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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 2, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania USA WEEKEND LITTLE E'S TRAGEDY TRIUMPH FREE INSIDE NATION: PROBE OF GREEN RIVER SLAYINGS ENDS PAGE Bl Finding the perfect gift for' the hard-to-buy for person Dl tncwic hide from hunters Alt00na Copyright 2001 DECEMBER 2, 2001 newsstand Police: Bedford woman murdered BY MAUK LEBERFINGEK Staff Writer QUEEN A sign along Old Route 220 asks people to "pray for Lorin." Lorin Burket, 31, and his fiancee Dana Gates, 31, who lived together at 1743 Schellsliurg Road, are described as people who never caused any trouble and no one ever caused problems with them. But trouble found the couple Friday with Gates murdered and Burket criti- cally injured. Claysburg-area residents want to talk but are concerned about a murderer being on the loose now that state police finally announced Saturday that Gates died as the result of a homicide. "It is a highly suspicious Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross said Saturday. The news from state police at Bedford came more than a day after they refused to say whether the incident was being inves- H Dana L. Gates' obituary PAGE A13 tigated as a homicide. Area residents Saturday continued to be hesitant to talk about the incident or about Gates and Burket, citing what they describe as state police "gag orders." That was the response at Glenn's Place on Old Route 220 in Claysburg, where area residents say they saw Gates hours before she was found badly injured. "They pretty much issued gag orders all a Glenn's Place bartender said. "People are not very much in the mood to talk about it." Police didn't say if they are looking for anyone specifically in connection with Gates' death and the attack on Burkct. Gates and Burket were transported (o the trauma center at Altoona Hospital. Gates was pronounced dead at the hospi- tal, while Burket was listed in critical con- dition, police say. Lead investigator Craig A. Grassmyer of the Bedford barracks said the case is clas- sified as a criminal homicide and a crimi- nal attempt at homicide, which occurred between a.m. and a.m. Grassmyer, who issued the inform atfori in a written statement, didn't return mes- sages left Saturday at the Bedford bar- racks or the Queen crime scene. Please see A10 Aryan Nations to move to state BY DAN LEVVEHENZ The Associated Press COUDERSPORT Sitting in an edge-of-town eatery, his 2-year-old Gideon on his lap, August 'Hfreis looks like any other father takes his children to McDon- ald's and plays with them in the park. But at his home just outside this rural community near the New York border, Kreis is preparing for a day when he says ho and his sup- porters will establish a "while, Christian republic" and drive Jews, blacks, Asians and others from the United States and Canada. "When the time comes, the non- whites are going to be told that no'w's the time to get Kreis said. "They're going to run to their own lands. Those that don't run, that don't want to leave, would rather fight, we're going to fight them and kill them." Kreis and his beliefs are not new to this Potter County comimmily that once was home to FBI hero Elliott Ness and mystery writer Margaret Sutton, but his plans to relocate the leadership of Aryan Nations to this sparsely populated region have brought anger and worry from some. "I don't have time for someone who's bigoted and said Marion K. Peet, a member of Coudersport Borough Council. "I know that there's a lot of animosi- ty between August and some peo- ple around town, but most wish he would just go away." he is well-known among residents, few will talk publicly about Kreis or the Aryan Nations, afraid, they say, of reprisals. A longtime member of so-called Christian Identity movements, including the Ku Klux Klan and the Sheriff's Posse Comitalus, Kreis was chosen to design the Aryan Nations' Internet site and quickly rose to prominence. Now as the designated "minister of information and the 46-year-old Kreis plans to use his 10 acres to help relocate the group from Idaho, where its 20- acre compound was lost last yeai after a million civil rights judgment against Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler. Please see All Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Lose some, lose some Local football fans went to bed Friday night with visions of Hershey and San Antonio dancing in their heads. But those gridiron dreams turned to nightmares Saturday after- noon as Altoona won't go to the state championship game and Penn State won't visit the Alamo Bowl. The Mountain Lions were handled by nation- ally ranked Woodland Hills, 34-0, while the Nittany Lions folded in the second half and fell to Virginia, 20-14. Left: Matt Senneca (4) puts his arm around Zack Mills to console him after the Nittany Lions'loss. Below: Ryan Mundy of Woodland Hills goes up for a pass in the end zone over Altoona's Brendan Peretta MORE INSIDE MFor a complete post-mortem in our Penn State Extra, please see Page Cl. MFor a wrapup of Altoona's PIAA loss, Please see Page C3. n PSU finishes second IIGJd VU. straight losing season BY NEH, HUDEL Associate Sports Editor CHARLO'fTESVILLE, Va. Those airline reservations to the Alamo Bowl game? Hope they were refundable. Penn State's season came to a halt Saturday when the Nittany Lions squandered a 14-3 lead and lost to the University of Virginia Cavaliers, 20- 14, before fans at Scott Stadium. The loss closed the books on a 5-6 season and eliminated the Lions from bowl consideration. Alamo Bowl rep- resentatives on hand were prepared to tender an invitation to Penn State. "I'm sure there will be people dis- appointed in not making a Penn State coach Joe Paterno said. It marked the second straight year in which the Nittany Lions will not participate in a bowl game because of a losing record the first back-to back losing seasons in Patemo's 36 years. The Uons insisted they were not looking past a Virginia team that ended the season 5-7. "We knew we were coining in to play a good Virginia PSU senior running back Eric McCoo said. "They weren't going to sit down and give us the game. This was their bowl game.'' Please see A10 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 01 (800) 287-4480 i. J IfWJFOWL. 5 Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A 2 V BLAIR COUNTY Drug court funding sought BY Pun, RAY Staff Writer A new drug court soon will be part of the local justice system to provide treatment to help addicts beat their habits. Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva says the county is in line for a federal planning grant for a drug court, an idea she has worked on for about a year. She will travel to Washington early next year to discuss the drug court program. Drug court, or any other idea to deal with Blair County's drug problems, can't come too soon, Kopriva and others say. Jon Wolf, chief executive officer of Pyramid Health Care, an Altoona-based drug and alcohol treatment program, says heroin addiction in Blair County has become an epi- demic. Wolfs statements, made during a recent legislative breakfast, addressed what has happened this year in Blab; County. Wolf said the county has run out of money to provide inpatient treatment for The lack of money has shocked local offi- cials because it means the county has used its allotment of inpatient treatment funds .for the 2001-02 fiscal year just five months into the year. Wolf said the treatment money is gone because the number of people seeking treat- ment has risen 52 percent this year compared with last year. Please see AID TV MIRROR MISSING? Some Mirror subscribers and single-copy buyers did not receive a TV Mirror in Saturday's newspaper. For home subscribers who didn't receive the insert, it is included in today's paper. For others who didn't receive the insert and want get a copy, please call the Mirror's i circulation department at 946-7480.% Hospitals_______A13 Obituaries______A13 Opinion_______ A8 Scoreboard C9 Stocks CB i CDs, ;E4 War on terrorism B2 Strange brew B3 H Astrograph Movies Puzzle travel i D6 I Yesteryear V' -V'-: ;