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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 14, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Guy Landolfi wins Mansion Park title / Bl NATION: Energy misled FBI in Lee spy case / Cl Bal lar icii igtl ie bo toks ii — 7 College offers quick financial lessons page DI Altoona mirror © Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2001 500 newsstand mm State trooper cited in bicycle case Ehredt By William Kibler Staff Writer A state trooper was ordered to pay a traffic citation Monday in the case of a teen cyclist who died after striking the back of the trooper’s pickup truck after dark June 9. District Justice Patrick T. Jones dismissed an illegal parking charge against trooper Richard J. McEldowney because the law doesn't apply in residential areas like Juniata Gap, where 14-year-old Charlie Ehredt hit the truck — which investigators say occupied 3 feet of the traveling lane. But McEldowney’s attorney, Tom Farrell, failed to convince Jones to dismiss a citation for failure to have flashers on, despite an argument that if the truck was legally parked the flashers weren’t necessary. The court levied $127 in Anes and costs against McEldowney for the flasher violation and for an inspection sticker that had expired nine days before the accident. After the summary trial verdict, family members and several friends surrounded McEldowney as if to shield him from others in the hot, cramped courtroom, and McEldowney left the premises by a back exit. Asked if justice was done, assistant district attorney Brandi Hauck said it was a hard question, given the youth’s death. She said she and the police laid out the case as best they could. Ehredt’s grandfather Charlie Ehredt said, "I’ll have to think about it,” when asked the same question. The youth’s uncle, Gene Ehredt, con cluded what happened in court wasn’t enough last evening as he worked on a memorial for his nephew next to St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church in Fairview. The police investigation centered on whether McEldowney had activated his flashers before the accident, which he told police at the scene he had done. Please see Cited/Page AIQ ‘It’s embarrassing to be part of the human race when you hear what some people will do for a bobbing-head doll. — Tim Hunter, author of “Bobbing Head Dolls 1960-2000’’ LOSING their HEADS ■ From eBay to ballparks, those collectors are going nuts over the latest retro craze in dolls. By Michael Emery Staff Writer You can grow up to be a Major League Baseball player. You can become an all-star. You can be enshrined into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. But you’ve never really made it until your image is on a bobble-head doll. The bobble-head doll phenomenon again is a smash hit at ballparks nationwide. Tonight, the Altoona Curve baseball team is giving away Adam Hyzdu bobble-head dolls to the first 2,000 fans 14 years old and younger. It’s the Curve’s third and final bobble-head promotion this season. Earlier this summer, the Curve had doll promotions for Manager Dale Sveum and team mascot Steamer. The Steamer doll night July 3 attracted a record crowd at Blair County Ballpark, and the Steamer bobble-head doll was featured on CNN. Curve Manager Dale Sveum received a phone call from Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, who offered to trade Sveum a Bob Uecker bobble-head doll for a Dale Sveum bobble head-doll. The Adam Hyzdu promotion is a highly anticipated event. Please see Heads/Page AIQ Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Bobble-head dolls, such as this Adam Hyzdu figure that will be handed out at tonight’s Altoona Curve game, have become a hot commodity across the nation as the latest collectors’ craze. Donaldson dividing up Democrats By Phil Ray Staff Writer Having an avid Republican on the November ballot as a Democrat for district attorney has created a buzz in Blair County’s political circles. Some Democrats don’t know what to make of the situation. Blair County attorney Robert S. Donaldson lost the Republican nomination in May to incumbent Dave Gorman by a vote of 8,976 to 7,880. But Donaldson of Hollidaysburg won on the Democratic side as a write-in candidate, 421 to 398, as the Democrats failed to put up a candidate. Days after the primary, Donaldson said he was not sure if he would accept the nomination, but he paid the fee in June and took the loyalty oath, conditions that a write-in winner must fulfill to be on the fall ballot. Friday afternoon, Donaldson sent out a news release stating he will be a candidate, but he stopped short of committing to a campaign. “At this juncture, we are not ready to commit to a full-fledged campaign,” Donaldson said. “We expect to make a more formal commitment in the next couple of weeks.” Donaldson said he will not change his party registration to Democrat, even if he decides to run BY TNI NUMBERS Blair County 's registration figures as of the May 2001 primary (the latest figures available): Republican Democrat Other 40,928 25,106 7,363 Total 73.397 Donaldson full throttle. But if the past is any indication, party affiliation may not be very important. In 1979, Oliver E. Mattas lost the Republican nomination for district attorney to William Haberstroh, but like Donaldson, he won the Democratic nomination. Mattas, remaining a Republican, won in the fall. Democratic state committeeman Tom Healy said Monday that Mattas had a lot of Democratic support. He doesn’t know if Donaldson does. “If he wants to run as a Democrat, that’s his option. As far as him getting Democratic support, I don’t know,” Healy said. Donaldson has not spoken to Healy about obtaining support, but Healy left the door open for Donaldson. The longtime Democratic leader said there will be a meeting Wednesday night among Democrats and labor leaders to revitalize the Blair County Democratic Party. Please see Democrats/Page AIQ Faulty ignition settlement could cost Ford $1 billion By David Kravets The Associated Press HAYWARD, Calif. — A proposed settlement that could cost Ford Motor Co. as much as $1 billion prompted a judge to postpone a class-action trial Monday on claims that faulty ignition switches caused millions of cars and trucks to stall. Superior Court Judge Michael Ballachey met privately with attorneys before confirming that settlement talks are ongoing. He sealed the meeting’s transcript and slapped a gag order on attorneys. Four months ago, the judge ordered Ford to recall as many as 2 million vehicles in California. Under the settlement deal described by attorneys Sunday, Ford would offer not a recall but a warranty extension that could cover as many as 5 mil- Ballachey lion vehicles nationwide; owners would be reimbursed for replacing ignition switches. “I think this is basically a win for consumers,” said Jeff Fazio, a lead attorney in the class-action case against Ford. “It could have been years before the cars were fixed, but with this it could come soon.” Ballachey said Ford misled government inspectors and was living in an “Alice in Wonderland” dreamland by denying defective Please see Ford/Page A7 ON THE BALLOT A list of local school districts that have scheduled a Nov. 6 referendum on whether they should eliminate the occupation assessment tax in exchange for increasing the local earned income tax: BLAIR COUNTY Tyrone Area CENTRE COUNTY Bald Eagle Area Bellefonte Area State College Area INDIANA COUNTY Blairsville-Saltsburg Marion Center Area Purchase Line Source: Pennsylvania School Boards Association Voters in 35 districts set to decide on OAT By Martha RAFFAELE The Associated Press HARRISBURG — Voters in about one-third of the school districts that collect an occupational assessment tax will decide in November whether to eliminate the tax in exchange for higher local income tax rates, according to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. The HO school districts that have the tax, which assigns an amount to a resident’s job category, were allowed to schedule a referendum on repealing it under a bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Ridge in June. Thirty-five had met Wednesday’s deadline to do so. Districts in which voters agree to repeal the occupation tax would increase the local earned income tax to make up for the lost revenue under the new law. “The occupation tax has never been a tax that those school boards have wanted to levy, but it has been the only alternative to higher Please see OAT/Page A5 MNM DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 A 22910 0005q. 4 BIO FOUR §    9    6    8 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER sunny, 78° ■ For|cast, A2 ■MNM The Magazine... 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