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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 10, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania SONGBOOK FAVORITE HOLIDAY CLASSIC TUNES FREE INSIDE IN LIFE: PET SAFETY IS IMPORTANT AROUND THE HOLIDAYS PAGE Dl yL yp Pittsburgh Steelers 'flJFJ pick up win without Bettis the shopping spirit page Bl Altonna UKrrcr Copyright 2001 NORTHERN BLAIR COUOTY Sewer BY WALT KKANK Staff Writer TYRONE Northern Blair County Regional Sewer Authority customers probably will be hit with a sewer rate increase in 2002, while Tyrone Borough customers, who may escape a rate increase next year, may see an increase in 2003. With the closing of the Westvaco Corp. paper mill in October, North- ern Blair will become the largest contributor to the Tyrone sewer treatment plant and will be required to pay a higher proportionate share of plant and treatment costs. North- ern Blair bills about customers in Antis and Snyder townships and bills Bcllwood Borough as a bulk customer. How much Northern Blair will pay in 2002 remains uncertain. "The information given to North- ern Blair by the borough assumed the cost to Northern Blair would be However, the borough only included because of the uncertainty of the lass of Borough Manager Al Drayovitch said. "No one knows how this will play out. The numbers are based on the latest available projections." Officials of Northern Blair, which paid in 2001, aren't happy about the hefty increase being he passed to customers. Please see A3 Area man confesses to thefts BY MARK LKHKKFINGGR Staff Writer An Altoona man used convinc- ing talk and deception to pull off a number of thefts during the last two months, court documents state. Walter R. Henderson, 20, of 214 N. Ninth Ave. is in Blair County Prison facing at least 38 charges including rob- bery, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Charges have Henderson been filed before magis- trates Kenneth L. Carman, Todd F. Kelly and Joseph L. Moran. A preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for Jan. 9 Henderson was arrested on war- rants and a parole detainer Nov. 24 after he abandoned a car and led Logan Township and Altoona police on a foot chase. The suspect was arrested after a carjacking in Greenwood, police said. Henderson abandoned the vehi- cle and was caught hiding in a tree. After his arrest, Henderson waived Miranda rights and confessed to comm i tting numerous cri mes, accor- ding to court documents. Please see A4 Subscription or home ilcliveiY questions: fMfi-7'180 or (800) 287-W80 MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2001 BETTER LATE... Mircor photo by Jason Sipes A doorway remains unfinished at Altoona City Hall's main lobby. Renovations are to be completed in February. Officials: City Hall will sparkle despite delays BY WILLIAM KIIILER Staff Writer By the time staff moves back into Altoona City Hall around the end of February, the million reno- vation project will be almost a year late. But the miter joints will be tight, the finishes impeccable, the exterior free of its shroud of urban grime and the colors and many appointments inside and out at least will appear the same as the original 1925 version. There have been delays galore, with most of the blame placed on contractor W.C. Murray of Johnstown. But there never has been any complaint about workmanship, city Public Works Director Dave Diedrich said. It's a solid building, and the city never could have duplicated it for the money it's spend- ing on renovation, he said. Most of die offices have windows and that's a big deal for staff, which has occupied a temporary city hall on Cayuga Avenue for two years, working in the bowels of the sprawling one- story Saf-T-Bak building. His em- ployees sometimes call out to the codes office the only one with a window to find out what's happening with the weather, Diedrich said. Bessie Mosey, deputy finance direc- tor, got a look at the progress of the renovations during a tour last week. "I can't wait." she said. Mosey's boss, Toni Lament, the city's new finance director, said she thinks it will be easier to be organized in the renovated building because there will be real files instead of boxes spread around. Please see A3 BIG FOUR 5j 3 Pages C1.C2 Toledo planes got call quickly TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Ohio Air National Guard planes based at Toledo Express Airport were the first outside the East Coast to answer the Air Force's call for help during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, military offi- cials said. Had the hijacked plane that crashed in Somerset County continued westward that day, or had terrorists taken over another air- craft in Midwestern air space, it would have been the responsibility of the Guard's Fighter Wing to It They had the fuel. Theyhadguns. That's what was needed. retired Lt. Col. Alan Scott shoot down that plane. "They had the fuel. They had guns. That's what was need- retired Lt. Col. Alan Scott, who has been analyzing the attacks for the Air Force, told The Blade for a story Sunday. "It [the fighter whig] just had a phenomenal re- sponse on Sept. said Col. Robert Marr.of the North East Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y., the man responsible for coordinating air defense strategy in response to the attacks. After the first of two planes taken over" by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, Marr ordered jets from bases: in Massachusetts and Virginia to head toward New York City and Washington, respectively. Those orders came too late to prevent a sec- ond plane from crashing into the trade center and another hijacked plane from hitting the Pentagon. When a fourth plane deviated from its west- ward flight path and circled counterclock- wise around the western Cleveland suburbs, the Rome command center began calling bases across the nation for help. That included a phone call to Toledo, which sent jets into the air heading east at a.m., 16 minutes after the command center began making its calls. "They basically just took aircraft that were just being set up for training missions and launched out to help tlefen d the sk ies over North America, wherever they Marr said. "The response was very, very, very quick." By then, President Bush had issued an order to shoot down the fourth plane before-it hit any potential targets. It's unclear what role Toledo's jets played before they were joined by Air National Guard jets from Syracuse at a.m. The fourth plane crashed into a western Pennsylvania hillside between and a.m. r Toledo Air Guard officials declined to talk to the newspaper about what happened Sept. 11, even in general terms permitted by the military. In explaining their mission, Marr said the Toledo jets "never had a track close enough that they were d i reeled to en gage." 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