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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports notre Dame football program on probation by Lite time to get ready to shovel the White stuff dial Tona Mirror a copyright 1999saturday, december 18,1999 soc newsstand Pennot Driver liable in pileup by Jay Knarr staff writer Ebensburg a Cambria county jury found both the Driver of a tractor trailer and Penn Dot negligent to varying degrees for four deaths in a 1994 pileup in whiteout conditions on route 22 near the Gallitzin and Cresson exits. The jury in the two week civil trial found both the Driver of the National freight tractor trailer James c. Jones and Penn Dot negligent and that the negligence led to the deaths on feb. 24,1994. The jury assessed 75 percent of the blame to Jones and 25 percent to Penn Dot meaning those parties will split payment of the $2.3 million penalty by the same percentages. The jury awarded $750,000 to the estate of Joseph f. Kosmack and $500,000 to the estate of his wife Jayne Ann both 39, of Homer City Indiana county. The jury awarded $800,000 to the estate of Jayne Kosmacki a sister Mary Ward Carter 32, Pittsburgh and $235,000 to the estate of the Sisters Mother Phyllis Jean Ward 62, Blairsville. The families of the deceased were seeking Between $3 million and $4 million but they said the jury a verdict in determining fault was More important. A a in a Happy to get this thing straightened out a said Joseph Kosmack the oldest son of Joseph and Jayne Kosmack. A i Hope no one else in this area has to go through what me and my family went Kosmack said he held no resentment or hatred toward Jones for the Accident that killed his parents but instead Felt sorry for him. Joseph Kosmack his sister Janine and younger brother Jason Are the heirs to their parents and grandmothers estates. David Carter widower of Mary Ward Carter said the trial was More about finding liability and fault than about Money. The jury heard closing statements from All parties thursday received the judges instructions at 9 30 . Friday and deliberated from about la . To 4 . Before returning the verdict. Eleven of the 12 jurors found Jones negligent and said his negligence led to the deaths. Ten of the 12 found Penn Dot negligent or that the departments negligence in designing the Quarter mile stretch of Highway led to the deaths. Richard Galloway attorney for the families and Gerard Cipriani attorney for please see liable Page a9 Charles Manson is escorted by officers in route to court in Independence calif., in this dec. 3,1970, photo. By Linda Deutsch the associated press a jostling mob of journalists swarmed the courthouse. Photographers snapped away. This murder trial would be Quot reported to the ends of the civilized Globe a one paper said. The defendant was a millionaire. The motive was jealous rage. The crime was bloody. This was the trial of the Century and it was Only 1907. The defendant was Harry thaw . Simpson would not be born for 40 Yea Sand the Case set a pattern for Quot trials of the Century to come. At least 33 cases have been Given that Label said Gerald Uelman professor of Law at Santa Clara University Law school. American schoolchildren learn the pledge of Quot Justice for All a but these cases show How difficult it is to keep that Promise. War crimes civil rights abuses sensational murder and assassinations. Even the impeachment of a president. All of these have been placed at the Doorstep of the Law in this Century. And not All have resulted in fair verdicts. The most powerful cases forced society to face fundamental quandaries. In the Scopes Quot Monkey trial a it was the place of religion in Public life. The Simpson Case presented troubling racial questions. Please see trials Page a4 More inside a local Legal experts react to the verdict in the . Simpson Case. Page a5 a the most memorable local trials of the 20th Century. Page a5 senator pushing reforms for by William Kibler staff writer state Senate president pro tem Robert Jubelirer a Blair is hoping the general Assembly will Reform the Pennsylvania interscholastic athletic association this Winter or Spring. But the Agency that oversees High school sports in the state already has reformed itself As much As it cares to at least on some major items said its executive director. A a it san organization run amok a Jubelirer charged thursday at a review of general Assembly accomplishments this fall and a look ahead to next year. A it cares Little for High school students athletes or some critics say Jubelirer a longstanding feud with the Pisa is based Only on his objection to the Agency a selection two years ago of Hershey to replace Altoona As site of the football championships. But the focus of the proposal before the Senate is on Pisa problems with eligibility rulings and Lack of due process Jubelirer said. The organization needs to become accountable he said. Jubelirer cited the recent removal of a referee from a playoff football game because the referee is on the advisory committee of coaches athletic directors and parents helping senators prepare the Pisa Reform Bill Jubelirer said. The Pisa Hasni to ignored its critics but it does no to want to go As far As they be demanded said Pisa executive director Bradley Cashman. Under pressure the 85-year-old organization has improved business operations and formalized procedures for District committees and the Board of Appeal to hear grievances and eligibility disputes. But the 1,350-member schools last Spring rejected Senate committee proposals to expand the Board of control by adding parents coaches and another referees representative. The member schools also resisted the elimination of a restitution clause that protects the Pisa by requiring member schools who sue it and lose to reimburse it for Legal costs Cashman said. Please see Pisa Page a9 Jubelirer sporting environmental groups look to sue Over wetlands permit for 1-99 by Ray Stephens staff writer representatives of five sporting and environmental groups said Friday they expect to file a lawsuit Over a wetlands permit issued to build the interstate 99 Extension on Bald Eagle Ridge. The group representing the Bald Eagle Ridge Protection association the Audubon society Pennsylvania Trout the Pennsylvania federation of sportsman a clubs and the Pennsylvania Deer association says it has sent a notice of intent to sue the army corps of engineers and the . Environmental Protection Agency. While the notice valid for 60 Days is not an actual lawsuit it preserves the time Frame in which a lawsuit can be filed and puts the Federal agencies on notice that a lawsuit is forthcoming. It also May allow time for the agencies to address concerns raised by the group. The Mirror was unable Friday night to reach a spokesman of either Agency for comment. Representatives of the five groups contend that plans to build an eight mile stretch of interstate 99 along the Bald Eagle Ridge will Cut through a Large tract of undeveloped Forest destroying wetlands and streams that provide habitat for Many species of wildlife. Please see permit Page a9 jail standoff continues an Fri swat team member talks w Ith an unidentified person at the St. Martin Parish jail in St. Martinville la. Please see Story Page cd. The associated press i delivery a subscription or Home delivery questions 946-7480 or 800 287-4480 7t �22910 00050j Bio four 9 3 6 9 a lottery numbers a2 weather i flurries then sunny 35� a forecast c3 t h0t-ads.com we re White hot Altoona Mirror the great combination Call us Money today. 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