Titusville Herald, January 10, 1998

Titusville Herald

January 10, 1998

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Titusville Herald (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Titusville, Pennsylvania Established June 14 Oldest Daily Newspaper in Northwestern Pennsylvania Winter Back Mostly cloudy and brisk today Snow flurries in the morn ing then snow show ers likely in the Af ternoon The snow may accumulate around 2 inches High 30 to 35 TTTUSVILLE PA SATURDAY MORNING JANUARY 101998 50 CENTS Closed1 Northeast Reels Under Ice and Cold No Water No Heat in Northern New York State Guard Moves In As a result of heavy rains 12 state roads in Crawford County areclosed Numerous local roads also are impassable v PenhDOT crews have been kept busy around the clock deal ing with drainage problems PenriDOT officials report that even though signs are posted and access to the affected roads has been restricted motorists are attempting fo drive around the barriers Jack Molkev PennDOTs Crawford County maintenance managernotedithat state police report motorists being stranded in high wateri One particular problem is the Wilson Shutes Road near Cochranton We can appreciate said Molke of the roads closed are secondary routes of fering shortfcut routes for mo toristsbut J am urging drivers to use sense In addition to risking their safety Molke said motorists face the possibility of being arrested as well He said state police offi cers wil make arrests if neces siary to deter motorists from at tempting to use closed roads Molke said the following state roads were closed as of Friday afternoon Flats Road Wilson Road Miller Station Road Johnstown Road Erie Streets Linesvillef Spring See CLOSED page two NO WORRIES HERE Not everyone around had to be concerned about high water levels during the past several days This highrise bird house was found in Oil Creek along the Mystic Park Road Pleasantviile weather watcher Elmer Weber said 6 inches of rain fell this week Webber added that if the same total of water had fallen as snow it would have amounted to 60 inches Herald photo by Jon Sherman NEW YORK AP Hundreds of thousands of residents in four states layered themselves in sweaters stocked up on essen tial supplies and preparedfor a lengthy wait in the dark and cold as a bitter ice storm de scended over the Northeast on Friday More than 125000 northern New York residents in five ice choked counties remained with out power for a second day as utility crews struggled to keep pace with the ongoing damage cant get aheadof the game said Greg Hudson a deputy administrator in St Lawrence County As the crews are clearing up one spot theyre watching another tree or pole fall over At New York Gov George Patakis direction the National Guard sent 1500 soldiers into northern portions of the state to help clear debris evacuate stranded residents and set up and run portable generators Theres no water Theres no heat Theres no lights Theres no gas Theres nothing Its real bad I cant imagine how people are going to cope the longer it goes on said Diane Brayton a coordinator of a Red Cross shel ter in Gouverneur NY In Maine Gov Angus King told the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get out the checkbook as his state began to clean up and reconnect more than 500000 people without power Shelters were expected to be packed for a second day as residents aban doned their Harsh conditions forced many to forego pleasures usually taken for granted like a hot shower or a cooked meal and tested the mettle of even life long Mainers As soon as I retire Im out of here Im to Florida said Jim Chase a banker in Au vgusta who has lived in Maine for 30 years If itwasnt for this itd be 20 inches of snow or 20 degrees below The lights were out at Gray True Value Hardware in Au gusta but owner Keith Harri man conducted business by flashlight for a steady stream of customers seeking stormrelated items They want kerosene batter ies anything to do with heat or light or generating said Harriman In New Hampshire 11 com munities declared states of emergency as the ice storm dropped power lines limbs trees and utility poles The rush to restore power proved dangerous to four utility workers who were injured by falling trees The town of New London NH was virtually sealed off in a curtain of ice In Vermont the winter quiet was shattered over and over by the sound of icecoated tree limbs crashing to the ground Some 500 National Guardsmen were called in to help 20000 residents without power in Chittenden County To the north Canadas worst ice storm on record wreaked havoc in five eastern provinces halting air travel shutting down the nations busiest rail corridor and forcing some 3 mil lion people to endure another frigid day in the dark and with out power The death toll from thefive day onslaughtrose to 10 after police in Montreal discovered an elderly couple killed in one of many housefires and a old woman who died of hy pothermia after refusing to leave her unheatedhome Like hundreds of New Eng landers Moritrealers their homes to take shelter at community centers arid schools Its a disaster said Colette Fontaine who was staying at a makeshift shelter in i Ive lived all over Canada arid its the worst ice storm Ive seen i In the South the problent wasnt ice but rain Theodore Kaczynskis s uic id e attempt and his battle to avoid being labeled a sickie raise 0Ues that have long confounded the courts among them What can lawyers do tosave a defen dant from himself The Unabomber suspect bitterly opposed his lawyers plans to claim that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia brought bis trial to a halt this week first by repeated requests to fire his lawyers then by ask ing to serve as his own attor neys Kaczynskis competency to stand trial is as important to prosecutors as it is for his own lawyers said Peter Arenella professor of criminal law at Uni versity of California at Los An geles He blamed the govern ment for the cases current dis mal situation The Justice Department is reaping What it sowed said the Justice De partment wants to execute a killer they have to expect tHe unexpected Late Friday US District Judge Garland Burrell Jr or dered arti examination of Kaczyn ski by tne government psychia trist who evaluated the compe tency of John Hinckley who at temptedto assassinate President Thejudge indicated that if Dr Sally Johnson based at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner NC finds Kaczynski Missing Edinboro Man 48 Found Dead The body of a missing Ediri boiro man was discovered at pm Friday by a gas com pany employee who was check ing companyequipment at a site just north of Route 77 in Wood cock Township Crawford County Douglas Lynn Warner 48 was listed as missing since Mori day night v Warner was last seen at West Mead Fireball at pm Monday after he was involved in a minor pnevehicle accident He apparently walked toward the borough of Blooming Valley Police said Warner idid not report for work Wednesday morning MISslNGpage competentto stand Kaczyriski could aiio be approved as his own lawyer The judge set a hearing for Jan 22 On Thursday Kaczynski sud denly announced through one of his attorneys that he wanted to represent himself because he cannot endure hearing himself described as a madman Then authorities said that Kaczynski had tried to hang himself in his jail cell His at torney Judy Clarke called the situation tragedy at its worst Burrell who said he didnt know about the suicide attempt until after Thursdays hearing called the incident significant to any determination of compe tency Is Kaczynski competent for trial Probably Experts said the standard is so minimal he is almost certain to qualify All that is required is a rational understanding of the proceedings and charges against him andthe ability to consult with his lawyers t But selfrepresentation is a different question Then the is sue of Kaczynskis competency is likely to put the legal system to a critical test A judge who might allow a mentally ill defendant to repre sent himself in a criminal case has a greater challenge here1 be cause death is the governments goal The death penalty changes everything said Loyola Univer sity Law School Associate Dean Laurie Levenson Doctors To Renovate Former BSI Building ay Jon 4 Two Titusville obstetri ciangynecologists have ber come partners and are under taking the purchase arid rin oyatibn of the former BSI building at Second Street and Central Avenue i DrsSuthellen Weeks and Leonard Ferreira have formed Womens Health Associates of Titusville which will provide comprehensive womens health care or as Ferreira described it onestop shop ping The former BSI building has about 7500 square feet 5000 of which will be used by Womens Health Associates The remaining section of the building not used by Womens Associates will be rented at a later date In addition to the physi cians the staff will include six fulltime employees four of whom are nurses and two parttime nurses Also on the team is a certified nurse mid wife Work already has begun on renovating the building and work is expected to be com plete by April Facade im provements will be made to the outside of the building The entire office will be made accessible to the handicapped The new office will include eight to nine examination rooms a mammography suite three bathrooms aplay area arid a lab to provide basic ser vices All the rooms will be sound insulated The physicians have been practicing in offices at 129 N Franklin St space which they have outgrown One feature of the new office is the availability of 50 parking spaces right outside the main door which now wil be lo cated facing Central Avenue The greater number of exam rooms said Dr Weeks should decrease the waiting time for patients to get in and prepare for their exami nations We know people have busy schedules she said Further having the mam mography equipment in the office as well as the availabil ity of the onsite lab will cut down the amount oftime pa tients rieed to wait before ob taining test results Dr Weeks has practiced in Titusville for the past 8 years Ferreira has been here for 6 Both like the Ti tusville area and each is the parent of three children Titusville said Dr Weeks is a nice place to live and raise children Having grown up in a small town she be lieves topnotch professional health care should be as read ily available in Titusville as it is in a large city NEW PARTNERSHIP TJrs Leonard Ferreira and Ruthellen Weeks look over the architects drawings for their new office which is the former BSI building at Central Avenue and Second Street They have formed a partnership Womens Health Associates of Titusville and will move their practice in April when the renovations are complete Herald photo by Jon Sherman ChemNuclear Wants Permit To Shiip Nationalist Ghinas Radioactive Waste COLUMBIA SC AP South Carolina could be the entry point for radioactive metals from Nationalist China on the way to cleanup in Tennessee according toa proposal from the company that runs Barnwell Countys lowlevel nuclear waste landfill ChemNuclear Systems Inc is one of several US companies bidding to clean up contaminated metals from Taiwan Power Cos Chinshan Nuclear Power Station ChemNuclear is the company attempting to find a lowlevel radioactive waste in Pennsylvania Approval from federal regulators wouldmark the first US commercial imports of such waste from Nationalist China a Nuclear Regulatory Commission ChemNuclear wants a special licenseto import about 13 million pounds of contaminated tubes and tube plates The HeraldJournal of Spartanburgreported Friday The metals would be transferred to Manufacturing Sciences Corp in Oak Ridge Tenn Our role is bringing them over ChemNuclear spokeswoman Deborah Ogilvie said Manufacturing Sciences will do most processing but ChemNuclear also may do some at Barnwell she said The Barnwell site reopened to nationwide dumping in See WASTE page two Cruelty to Animal Charges Filed A Cherrytree Township resi dent has been cited with three animal cruelty charges Bruce Dillemuth of Titusville RD 3 faces charges for allegedly neglecting three horses on property west of Titusville along Route 27 Rebecca McDonald animal cruelty officer filed the com plaints Mrs McDonald and a volun teer went to Dillemuths prop erty Jan 2 to investigate a com plaint Mrs McDonald does hot release the names of persons fil ing such complaints Three quarter horses all mares were removed from the Dillemuth property and taken for temporary shelter at a vol unteers property One horse died that night while another is very weak Mrs McDonald said She said the third horse was suffering from a foot injury Mrs McDonald said the horses had teen eating mud The charges against Dille muth were filed in the office of District Justice David Fish at Pleasantviile He has 15 days to enter a plea While McDonald was at DUJemuths property she re ceived a call from state police at Tionesta for another alleged an imal cruelty case in Kingsley Township Forest County In this incident Shawna Dinger of Erielwas charged with counts of cruelty to animals One citation involved a horse and the other a goat v Reportedly a horse owned by VDinger was found prone in an outside area near a building she owns Neighbors reported Dec the animal was lying flat on its side An associate re portedly checked on the animal but the horse was still down on Jan 2 A veterinarian assisted in euthanizing the animal after that day The charges against Dinger were filed with District Justice Curt Carbaugh of Animal cruelty charges are summary violations and could result in fines of up to pet1 citation and 90 days in jail Mrs McDonald is animal cru elty officer in 10 area and is manager of the Clarion County Humane Society SheU ter In todays Herald you will find advertising supplements from BiLo Thrift Drug Giant Eagle Buyers Fair Coupons i f V t Some inserts are zoned at Advertisers request ;