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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 1, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY LOCAL Cove-Bedford community news A4 UK: Dim prospects for outdoor lighting Dl Two years too old I Danny Almonte is "U Altoona Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2001 newsstand v. ELKS CLUB SHOOTING Death penalty out Staff Writer Prosecutors will not geek the death penalty for a Mount Union man charged with killing an Altpona woman out- side the Arandale Elks Club in mid-July. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman said Friday that he consulted with police and members of the victim's family before making the decision on 24-year-old Eafelle Richardson. "tyhen the decision was announced in Judge Thomas G. Peoples' courtroom, Richardson began to sob. He then was taken back to the Blair County Prison to await the next step in his case. Richardson still could be found guilty of first-degree homicide, and a conviction would land him in prison for life. But now that Richardson no longer faces a capital murder charge, he is entitled to bail. While the subject did not come up during Friday's arraignment, Gorman said if Richardson or his attorney requests bail, the prosecution will ask that it be substantial because Richardson is a flight risk. After Richardson, a native of Philadelphia, allegedly killed 21-year-old Patience Ferguson of Altoona outside the Elks Club, he left the Gorman said. kiP6'lice aren't sure where Richardson went, butjwithm two days of the incident, he hired Philadelphia attorney David M. McGlaughlin. Please see A10 JACKSON KILLING Blair to pay experts i. RAY riter Blair County will pay Texpert witnesses to aid the defense in the jji Jackson homicide case, a Blair County judge ruled Friday. MiDfefense attorney Thomas M. Dickey of is representing one of four people arrested in connection with the May death of the 20-year-old emergency medical technician. :Dickey's client, 19-year-old Marie L. Seilhainer of Ashville RD, allegedly used a baseball bat to subdue Jackson as she scuffled another suspect in the case, Kristin M. Please see A10 BLAIR'S MANUFACTURING SPIRAL cuts hit Tyrone Mirror pfiolo by Jason Sfpes Westvaco Corp. employees head to their cars Friday afternoon after the 3 p.m. shift change. Residents shocked, disgusted AT a GLANCE Isenberg 'That's not right' Bridges Had a bad feeling BY MIA ROHAHT Staff Writer TYRONE Debi Watson was talking to her neighbor on the phone Friday from her j ob at v Community Pharmacy on Pennsylvania Avenue. A look of disbelief and worry clouded her face. She had just learned about the Westvaco Corp. paper mill closing. Watson's three best friends will be among those affected their husbands are employed at Westvaco. Word of the closing spread like wildfire through the Tyrone com- munity Friday morning. After the announcement came shock, dis- may and plenty of uncertainty. "I'm Watson said. "They always thought their jobs OTHER BIZ NEWS Veeder-Root to add jobs., Alpha-Fry Teclmoltigies strike ends. PAGE A9 were secure. The mill was the anchor. If you had a job at the mill, you had it made." i Watson wasn't the only one hi disbelief. "It's terrible... really Tyrone resident Alice Wilson said. "It's a Eleanor Clark of Tyrone said. "It will hurt an awful lot of people and families. That's the trouble with places closing. 1 thought they would be safe for awhile." Please see A12 Tyrone's Westvaco plant will close at the end of October. A total of 198 hourly and 67 salaried employees will lose their jobs. Company officials blame the closing on the slowing economy, a strong U.S. dollar and increases in imported paper. The Tyrone mill's coated paper production most likely will be transferred to Luke, Md., and Wickliffe, Ky. Local and slate officials are working to get Westvaco to change its mind about the shutdown. Workers may receive immediate job help from the Blair County CareerLinkand up to 26 weeks of unemployment compensation benefits. Westvaco closes Tyrone mill, idles 265. Shutdown '--I1 likely to have ripple effect. BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer TYRONE Westvaco Corp.'s paper mill will close by the end of October and eliminate 265 jobs, including 198 hourly and 67 salaried workers. Officials of the Stamford, Conn.-, based corporation announced Friday that they will close the mill, which has operated in Tyrone since 1880, and move pro- duction to more modern manufac- turing operations. Local government officials said they were surprised by the clos- ing. "I knew nothing about it, but I was concerned the morning I read about the merger [with The Mead Corp.] The thought crossed my Tyrone Mayor Pat Stoner said. "I was hoping against hope that this [merger] would be a posi- tive rather than a negative and bring us more business. It is dev- astating and shocking." "It is devastating to think of Westvaco [as] not part of Blair said state Senate President Pro Tern Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Blair. "They have been there for so long. We used complain about the smell, but that smell meant jobs. "It came as a shock. This hurts very he said. "This is troubling to said state Rep. Larry 0. Sather, R- Huntingdon. "I have concerns with how this impacts over 250 people who are employed there." "It is very troubling when any good industry like that is forced to shut down a good site that employs so many of our said Gary Donner, president of the Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce. We are very sad about that." Please see A12 PENN STATE FOOTBALL Nits have adrenaline on their side ByNEltRUDEI, Associate Sports Editor UNIVERSITY PARK r- Penn State University's Nitlany Lions believe emotion will help them open their football season with a bang tonight. They'rehostingMiami, the No. 2 team in the country. Penn State will be led out of the tunnel and into their newly expanded Beaver Stadium by inspirational leader Adam Taliaferro, who was para- lyzed while making a tackle last season at Oln'o State. The Lions are eager to make amends for last year's 5-7 season. "Emotion can be one of the biggest strengths in Division I COMING SUNDAY Look for complete coverage of Penn Slate's historic opener with No. 2 Miami in Penn Stale Extra, a special Sports section wraparound in Sunday's Mirror. football because everybody's got great senior tight end John Gihnore said. "We have to set a high bar from Day 1. We can't be any less emo- tional for other games. We have to go out like this every week." Penn State's two most emotional performances last year against Purdue, the week after Taliaferro's injury, and the season finale against Michigan State brought two victories. "If we come out like we did in those games, we won't have a prob- lem at junior defensive tackle Anthony Adams said. "I was so emotional in the Purdue game that I was crying." He'll have a tear in his eye will most of the on hand when Taliaferro, who less than a year ago appeared that Please see AS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COMPUTE HIGH SCHOOL COVERAGE IN SPORTS Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett The Altoona Mountain Lions burst onto the field before their game at Hollidaysburg. Tailgate parties becoming staple BY MARK LEBEUFINGER Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG One aspect of Friday night's Altoona-Hollidaysburg game hitting on all cylinders was the food. Tail gating has been a staple of professional and col- lege football games for years, and it is becoming a part of the high school tradition. Such was the case at the county seat Friday. Mary Camberg of Altoona and others were setting up their tailgate party across from Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School on Hart Street when a heavy downpour hit an hour-and-a-half before game time. 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