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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: One-third of crime victims hit before Life: What to look for when renting your first apartment Altoona iBtrror Copyright 2001 MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2001 newsstand Juniata victim fatally beaten Authorities are expected to release additional information today on the case. BY PHIL RAY Stqff Writer The Blair County coroner has ruled that a Jxuiiata man found dead in his first-floor apartment Thursday was beaten to death. Patricia Ross talked publicly for the first time Sunday about the death of Randall P. Buchanan, 42, a deaf-mute. Buchanan died from blunt force trauma to the upper body. At the request of city pol i ce, Ross maintained her silence on the cause of death since Friday's autopsy, which was performed by D. Harold R. Cottle, a forensic i pathologist from I Hollidaysburg. Now that police have had a week- end to investigate the death, Ross thought it was permissible to release the cause ofdealh. Ross said she, Altoona police Chief Janice FVeehling and Blair County District Attorney Uave Gorman would have more infor- mation for the public today. Ross did not go into detail Sunday concerning what type of instrument was .used to kill Buchanan or even if the murder weapon had been found. Police initially said that there were no marks on Buchanan's body after he was found by his girl- friend, an employee of Valley View Home. However, Ross said those state- ments came about because of a misunderstanding of what Cottle said while viewing the body at the scene. Ross said Cottle told police that he couldn't tell what the cause of death was by looking at the body. That statement, Ross said, was misinterpreted by a police officer who spoke to the news media Thursday, stating that there were no marks on the body. It wasn't until after his autopsy that investigators knew for sure how Buchanan died. Please see A4 Buchanan NEIGHBOR VS. NEIGHBOR Mirror photo by Kelly BenneH Carol Replogle of Frederick Road, Martinsburg RD, stands at the edge of her property overlooking Renaissance Nutrition. Replogle and her husband, John, claim that the noise coming from the com- pany is loud and excessive. Making some noise Taylor Township tiff typifies growing development conflicts Noise fevers are at the center of contro- versy in Taylor Town flip Ihl RfplOQlf family raised complainls over Ihey call excessive and annoying noise from Renaissance Nulrition across the slreel. Mirror graphic by Tom Worthlngton II BY-MICHAKI. EMKHY Staff Writer ROARING SPRING When Carol and John Replogle moved into their rural Taylor Township home on Frederick Road 15 years ago, they selected the area because of its tranquil nature. When Renaissance Nutrition Inc. opened across the street four years ago, the former farmland was select- ed because its spaciousness was per- fectly suited for the agricultural feed company's growth and expansion. The Replogles and Renaissance Nutrition both view Taylor Township as the perfect place to call home, but they don't view each other as perfect neighbors. The dispute between the Replogles and Renaissance centers on the noise coining from the company. To the Replogles, the noise is constant, excessive and annoying; hut to Renaissance, the noise is necessary for business activities, and it is'sub- dued. It's a dispute that exemplifies the conflicts between residential and business interests in many town- ships throughout the state. "That's a fairly typical problem that arises when companies move into largely rural or residential townships that don't have any ordi- nances in place to restrict such things as said Holly Hood, research analyst at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. Please see A5 SALVATION ARMY Group expects a busy winter Anticipating a greater need over the holidays, the Army is preparing for its kettle drive now. BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror Tomatoes are not yet ripe on the vine and the boys of summer still don't know who will play in the World Series. Hut one of the sure signs of the winter to come the ringing of the Salvation Army bell lays heavy on the minds of a handful of volunteers. Maj. Ed Pritchard sat in a conference room at the Army headquarters on Sixth Avenue last week with a fan blowing hot air toward his back. It didn't take long for him to sum up the reason for making winter plans on a sleamy summer day. "The bottom line is we need he said. "We are looking for volunteers to help us staff the kettles." During the past two win- ters, the Army's annual ket- tle drive has fallen far short of its goals. In 1998, the drive raised but the past two have been considerably less successful. Some have attributed the Army's troubles to a backlash against the group's sister agency, the Adult Rehabilitation Center, which has taken some of the heat for Altoona's drug and crime problems. Now, with a couple thousand jobs being eliminated in the area, Army officials are trying to buoy this year's drive, thinking more people will need help by (he time the hoi idays roll around. "There's going to be a big need said Skip Spangler, a Methodist minister, adding that when people- come to the church for help, the first question he always asks is, "Have you been to the Salvation The second question is, "Why Pritchard seemed helpless. Funding streams have slowed from agency sources and benefactors. Allocations are based on previous years, not on an ticipated need. And sometimes people are afraid to cross over denominational lines to help the Salvation Army- which is a religion in a military-style framework. Tom Strunk, a Catholic, and St. Vincent DePaul Society volunteer, doesn't think it matters. Please see A5 Altoona Curve manager Dale Sveum leans over outfielder Tony Alvarez after he collapsed at second base in the bottom of the ninth inning dirring the Curve's game against the Norwich Navigators. Alvarez was taken to Altoona Hospital and treated for dehydration. See story, Page Bl. Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Endangered Indiana bats find home in Canoe Creek church BY DAN LEWERENZ The Associated PIVSS CANOE CREEK The stench of bat guano is pervasive around the old church near the edge of Canoe Creek State Park. It only gets worse on the way up the laddssr toward the attic, where as many as tiny bats sleep away the day. For Pennsylvania Game Comm- ission researchers willing to make the climb, there was a startling dis- covery tucked in among the rafters a handful of rare Indiana hats, an endangered species that typically makes its summer roost under loose tree bark or in the cavities of dead trees. "This is the first time ever that anyone has found Indiana bats roosting in a said Cal liutchkoski, a technician managing the Indiana bat project for the Game Commission. "It was quite a find." The Canoe Creek colony contains a few dozen Indiana bats living among little brown bats. In the winter, the entire colony hibernates in an abandoned lime- stone mine on the park grounds. In the summer, about to of the bats move to the attic of the Canoe Creek church, which was donated to the state in 1994. Most of the rest of the colony live in a "bat a house on stilts built specifically for the bats. For decades, the tiny Indiana bat has fought a losing battle against its own nature. With very specific requirements for both summer roosting and winter hibernation, Indianas often are threatened by human populations. Please see AS Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-44GO Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 Altnntta Mirrnr THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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