Altoona Mirror, June 8, 2001

Altoona Mirror

June 08, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY RELIGION: St. Mary's CCD students make quilt, raise money for needy Fl PF EH? tin SPORTS; Altoona baseball team reaches end of the line in PIAA playoffs LIFE; Antiques Roadshow-type event hits Blair County Convention Center Altonna iKtrror Copyright 2001 District attorney role may change The bill would convert the part-time status to full time. BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer Legislation to make the job of dis- trict attorney full-time in most of the state's 67 comities soon could run into rough seas even though the initial effort is sailing along. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman, who supports a bill to convert what is a part-time posi- tion in most counties to full time, said Thursday that the District Attorneys' Association of Pennsyl- vania has the backing of the House of Representatives and the state police. "The residents of Pennsylvania deserve to be represented in crimi- nal matters by a full-time attorney whose attention is directed exclu- sively to the administration of jus- said U.S. Rep. Peter J. Daley, D- Wash., who introduced the measure. He spoke this week when district attorneys from throughout the state gathered in the state capital to push the measure. The other side of the picture, how- ever, is reflected .in the opinions of Blair County commissioners John H. EicWeberger Jr. and Donna D. Gority. They oppose the measure Eichelberger because it could change the high caliber of attorney who traditionally seeks the posi- tion in the county, Gority because she doesn't think the state should legislate such matters. "The commissioners in each county should make the decision in consultation with the district attorney and Gority said. -Although county commissioners in 26 of Pennsylvania's counties already have converted the DA's position to full-time, it continues to be a hot-button issue. Please see A4 FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2001 500 newsstand Mirror pholo by J.D. Cavrich Hose Marie de Koning (left) buys fabric and ribbon Thursday from Kim Gena, hardlines supervisor at .Jo-Ann Fabrics in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. No biz like sew biz Home sewing decline fuels merger of makers From Mirror staff and wire reports Browsing sewing pattern books at the Jo-Ann Fabrics Crafts- store in Kansas City, Mo., Mary Ann Heston worries about whether she'll soon have as many clothing designs to choose from. A steady drop in home sewing over the last three decades is prompting changes in the market for sewing products. The latest sign is a merger between the No. 2 and No. 3 sewing pattern companies McCall Pattern Co. and Butterick Co. The move will leave the combined company with only one major com- petitor, and that makes Heston ner- vous. "It's comforting to come to a fabric store and sit down at a table and have a variety of pattern books to look the 53-year-old home- maker said. "When you get down to a few books, you don't have many choices." And that isn't good for customers, local experts said. "I'm very sorry to see them said Kim Gena, hardlines supervisor at Jo- Ann Fabrics in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. "They were a popu- lar line in an product where there were not many choices to begin with." But even worse for Blair County, the merger will mean the closure of the Butterick plant on Beale Avenue and the loss of 250 jobs. The plant operated in Altoona since 1947. McCall and Butterick are the old- est U.S. makers of sewing patterns, an industry that took off in the 19th century. Please see A4 The Associated Press Press operator Larry Carroll inspects a stack of freshly printed patterns at McCall's pattern fac-' tory in Manhattan, Kan. McCall Pattern Co. and Butterick Co. are merging. Assault suspect facing 2 trials BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer MART1NSBURG A Martins- burg area man charged with bru- tally assaulting an 86-year-old woman this week already is facing charges of a similar attack against a young woman last year. Jonathan M. Barry, 27, Martins- burg RD 2, is in Blair County Prison on the latest charges that he Barrv assaulted the woman Sunday and burglarized her home on Route 2011 in Huston Township. Barry was arraigned Wednesday night before District Justice Patrick T. Jones on charges of aggra- vated assault, burglary, criminal attempt rape, crim- inal attempt robbery and indecent assault. He is being held in lieu of bail. Barry previously was arrested Feb. 6 and charged with assaulting a 20 year-old Roaring Spring woman along Weitzel Road in Taylor Township hi December. He was jailed'affer'thatarfcsfbut'posted the charges to court and is awaiting trial. According to the police affidavit of probable cause hi the latest attack, Barry arrived at the woman's Huston Township home at a.m. and knocked on the front door. He spoke briefly with the woman and left the residence. Police said Barry returned to the residence a short time later and entered without the woman's permis- sion. He then asked the woman if she had any money and she said "no." He then told the woman "you know what I want? and indecently assaulted her, police said. During the assault, it is alleged that Barry struck the woman in the face twice with his fist, shoved a rag into her mouth and choked her until she passed out., Trooper David Snyder of the Hollidaysburg state police said the woman sustained multiple fractures to her face as a result of the assault. She also coin- plained of neck and back pain and had an injury o'n her left upper arm and right elbow. The woman had several red marks on the right side of her which appeared to be consistent with her account of being choked, police said. Please see A4 Lawruk to improve downtown eyesore Developers renovate building next to Heritage Discovery Center. BY WILLIAM KIDLER Staff Writer Two local developers are reno- vating the narrow, five-story seg- ment of the former downtown Pcnn Furniture building, creating a tall chiffonier to match the spiffy buffet sideboard next door that became Heritage Discovery Center a year ago. Maurice Lawruk and Don Devon-is gutted the five-story sec- tion and plan to create professional office space that could compete with and complement office space in the three-story Discovery Center. The five-story building has been an eyesore between the Discovery Center, which also was part of Penn Furniture and the Penn Stale Conference Center, formerly Playhouse Theater, since the reno- vations of those buildings. "The time seemed Maurice Lawruk Builders President Dan Lawruk said. The developers are doing the project both as a civic benefit and money- maker, he said. There is "not a tremendous amount" of demand for profession- al office space downtown, and the five-story will compete with simi- lar accommodations in the discov- ery center, he said. Please see A3 .DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BKSFOUR 6 0 8 6 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Sunny, Forecast, A2 Relay for Life kicks off today in seventh start; For some, event is more than just a race BY JON FLKCK For Mi> Mirror Fay Hesketh has taken part in the Relay for Life Torch Run for the past five years. Carrying the Torch of Hope this year, however, has a little more meaning for the avid runner. "My older sister was diagnosed with pancreatic cancel- this past year. I've always enjoyed doing the torch run, but this year will be a little more special for Hesketh said. Hesketli is one of eight runners from Appleton Papers and more than 30 runners in all who will take part in delivering two torches to Mansion Park this afternoon for the luminary ceremonies at the charity event tonight. The Relay for Life is in its seventh year of raising money to fight cancer and honoring survivors of the dreaded disease. Seventy-one teams will participate in the American Cancer Society-sponsored event. Please see A4 20O2 JEEP LIBERTY 4 Wheel Drive NOW IN STOCK! Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Altoona, PA 943-6167 IF YOU GO The schedule far the 2001 Relay For Life at Mansion Park: Today 1 p.m. Official start ot the 2001 Relay For Life. 2 p.m. Special relay entertainment and team games begin. 4 p.m. Relay run with the Torch of Hope begins in Roaring Spring and Tyrone and heads to Mansion Park. 7 p.m. Relay recognition ceremony. 8 p.m. Survivor's lap and recognition. p.m. The Best of Broadway parade fea- turing all Relay teams. p.m. Relay run with the Torch of Hope enters Mansion Park. p.m. Luminary lighting ceremony. p.m. Luminary service, featuring the Allegheny Ballet Co. special fireworks display at beginning and end of service. Saturday p.m. Closing ceremony. 1 p.m. Final lap. g LOCAL Business Hospitals Objtuaries Opinion [T{ SPORTS Scholastic Scoreboard A9 Ail A11 A8 B4 B5 (3 NATION Mcwies Classifieds Q3 LIFE Comics DearAbby Puzzles Television C2 C3-12 D5 D2 D4 D4 INSIDE NATION President 8ush signs trillion, 10 year lax cut. PAGE C1 ;