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Publication: Altoona Mirror December 3, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 3, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Woman shot in head on city street By Jay Young Staff Writer A woman was taken to Altoona Hospital late Sunday night after she was shot in the head at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Third Street. “Please don’t let me die. I’m only 18,” the young woman told neighbor Dale Greene, who was first to reach her in the street in front of the Polir Global Recycling building. “She didn’t even know she was shot.” Greene sa ic ing 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 gunshot wound to the front other head but was surprisingly coherent, though panicking, while she spoke. The name of the woman, or information from police, wasn’t available by presstime. Police arrived at the scene around IO 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 concerned,” 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 flashlights 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 home," Damiano said. “I’m going home :) hug my kids," another resident said while leaving the area. Mirror Staff Writer Jay Young can be reached at 94& 7535 or jyoungiaaltoona mirror.com. NATION: DESPITE GROWING DIVERSITY, SEPARATION OF RACES PERSISTS ► PAGE Cl iristmas trees come in all shapes, sizes and textures Pittsburgh shuts down VikingsAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2001 50C newsstand Outline to lessen burden By Beth N. Gray For the Mirror BEDFORD — The Bedford County Jail continues to account for the biggest single outlay, about $1.72 million or 9.6 percent, of the county’s I proposed $10.39 million spending plan for 2002. But county and prison officials said they’re I working to try to lessen the burden of running 'T the The jail’s spending projection, up from $1.54 million this year, is fueled by increased wages and fringe benefits, estimated at $1.25 million. Of the $190,000 increase from this year, $42,000 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 Diehl 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 Erie Easton have been frustrated that many new hires undergo the training at a cost of about $2,000 each, then leave for employment at other regional prisons where the pay is higher. “We’re sort of a training ground,” Diehl said. The remain-on-the-job provision, if accepted by the union, along with the wage increase to be offered, 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 previously, returned to the job, he said. Diehl said he will continue to utilize a program of the Southern Alleghenies 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 can,” 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 contributed $2,633 worth of vegetables to the kitchen, bringing the cost of feeding an inmate for a day in Augus t down to $3.33. Usually ranging in the vicinity of $3.70 a d^y, the meal cost is the envy of other such institji-tions, county commissioners Chairman David Thompson said. Diehl and Easton are looking into adjustments in some facilities to provide dormitory housing for more paying detainees of the feder a1 Immigration and Naturalization Service. « ' Please see Bedford/Page AS THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Q NATION Classifieds C4-10 War on terrorism C2 in URE I Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 /aclyn 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 marshal for the parade, themed “Let There Be Peace. ”More photos I Page A6 Man who ‘left friend for dead’ sentenced LUCKY LITTLE LIZARD Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett By Phil Ray Staff Writer 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. Judge Norman D. Callan Friday ordered David John Patrick, 22, to spend the next 20 to 60 months in prison on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence and accidents involving death or injury. Patrick denied leaving his friend, James Sinclair 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 cai' when it left Buckhorn Road and traveled into the woods. Police said he landed 40 to 60 feet away from Patrick’s vehicle, breaking his back. Prosecutors said Sinclair remains bedridden and in poor health. Patrick entered guilty pleas to the charges in August. At that time, 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 die,” assistant district 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 Dead/Page 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. 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  • Beth N. Gray
  • Brandi Hauck
  • Charlie Ofiesh
  • Dale Greene
  • David John Patrick
  • David Thompson
  • James Sinclair Jr.
  • Jay Young
  • Keith Junior
  • Kelly Bennett
  • Norman D. Callan
  • Pat Damiano
  • Sheriff Gordon Diehl

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: December 3, 2001

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