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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 7, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY LIFE; Getting pesky stains Out of clothes BUSINESS: Keystone Fest plans made A7 Organizers looking into TV package Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2001 newsstand Details released in murder case Buchanan BY PHIL RAY AND TIFFANY SHAW SlaffWrilers 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 resi- dence at 116 N. Seventh Ave. prior to the murder about or a.m. June 21. The man is described as a white male in his mid- to late 30s. He is 5 feet 8 inch- es to 10 inches tall and weighed 190-200 pounds. He had brown hah- 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 alter his injuries. Buchanan, 42, was found on the floor of his living room. Blah- 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 corner 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 A4 AISO INSIDE The attorney tora 19-year- old Bosiyell woman charged with helping to cover up a Blair County homicide earlier v this year says his client should1- be tried separately 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 Pfahlei-, 10; Brittany Croniuiller, 10; 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 MlA ROHART AND MICHAEL EMEUY StaffWriters Tropical Storm Barry has hit the Gulf Coast. A deadly heat wave has ham- mered 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 dog- gone said Frank Strait, an Accuweather meteorologist in State College. "When you are out in the sun, it will feel like 100 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 Strait said. "The jet stream is north of Canada, allowing heat to bu ild over the Plains states. When that happens, that's how you get these ridiculously hot temperatures." Please see 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 co.uld force them to cancel the event next summer. Children under 10 years old are allowed' into the annual Wing Off with a parent or guardian, but no one between ages 11 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 drink- ing 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 fre- quent 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 Thurs- day's Wing Off, so many visitors were upset when they arrived with teens or children and were turned away. Strobert said liquor control sim- ply is enforcing state law that .requires alcohol to be kept from The admission rules have been changed to comply with state liquor laws, out park officials fear the changes could force them to cancel the event next year. those under the legal drinking age Of 21. "They are required- to control minors' access to the licensed por- tion of a premises, the same as 'a regular [liquor; licensed] retail Stroliert'said. He 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 i to buy beer. But that system 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 min- gled 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 sce- narios to the park, including keep- ing the alcohol in a separate sec- tion where only those with young children are allowed. Please see A6 Hollidaysburg's water officials issue boil order through today BY TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer ,j Borough water customers shouldn't use dis- colored water for drinking until it it should be boiled for at least five minutes as a precaution, the Hollidaysburg Water Depart- ment.said. Customers first noticed discol- ored 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 the 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 lie reachedat 946-74B2or Ex-volunteer wrestling coach may avoid trial for corruption BY MICHAEL EMEIIY Staff Writer CLAYSBURG A former volun- teer assistant wrestling coach at Claysburg-Kimmel High School may avoid trial on a corruption of minors charge. Mark Mosley, 21, of60S Marie St., HoIIIdaysburg, was scheduled to stand trial today in Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas for an inci- dent involving a 16-year-ohi female studentduringfhe2001 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association wrestling championships in Hershey. Instead, Mosley will apply for enrollment in an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition pro- gram, said Ed Spreha of the Dauphin County District Attor- ney'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 10 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 unteer coach for the wrestling team. The Claysburg-Kimmel School District since has released Mosley from h is duties. Please see A4 Subscription or home delivery questions: 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 f Hazy, hot and humid, Forecast, A2 Miiror-opopoo Q LOCAL Business Movies___ Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard AS A3 A8 JJ4 H NATION i Classifieds C3-10 J0LW: Comics _D5 Community news D2 Puzzles____ D4 Television D4 IN NATION Victims cannot sue gunmakers when criminals use their products illegally, California's top court ruled Monday. PAGEC1   

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