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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY REL8680N: Creation music festival begins Wednesday near Mount Union FREE INSIDE SPORTS: South wins 17th annual Lezzer Lumber All-Star football game Bi____________ LIFE: Careful planning can make landscaping look like it.was always there mirror Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2001 500 newsstand Study: Limit on troopers must go BY MICHAEL RACE capitolioire.com HARRISBURG.........A state-imposed cap on the number of troopers cither should be lifted or removed, a new legislative study recommends. The study, released Wednesday by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, found "no compelling reason" for retaining the cap that limits the stale police complement to troopers. Another 228 troop sirs who are assigned to patrol the Pennsyl- vania Turnpike exclusively do not fall under the cap. State police Commissioner Paul Evanko agreed with the recom- mendation. "I don't sec a logical reason now why the cap should be main- Evanko told committee members. More troopers are needed because state police duties have expanded substantially since the cap was last revised nearly 30 years ago, researcher John Rowe said. "We found that since the cap was last increased in 1972, several fac- tors have dramatically increased the workload and demands of state Rowe told the committee. Those factors include enforcing a growing number of laws, respond- ing to more incidents, patrolling a heavier volume of traffic on slate roadways and adapt ing to a law enforcement environment that Rowe said has become "increasing- ly complex and specialized." "All of these factors have served to deplete the state police's patrol Rowe said. How bad is the situation? Researchers divided a typical trooper's workload into two cate- gories: "obligated such as hours .spent attending training sessions, doing reports and other paperwork or making court appearances; "unobligated which is the time left over for patrol work. As a general rule, Rowe sale many law enforcement officials believe an officer should devote at least half of his hours to unobligat ed duties. Please see A6 CAMP CADET Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Bill Roudabush 15, of Bedford learns how to use a compass at Bedford County's Camp Cadet at Camp Living Water in Schellsburg. The program, in its llth year, teaches children and teens respect for authority and tliemselves. Teen Kids and cops learn abogt one another during event BY TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer SCHELLSBURG These days, 14-year-old Shawn Glass of Bedford stands a little sfraighter, meets adult eyes with- out arrogance and ends answers with a sincere "ma'am." If he doesn't sound like a typical teen-ager, it might be because he is one of 60 cadets who spent a week at the llth state police Camp Cadet of Bedford County. He was awakened at 5 a.m., sur- vived physical training and helped his squad members clean their rooms all before breakfast. Glass inarched and sang cadence, exercised and learned what makes a police officer. During the day, he learned what police officers do and how they handle the stress of their jobs. He ran laps around the green fields of Camp Living Water near S chell sburg and sprinted up the steep hills surrounding Ihe camp before ending his day at 10 p.m. Even after four tough rounds through a challenging obstacle course, Glass is firm in his desire to join the armed forces. "I never really used to know how much responsibility offi- cers] Glass said. "You never know what you'll face." Mike Mariana, 17, of Chestnut Ridge agreed. Please see A6 line AT A GLANCE Camp Cadet of Bedford County opened in 1990. Slate Police Arthur.L: Hersti'ey served as camp director. Hershey was killed Jan. when he was struck by a pick- up truck while on duty. The camp is free lor boys and girls ages, 12 to 15 who are Bedford County residents. The number of campers .varies from 60 to 80. The camp is funded by donations from businesses or individuals and iund-raising events. Youths interested in the camp must submit applications, which are available at the Bedford barracks each spring. Camp staff also visit county schools to explain the pro- gram and hand out applications. There are at least 23 other Camps Cadet across the slate. Most camps are for 12- to 14-year-olds, although each camp sets its own age requirements. About kids take part across the state .each year. Check oil! Ihe Bedford camp's Web site at www.campcadetbedfardco.org. Police: Juniatal death a killing Friends, neighbors remember the man who loved playing darts, watching Penn State football and harmlessly flirting with women. BY TIFFANY SHAW AND PHIL RAY Staff Writers Investigators have determined that this week's death of a 42-year-old Juniata man was a homicide. Randy Buchanan, 116 N. Seventh Ave., was found dead in his apartment about p.m. Thursday by Buchanan's girlfriend. Altoona police, Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross and Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman still are mum about the details of the killing despite neighborhood rumors that Buchanan met a violent fleattv Ross prepared Buchanan's death certificate Friday night but refused to release any infor- mation until tonight. Dr. Harold E. Cottle, a forensic pathologist from Hollidaysburg, performed the autopsy on Buchanan Friday morning at Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital. Investigators and Gorman attended the autopsy. During a press conference Friday afternoon, Altoona police Chief Janice Freehling said releas1 ing de.tails of Buchanan's death could compromise the investigation. "At this point, we are not releasing how he she said. "We are not confirming the cause of death. At this point, it's early in the investiga- tion, and we will not release any details at this time." Five investigators are on the case, said Anthony Alianiello, commander of the1 city's detective divi- sion. Police will not comment on the autopsy or its findings until the report is completed, which could take several days, Alianiello said. Buchanan's friends and neighbors are finding'it; hard to accept he was a homicide victim. t-: Please see All Buchanan SPILL ON THE HILL The Altoona Fire Department's hazinat crew cleans up a spill of liquid zinc phosphate that spilled from a tractor-trailer in the parking lot at Beverly Healthcare- Hill view Friday. Fire Chief Reynold Santone called the spill minor. Please see story, Page All. Mirror photo by Jason Sipos Lawyer: Mom accused of drowning children has support of her family BY PAM EASTON The Associated Press HOUSTON An attorney hired to represent a mother accused of drowning her five children says the woman had a very personal and supportive visit with her fam- ily Friday. "She is doing as well as can be expected under the circum- stances, which I know you under- stand are defense attor- ney George Parnham said Friday afternoon after his first meeting with 36-year-old Andrea Yates. Yates' husband, Russell; her Yates mother, Mrs. A.D. Kennedy; and her brother Pat Kenn- edy visited her at the Harris County Jail. Parnham spoke on the family's behalf as they left the building. "The family is supportive of Andrea, and that includes her husband, the father of her chil- Parnham said. Hours earlier, Yates appeared at a brief hearing before state District Judge Belinda Hill. The hearing, during which Harris County prosecutor Kay- lynn Williford argued that Yates should not be released on bond, was held in a makeshift courtroom after floods badly damaged down- town Houston earlier this month. "She took the lives of her five children by drowning Williford said after the hearing. "I did not go into any specifics, because I do not have any evi- dence. I am still waiting on everything from the officers." The Houston Chronicle reported Friday that Yates told police she drowned her sons, ages and 5, and placed each boy on the bed'iri a back bedroom. She then began drowning her 6-month-old daugh- ter, Mary. After her 7-year-old son walked in and asked, "What's wrong with' she chased him through the house and dragged him back to the bathroom, where she drowned him next to the infant.' The Dallas Morning News reported in its online edition Friday that Yates told police she. had beou thinking for several months about killing the children. 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