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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY RELIGION: Creation music festival begins Wednesday near Mount Union / FREE INSIDE SPORTS: South wins 17th annual Lezzer Lumber All-Star football game / Bl_ LIFE: Careful planning can make landscaping look like it was always there / DIAltona Mirror © Copyright 2001 Study: Limit on troopers must go By Michael Race capitolwire.com HARRISBURG—A state-imposed cap on the number of troopers either 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 state police complement to 3,940 troopers. Another 228 troopers who are assigned to patrol the Pennsylvania Turnpike exclusively do not fall under the cap. State police Commissioner Paul Evanko agreed with the recommendation. “I don’t see a logical reason now why the cap should be maintained,” 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 factors have dramatically increased the workload and demands of state police,” Rowe told the committee. Those factors include enforcing a growing number of laws, responding to more incidents, patrolling a heavier volume of traffic on state roadways and adapting to a law enforcement environment that Rowe said has become “increasingly complex and specialized.” “All of these factors have served to deplete the state police’s patrol resources,” Rowe said. How bad is the situation? Researchers divided a typical trooper’s workload into two categories: ■ “obligated time,” such as hours spent attending training sessions, doing reports and other paperwork or making court appearances; ■ “unobligated time,” which is the time left over for patrol work. As a general rule, Rowe said many law enforcement officials believe an officer should devote at least half of his hours to unobligated duties. Please see Troopers/Page A6 SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2001 504 newsstand ■■■■■■■I CAMP CADET ■■ Mirror photo by Gary M Saranac Bill Roudabush (center), 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 11th year, teaches children and teens respect for authority and themselves. Teen blue line Kids and cops learn about one another during event By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer SCHELLSBURG-These days, 14-year-old Shawn Glass of Bedford stands a little straighter, meets adult eyes without 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 lith state police Camp Cadet of Bedford County. He was awakened at 5 a.m., survived physical training and helped his squad members clean their rooms — all before breakfast. Glass marched 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 Schellsburg and sprinted up the steep hills surrounding the camp before ending his day at IO 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 (police officers] had,” Glass said. “You never know what you’ll face." Mike Mariana, 17, of Chestnut Ridge agreed. Please see Blue/Page A6 AT A GLANCE ■ Camp Cadet of Bedford County opened in 1990. State Police Sot Arthur L. Hershey served as camp director. Hershey was killed Jan. 3,1999, when he was struck by a pickup truck while on duty. ■ The camp is free for 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 fund-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 program and hand out applications. ■ There are at least 23 other Camps Cadet across the state. Most camps are for 12- to 14-year-olds, although each camp sets its own age requirements. ■ About 1,500 kids take part across the state each year. ll Check out the Bedford camp’s Web site at www.campcadetbedfordco.org Police: Juniata 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 5:40 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 death. Ross prepared Buchanan’s death certificate Friday night but refused to release any information 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 releasing details of Buchanan’s death could compromise the investigation. “At this point, we are not releasing how he died,” she said. “We are not confirming the cause of death. ... At this point, it’s early in the investigation, and we will not release any details at this time.” Five investigators are on the case, said Anthony Alianiello, commander of the city’s detective division. 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. Please see Death/Page All BuchananSPILL ON THE HILL The Altoona Fire Department’s hazmat crew cleans up a spill of liquid zinc phosphate that spilled from a tractor-trailer in the parking lot at Beverly Healthcare-Hillview Friday. Fire Chief Reynold Santone called the spill minor. Please see story, Page All. Mirror photo by Jason Sipes 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 family Friday. “She is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances, which I know you understand are extreme,” defense attorney George Parnham said Friday afternoon after his first meeting with 36-year-old Andrea Yates. Yates’ husband, Russell; her mother, Mrs. A.D. Kennedy; and her brother Pat Kennedy visited her at the Harris County V Parnham spoke Von the family’s behalf as they left the building. “The family is supportive of Andrea, and that includes her husband, the father of her children,” Parnham said. Hours earlier, Yates appeared at a brief hearing before state Yates 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 downtown Houston earlier this month. “She took the lives of her five children by drowning them,” Williford said after the hearing. “I did not go into any specifics, because I do not have any evidence. ... I am still waiting on everything from the officers.” The Houston Chronicle reported Friday that Yates told police she drow ned her sons, ages 2,3 and 5, and placed each boy on the bed in a back bedroom. She then began drowning her 6-month-old daughter, Mary. After her 7-year-old son walked in and asked, “What’s wrong with Mary?” she chased him through the house and dragged him back to the bathroom, where she drowned him next to the infant. 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  • Andrea Yates
  • Anthony Alianiello
  • Arthur L. Hershey
  • Dave Gorman
  • George Parnham
  • Harold E. Cottle
  • Janice Freehling
  • Jason Sipes
  • John Rowe
  • Mike Mariana
  • Pat Kennedy
  • Paul Evanko
  • Randy Buchanan
  • Reynold Santone

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: June 23, 2001

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