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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Thursday, February 15,2001 STATE Altoona Mirror ■ Page A7Committee vote moves special education rules forward■ Rep. Tom Yewcic, D-Cambria, opposes the regulations. By Martha Raffaele The Associated Press HARRISBURG — New special education rules that would limit class sizes for full-time students and prohibit advocates from representing parents at hearings on educational disputes moved forward Wednesday after a divided House Education Committee vote. The vote to approve the regulations was a 12-12 tie. Under committee rules, motions can pass with a minimum of 12 “yes” votes, regardless of the number of opposing votes. The rules submitted to the committee by the State Board of Education backed away from controversial language that would have lifted class-size limits for fulltime, special education students. The state regulations set class sizes as low as eight students. Special-education advocates have said students would become lost in large classes if class-size limits were recommended instead of absolute. They said they still are concerned about permitted caseloads of up to 65 students in instances where pupils receive special education services for only part of the day. “There are very few kids in fulltime special education classes,” said Ellen Mancuso, director of the Children’s Project for Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy Inc. The regulations still contain a stipulation that special-education advocates may advise but not legally represent parents at due process hearings. Legal representation is not required at such hearings, but opponents of this revision said it puts parents who cannot afford lawyers at a disadvantage. “We have to protect the people who can’t protect themselves,” said state Rep. John Lawless, R-Montgomery, who voted against the regulations. Fran James-Warkomski, director of the Bureau of Special Education for the state Department of Education, said the state attorney general’s office recommended the change because it determined that advocates without legal training should not act as lawyers. “Parents may always represent their children at these hearings, and they don’t need to hire a lawyer,” James-Warkomski said. “But advocates can’t be involved in lawyering.” Of about 170 decisions rendered in due-process hearings during the 1999-2000 school year, ll involved parents who chose advocates to represent them, rather than lawyers, she said. “If it’s such a big deal for ll people, then why change the whole process?” said state Rep. Thomas Yewcic, D-Cambria, who also opposed the regulations. “If we start trampling on the rights of a few people, we’il have a problem.” But the attorney general’s office will not approve the regulations unless the change is made, said Peter Garland, the board’s executive director. Look at This! Suspect in machete death beat past murder charge STATE COLLEGE (AP) - A man accused of killing two people in Pennsylvania and Georgia faced a murder charge three years ago in his home state of Tennessee but never went to trial. Erie Jerome Fant, 37, of Memphis was one of three men charged with killing a carpet store worker in 1986 in Memphis. Charges against Fant and a second defendant eventually were dropped, and the third man was acquitted after a victim could not identify him in court. Fant was arrested Monday in New Jersey on charges of eluding police and being a fugitive from justice. He faces a murder charge in Pennsylvania for the Sunday night slaying of a convenience store clerk. Ray Griear, district attorney for Centre County, said Tuesday that he had spoken with prosecutors in the other states and that Fant probably would be tried first in Pennsylvania. “The charge is the ultimate, most serious type of event. It’s first-degree murder, it’s a capital murder case and a crime that is fairly egregious,” Gricar said. “We feel we have a good case, It’s a recent crime, and we’re ready to go. We’d like to have the first opportunity to prosecute him.” Authorities said the crime spree began Feb. 7 when Fant stole a car in Berkeley County in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Fant is charged with murder in Georgia, where prosecutors said he killed 65-year-old Dorothy C. Street, of Dearing, Ga., at her home Feb. 8. Mike Seigler of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told the Centre Daily Times that Street died from “severe chopping injuries to the head and neck.” In Tennessee, authorities said Fant attacked Annette Richeson, 42, as she was opening a clothing store Saturday in Sweetwater. Richeson is in a Chattanooga, Tenn., hospital recovering from injuries to her hands and arms. Court papers filed in Centre County state a videotape from the Citgo convenience store in Snow Shoe, off Interstate 80, shows Fant jumping over the store counter and robbing clerk Avanish Kaushal, then stabbing Kaushal several times in the neck. After New Jersey State Police arrested him with blood on his clothes, a 24-inch machete and several knife sheaths, Fant told a New Jersey State Police investigator he had killed and robbed Kaushal, the affidavit said. “I took his head off,” Fant said of Kaushal, according to the affidavit. Gricar said the state’s Victim’s Compensation Fund would pay to fly Kaushal’s wife, Neena, in from her home in Delhi, India. Kaushal, 52, had been in the United States for about five months on a work visa. One dead, 9 injured in plant fire MOUNT JEWETT (AP) - Fire crews fought a blaze Wednesday from an explosion that killed one worker and injured nine others at one of the nation’s largest par-ticleboard plants. Four of the injured were in critical condition. James Covert, 39, of Cyclone died Wednesday afternoon after he was flown to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh from the northwestern Pennsylvania factory. Covert had second- and third-degree bums over 56 percent of his body, hospital spokeswoman Linda Ross said. Covert also suffered smoke inhalation in the accident. Fire from Tuesday’s explosion at Temple-Inland Forest Products Corp. had been contained in a silo that abuts the plant, McKean County emergency management director Ken Mostyn said. A dust collection system that runs along the plant’s roof and feeds the silo was damaged heavily, he said. State police said the blast destroyed a section of wall at the Temple-Inland Forest Products Corp. just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. After the blast, fire spread through sawdust piles and silos in the building, said Don Fowler, Lafayette Township’s fire chief “There was so much smoke and fire, we had several people trapped in the building,” Mostyn said. ’ Home Equity Loan^ 7.25% member FDIC 203 N. 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