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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 3, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania SENIORS: GETTIN.G KICKS OUT OF LINE DANCING FREE INSIDE NATION: DESPITE GROWING DIVERSITY SEPARATION OF RACES PERSISTS PAGE Cl ._...... .shapes, sizes and textures Pittsburgh shuts down vikings iKtrrnr Copyright 2001 MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2001 500 newsstand Woman shot in head on city street BY JAY YOUNG "staff Writer i 'A woman was taken to Altoona Hospital Sunday night after she was shot in the head at the corner of Fifth Avenue and -Third Street. s "Please don't let me die. I'm only the 'young woman told neighbor Dale Greene, who was first to reach her in the street in front of the Polir Global Recycling build- ing. "She didn't even know she was Greene said standing on the porch on the 200 block of Fifth Avenue. "I told her she was shot and laid her down." Greene said the woman suffered a gun- shot wound to the front of her head but was surprisingly coherent, though panicking, while she spoke. The name of the woman, or information from police, wasn't avail- able by presstime. Police arrived at the scene around 10 p.m. and remained there into the early morning hours. Police caution tape enclosed the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Third Street. At least one man was in custody in an Altoona police squad car blocking the scene from traffic. Pat Damiano said he heard four shots from his nearby house. "All we want to do is be safe with our children and this... happens. You've got to be he said. Greene said he saw the vehicle from which the shots were fired leave to scene, but it returned a short time later. That vehicle was inside the quarantined crime scene as officers investigated the area. Investigators focused on an area in front of the Polir building, where glass could be seen in the street. They used flasWights to search the front of the building for bullet marks. Neighbors slowly emerged from their homes shortly after the shooting, many saying this is a quiet part of the city. "Too close to Damiano said. "I'm going home to hug my another resident said while leaving th'e area. Mirror Staff Writer Jay Young can be reached at 94E-7535 inirror.com. THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett laclyn Chilcote plays a decorated trombone in the Keith Junior High School marching band Sunday in the Advent of Christmas 'parade, sponsored by the Ecumenical Conference of Greater Altoona. Charlie Ofiesh served as the grand theparade, themed "Let There Be Peace." More photos I PAGE A6 pan who 'left friend lor dead' sentenced BY PFIIL RAY :Stajf Writer 1..A Patton man who prosecutors said walked away from an injured friend after a traffic accident in Logan Township in February is going to state prison, '.t; Judge Norman D. Callan Friday ordered John Patrick, 22, to spend the next 20 ,tp. 60 months in prison on charges of dri- ving under the influence of alcohol, aggra- tvated assault by vehicle while under the '.influence and accidents involving death or Injury. Patrick denied leaving his friend, James Jr., also of Patton, who was serious- ly injured in the accident at 2 a.m. Feb. 18 off 'Buckhorn Road near Mill Run Road. Sinclair, 20, was ejected from Patrick's car it left Buckhorn Road and traveled onto the woods. Police said he landed 40 to 60 'feet away from Patrick's vehicle, breaking :lils back. Prosecutors said Sinclair remains bedridden and in poor health. Patrick entered guilty pleas to the charges in August. At that tithe, Sinclair's mother, Lisa, said her son is bothered by the fact Patrick and another passenger "walked away and left him for dead" when they saw police coming to the scene. "He left his buddy to assistant dis- trict attorney Brandi Hauck said at Friday's sentencing hearing. During a pre-sentencing investigation, Patrick told investigators he searched the woods for Sinclair and was unable to find him "when the cops came." Investigators said Patrick, Sinclair and the other passenger were returning to Patton after leaving Classic Attitudes, a Logan Township nightspot. Patrick said he passed another car, which had pulled off Route 36, then lost control of his vehicle when it hit an icy spot in the road. Please see A6 The Associated Press Researchers at Penn State University and the University of Puerto Rico have identified a new species of lizard so small it can curl up on a dime or stretch out on a quarter. The lizard, Spaerodactylus Ariasae, was found on an island in the Dominican Republic. Outline to lessen burden BY BETH N. GUAY For the Mirror BEDFORD Bedford County Jail contin- ues to account for the biggest single outlay, about .72 million or 9.6 percent, of the county's proposed million spending plan for 'XKfiy But county and prison officials said they're working to try to lessen the burden of running The jail's spending projection, up from million this year, is fueled by increased wages and fringe benefits, estimated at million. Of the increase from, this year, of the new amount is for rising health insur- ance costs. The wage package isn't nailed down yet. Officials mistakenly reported earlier this week that corrections officers members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union were to consider a new contract Wednesday. But Sheriff Gordon Dlehl said a union official was meeting with members Wednesday to explain the county's offer, which has not been made public. Voting is set for Wednesday, he said. Diehl said the contract proposal includes a provision that would require officers to remain on the job for a certain period after they received training at the county's expense. Diehl and Deputy Warden Eric Easton have been frustrated that many new hires undergo the training at a cost of about each, then leave for employment at other regional prisons where the pay is higher. "We're sort of a training Diehl said. The remain-on-the-job provision, if accepted by the union, along with the wage increase to be offet-ed, should help stabilize what has been a transient staff. With a corrections staff of about 34 officers, Diehl said he's hired more than 30 during the last 22 months. Some officers, who served pre- viously, returned to the job, he said. Diehl said he will continue to utili2e a pro- gram of the Southern Alleghenles Planning and Development Commission that will pay half the salary for up to five months of qualifying new hires. "Believe me, we're taking advantage of every program we he said. The jail recently tapped into a state Attorney General's office program to receive free surplus foods. An Inmates' garden at the jail this year con- tributed worth of vegetables to the kitchen, bringing the cost of feeding an inmate for a day in August down to Usually ranging in the vicinity of a the meal cost is the envy of other such institji- tions, county commissioners Chairman David Thompson said. Diehl and Easton are looking Into adjust- ments in some facilities to provide dormitorj housing for more paying detainees of the al Immigration and Naturalization Service. J'j Please see A5 H'.J Subscription or home delivery questions: 80 or (800) 287-4480 I Lottery numbers, A2 Partly sunny, mild, Forecast, A2 Altatmn Mirror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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