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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 13, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona Mirror wednesday August is in Page s jail six year Ait ends continued from Page i a design which would have Given the county three Cellblock containing approximately 26 prisoners each. The original one floor design however was expensive approximately $37,000 a cell. And it would have required substantially More personnel to watch Over the additional Cellblock. The county asked the architects to draw up plans for two tier Cellblock containing room for 88 prisoners. This was done and the state department of labor and Industry approved the concept. The two tier concept was less expensive and would require fewer officers to operate the prison at least according to the information provided to the county commissioners. The statement by the Warden today was his first on the two tier concept. The county is presently studying two tier concept and is involved in a discussion with the architect Over the Cost of the original prison plans which Means the architect has not been Given the go ahead to prepare the final design for a two tier Cellblock. While the new prison is very much on the minds of the Blair county prison Board there Are presently several problems which Are also of concern to the Board and which involve the present facility on Mulberry Street in Hollidaysburg. The present facility is overcrowded. Warden Cunningham said there were 102 prisoners in the Blair county jail this morning and has asked court permission to Transfer six of those to the Cambria county jail and four to the Bedford county jail. Those to will join 13 other Blair county prisoners being held in Cambria or Bedford counties. The state Bureau of corrections also continues to inspect the present Blair county jail and made several recommendations in its latest inspection report. The Warden did not agree with All of those recommendations for instance the state has recommended that each prisoner in the Blair county facility be Given his own razor. A i totally disagree with their Warden Cunningham stated. He noted that he does no to think everybody in the jail needs a razor Blade that can easily be converted to a weapon. The state says the county needs All new Kitchen equipment but that item is apparently not of pressing concern in View of the fact new equipment will be installed when the new jail is built. The state thinks the county should continue to give prisoners who work inside the jail 50 cents a Day even after the prisoners have paid off their costs by working in the jail Warden Cunningham said this idea was rejected by former president judge Robert Haberstroh who did not think the prisoners should be permitted to build up a Bank account while in jail. The state has recommended two new officers at the jail one for the 3 toll . Shift and one for the la to7a.m shift. The Warden said its up to the prison Board to hire those new officers. Democrats continued from Page i defeat on National television. The delegates roared approval of three important economic planks a virtually All Kennedy had fought for except a Call for mandatory wage and Price controls. He gave that up in what Catter aides called a a a significant Concession. Carter earlier agreed to one Kennedy Plank that social programs should not be Cut to balance the budget but violently opposed two others a the jobs program and giving jobs priority Over inflation control. Carter had no immediate reaction to the conventions action on the platform tuesday night. But Campaign chairman Robert Strauss hinted the president May simply ignore the economic planks added on the floor a president Carter feels very strongly that this is a mistake and there a no Point in glossing it Over a he said. A we think this Plank is wrong. You can t write an economic program on the floor of a eight minority planks remained for action today but Only three were controversial. Two dealt with the my missile a Kennedy s demands a search for alternatives to the costly system and another would ban it. The third Plank opposes import fees on Oil and Gas. Delegates continued from Page i a but our delegation recognized the need for jobs and put Pennsylvania the jobs plan was later admitted to the democratic platform by voice vote from the conventions 3,381 delegates. Mrs. Stoner a who has voiced Confidence that the convention will yield a party unified behind president Carter a said she had not been approached by campaigners for sen. John Anderson. Sen. Anderson is running an Independent candidacy. Reports following sen. Kennedy s withdrawal As a possible nominee said that Anderson backers were recruiting Kennedy supporters dissatisfied with the party Outlook under Carter. Mrs. Stoner said the she and another state Delegate had planned the demonstration for Kennedy which saw the Pennsylvania Banner Lead the rest of the convention about Madison Square Garden. Boy reunited with his Mother sister by Douglas Dowie los Angeles up the Vietnam War ended tuesday night for Nguyen Thi Hao by her daughter Lilly and her Young polio stricken son Erik who has waited nearly six years for his Mother and sister to join him in the United states. Erik Christensen to was taken out of Vietnam in 1974 by his swedish father. Hans who hoped to find better medical treatment for his son in the United states. Before he could return the communist forces swept through the South stranding Erik smother and 14-year-old half sister. Clutching five red roses and sitting Cross legged in his wheelchair Erik was embraced first by his sister and then by his crying 50-year-old Mother. His mothers tears were from both Joy and sorrow. She Learned Only monday that her husband had died of cancer last March. A i am Happy and i am sad Quot she said through an interpreter before breaking Down again into deep sobs. The reunion was delayed six hours by customs agents in Hawaii and the woman was forced to change flights and make connections aboard an american airlines jetliner for los Angeles International Airport. Erik wearing a Blue shirt and plaid shorts was overwhelmed by the attention. He had very Little memory of his Mother or sister and said he has no recollection of Vietnam. Friends say the woman who will go by the name of Mimi in the United states spoke excellent English but was Quot very Rusty because she had t used the language in five years. Los Angeles attorney Patsey Myers who had taken charge of the Effort to get the women out of Vietnam since the death of Erik a father said she had wired Thi Hao by at the time of Christensen a death. But the woman had thought it was a ploy to help gain her release. The struggle to get Erik smother and sister out of Vietnam has lasted six years and the final months of the Campaign were handled by mrs. Myers. Quot it Wasny to easy and i certainly can t take All of the credit Quot she said. Quot i m just glad its finally Erik Scase was the first of its Type mrs. Myers had Ever handled. Quot the International red Cross and the United nations were a great help Quot she said. Connie Frentzos a red Cross representative waiting for the Airport reunion said Erik was a Quot very special Case Quot that attracted the attention of the state department which helped gain the women release from Vietnam through the . Embassy in Bangkok. Quot there Are Many Many More american dependents still waiting to get out Quot miss Frentzos said. Quot this is one of those special humanitarian cases that began when Erik a father was near death that we Veall pushed very mrs. Myers has also helped to ease the transition for the newly reunited family. A single Story apartment which can be equipped with ramps for Erik has been rented in suburban Irvine and Catholic Relief services will help Thi Hao by find a Job. Quot the refrigerator is stocked and the Beds Are made Quot mrs. Myers said. A i think do just Erik Christensen la is reunited with Mother Nguyen Thi Hao is right and his sister Lilly at los Angeles International Airport ending a six year struggle at being reunited. Up commissioners seek to develop Airport by Phil Ray staff writer Hollidaysburg the Blair county Airport in Martinsburg has taken on a new importance with the Blair county commissioners in the last six months because the commissioners think the Airport is an Quot asset Quot to the Community and should be developed according to commissioner William c. Stouffer. Stouffer is the county a representative to the Blair county Airport authority and he has been the principal protagonist in bringing several Airport issues before the Public in the last half year. Or. Stouffer however is not alone in his support of the Airport since both commissioners John w. Gardner and c. Richard Logan Are also keeping close track of progess at the Airport. The Board of commissioners reviewed some of the new programs under Way at the Airport at their meeting in Hollidaysburg tuesday and commissioner Stouffer said during that meeting Quot i m pleased with Progress at the Airport with the parallel taxiway Quot he said referring to plans to construct a parallel taxiway this year. Commissioner Gardner on tuesday concluded Quot it will take a while to develop Quot but he too was pleased with Progress. The commissioners Are participating in several efforts at the Airport. The county has agreed to Forward $32,000 to the Airport authority As the local share for the construction of the parallel taxiway a much needed facility at the Airport. The county has authorized repaving of the Road leading to the Airport. The county will provide personnel to help paint the restaurant at the Airport. Commissioner Stouffer has been Active in attempts to obtain air service to Eastern cities a service which began in july and which transported 67 passengers to Harrisburg 38 to Newark 25 to Washington and 28 to Philadelphia. The new air service to the East has received mixed reviews since the number of passengers has not lived up to expectations but july is not considered a Good month for air travel and the air service Hasni to been Well advertised. Also state College offers two flights daily to the East and these services have drawn traffic from the Blair county to Centre county facility a trend commissioner Stouffer would like to reverse. He said he will do what he can to make known that air service to Eastern cities is now available in Blair county. He noted also an announced reduction of prices May help attract customers. Under the new rate Structure the commissioner said tuesday it will Cost $44 round trip to Harrisburg while the county pays $48 round trip As Gas mileage reimbursement. The commissioners Are considering the iranian leaders charge . Planning attack from Egypt by United press International president Abolhassan Bani Sadr said nations surrounding Iran were planning a Quot plot against the islamic regime and a religious Leader charged 30,000 . Backed guerrillas were massed in Egypt for an attack against Iran reports received today said. Radio reports from Ahwaz quoted the prayer Leader in the City 340 Miles Southwest of Tehran As saying Quot America has attempted a fresh plot following the Tabas incident and the abortive attempted coup Quot he was referring to the april 25 . Mission to Rescue the american hostages and a iranian military coup attempt that was smashed in Early july. The prayer Leader who was not named said 30,000 commandos trained in Egypt were preparing to attack Iran from the sea. A imperialism a America a is Dis nuke treaty May fail waste Hazard feared Altoona Mirror it uses is in published daily second class mail privileges authorized and second class postage paid at Altoona. A Geneva Switzerland up a a group of nations who do not have atomic weapons have threatened to renounce the nuclear non proliferation treaty unless nuclear Powers take Concrete Steps to curb their deadly arms race. The threat of a pullout from the 1970 treaty which is adhered to by 114 nations was made tuesday at the month Long conference that is reviewing the treaty. Non aligned countries Are complaining that states with nuclear weapons Are failing to fulfil their obligations under the nuclear non proliferation treaty that came into Force to years ago. . Officials say they a Hope the nuclear have not Are not serious about pulling out of the treaty. Quot they must understand that negotiations on nuclear disarmament Are extremely Complex and that the non proliferation treaty is of great advantage to the smaller countries in that it guarantees them Access to the benefits of peaceful nuclear technology Quot one . Official said. Peruvian Delegate Felipe Valdivieso said tuesday his government will consider withdrawing from the pact unless the nuclear Powers Register Concrete Progress on disarmament. Other nuclear have not Are expected to follow the same line in the coming four weeks of the conference. The treaty obliges the nuclear Powers to withhold nuclear weapons technology from other countries. The other nations for their part renounce the acquisition of nuclear weapons of their own. The United states is seeking agreement at the conference on withholding help on peaceful uses of nuclear Energy from All states refusing to adhere to the treaty. These countries include India and Pakistan Israel and Egypt Brazil and Argentina and South Africa. A garbage Hazard Sacramento Calif. Up state health experts have been ordered by gov. Edmund g. Brownjr. To investigate possible hazards from Quot radioactive garbage Quot leaking from thousands of barrels dumped near the Farallo islands off the san Francisco coast. In a statement released tuesday by his staff while the governor was at the National democratic convention in new York City Brown said Quot radioactive garbage can remain a threat to Man and the environment for centuries. Working with local officials state government will do All it can to ensure Public safety and to prevent environmental Brown directed reverse Myers chief of the department of health services to draw up a plan to Monitor the Farallo leaks and to determine possible hazardous effects on humans and fish. More than 47,000 Drums containing radioactive waste were dumped with Federal approval at the underwater site Between 1946 and 1970. Since then the Federal government has been burying radioactive waste in Nevada and Washington. Quot the Only commercial fish that i know of taken near the Farallo site is the butterfish Quot said Joe Ward the departments chief radiologist. Tributino Money to spread discord and thus carry out a Surprise attack a he said adding that the alleged invasion Force would use internal troubles As justification for entering Iran. Ahwaz is the major City the Oil Rich but strife torn province of Khuze Stan where ethnic arabs have been fighting for autonomy from the islamic regime. While he did not name a specific county Bani Sadr told a crowd in Kashan 133 Miles South of Tehran that Quot we have ample information regarding the plot being planned by the Quot the foreign regimes surrounding Iran which Are hatching plots on our soil ought to know that their plots will get them nowhere Quot Tehran radio quoted Bani Sadr As saying. Earlier Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini put the powerful fundamentalist hardliners on notice that they Are not the Only voice in the nation saying the people of Iran look upon Bani Sadr a moderate As Quot one of their since his remarks were made to ambassadors from moslem nations they also were viewed As an attempt to woo moderate islamic countries that have privately expressed concern at the nature of the iranian revolution. Establishment of a agriculture building at the Airport and the Airport has a new full time general manager Ralph t. Blodgett a former administrative Aid to the commissioners. Commissioner Stouffer said tuesday afternoon he is pushing development of the Airport because it is an asset to the Community which should be developed. For instance there is an old school in Martinsburg which the commissioner thinks would be an Ideal location for a business that utilizes air service. He has contacted Altoona enterprises to try to recruit a business for that building. The commissioner Points out there Are three aspects to the county Airport it provides transportation for commuters. It is an incentive to attract new Industry. It is a facility to be used by Blair county residents who Fly. None of the three aspects of the Airport can be ignored he concluded and he concluded that if the commissioners Are spending More time in an attempt to develop the Airport Quot its to our Quot that thing is an asset to the Community Quot he said. No ruling made on Gables Sale Accident victims improved injured victims involved in the two pickup truck Accident near Huntingdon on route 22 sunday afternoon have shown improvements in their conditions in area hospitals. The crash which claimed the life of Carol m. Rhone 36, of 1812 6th ave., Altoona occurred three and a half Miles West of Huntingdon. The injured were taken by Juniata Valley Huntingdon and Saxton ambulances to . Blair Hospital in Huntingdon. John r. Rhone sr., 40. Of 1812 6th ave., the Driver of one of the vehicles is still listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit of the Huntingdon facility. However a spokesman for the Hospital said he has shown improvement in the last Day or so. His son John m. Rhone Iii 15, of the same address was listed in satisfactory condition this morning As was a passenger in the Rhone vehicle in the Accident Jack Yohn 15. Of 1342 7th ave., Altoona. Raymond e. Hawn 12, of Petersburg a passenger in the his brother a vehicle involved in the Accident was also listed in satisfactory condition in . Blair memorial Hospital. Philip Rhone 5, of the 6th Avenue Altoona address was transferred from . Blair soon after the Accident to Hershey medical Center where he was put into the paediatric intensive care unit and was listed in satisfactory condition. This morning his condition was still reported As satisfactory but a Hospital spokesman said he had been moved out of the intensive care unit. The Driver of the second vehicle in the Accident Ronald e. Hawn 20, of main st., Alexandria and three other passengers in the Rhone vehicle Michael r. Rhone 12, of the 6th Avenue Altoona address Michael Schumaker 12, of 1503 14th st., Altoona and Timothy j. Baker 14, of 7th Avenue Altoona were All treated and released from . Blair memorial Hospital. The Baker youth however was brought Back to Altoona in an ambulance by direction of his Mother who reported this morning he was put into mercy hospitals intensive care unit for observation for two Days. He was listed in satisfactory condition this morning and resting out of the special unit. U. S. Bankruptcy court judge John h. Kamlowsky has not publicly announced any decision on whether he will halt a going out of business Sale at Gable s department store. A hearing was held in his court Friday but it was closed to the Public. Two attorneys involved in the Case said today that they have not been notified of any definite decision. Judge Kamlowsky a office indicated that the judge has not rendered a decision but could Only say that Quot the judge is taking matters into consideration As an explanation for the delay. In july the judge had told a Wheeling reporter that he would Rule on whether to halt the Sale by july 31, and then changed that Date to aug. 8 when another session at the bankruptcy court was scheduled. Judge Kamlowsky had Given his permission in june for the l. S. Good co. To close Gable s department store As part of the company a attempt to get Protection from creditors under Federal bankruptcy ids Gables landlord main realty holding Trust co. Of Long Island . And Gable s creditor mid state Bank amp Trust co. Have consistently opposed the liquidation. City officers report two arson cases by Dave Rice staff writer an arson Case the second this week and what was reported As attempted arson were reported by police the City tuesday night. Police Are searching for two suspects who witnesses say set a Dune buggy on fire at the rear of 430 2nd ave. At about 10 15 . Tuesday. The partially completed vehicle owned by Cliff Plank of Altoona re and Steve quarello of 517 3rd ave., was destroyed As it sat at the rear of the David c. Plank residence on 2nd Avenue. Two witnesses told police they saw two Young men fleeing the scene just before the vehicle burst into flames. Police confiscated a Tennis shoe that the witnesses said belonged to one of the suspects in the matter. The shoe according to police smelled strongly of a flammable liquid used to Start the fire. Police and firemen were sent to the hotel Michael 601 8th ave., when a resident there discovered a gasoline can a White rag and Quot a freshly burned match on the roof of the hotel at about 4 30 . Today. The can police noted in a report was tipped to one Side supported by a Brick and the lid was open. Firemen searched the roofs of adjoining buildings after the materials were discovered during one of manager Kirk Sanders periodic inspections of the building. Or. Sanders told police he had been conducting the inspections Ever since threats had been made to Torch the hotel several weeks ago. Later this morning police received information that the gasoline can belonged to a resident of the hotel identified As a girl Friend of or. Sanders whose car ran out of Gas. City Hospital seeks damages from architects contractors by Phil Ray staff writer Hollidaysburg a the Altoona Hospital is asking More than $200,000 damages from the architects and contractors of its new 13-Story Wing because of problems caused four years ago when the Bedrock shifted at the construction site. In August 1976, the foundation for the new 13-Story Tower was being Laid when the Rock adjacent to the foundation began to shift and the Hospital was forced to evacuate for a week too patients then located in the Ewing of the Hospital. The Hospital and the construction experts on the Job brought in soil and foundation experts and plans were drawn up to Bolt the Rock thus permitting the rest of the foundation to be Laid. The Hospital has now filed claims with the american architect a association in Pittsburgh against the local firm of Campbell Rea Hayes and Large its former name and Hayes Large suckling and Fruth its present name and the firm of Ackenheil and associates. Notices that suits will be filed in the Blair county court of common pleas have been filed in the office of county prothonotary Vernon Weicht. Those suits will be against the general contractor George Fuller co., and the Lambert drilling company. The actual amount of damages has yet to be determined. The lowest estimate of damages because construction costs increased due to the shift in the Rock is about $200,000. The Hospital is trying to compile additional damages such As the Cost of evacuating the Ewing of the Hospital and the loss of income by having no patients in the Wing for a week. The Hospital hired a consultant firm Wayne Hohn and Inglis inc. To examine the constructing mishap and prepare a report advising the Hospital which contractors and other officials Are at fault. Lottery Pittsburgh up the winning number drawn tuesday in the Pennsylvania daily number lottery was 785

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