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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 26, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY I: Former Curve pitcher Kane Davis hurling for Colorado Rockies NATION: Florida curbs its distribution of painkiller OxyContin 01 LIFE: Summer haircuts are short, shaggy and oh so casual Dl Uttrror Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2001 newsstand Park liquor license being pursued again BY MICHAEL EMEHY Stqff Writer The food concessionaire at Lakemont Park is hoping recent changes in state liquor laws will allow it to obtain a license to serve beer and wine at catered events in the pavilion area. Boston Concessions Group Inc., which has been trying to obtain a liquor license at the park for more than a year, filDcl an appli- cation for transfer of liquor 1 icense Monday with Logan Township supervisors'. Boston Concessions wants to buy a liquor license from a Blair County restau- rant and move the license to Lakemont Park. Jim Bronson, general manager of Boston Concessions, said negotiations with the restaurant have been settled, but the deal hinges on approval of supervisors and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Boston Concessions is trying to get on the agenda for a supervisors' meeting' either July 12 or July 26 to obtain local approval for the liquor license. If the supervisors give their approval, the proposal will go to the PLCB for final approval. If approved, Boston Concessions' liquor license would enable the group to serve beer and wine to patrons booking catered events in the pavilion area of the park. While those at the catered events would have access to the park facilities, the gen- eral public would not be permitted to buy alcoholic; beverages. At the annual Wing Off held at Lakemont Park, people can buy and con- sume alcoholic beverages under special licenses obtained by local arts groups only in the pavilion area. Because it does not have a liquor license, the park allows patrons booking events to bring their own beer and wine at other events. That practice would be banned if I3oston Concessions obtains a liquor license. "We have been working toward licens- ing a small area of the park for more than a Bronson said. "Our goal remains to license the catered picnic pavilions and offer beer and wine service to groups wishing to purchase it. Th'e current practice allows groups to bring their own alcoholic beverages, the consumption of which is unregulated. "This practice would end under our plan, as we would control and monitor ser- vice of alcoholic beverages to persons over 21 years of age and ensure that guests are not visibly intoxicated. "We remain committed to preserving the family atmosphere of Lakemont Park." Please sec AS Mirror photo by Jason Sipcs Coach Mike Williams (right) of Manheim Township talks to the Kast squad during a break in practice Monday at Hollidaysburg Area High School. The first Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Kast West All-Star game will be played at 7p.m. Saturday at Mansion Park. The West squad, which is practicing at Mansion Park, includes several area players. See story and related photo. I PAGE B1 Few details released on man's death Randall Buchanan, who died in a violent way, had a troubled past, records show. BY TlFI'ANY SlliVW Staff Wnlei- Law enforcement officials re mained tight-lipped Monday about the investigation into a Juniata man's murder. Randall P. Buchanan, was found dead in his apartment around p.m. Thursday at 116 N. Seventh Ave. It is the first murder committed in Altoona this year. While neighbors express shock about the crime, court records depict Buchanan differently from the cheerful man of friends' accounts. Two women obtained protection- from-ahuse orders anainst him since 199R, then withdrew the com- plaints within days. Buchanan was charged twice with assault, only to see the charges He also was charged twice with drunken driving. Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross ruled his death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the upper extremities. The ruling came after an autopsy performed Friday morning. At a press conference Monday afternoon, District Attorney David Gorman reiterated that Buchanan died from blunt force trauma hut he declined to say if Buchanan was beaten. "We are not indicating lie died of a Gorman said, disputing an earlier media report that Buchanan was teatcn to death- Gorman continued to dance around the issue of whether Buchanan was beaten, hut he Jafer said it appeared the victim was struck more than once. Gorman would not comment on specific injuries Buchanan suf- fered but said the injuries occurred above his waist- Blunt force trauma is a term used to describe injuries caused by a blunt or sharp force. "Blunt force trauma means some sort of object strikes the human body, causing injury to the Gorman said. He refused to com- ment on what struck Buchanan, saying, "Right now, that's part of the investigation." According to a forensic anthro- pology Web site from the University of North Dakota, blunt force trauma can range from vehi- cle accidents to physical assault and injuries can affect any part of the body. The injuries are caused by using any item that is not sharp, accord- ing to the forensic anthropology department at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Please see A6 State extends PC tax-free program BY CBAIG WILLIAMS Slaff Writer State officials have scheduled two more weeks in which resi- dents can buy computers without paying sales tax. "The point ofthe tax-free PC week was to get more computers in your said Deb Snyder, press sec- retary of the state Depart-ment of Revenue. "Before, we were way behind in terms of the number of computers per home. We have improved, but we are still behind nationally." Although increasing after last year's first tax-break holiday, Pennsylvania computer owner- ship is at 42.1 percent, still below the national average of 51 percent for home use. The national rate of Internet access is percent; in Pennsyl- vania, it's 26.2 percent. So to help reduce the cost of a new computer, printer, video card or memory upgrade, the state will not charge a sales tax on purchases made the week of Aug. 5-12. Please see A5 Rales of computer ownership and Interne! access in Pennsylvania vs. Ihe U.S. Mirror graphic by Tom Worlhington II Downspout debate flows out of council BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer Altoona City Council isn't happy about the City Authority's campaign to force property own- ers to disconnect roof drains from sanitary sewers. Council members said Monday that the campaign may lead some residents to do work they don't need or can't afford. It also could lead to ice forming on streets and sidewalks and water flowing onto neighbors' properties or into the same sewer anyway. The authority has no choice but to push for the disconnections, said authority member Bill Geis, whose son Mark is among council members who spoke against the program. "Scaring old people is not the right thing to Mark Geis said. The state Department of Envir- onmental Protection asked the authority to devise a plan for dis- connecting downspouts from san- itary sewers four years ago. 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A7 A4 A9 AB Q NATION Classifieds C3-10 I QUFE i Comics DS i Community news D2 B4 Puzzles B5 i Television D4 D4 INSIDE BUSINESS The latest unemployment; figures for Iho region's counties show a slight increase in unemployment lor May. PAGE A7   

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