Altoona Mirror, July 12, 2001

Altoona Mirror

July 12, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania ALTOONA1 MIRROR Little E's big win Crews swear Earnhardt Jr.'s win was legit B1 Commentary. Conspiracy theorists off base B3 Inside: Jhal's Racin' Page B3 INSIDE TODAY SPORTS; Claysburg honors 2 coaches ii UFE: PSD exhibit proves quite amusing Dl i Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2001 A year later, stabbing death unsolved Bv TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer I'One year ago tonight, John W. Eichelberger IV, 41, died after he was stabbed in the neck and crawled to a nearby house looking for help. .As of today, police haven't made any arrests, but they still are gathering evi- dence and conducting interviews. The hopelessness of the case has threatened to overwhelm Eichelberger's mother, who questions whether police are doing the best they can. No murder weapon. Little physical evidence. No known eyewitnesses. It's been a daunting case for investiga- tors searching for a killer. Eichelberger's mother, Jackie Wash- burn, understands the case could take time, but she's angry over the lack of communication with police. She lives in Phoenix, and she gets little information on the case except through one of Eiehelberger's friends in Altoona. "I'm a whole lot upset with the police. I'm very angry with Washburn said Tuesday evening in a telephone interview. "This is his family. Let us know something once in a while." Washburn is filled with anger over her son's death, and that emotion, while energizing her, also is tearing her apart. In the past year, she spent nearly a month in the hospital with emotional- related Illnesses and had to retire from her job. Eichelberger was Lakemont Park's ride inspection manager and spent years traveling the country working on amusement park rides. Washburn said that on the night he was killed, Eichelberger left his home across from Lakemont Park at 10 p.m. and went into Altoona. He withdrew money from his bank account and was stabbed about an hour later. Washburn said someone knows what happened to her son and has theories about why he was killed, "There's people out there that know. From my heart, I know lie went to help someone. That's the way he she sard, speculating that Eichelberger left his home that night to go to someone in trouble. Please see A5 504 newsstand Barry Kumpf, general manager at Lakemont Park, holds a carousel model made in memory of murder victim John Eichelberger, who worked at the park. The carousels were given to the victim's friends. Minor plioto by Kelly BerinuH MARKING ARMS Top gun makers agree to trace small weapons BY EDITH M. LEUKUKR The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS Key arms makers in the United States and Europe are will- ing to accept a voluntary program to mark and trace small arms to help curb illegal trafficking, According to documents seen by The Associated Press and con- firmed by industry officials. Diplomats involved in the initia- .tive say it would help authorities stem tlie flow of legally purchased light weapons to black markets sup- plying conflicts around the world. The agreement would take effect regardless of the outcome of a U.N. conference that is debating a draft plan to control illegal small arms trafficking. Included in the draft is a provi- sion calling for "negotiation of a legally binding instrument to identify and trace the lines of sup- ply of small arms and light weapons." The United States already requires a marking and tracing system, but it opposes this provi- sion because it doesn't want to make a commitment before know- ing all the details of an agreement, U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton told the AP Wednesday. "After further negotiation, 1 wouldn't exclude the possibility of a trcatylike commitment dealing with the flow of illegal weapons into conflict-prone he said. The plan represents an effort by manufacturers to create a marking and tracing identification system with a degree of self-regulation. Please see A12 The Associated Press Members of the French delegation huddle in the General Assembly during the United Nations Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons Wednesday. Study: Cheap guns create kid warriors BY CHRIS HAWLEY The Associated I'ress UNITED NATIONS Cheap, light weapons are helping turn children into vicious warriors in many coun- tries, researchers said in a report released Wednesday. More than people under the age of 18 are fighting as soldiers in 34 conflicts, many of them wielding auto- matic weapons, according to the study commissioned by the Canadian gov- ernment. Please see A12 More business in small weapons The number of legal manufaclurers ol small arms increased from less than 200 companies in 1980 lo more than 600 in 2001. This is due lo the spread of licensing and the need of developing countries to have their own small-arms manufacturing capability. 1980s 1990s Region Countries Companies Countries Companies Africa 5 Asia Pacific Middle East America North America 14 22 4 S 10 23 100 6 15 42 7 14 30 6 5 22 31 203 13 17 99 SOURCE: Smalt Arms Survey 2001 Garbage bills overflowing in Harrisburg State lawmakers have unprecedented number of proposals on table about trash. BY JEANETTE KKEUS HARRISBURG Lawmakers are talking a lot of trash these days. They aren't taking swipes at other politicians; they really are discussing garbage. Never before have legislators had so many bills in place this early in the session on the issue of trash imports, landfill expansion and the impact of traffic on com- munities with landfills. Some observers say the General Assembly may dump the measures on the fall agenda, which is sure to spark controversy. "This early interest in landfill legislation bodes well for some type of said Jeff Schmidt of the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter, who is surprised by the outpouring of bills. The House last month held a hearing on landfill legislation sponsored by Rep. Sain Smith, R- Jefferson, and another bill spon- sored by Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R- Dauphin, sits in the Senate. Other measures sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans deal with the issue including one by Rep. Camille "Bud" George, D-Clearfield, that would give local communities move control over landfills and a bill that passed the House requiring the state lo look at the impact of truck traffic traveling to new and expanded landfills. House and Senate leaders say the Smith and Piccola bills could get legislative action in the fall. Part of the reason there is grow- ing interest in the issue is with 50 landfills across the slate, more law- makers are facing waste disposal issues in their districts. Another development raising eyebrows is the boost in out-of-state trash dumped in Pennsylvania landfills. The state Department of Environmental Resources reported trash hauled across the state bor- ders increased by 20 percent last year to 12 million tons. Opponents worry that number will continue to rise, especially with the March closure of the giant Fresh Kills landfill in New York. Pennsylvania imports more trash than any other state. Virginia comes in second, but its garbage imports are half as much as Pennsylvania and the number is declining. Opponents point out that Pennsylvania imports about a ton of trash for every state resident. George, who has complained about the growth of landfills around the state for years, said something must be done to slow landfill expansion. George recently had a call from a lawmaker he declined to name who had opposed landfill restric- tions. Now, George said, he is hear- ing from constituents about a land- fill in his district, and he supports limits. "Isn't it he said, "how you don't worry about a bee until it stings Group files appeal in lawsuit on 1-99 BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer An environmental activist coalition refuses to give up its fight to protect the habitat on Bald Eagle Mountain from the proposed extension of Interstate 99. Attorneys from Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, also known as PennFuture, has filed an appeal asking for a reversal of a district court decision that upheld the 1-99 project's exemp- tion from federal environmental regulations. PennFuture presented its case Tuesday before a three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. A decision is expected to come with- in the next 90 days. Until then, PennDOT is allowed to continue with the project plans since no injunction or stay has been filed. Please see All DELIVERY j Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BKJFOUR i4J 4 S I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 CAPITAL GAIN The Associated Press Jaromir Jagr hugs the Art Ross Trophy for the highest NHL point scorer, which he won June 14. Jagr has been traded to the Washington Capitals by the Penguins for three prospects. Please see story, Page Bl. THE GREAT COMBiNATIOM Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GUEAT COMBINATION of MIimOH CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7647 BELLWOOD-ANTiS School officials look to fix lack of parking, ballfields By WAI.T FRANK Staff Writer BELLWOOD Bellwood-Antis school officials are trying to create more room more room to park and more room to play. Their options are spoiled out in a cam- pus planning study done by L. Robert Kimball Associates. Architect Richard W. Witt Jr. of KimbaU's State College office told board members Tuesday that there are 167 parking spaces on campus, but based on the current enrollment of students, 270 spaces are needed. And 900 more spaces will be necessary when the capacities of the football stadi- um, gymnasium and auditorium, as well as the Antis Township Subdivision and Land Development Code, are taken into consideration. In the study, Witt listed seven options to address parking problems. Please see A7 13 LOCAL Business Comics Obituaries Opinion 0 SPORTS Local Scoreboard A4 All A6 B4 B5 [d NATION Classifieds C3-12 Movies Njgtrt Life Puzzles Television D3 D4 D5 D5 INSIDE IN NATION Consumers seeking to save on prescription costs would be allowed lo buy medicines from abroad by mail order under legisla- tion the House passed Wednesday. PAGEC1 'i .I' ;