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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 22, 2005, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                THE SATURDAY COLUMN JILL REIGH says January is the perfect time for cleansing physically and emotionally A12 STEELERS COVERAGE Pullout poster on Page A10 The latest news on Pages COMING SUNDAY Men of Steel tab 3Ut00na Copyright 2005 newsstand SATURDAY January 22, 2005 Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Dede McCreary of Hollidaysburg stops at Mielnik's on Route 22 to pick up bread and milk Friday. www.altoonamirror.com Area braces for storm BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer The Altoona area is bracing for what is expected to be the first major snowstorm this win- ter the big question is how much will fall. State College-based AccuWeat- her predicts 6 to 12 inches, while a forecaster at the National Weather Service office, also in State Col- lege, expects ,4 to 8 inches.' "We never know exactly; we don't do real well at that [pre- INSIDE: List of schedule changes PAGE AS dieting actual snow meteorologist John LeCorte of the National Weather Service said. "We are talking about a plowable snow, the first real one that will grab people's attention this year." The snow, which is expected to be heavy at times, is forecast to start this morning and continue throughout the day and end about midnight, LeCorte said. "The snow will become very heavy within an hour and re- main heavy for a good six- to eight-hour period. Most of the heavy snow, will fall between 9 a.m. and 3 AccuWeather meteorologist John Dlugoenski said. "The snow will be light and fluffy but will accumulate quick- ly; this kind of snow doesn't get compacted." Highway rrews are ready for the snow, said Tara Callahan, spokeswoman for PennDOT's District 9. "We will be out 24 hours a day if she said. "We had a new shipment of anti-skid arrive this [Friday] morning; every- thing is all stocked up." The Altoona area has been lucky so far this winter, receiv- ing only about 5 inches of snow. The normal amount at this time is about 18 inches, LaCorte said. Please see AS Stoltz Altoona resident sought in fights BY MARK LEBERFINGEK StaffWriter GREENWOOD An Altoona man is wanted in connection with a bar fight last month that left three men hospitalized with stab wounds, Logan Township police said. Herbert M. Stoltz, 39, of 2322 Third Ave. is charged with attempted homi- cide and related charges for the Dec. 4 stabbings in the parking lot of The Grove Bar, 1675 Belle- mead Drive. The man Stoltz stabbed lost 50 percent to 60 percent of his blood after the attack, police said. He didn't know he was slabbed until he raised his shirt. The victim, who suffered a lacerated liver, was released from Altoona Regional Health System, Altoona Hospital Cam- pus, five days after the stab- bing. Two other men were stabbed, with a third man beaten, police said, Police aren't sure why Stoltz was at the bar that night. As many as seven people ini- tially were suspected in the melee, which police said oc- curred after four people were ejected from the bar for a dance floor disturbance. Police continue their investi- gation, which may result in more arrests. Stoltz allegedly was assault- ing another man when he turned on the stabbing victim, police said. Stoltz was identified through two photo lineups, court docu- ments state. He also is wanted by Altoona police for an October fight at Eldolyn Terrace Restaurant and Lounge, 210 Arlaryd St. A man accidentally bumped into Stoltz at the restaurant. Words were exchanged, but no physical contact occurred, city police said. Please see A3 JUNIATA HOUSE FIRE Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Itoona firefighter Mike Tofano works to put out flames in the roof of a home on North Fifth Street in Juniata Friday evening. No one was injured, but a family of five was left homeless. Please see story on Page AS. Call 946-7480 i Lottery numbers, A2 Periods of snow, Forecast, A2 Police arrest mother again Home found in undesirable conditions; woman charged with child endangerment. BY MARK LEBERFINGER Staff Writer Rotten garbage, dirty dishes, foul odors and overall squalid conditions led city police to arrest an Altoona woman this week on child endangennent charges. Deanna Lynn Grace, 23, of 2405 Washington Ave. already had a son taken away from her because of his failure to thrive there, court documents state. The whereabouts of a daughter also taken from the home were not immediately clear. Police were called to assist Blair County Children and Youth Services. It was the second time since April that Grace has, been charged With endangering the welfare of children. A police officer found 20 to 30 bags of garbage stacked outside the home Wednesday, and a foul odor emanated from the residence. A large garbage bag was overflowing with old food and other trash on the kitchen floor. The sink and counter were full of dirty dishes. The boy, now almost 3 years old, was not given proper med- ication for a heart condition and had not developed to the level a child his age should be. With proper care once out of the home, the boy since has thrived, court documents state. A CYS worker told police that living conditions for the daugh- ter deteriorated significantly over the last two months, court documents state. Family and friends regularly would call the worker with con- cerns about the children. Please see A3 Local broadcaster will go off the air Charlie Weston a staple on WRTA-AM. BY NEIL RUUKL Mirror Sports Editor One of the longest tenures in local radio history is nearing an end. After 24 years, Charlie Wes- ton is leaving as WRTA-AM morning show co-host and voice of the Altoona Area High School Mountain Lion football and basketball teams. Weston, 55, also hosted a one- hour local talk show. The announcement of his res- ignation, effective in the spring, was made on WRTA Friday. Weston said he's leaving be- cause his wife, Pam, landed a job with PennDOT and will be moving to Montoursville. "It's tough to give up what you he said, "but this is an offer we can't refuse." A Pittsburgh native, Weston Weston came to WRTA in 1981. "Before I be- came involved here, I listened to the station, and I always consid- ered Charlie the voice of owner David Barger station said. "Since I've gotten to work with him, it's been an absolute pleasure. He's contributed a lot to the station." Weston isn't sure of his next line of employment. He knows people in the radio business in the Williamsport area but said "all options arc open." He will finish the basketball season, and he may remain the football voice at WRTA "if it can be arranged" with his next em- ployer. 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