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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 1, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY Pastor who founded Altoona church leaving after 17 years IN Central High School baseball team wins first district title since 1984 i LIFE: Comedian Dennis Miller doing schtick at Bryce Jordan Center June 14 Dl Atamra Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2001 50C newsstand D. Nixon Nixon Nixons report to jail By PHIL RAY Staff Writer The oldest child of Dennis anrt Lorie Nixon said his parents were upbeat and secure in their reli- gious beliefs as they entered prison to begin serving tune for failing to provide medical treat- ment to their daughter. Shannon Nixon died in 1996 from complications of diabetes. After a three-month investiga- tion, then-Blair County District Attorney William Haberstroh charged the Nixons with involun- tary manslaughter and endanger- ing the welfare of a child. They were convicted in 1997 of those charges and sentenced to 2K> to 5 years in prison by Judge Norman D. Callan. The appeals have run their course, and Callan ordered the couple to begin serving their sen- tences. At 9 a.m. Thursday, the Nixons reported to Blair County Prison. From there, JjOrie Nixon will be transferred to a "woman's prison in Muncy for classification, while Dennis Nixon will go to Camp Hill for his initial screening. Their imprisonment evoked strong reactions Thursday from family members and others in the Faith Tabernacle Congregation, which discourages members from seeking medical help when ill and recommends placing faith in God. "They fully believe God will bring them through said 25- year-old Dennis Nixon Jr., one of the Nixons1 sons. He has been thrust into the role as head of a household that includes nine brothers and sisters, the youngest being 3 years old. The young man, who like his father works for Signature Door Co. in Altoona, will be assisted in caring for his sibling by various relatives such as Charlene Nixon, an aunt from New Jersey. Charlene Nixon said the chil- dren have had a lot of love and sup port from their parents, and she will attempt to continue that sup- port until the parents are freed. Please see AS Volunteers begin four days .of construction on playground at Canal Basin Park Top: Workers lay the foundation for the play- ground at Canal Basin Park in Hollidaysburg. Above: Volunteers review the playground's blue- prints. The Reiser House is shown in the back- ground. Mirror photos by Jason Sipe; From Mirror staff reports Work started Thursday on the new playground at Hollidaysburg Borough's Canal Basin Park. Volunteers worked from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. erecting playground equip- ment, which will resemble a canal boat to fit with Hollidaysburg's her- itage with Pennsylvania's railroad and canal system. The playground is being assem- bled by the community, and more volunteers will be needed as work continues today, Saturday and Sunday rain or shine. Volunteers need no construction experience and can go to the site by the Reiser House to sign up. Representatives from the play- ground manufacturer and borough employees are on hand for assistance. The playground and park are scheduled to open this summer. The project is organized by the Hollidaysburg Area Women's Club and the borough. This is the second community-built playground in the borough. PlayPark at Legion Park was constructed in 1896. Shuster on lake name: No thanks BY KEVIN Orr AND PHIL RAY Stuff Writers HUNTINGDON Former U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster scuttJecl plans Thursday night to name Raystown LakG in his honor. Shuster sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, ex- pressing his appreciation of the proposed legislation naming the lake alter him. Shuster wrote that he was grati- fied because "you, my former col- leagues, more than any others, wit- nessed firsthand my special dedi cation to protecting and improving the lake over the past 28 years. "However, certain people in the community have created a furor over the renaming, and I have no desire to see my name associated with any such controversy. "My request, therefore, is that you not move the legislation nam- ing the lake after me." The thought of Bud Shuster Lake instead of Raystown Lake was less than a splash with Huntingdon County residents, said state Rep. Larry O. Sather, R-Huntingdon, and county Commissioner Alexa Cook. Shuster Young Both said Thursday night that they are glad the former.represen- tative has asked the committee to halt its efforts to change the name of the lake. Over the years, Shuster worked hard to provide federal funds to help develop the lake and the area around it, and both Huntingdon County politicians said they appre- ciated Shuster's efforts. But Sather and Cook said they have been approached repeatedly by residents opposed to the idea of renaming the lake. "I don't think it is necessary for Bud Shuster to have a lake named for Sather said from his McCpnnellsburg home. "His lega- cy will go on accomplished for this district." Please see A12 McVeigh seeking stay of execution BY CATHERINE TSAI The Associated Pivss DENVER Timothy McVeigh asked a judge Thursday to delay his execution, accusing the gov- ernment of withholding evidence in a "fraud upon the court" that denied him a fair trial in the Oklahoma City bombing. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, five days before McVeigh's scheduled June 11 exe- cution. The judge ordered prosecu- tors to respond by Monday evening. The request was a sharp reversal for McVeigh, who abandoned his appeals in December and asked for an execution date for the 1995 bombing that killed people and injured hundreds of others in the nation's worst act of domestic terror- ism. A few hours before the hear- ing, McVeigh met with his lawyers at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., and decided to proceed with the request. Attorney Robert Nigh said it wasn't an easy choice. "He was prepared to Nigh said. The attorneys said the FBIJs withholding information even now, three weeks after the Justice Department began turning over Please see A5 McVeigh 2001-02 school tax hike ATAGIANCE likely for Hollidaysburg BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Resi- dents in the Hollidaysburg Area School District likely will see an increase in their property taxes to cover costs for the 2001-02 school year. The school hoard is expected to give final review next month to a budget that proposes a 2-mill increase to the property tax levy. The district didn't raise taxes for the 2000-01 school year. Each mill will cost the average Hollidaysburg district resident about over the year, or 83 cents per month, Business Manager Sam Wilson said. Please see A10 Hollidaysburg Area School Dislricl 2001-02 budget (ads: General state subsidy is 30 percent ot the budget, significantly less than most districts. Salaries will increase 3 percent. Benefits are down 1.5 percent. Special education costs are up 7.3 percent. Natural gas costs are projected to increase Murder suspect's attorney withdraws transfer request Kdniundson BY Pun, RAY Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG A new attorney rep- resenting homicide suspect Marie Louise Seilhamcr of Ashville RD withdrew a request to transfer the case from Blair County to Clearfield County. Altoona defense attorney Thomas M. Dickey said he wants lime to review the evi- dence against Seilhamer before deciding if it would be in her interest to be tried in Clearfield as opposed to Blair. Blair County Judge Jqlene G. Kopriva agreed Thursday to let Dickey withdraw..a venue change request filed two weeks ago by Seilhamer's former attorneys, Blair County Public Defender Donald Speicc and assistant public defender Mark Zearfaus. Please see A5 DEUVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 2874480 BIG FOUR "2'J 4 p) 8 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Cloudy, periods of rain, Forecast, A2 Brand New 2OO2 JEEP LIBERTY Are Arriving Now Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valfey Blvd. Altoona, PA 943-6167 H LOCAL Business Movies Obituaries Opinion [7J SPORTS Local Scoreboard A9 A4 All' AS B4 B5 Qj NATION Classifieds C4-12 [TJ LIFE Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 television D4 INSIDE IN NATION Youngsters whose parenls didn't go to college have a tougher time getting into a school and linishing with a degree, according to an annual federal report released Thursday. PAGE C1
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