Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 10, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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MONDAY, DECEMBER IO, 2001
NORTHERN BLAIR COUNTY
By Walt Frank
TYRONE — Northern Blair County Regional Sewer Authority customers probably will be hit with a sewer rate increase in 2002, while Tyrone Borough customers, wrho may escape a rate increase next year, may see an increase in 2003.
With the closing of the Westvaco Corp. paper mill in October, Northern Blair will become the largest contributor to the Tyrone sewer treatment plant and will be required to pay a higher proportionate share of plant and treatment costs. North em Blair bills about 2,377 customers in Antis and Snyder townships and bills Bellwood Borough as a bulk customer.
How much Northern Blair will pay in 2002 remains uncertain.
“The information given to North em Blair by the borough assumed the cost to Northern Blair would be $554,470. However, the borough only included $485,000 because of the uncertainty of the loss (rf Westvaco." Borough Manager Al Drayovitch said. “No one knows how this will play out. The numbers are based on the latest available projections.”
Officials of Northern Blair, which paid $329,000 in 2001, aren’t happy about the hefty increase being be passed to customers.
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Area man confesses to thefts
By Mark Leberfinger Staff Writer An Altoona man used convincing talk and deception to pull off a number of thefts during the last two months, court documents state.
Walter R. Henderson,
20, of 214 N. Ninth Ave. is in Blair County Prison facing at least 38 charges including robbery, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. Charges have Henderson been filed before magistrates Kenneth L. Garman, Todd F. Kelly and Joseph L. Moran.
A preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for Jan. 9 Henderson was arrested on warrants and a parole detainer Nov. 24 after he abandoned a car and led Logan Township and Altoona police on a foot chase. The suspect was arrested after a carjacking in Greenwood, police said.
Henderson abandoned the vehicle and was caught hiding in a tree.
After his arrest, Henderson waived Miranda rights and confessed to committing numerous crimes, according to court documents.
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Mirror photo by Jason Sipes
A doorway remains unfinished at Altoona City Hall’s main lobby. Renovations are to be completed in February.
Officials: City Hall will sparkle despite delays
By William Kibler
By the time staff moves back into Altoona City Hall around the end of February, the $4.5 million renovation project will be almost a year late. But the miter joints will be tight, the finishes impeccable, the exterior free of its shroud of urban grime and the colors and many appointments inside and out at least will appear the same as the original 1925 version.
There have been delays galore, with most of the blame placed on contractor
W.C. Murray of Johnstown. But there never has been any complaint about workmanship, city Public Works Director Dave Diedrich said. Ifs a solid building, and the city never could have duplicated it for the money ifs spending on renovation, he said.
Most of the offices have windows and that’s a big deal for staff, which has occupied a temporary city hall on Cayuga Avenue for two years, working in the bowels of the sprawling one-story Saf-T-Bak building. His employees sometimes call out to the codes
office — the only one with a window — to find out what’s happening with the weather, Diedrich said.
Bessie Mosey, deputy finance director, got a look at the progress of the renovations during a tour last week.
“I can’t wait.” she said.
Mosey’s boss, Toni Lamont, the city’s new finance director, said she thinks it will be easier to be organized in the renovated building because there will be real files instead of boxes spread around.
Please see Delays/Page A3
WAR ON TERRORISM
Toledo planes got call quickly
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Ohio Air National Guard planes based at Toledo Express Airport were the first outside the East Coast to answer the Air Force’s call for help during the Sept. ll terrorist attacks, military officials said.
Had the hijacked plane that crashed in Somerset County continued westward that day, or had terrorists taken over another aircraft in Midwestern air space, it would have been the responsibility of the Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing to
shoot down that //
“They had the fuel. They had guns. That’s what was needed,” retired Lt.
Col. Alan Scott, who has been analyzing the attacks for the Air Force, told The Blade for a story Sunday.
“It [the fighter wing] just had a phenomenal response on Sept. ll,” said Col. Robert Marr of the North East Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y., the man responsible for coordinating air defense strategy in response to the attacks.
After the first of two planes taken over by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, Marr ordered jets from bases in Massachusetts and Virginia to head toward New York City and Washington, respectively.
Those orders came too late to prevent a second plane from crashing into the trade center and another hijacked plane from hitting the Pentagon.
When a fourth plane deviated from its westward flight path and circled counterclockwise around the western Cleveland suburbs, the Rome command center began calling bases across the nation for help.
That included a phone call to Toledo, which sent jets into the air heading east at 10:17 a.m., 16 minutes after the command center began making its calls.
“They basically just took aircraft that were just being set up for training missions and launched out to help defend the skies over North America, wherever they could,” Marr said. “The response was very, very, very quick.”
By then, President Bush had issued an order to shoot down the fourth plane before it hit any potential targets.
It’s unclear what role Toledo’s jets played before they were joined by Air National Guard jets from Syracuse at 10:44 a.m. The fourth plane crashed into a western Pennsylvania hillside between 10:02 and 10:10 a.m.
Toledo Air Guard officials declined to talk to the newspaper about what happened Sept. ll, even in general terms permitted by the military.
In explaining their mission, Marr said the Toledo jets “never had a track close enough that they were directed to engage.”
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