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Publication: Altoona Mirror August 7, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 7, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY LIFE: Getting pesky stains out of clothes /Pl BUSINESS: Keystone Fest plans made / A7 Tear de ’Teem 2 O O I Organizers looking into TV package Altona mirror © Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2001 50C newsstand Details released in murder case By Phil Ray and Tiffany Shaw Staff Writers The description of a man who Altoona police say was in Randall Buchanan’s home shortly before his murder didn’t ring a bell Monday with Buchanan’s neighbors. Police said Monday that an unknown man was seen inside Buchanan’s residence at 116 N. Seventh Ave. prior to the murder about 2:30 or 2:45 a.m. June 21. The man is described as a white male in his mid- to late 30s. He is 5 feet 8 inches to IO inches tall and weighed 190-200 pounds. He had brown hair and was wearing glasses. The man was wearing a blue shirt and had the ability to communicate through sign language. Investigators have said they believe Buchanan, who was deaf, died around 3 a.m., and his death probably came quick ly after his injuries. Buchanan. 42, was found on the floor of his living room. Blair County Coroner Patty Ross ruled the death a homicide and said Buchanan was killed by blunt force trauma to his upper body. The new information drew interest in Buchanan’s neighborhood. John Scalice, who worked behind the counter at the Triple S Variety Store a block from Buchanan’s home, carefully studied the description. He said it didn’t fit anyone he’d ever seen with Buchanan. Scalice said Buchanan came into the comer convenience store every day, but he usually wasn’t with anybody. A neighbor who lived a few houses down from Buchanan thought the release of the description represented an important development. He said police were really doing their job. Please see Details/Page A4 ALSO INSIDE The attorney for a 19-year-old Boswell woman charged with helping to cover up a Blair County homicide earlier this year says his client should be tried separately from other suspects in the case. PAGE A4 HOT! HOT! HOT! Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Seeking refuge from Monday afternoon’s sun and heat, (from left) Bronson Pfahler, IO; Brittany Cronmiller, IO; Ryan Poorman, 13; and Tomaline Porter, 13, frolic in the deep end of Prospect Pool. 90-degree temps expected to last through the week By Mia Rohart and Michael Emery Staff Writers Tropical Storm Barry has hit the Gulf Coast. A deadly heat wave has hammered the Midwest and crept into Texas. Maybe we should consider ourselves lucky to have the 90-degree weather that’s forecast this week. Yeah, right. “It’s going to feel pretty nasty and doggone hot,” said Frank Strait, an Accuweather meteorologist in State College. “When you are out in the sun, it will feel like IOO degrees.” There isn’t any relief in sight for the rest of the week. Strait said temperatures should hover around the 90-degree mark all week. “We’ve got a big, sprawling ridge of high pressure over most of the country,” Strait said. “The jet stream is north of Canada, allowing heat to build over the Plains states. When that happens, that’s how you get these ridiculously hot temperatures.” Please see Hot/Page A6 New rules ban children, teens from Wing Offs By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer The fate of one of Blair County’s favorite summer parties hangs in the balance for next year. Lakemont Park officials have changed the admission rules for the park’s Wing Offs to comply with state liquor laws. They said the changes could force them to cancel the event next summer. Children under IO years old are allowed into the annual Wing Off with a parent or guardian, but no one between ages ll and 20 is allowed to enter, according to new park rules. The change came after a juvenile was cited July 26 for underage drinking. The girl accepted a beer from an adult and was seen drinking it, said Sgt. Charles Strobert of the state police’s Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. The Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company, which holds the special occasion permit to sell alcohol at the six Wing Offs this year, also was cited for permitting minors to frequent the premises, Strobert said. Strobert met with fire company representatives last week, and he explained the situation to park General Manager Barry Kumpf July 31. Kumpf said there wasn’t enough time to properly advertise the admission changes before Thursday’s Wing Off, so many visitors were upset when they arrived with teens or children and were turned away. Strobert said liquor control simply is enforcing state law that requires alcohol to be kept from The admission rules have been changed lo comply with stale liquor laws, bul partt officials fear the changes could force them lo cancel the even! next year. those under the legal drinking age of 21. “They are required to control minors’ access to the licensed portion of a premises, the same as a regular [liquor licensed) retail establishment,” Strobert said. He credited the perk and fire company with adopting protection plans that require guests to prove their age with identification before being given a wristband, with which they could purchase tokens to buy beer. But that systerh didn’t provide enough protection, Strobert said, as proved by an adult at the Wing Off who handed alcohol to a minor. Even restricting the Wing Offs to a fenced-in area, drinkers still mingled with minors. Strobert said. Kumpf said restricting all minors except those young enough to be restrained by parents is the only way to ensure keeping alcohol out of young hands. Strobert suggested several scenarios to the paj-k, including keeping the alcohol in a separate section where only adults*ior those with young children are allowed. Please see Rulea/Page A6 Hollidaysburg’s water officials issue boil order through today By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - Borough water customers shouldn’t use discolored water for drinking until it clears—or it should be boiled for at least five minutes as a precaution, the Hollidaysburg Water Department said. Customers first noticed discolored water Monday after a water main broke near the Wye Switches. Although the water may appear rusty and have low pressure, it has been treated and disinfected. Assistant Borough Manager Michael McClain said the water was clearing Monday afternoon in most places and would continue to be discolored until it works its way through die system during the next few days. The water main was broken Monday morning by a contractor working on the Plank Road improvement project near Burger King at the Wye Switches. McClain said the waterline was being relocated, and the old section was hit by a backhoe. Once the new line is installed, the broken line will not be used. After the break, the department shut off valves on both sides of the break and took the section out of service, McClain said. Because two main lines go into the borough, if one is cut off, the other can be used to continue the loop and supply water to customers. Mirror Staff Writer Tiffany Shaw can be reached at 94& 7462 or [email protected] MINNIHH Ex-volunteer wrestling coach may avoid trial for corruption By Michael Emery Staff Writer CLAYSBURG — A former volunteer assistant wrestling coach at Claysburg-Kimmel High School may avoid trial on a corruption of minors charge. Mark Mosley, 21, of605 Marie St., Hollidaysburg, was scheduled to stand trial today in Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas for an incident involving a 16-year-old female student during the 2001 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association wrestling championships in Hershey. Instead, Mosley will apply for enrollment in an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, said Ed Spreha of the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office. The charge stems from a claim by the Claysburg-Kimmel student who was in Hershey as a fan on the evening of March IO at the Hampton Inn. In a written statement to the Derry Township Police Depart ment, the student said that Mosley initiated sexual relations with her by asking her for sex and kissing her. The police criminal complaint indicates that Mosley had sexual relations with the student at the hotel. Mosley was in Hershey as a volunteer coach for the wrestling team. The Claysburg-Kimmel School District since has released Mosley from his duties. Please see Charge/Page A4 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 71^22910 00050 a I) BIG FOUR 4    3    |0    2 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Hazy, hot and humid, 93° ■ Forecast, A2 Mirror oooooo oono ooo Bucks Q LOCAL Business A7 Movies A5 Obituaries A9 Opinion A8 JTJ SPORTS Local B4 Scoreboard Q NATION Classifieds    C3-10 EU UFE Comics    D5 Community    news    D2 Puzzles Television    D4 INSIDE IN NATION Victims cannot sue gunmakers when criminals , use their products illegally, California’s top court ruled Monday. 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  • Barry Kumpf
  • Brittany Cronmiller
  • Bronson Pfahler
  • Charles Strobert
  • Ed Spreha
  • Frank Strait
  • Jason Sipes
  • John Scalice
  • Marie St.
  • Mark Mosley
  • Michael Mcclain
  • Patty Ross
  • Randall Buchanan
  • Ryan Poorman
  • Tomaline Porter

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: August 7, 2001

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