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Publication: Altoona Mirror August 30, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 30, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Area high school football overview Life: BCAF releases its Family Theatre lineup DIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2001 500 newsstand Edmundson * , Seilhamer JACKSON MURDER Lawyer: Death penalty baseless By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — The attorney for accused killer Marie Seilhamer says there is no legal basis for prosecutors to seek the death penalty against his client in her upcoming murder trial. Altoona attorney Thomas M. Dickey is asking a Blair County judge to bar District Attorney Dave Gorman from seeking the death penalty against Seilhamer, 19, Ashville RD, and Kristin M. Edmundson, 20, Duncansville, who are accused (rf killing Shari Lee Jackson, 20. Gorman announced last month that he would seek the death penalty against both women, citing torture as a legal basis. Police said Seilhamer and Edmundson admitted they drove Jackson, an emergency medical technician from Hollidaysburg, to a wooded area near the Blair-Clearfield county line. Seilhamer beat Jackson with a baseball bat, while Edmundson slashed her throat with a box-cutting knife. Police said Edmundson was angry at Jackson and felt she was interfering with Edmundson’s relationship with a third woman. The day after the murder, two friends of Edmundson — Scott Custer, 23, and Amanda Speicher, 20 — were charged with helping the women bum Jackson’s body and dispose of evidence. Dickey argues that under state law, torture requires a perpetrator to go beyond a killing and do something to inflict additional pain on the victim — just for the sake of inflicting pain. He argues that whatever happened to Jackson involved her death, not a separate act just to cause pain. Gorman is seeking the death penalty to gain leverage over Seilhamer in hopes of obtaining a guilty plea to a lesser charge, Dickey contends. Gorman disputes Dickey’s claim, saying it offends him. Please see Penalty/Page A7 TEACHER DOUBLE FEATURE Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Janet Yon, a second-grade teacher at McAuliffe Heights at Irving Elementary School, gives student Brandon Thompson his homework folder. Yon began the second year of the looping program Wednesday. At McAuliffe, ‘looping’ keeps kids with instructor for two-year cycle By William Kibler Staff Writer It’s a simple but powerful idea. Instead of getting a new teacher every year, students at McAuliffe Heights at Irving Elementary School have the same teacher two years in a row — three teachers during six years. “Looping” may lack the instant glamour of other innovations practiced at McAuliffe Heights, such as tailoring teaching to seven types of intelligence. But at the Logantown school, linking years into pairs has become the setting for more trust, more confidence, less anxiety, quicker re-establishment of routine, less forced pacing of school work, faster intervention for problems and a broader perspective. On Wednesday, the first day of school, looping helped generate a shy, radiant smile on the face of sixth-grader Samantha Mealing. Teacher Linda Conway is in the second year of her loop with Samantha and her classmates. Conway is familiar enough with Samantha to make a point about writing style. Please see Loop/Page A5 PSU traffic could keep police busy By Phil Ray Staff Writer STATE COLLEGE — An expanded Beaver Stadium, road construction and a night kickoff could combine for a traffic nightmare for Saturday’s Penn State University football game against Miami. Police are trying to prepare for the onslaught of tens of thousands of cars, vans, recreational vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. Authorities are accustomed to football traffic, but night games are another story. Penn State has played six home night contests in its history, and there hasn’t been a late-night game for eight years. “It’s a little hard to anticipate this, the way the game falls at night,” Penn State police Supervisor Dwight Smith said. “We haven’t had a night game in quite a few years. We could have a trickle all day or they could come eight hours early.” Authorities are pleased with the progress on highways leading into the Centre County region, but better roads are not yet a reality. Fans coming from Altoona, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will run into road construction and traffic tie-ups. Beaver Stadium’s parking lots open at 9 a.m., and traffic could be reduced dramatically if fans arrive at a steady flow. However the scenario plays out, Smith and his IOO auxiliary police officers will be ready for the rush. Roads leading into the stadium, such as Park Avenue and University Drive, will be switched to a oneway traffic pattern late Saturday COMING FRIDAY The Mirror’s complete coverage of the Nittany Lions’ season opener against Miami Saturday night. morning. The game won’t be finished until 11:30 p.m. or midnight, and that creates another problem. The parking lots will be well-lit, but there will be a rush of traffic as fans try to leave. “We will have exit lights on the roadways, but I think people have to be patient,” Smith said. Another unknown is how many vehicles there will be compared to past years. Because of the added seating at Beaver Stadium, attendance will jump by more than 11,000 people, which could mean more vehicles. But Penn DOT spokesman Chuck Yorks doesn’t know if a bigger crowd necessarily means more vehicles. Please see Traffic/Page AIG Mirror photo by Gary M Baranec Interstate 99 construction continues near Beaver Stadium in State College. At far right is the stadium’s exit ramp from Route 322. Traffic is expected to be snarled at the site Saturday.House panel seeks compromise n updating Right-to-Know law By Michael Race capitolwire.com HARRISBURG — Revising the state’s 43-year-old open records law will require striking a balance between the public’s right to know' and personal privacy. Just how delicate that balance needs to be was a topic of a workshop Tuesday before the House State Government Committee. For more than 90 minutes, the committee discussed a bill spon sored by state Rep. Charles Mc-Ilhinney, R-Bucks, to update the state’s Right-to-Know Law, generally considered among the weakest in the nation. The measure is among several proposals being offered at the Capitol to revise the law. State Rep. Paul Clymer, R-Bucks, who chairs the committee, said lawmakers, the media, local governments and privacy advocates must find “that line of compromise” that will result in Right-to-Know revisions all sides can support. Please see Law/Page A9Cambria tightens regulations for transportation of inmates By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror EBENSBURG — Constables who transport Cambria County prisoners will work under a new set of rules imposed Wednesday by President Judge Gerard Long. Prompted by three escapes in the past year and a recent incident in which inmates were caught smuggling contraband into the prison, Long met with constables and district justices. He announced a new operating procedure that directs constables to transport inmates in cars equipped with barriers between the front and back seats. And rear doors in constables’ cars must be disabled so inmates cannot open them from the inside. Prisoners must be handcuffed and in leg irons, Long said, and constables must begin wearing uniforms. To help constables comply, Long said the county will stock up on the required items. For example, he said three shirts, a jacket and a hat will cost $35 for constables. Also, Long said each of the county’s nine district court offices will have cell phones or radios on hand for constables to use while transporting prisoners. Hastings District Justice Michael Zungali said constables, although elected, operate as independent contractors. Please see Rules/Page AG ■NM ■■MHN HMN— NMMMMNM DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050 i BIG POUR 3    7    6    |4 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 82° ■ Forecast, A2 The Magazine...Wine Spectator Says:    ,’fin* *4ITAUAN VILLA ‘7s One of the best Restaurants in the world for Wine Lovers”    -    Aug.    3ist    Edition % □ LOCAL Business A13 Comics AIO Obituaries A15 Opinion A4 0 SPORTS Q NATION Classifieds C4-16 Local Scoreboard B4 B5 Q LAPE Movies D3 Night Life D2 Puzzles DG Television DG IN NATION At least 40,000 federal tax returns and payments involving $810 million either were lost or destroyed at a Pittsburgh processing facility. PAGE Cl ;

  • Amanda Speicher
  • Brandon Thompson
  • Chuck Yorks
  • Dave Gorman
  • Dwight Smith
  • Gerard Long
  • Kristin M. Edmundson
  • Linda Conway
  • Linda Hudkins
  • Marie Seilhamer
  • Michael Race
  • Paul Clymer
  • Phil Ray
  • Samantha Mealing
  • Scott Custer
  • Shari Lee Jackson
  • Thomas M. Dickey
  • William Kibler

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: August 30, 2001

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