign headquarters at the Ramada Inn Altoona with his wife, Becky, by his side. His victory ensures the Shuster name will continue in Congress — at least through next year. By Wili jam Kibler Staff Writer In the still-bright early evening Tuesday, a line of cows were trudging down a pastoral lane toward a barn next to a Franklin County polling place, where Scott Conklin was closing out his long day in the sun with the less-pastoral goal of Washington, D.C., on his mind. He didn’t get there, and now it’s back to work at the Centre County commissioners office, a talk at a banquet Thursday, an assignment as a chaperone for a trip his son is taking Friday. “I did all I could,” he said. It was raucous earlier from time to time at Conklin headquarters in Philipsburg, where Conklin returned after IO p.m. Tuesday. But near the end, the gathering of relatives, friends and supporters got quiet. As his opponent Bill Shuster declared victory before any newscasters did, with 50 percent of the votes counted and a lead of about 4,000 votes, there were some comments about premature declarations, some references to Dewey, but there didn’t seem to be much heart in it. Then Conklin came out, put on his smile, put on his jacket, pulled down his cuffs and told a TV camera that it was time to congratulate Shuster. Conklin thanked his supporters. It didn’t take long, and when he turned back to the room of watching supporters, he said, “Don’t be sad. You worked your rear ends off. I’m going to have a drink.” Then he went to them, one by one, shook hands and hugged. “I got to reach for the dream I wanted,” Conklin said. “There’s nothing else I could have done.” He has been getting only three to five hours of sleep per night, he has been fitting in his commissioner work in the mornings and Please see Conklin/Page AIQ By Robert Igoe Staff Writer Judgment Day came for Bill Shuster for the first time Tuesday as he awaited word of his showdown with Democrat Scott Conklin and Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok for the 9th Congressional District seat last held by his father, retired U.S. Congressman Bud Shuster. Though one employee of Shuster’s Ramada Inn Altoona headquarters offered 2-1 odds in his favor and the Deacons of Dixieland warmed up the crowd with “Happy Days Are Here Again,” Team Shuster knew the race could be closer than the landslide first predicted for Shuster when he became the Republican candidate in February. “With any campaign of this magnitude,” said Shuster’s wife, Becky, “there are going to be nerves, regardless of the outlook. It’s part of the game and frankly, it would be crazy not to be nervous.” In the end, the voters of the district favored Shuster, who scored a steady but closer-than-expected 54 percent to 43 percent win pver Conklin. “Tonight is just the beginning of what I hope is a long career,” Shuster said. “I just want to thank everyone very much for their support.” Shuster took the lead early and never lost it, staying between 55 percent and 52 percent the entire night, never pulling away from Conklin but not losing ground to him, either. “The voters have given me an awesome responsibility,” Shuster said. “To serve and represent them in the United States Congress is a great honor, and I am humbled by their confidence. I thank them and I understand that this is going to be a huge challenge. Please see Shuster/Page AIQ CASEY SUES Former Penn State quarterback Rashard Casey has sued Hoboken police, saying he received hate mail and death threats after being charged last spring with assaulting an off-duty officer. PAGE Bl DELIVERY FBI attacked for mishandling documents By David Johnston New York Times News Service WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in both parties assailed the FBI Tuesday for investigative breakdowns, slipshod handling of evidence and information control problems that they said culminated in the FBI’s failure to turn over thousands of pages of interview reports in the Oklahoma City bombing case. “Any kind of failure at the FBI, anything that happens at the FBI that calls Timothy McVeigh originally was scheduled lo die by lethal injection this morning. into question something they did or failed to do, leads to a lot of mistrust with the American people,” said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, after his panel met in a closed session with FBI Director Louis Freeh. With lawmakers demanding a top-to-bottom review of the FBI, the law enforcement agency still seemed to be struggling Tuesday to account for all the documents in its files related to the Oklahoma City bombing, which were supposed to have been given to lawyers for Timothy McVeigh under an agreement with prosecutors in the case. Last week, after the disclosure that the FBI located 3,135 pages of documents that had not been turned over, Attorney General John Ashcroft postponed McVeigh’s execution until June ll to give his lawyers time to review the documents. The lawyers have said they are considering their legal options, including asking for a longer delay in the execution. As more documents recently have trickled in from FBI offices around the country, a senior official at the Justice Department said that government Please see FBI/Page A3 Freeh McVeigh ■ Mi MIM Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ?t291 0 00050 BIG FOUR 0    5    3    9 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mix of sun, clouds, 66° ■ Forecast, A2 I Altoona lHtrror HOT-ADS.porn We’re white-hot! J " r. <T!T' tiL7T7TI ;; 'I HE GREAT COMBINATION] Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT BOMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and (OI-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 □ local H NATION Business A7 Classifieds C3-14 Movies A9 Obituaries A9 Opinion A8 QJ LIFE P SPORTS Comics D5 Community news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 Television D4 mmmmtmmmrn INSIDE9th THE WINNERStreak stays alive for Shusters Son shines brightly in BLAIR DAGorman: I feel satisfied THE LOSERConklin: I reached for the dream ;

  • Alanna Hartzok
  • Bill Shuster
  • Bud Shuster
  • Dave Gorman
  • Frank Meloy
  • Joe Merilli
  • John Ashcroft
  • John Nlgro
  • Joseph Merilli
  • Kelly Bennett
  • Louis Freeh
  • Palmer Brown
  • Rashard Casey
  • Richard Shelby
  • Robert Donaldson
  • Robert Igoe
  • Scott Conklin
  • Thomas J. Murphy
  • Timothy Mcveigh

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: May 16, 2001

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