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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: St. Francis men keep playoff hopes alive Ufo: “Grace And Glorie” play coming to area DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2001 500 newsstandIF YOU GO What: 9th District Republican miniconvention. Where: Alumni Hall, Brumbaugh Science Center, Juniata College. When: Saturday. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Open to the public.COMING ntlMY Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler takes an in-depth look at how the convention will work and how the political drama might play out Saturday at Juniata. Bitterness swells in 9th District race By William Kibler Staff Writer After Congressman Bud Shuster retired, some people suggested the Republican Party should nominate a caretaker candidate who would step aside for the next election so voters rather than politicians could nominate his true successor, said State Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona. It might have prevented the acrimony and bitterness that came to a head Tuesday with a Blair County Republican Committee choosing a split delegation to send to the nominating convention in Huntingdon Saturday — 18 delegates for Bill Shuster, IO for John H. Eichelberger Jr. It might have demanded less sudden uncovering of loyalties and enmities, less brandishing of rules, fewer bruised feelings, relationships and egos. It would have eliminated the filing of a lawsuit by Shuster supporters to force a delegate vote of the full Blair committee. It might at least given people more time to get ready for the competition. But there doesn’t seem to be any momentum for the caretaker idea anymore, said Bruce Kelley, an aide to state Sen. President Pro Tem Robert Jubelirer, R-Blair. It’s gone too far. The bloodletting has already happened, so why try to stanch it now? Candidates and their supporters have worked too hard, invested too much, paid too big a price to just let it go, Geist said. The minute Shuster resigned when he did, however, it was bound to happen this way and Shuster knew it, Geist said. He wonders why his former aide Ann Eppard set it in motion, he said. Bud Shuster has answered that, saying repeatedly he resigned mainly for health and because he’d accomplished all he could in making laws and obtaining money for infrastructure projects in his district and nationwide. Please see Race/Page AIQ Eichelberger Shuster Mixed reviews on public safety plan STATE PRISONS:New focus on treatment, as growth wanes By Michael Race Capitolwire.com Harrisburg—Gov. Tom Ridge appears to be borrowing from President Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” theme in his spending proposal for the state’s prison system. Ridge played up rehabilitation and treatment of inmates, while playing down the tough-on-crime talk that first helped get him elected, in the 2001-02 budget proposal he presented to lawmakers Tuesday. The reasons? Crime is down and so is the public’s concern about it. Also, the once rapid growth in the state’s prison population is slowing. “Six years ago, it would have been inconceivable that public safety would take up so few words in a budget address,” Ridge told lawmakers. “But last year, once again, serious crime in Pennsylvania was down across the board.” Still, tougher crime laws enacted when Ridge came into office have helped fill prisons beyond capacity. And most of those inmates will be released. While the budget plan Ridge rolled out includes more money for prison expansions and added staffing, the governor’s office chose to stress Ridge’s plans to put more money into prison-based education and treatment programs. Ridge wants to spend another $1.4 million expanding vocational training programs at nine state prisons, and he is asking for $226,000 to provide alcohol and drug treatment to another 200 inmates in four facilities. Corrections Department spokesman Michael Lukens said Monday that the institutions to receive the vocational training money hasn’t been decided yet, but, he said, the four institutions that will receive money for additional drug treatment efforts are in Greene, Luzerne, Northampton and Mercer counties. Please see Prisons/Page A3 Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec A guard stands in the tower at the Huntingdon state correctional institution in this Mirror file photo.CRIME FIGHTERS Local state police barracks and number of troopers assigned to each: Hollidaysburg 47 Huntingdon 30 Rockview 39 Ebensburg 25 Bedford 37 Philipsburg 20 Clearfield 37 Everett 20 BEHIND BARS The inmate population at the area’s state correctional institutions: Huntingdon 1,916 Cresson 1,247 Smithfield 1,741 Houtzdale 1,216 STATE POLICE:High-tech tools proposed over adding officers By Michael Race Capitolwire.com HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Ridge’s proposed budget won’t put more Pennsylvania State Police troopers on the roadways, but the governor insists it will seem like there are more. Ridge is pushing a $50-million investment in high-tech crime fighting equipment as a means to help troopers work faster and more efficiently. He predicts the result will be less time behind desks and more time in the field. “The time spent on paperwork will be cut by half or more,” Ridge said in a statement touting his plan. “The time troopers save will be like deploying an extra 200 troopers to fight crime and keep our neighborhoods and highways safe.” The plan was greeted with skepticism from some in the General Assembly. “Not very many lawmakers are going to buy the governor’s program today as a way to increase state troopers,” said House Democratic Whip Mike Veon, D-Beaver. “I think they’d rather have the 200 troopers, and the governor is going to work real hard to make that case to Republicans and Democrats.” There now are 4,168 troopers in Pennsylvania, but some lawmakers said more are needed to deal with an increase in “road-rage” incidents and other traffic troubles. Ridge wants to spend $25.2 million to continue the implementation of the state police’s “criminal incident information management system,” a network of equipment that includes computers in 1,100 patrol cars. The equipment allows troopers to instantly access both state and national data on vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses, wanted-persons lists and other data. They also can record information and prepare reports on-scene. Please see Police/Page A3Chaine filed in murder ■ Former Cambria County resident accused in 1980 killing of man from Emeigh. By Phil Ray Staff Writer EBENSBURG — A lumberjack who once lived in northern Cambria County was charged Wednesday with the 1980 killing of a reclusive radio and television repairman from Emeigh. Cambria County District Attorney David J. Tulowitzki said Elmer Thomas Westover,. 40. was arrested without incident at his Mentcle, Indiana County, home and charged with the May 24, 1980, killing of Andrew Fenchock. The 66-year-old Fenchock lived at the end of a lane in Emeigh. He had a garage next to his home in which he repaired radios and televisions. Prosecutors believe that Westover, then 19 years old, was burglarizing the workshop in search of copper and other items when Fenchock entered the building. Prosecutors claim Westover shot Fenchock with a .22-caliber, single-action revolver. Fenchock died of a head wound. About four months ago, police in Susquehanna Township, Cambria County, received a tip stating that they could find out about the Fenchock homicide if they would talk to a person whose name has not been revealed. Township officers passed the information to state police investigators, Cpl. Frank Adamczyk and Trooper Gregory Bernard. From there, it was like dominos, Tulowitzki said. One witness led police to several others. Please see Murder/Page A12 Legislation aimed to clean up disputes of dairy farmers By Robert Igoe Staff Writer While politicians on Capitol Hill always are scrambling to form alliances within their party, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., hopes to get more accomplished by crossing party lines. Santorum hopes that by working with Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis, who has been a major opponent the Northeast Dairy Compact, the two can pass legislation that will be fair to all of the nation’s dairy farmers, rather than create advantages to one region at the expense of another. ii I feel that we have come up with a piece of legislation that is regionally neutral in its goals. U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsytvania JI “What I have tried to do is to work with someone who is 180 degrees from me as far as dairy legislation goes,” Santorum said. “In working with Sen. Kohl, who has been an opponent of the Northeast Dairy Compact, I feel that we have come up with a piece of legislation that is regionally neutral in its goals and can help see our nation’s dairy farmers through tough times.” Under the plan, small- and medium sized commercial dairy producers would be provided with a safety net for milk prices through a sliding scale of reimbursement payments based on the average price of Class III milk over the past year. That price would be calculated for the first 26,000 hundredweight of production, regardless of the class of milk produced. Please see Dairy/Page A12 ■ * DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 000501’ ^ if' BIO FOUR 5    6    5    5 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Cloudy, chance of showers, 44° ■ Forecast, C3 A Weatherman vs. mascot rivalry may end after e-mail arrives in Altoona By Kevin Ott Staff Writer It all ends with an e-mail. Hopefully. The battle between jovial “The Today Show” weatherman Al Roker and Altoona Curve mascot Steamer looks to be on the wane after Roker sent an open e mail to the people of Altoona this week. “I have received hundreds of e-mails from you folks, some upset, some agreeing with me and other who want this whole thing to go away,” Roker wrote. Roker called Steamer “stupid” on Groudhog Day after the mascot showed up at Rockefeller Center, where “Today” is taped. Since u Steamer in no way looks anything like the front end of a steam engine, and I’m a railroad fan. Roker then, Altoona has exploded in a firestorm of contempt — some for Roker, some for Steamer. But Roker is asking Altoona to recognize that Steamer doesn’t quite resemble... well, anything. “The San Diego Chicken, while not exactly a chicken, looks like a bird,” the weatherman said. “Steamer in no way looks anything like the front end of a steam engine, and I’m a railroad fan.” He also asked the people of Altoona to put the rivalry behind them. “Can you get over this?” he asked. Apparently so. May 2, originally planned by the Curve as “Al Roker is Stupid Day” at Blair County Ballpark, has been downgraded to “Al Roker Gets Educated Day.” It’s part of a move to lighten the discourse in the Steamer/Roker debate. Please see Rivalry/Page A3 MMM # ^February 27a. Finellis Italian Villa* - Entertainment, Music and Magic Make Reservations Early and Stay All Night! :Ipcr*T-S! 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