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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY Community news coverage from Holiidaysburg, Duncansville A-.! Oil SPORTS: Pittsburgh-based Heinz pays for Steelers' stadium naming rights Lira: How to make a living space inviting and cozy kids to enjoy Dl Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2001 500 newsstand Blame shifts in Blair murder Seilliamer Suspects' attorneys each claim the other planned killing, struck fatal blow. BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer TYRONE Two Blair County women will stand trial for the killing of 20-year-old Shari Lee Jackson of Hollidaysbuvg whose burning body was discovered by state police troopers nearly six weeks ago in a wooded area off Janesville Pike. Marie Louise Seilhamer, 19, of Ashville RD began crying, while her friend Kristin Marie Edmundson, 20, of Duncansville remained stoic Friday after Tyrone District Justice John Greene found enough evidence to hold the pair for homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide. There were several key developments in the emotional, daylong hearing: Defense attorneys for the two women took directly opposing tacks, each claiming their client didn't have a motive for the attack and was sur- prised when the other defendant actu- ally began to carry out the murder plot they talked about. An initial attempt to bury Jackson's body failed when a shovel snapped, which led to the decision to set the body on fire a day later. The blaze helped police easily discover the murder scene after receiving a tip by telephone. Prosecutors have not decided to seek the death penalty in the case. Edmundson and two other friends, Scott Custer, 23, and Amanda Speicher, 20, both of Bos well, Somerset County, are charged with abuse of a corpse for setting Jackson's body on firo the day after her killing. Please see A3 Jackson NEXTSTEP Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman will have to decide if he will seek the death penalty for, Kristin Marie Edmundson and Marie Louise Seilhamer. N.J. man claims jackpot A 10-minute search for a year-old ticket leads to millions for Melvin Milligan. BY WAYNE PAIIUY The Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. A 40-year-old computer techn ician collected a million lottery jackpot Friday with a ticket that arrived in the mail at lottery headquarters three days after nearly everyone assumed the money had been forfeited. .Melvin B. Milligan of Passaic took 10 minutes to find the nearly year-old ticket in a junk drawer last week after hearing news reports about how time was run- ning out to claim a big jackpot. He got the ticket validated at a convenience store computer two days before the one-year deadline of June 9. And then, to the aston- ishment of lottery officials, he entrusted the ticket to the U.S. mail and sent it off to lottery head- quarters in Trenton. It arrived Tuesday. "It wasn't even certified or insured lottery spokes- woman Annette Jenkins said. "It's amazing." By the time the ticket arrived, lottery officials already announced ihat the prize went unclaimed and would be forfeited. Milligan's wife, Kim, smilingly predicted a grim outcome for her husband if the ticket had not been validated in time. Please see A7 EBENSBURG CONSTRUCTION PROJECT Mirroi photo by Gary M, BaiatiRc. Ray Mincin of Altoona lays block for the addition at the Central Cambria Elementary School project. Central Cambria schools get face-lift BY MIA Ron ART Staff Writer EBENSBURG students are away for sum- mer break, Central Cambria elementary and high schools are being revamped with million worth of renovations, replacements and additions. There should be no delay in the start date for classes because of the renovations, Assistant Superintendent Susan Makosy said. Real estate taxes in the district will not be increased to pay for the work, school board member Wayne Farabaugh said. The school board recently gave final approval for the two-year renovation plan, and construction crews are busy at the district's campus outside Ebensburg already. Please see All RENOVATION CHECKLIST These are a few renovations included in a million project at the Central Cambria elementary and high school buildings during the next two years: High school Heating and ventilation Roof repair New carpeting Replace all doors with new locking doors Replace lecture seating in eight classrooms with sled desks Create two computer labs, bringing total to seven labs Gym addition and new synlnetic track Replace aluminum pool with fiberglass Elementary Relocate main office to be near entrance Rework traffic patterns lor student drop Build four new classrooms for all-day kindergarten starting in school year 2002-03 Double library space Add office space for numerous specialists who assist students Official: 2ndJLG plant OK Despite drop in machine sales, company remains 'committed' to Bedford area. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer UEDFORD Industries officials said Friday that despite plans to dose one plant here they remain committed to keeping another operating and opening a new plant in Europe in the near future. The company's Webber Lane plant, which was acquired in 1979, will close by Sept. 1. Company officials said they hope to keep their Sunnyside plant operating despite plans to indefinitely lay off 25 workers there by the end of July. After the layoffs, there will be 225 workers at the Sunnyside plant. "The plant closing has been a very difficult decision for said Sam Swope, the company's vice president for human resources. "We remain committed to the Bedford The plan to close the welding and per share assembly facility at Webber Lane Change: Down 6 will idle 265 workers, mostly cents per share vvelders and assemblers of scissor- 52-wk low: lifts. Work at the Webber Lane 52-wk high: plant will be outsourced to inde- pendent contractors in the future, the company said. Workers at the Webber Lane facility met with members of the Governor's Action Team Friday to discuss their future options. The team comes in after a plant closing and tries to help displaced workers gain their bearings as well as marketing newly vacant industrial facili- ties. The furloughed workers at the Webber Lane facility will be eligible for a severance package, which will provide up to three months of addi- tional income and benefits, dependent upon the length of service. m STOCK QIANCE Symbol: JLG Market NYSE Friday close: Please see A7 IREE INSIDE TODAY Catch up on all the racing news wilh Speedway, the Mirror's monthly mag: Cover story: For a driver plagued with so much uncertainty, Mike Skinner certainly is maintaining a cool facade. Local commentary: Opinion from Dottie Bird and Walt Martin. Formula One: Brat or superstar, everyone is watching Juan Montoya. THIS WEEKEND Mirror sports writer Cory Giger and pho- tographer J.O. Cavrich area! the Pocono Raceway tin's weekend to provide cover- age from NASCAR Pocono 500. yZ DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Violated code may be key in bike accident BY WILLIAM KIIILKR Staff Writer Two teen bicyclists involved in a crash that killed one of them after dark Saturday on Juniata Gap Road apparently violated the state's vehicle code by not having lights. Charles Ehredt, 14, died when he crashed into or in front of a parked pickup truck jusl above Avalon Road. Companion Colt Cloutier, 16, crashed into him from behind. The truck, owned by slate troop- HAVEINFOP Logan Township police would like to talk to anyone who can give them new information about the fatal bike accident last week. Township police can be reached at 949-3364. er Richard J. McEldowney, 31, Altoona, was partly on the road- way, three feet inside the edge line, while McEldowney was at a party nearby. Police said the flash- ers were on and the vehicle wasn't there long. McEldownoy declined to com- ment on the situation earlier this week, saying he doesn't want to compromise the police investiga- tion. He said he feels badly for the Ehredt family. The state Vehicle Code requires bikes used at night to have a front lamp visible at a distance of 500 feet. Such a lamp might have illumi- nated the sensitive reflectors on a vehicle ahead for a fair distance, even in the absence of flashers, Logan Township Police Chief Steve Jackson said. The code also requires that the bikes have a braking system that will stop the bike in 15 feet at 15 mph on dry, level and clean pave- ment. Ehredt's bike had hand brakes, Jackson said. But Cloutier did not have brakes on his bike, Cloutier said. Please see A7 aw FOUR I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Thunderstorms, showers, Forecast, A2 Alton mt THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today.. .Make money today. 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