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Publication: Altoona Mirror June 25, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: One-third of crime victims hit beforeLife: What to look for when renting your first apartment DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2001 50C newsstand Juniata victim fatally beaten ■ Authorities are expected to release additional information today on the case. By Phil Ray Staff Writer The Blair County coroner has ruled that a Juniata 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 police, Ross maintained her silence on the cause of death since Friday’s autopsy, which was performed by D. Harold R. Cottle, a forensic pathologist from Hollidaysburg. Now that police have had a weekend to investigate the death, Ross thought it was permissible to release the cause of death. Ross said she, Altoona police Chief Janice Freehling and Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman would have more information 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 girlfriend, an employee of Valley View Home. However, Ross said those statements 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 Victim/Page A4 Buchanan NEIGHBOR VS. NEIGHBOR Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Carol Replogle of Frederick Road, Martinsburg RI), stands at the edge of her property overlooking Renaissance Nutrition. Replogle and her husband, John, claim that the noise coming from the company is loud and excessive. Making some noise Taylor Township tiff typifies growing development conflicts Noise levels are at the center of controversy in Taylor Township The Replogle family raised complaints over what they call excessive and annoying noise from Renaissance Nutrition across the street Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll By Michael Emery Staff Writer Roaring spring — when Carol and John Replogle moved into their rural Taylor Tow nship 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 selected because its spaciousness was perfectly 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 coming from the company. To the Replogles, the noise is constant, excessive and annoying; but to Renaissance, the noise is necessary for business activities, and it is subdued. It’s a dispute that exemplifies the conflicts between residential and business interests in many townships 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 ordinances in place to restrict such things as noise,” said Holly Hood, research analyst at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. Please see Noise/Page 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. But 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 steamy summer day. “The bottom line is we need help,” he said. “We are looking for volunteers to help us staff the kettles.” During the past two winters. the Army’s annual kettle drive has fallen far short of its goals. In 1998, the drive raised $74,000, 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 the time the holidays roll around. “There’s going to be a big need here,” 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 Army?” The second question is, “Why not?” Pritchard seemed helpless. Funding streams have slowed from agency sources and benefactors. Allocations are based on previous years, not on anticipated 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 Army/Page A5PLAYER collapses Altoona Curve manager Dale Sveum leans over outfielder Tony Alvarez after he collapsed at second base in the bottom of the ninth inning during the Curve’s game against the Norwich Navigators. Alvarez was taken to Altoona Hospital and treated for dehydration. See story, Page Bl. DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 0005 Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Endangered Indiana bats find home in Canoe Creek church By Dan LEWERENZ The Associated Press 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 ladder toward the attic, where as many as 18,000 tiny bats sleep away the day. For Pennsylvania Game Commission researchers willing to make the climb, there was a startling discovery tucked in among the rafters — a handful of rare Indiana bats, 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 building,” said Cal Butchkoski, 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 20,000 little brown bats. In the winter, the entire colony hibernates in an abandoned limestone mine on the park grounds. In the summer, about 15,000 to 18,000 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 condo,” 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 Bats/Page A5 HH 8MMHH NNHNMNHHHMI HI BIG FOUR I 7    0    3 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 78° ■ Fo^cast, A2 H(jT-ADS.qo rn We’re white-hot! Altoona mirror [the great combination! Call us today...Make money today. Ask for TUE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and Phone (814) 946-7422  or fax us at (814) 946-7^47_ □ local H nation Business A7 Classifieds C2-10 Movies A5 Hospitals A9 Opinion A8 □ life [ SPORTS Comics D5 Community news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard ¥ Television D4 INSIDE ;

  • Cal Butchkoski
  • D. Harold R. Cottle
  • Dale Sveum
  • Dan Lewerenz
  • Dave Gorman
  • Ed Pritchard
  • Frederick Road
  • Holly Hood
  • Janice Freehling
  • John Replogle
  • Linda Hudkins
  • Michael Emery
  • Patricia Ross
  • Randall P. Buchanan
  • Skip Spangler
  • Taylor Township
  • Tom Strunk
  • Tom Worthington
  • Tony Alvarez

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: June 25, 2001

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