Altoona Mirror, September 26, 2001

Altoona Mirror

September 26, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 26, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY BUSINESS: Highmark customers will pay more M LIFE: DASH diet helps to lower blood pressure again ...._r Jordan will make return with Wizards Altomta Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2001 newsstand MORE WAR ON TERRORISM COVERAGE: PAGES AB, AID, AH, ci, cs Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Army Reserve Pvt. Michael Sintal inspects a tank and pump unit used to decontaminate chemical weapons at the unit's station in Johnstown. The 464th Chemical Brigade specializes in detecting and cleaning up foreign chemicals. Pentagon calls up reservists BY RON FOUKNIER The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Pentagon ordered more reservists to duty Tuesday as President Bush weighed putting more armed guards on airliners and strength- ening cockpit doors against poten- tial hijackers. In a diplomatic victory for the United States, Saudi Arabia cut ties to the terrorist-harboring Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Americans are in for a long, brutal struggle for jus- tice in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on Washington, D.C., and New York City. "It will be he said. "It will be dangerous." Underscoring the threat, Osama bin Laden's terrorist group warned of retaliation if Washington attacks. "Wherever there are Americans and Jews, they will be said a statement issued by Naseer Ahmed Mujahed, chief military commander for the al-Qaida net- work fingered by Bush for the Sept. 11 attacks. Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell went to Capitol Hill to give Congress top-secret brief- ings on Bush's brewing war plans. Hoping to calm a jittery travel ing public, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta pre- sented Bush with a series of rec- ommendations to tighten airline security. Please see All The Associated Press Workers remove a cahle used to pull down a portion of the still-stand- ing facade of the World Trade Center Tower Two Tuesday. A lot of work remains two weeks after the attacks that collapsed both towers. Reserves specialize in war's chemistry BY LINDA HUDKINS For the. Mirror JOHNSTOWN Framed artwork on Col. Richard Kiehart's office walls provides some insight into what his 464th Chemical Brigade is about. Posters from two world wars depict various gases mus- tard, phosgene, nitrogen mustard and lewisite as enemies of the human body. The lesson they preach to soldiers is: "Gas: Respect it, don't fear it." Kiehart, brigade commander of the 464th Chemical Brigade, an Army Reserve unit, says a lot has changed since those wars, but the basic function of his troops remains the same. They provide troop support in the form of "recon, decon and he says in the simplest military lingo. Reconnaissance means his unit finds substances nuclear, biological and chem- ical that can cause harm, Kiehart says. Decontamination means troops clean up tainted items, whether they're trucks, tanks, airfields, ports or people. And pointing to a smoke truck where six fog-oil nozzles poke out from the back, Kiehart's troops "can just plain make things disappear. "If the enemy can't see you, they can't kill you." A print by a famous Civil War artist in Kiehart's office shows soldiers in battle on a smoke-filled field. It's an image that's relevant today, with many experts pre- dicting the potential use of chemical and biological weapons in America's war on terrorism. A manual prepared by the Army reads, "nuclear, biologi- cal and chemical defense is so widely proliferated today that nobody can consider themselves immune from attack. Our officers learn how to analyze that threat, plan defensive mea- sures to mitigate the effects of an attack and then organize missions to recover froin an attack." Terrorism hit the United States Sept. 11 when four suicide pilots hijacked airplanes and turned them into weapons of mass destruction. Those attacks led many people to consider that terrorists could release nuclear, chemical or biological agents in the United States. Kiehart says local groups such as fire companies and the National Guard, at the request of the governor, initially would respond in the case of such an attack. U.S. military forces do not respond until called by the pres- ident. But for several years, local emergency management agencies and the U.S. military have been exchanging infor- mation on the best methods of defending the homeland, Kiehart says. Please see All Kiehart State officials: Blair should offer methadone treatment By KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer Blair County needs to offer methadone treatment to drug abusers so the county can take care of its residents, state government administrators told a local anti- drug abuse committee Tuesday. "You, as a community, need to make a choice. You need a contin- uum of care in your said Gene Boyle, director of the state Department of Health's Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs. At a breakfast meeting address to Blair Countians for a Drug-Free Community, Boyle said the county had 347 hospital admissions relat- ed to heroin use in 1999-2000, up from 185 in 1998-99. "Heroin in this commonwealth is one of the fastest growing drugs he told the committee, which represents behavioral health ser- vices, law enforcement, school dis- tricts, government and businesses. "It's the second most- popular drug of choice behind alcohol." The committee, formed to stem the tide of illicit drug use in the county, also is concerned that methadone treatment must be made available within an hour's drive for county Medicaid recipi- ents by 2004. Blair County has no facilities licensed to administer methadone, and local addicts must drive to Pittsburgh or Harrisburg for treat- ment. Proposals to set up clinics in neighboring Cambria County have met resistance. Please see AS Murder suspects need to be tried separately, DA decides BY Pun, RAY Stoff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Two sus- pects in the murder of a Hollidaysburg woman whose body vyas found in May near Janesville Pike should be tried separately, Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman conceded Tuesday. Gorman had resisted the idea of separate trials for Marie L. Seilhamer, 19, of Ashville RD and Kristin M. Edmundson, 20, of Edmundson Seilhamer Duncansville, contending that they were part of a conspiracy to murder Shari Lee Jackson, a 20- year-old emergency medical tech- nician. State police at Hollidaysburg said Jackson angered Edmund- son, who enlisted Seilhamer's help in the killing. Edmundson also is charged with recruiting two friends Amanda Speicher, 20, and Scott Custer, 23, both of Boswell to help her cover up the killing by burning Jackson's body and destroying evidence. 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