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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Altoona, Pennsylvania Local former minister sentenced to eight months / cd Altonna Mirror a copyright 1998saturday, january to 1998 so cents surgery gives Man his voice backs Hollidaysburg resident undergoes first Larynx transplant in 29 years. From staff and wire reports Cleveland a a Hollidaysburg Man who lost his voice in a motorcycle Accident 19 years ago rasped a a hello and a a i Momy just three Days after the first Larynx transplant since 1969. Timothy Heidler 40, could be speaking in a Normal voice in five months or less doctors at the Cleve land clinic said Friday. In a 12-hour surgery on sunday Heidler received the Larynx part of the Trachea and 70 percent of the Throat of an unidentified donor. The surgery last performed in 1969 in Belgium is causing some controversy in the medical Community Over the risks is. The benefits of transplanting a no vital Organ. Undergoing Mjor surgery is always risky and the body could later reject the transplanted Organ. A a i think there will be some folks that will perhaps say we do it but in a not one that ascribes to that a said or. Marshall Strome Leader of Heidler a surgical team. A i think that if people want to be Normal or As Normal As they can be and Are willing to make the sacrifices to make it happen we re Here to serve the population a Strome said. Heidler a Larynx was destroyed when he crashed his motorcycle on the Way to firefighter training school. He was a firefighter for the Juniata Gap fire company. He spent years recovering from his injuries and is unemployed. The clinic paid for the surgery but did not say How much it Cost. Before the operation Heidler a a talked with the help of a vibratory device that produces an electronic voice. But in a video shot before surgery and shown at a news conference afterwards he complained the device was difficult to learn to use. A a my goal in life was to help people. I feel that if this can be done it will Benefit a lot of people Down the Road a Heidler said on the tape using the de please see voice Page a3 the associated press Timothy Heidler Speaks his first words in 19 years on a videotape at the Cleveland clinic Over the shoulder of or. Marshall Strome. In the Mirror local new Developer named for Bedford Springs resort. Page cd us Silica seeks to expand Mapleton Sand digging site. Page cd two area men pleaded guilty to dumping a 30-gallon Oil drum. Page a2 Applebee a gets ready to open its doors in the Logan Valley mall. Page a3 sports the steamers and Broncos will soon quit talking and Start playing. Page by Hollidaysburg boys basketball team knocks off Johnstown. Page by state the Ohio River flooded in Pittsburgh Friday and other state Rivers neared their brims. Page a3 today a life the holidays Are Over but the stains made during the season can disappear too. Page i weather today colder in the . 40� forecast on Page a6 7 22910 00050 4 not so Sweet dreams people suffering from sleep Apnoea can Stop breathing for up to to seconds by David Kinney the associated press Philadelphia a sleep Apnoea a disorder that causes sleepers to Stop breathing Many times each night tends to be More severe in men younger than 45 than in elderly sufferers according to a new study. The finding came after five years of research at Penn states College of Medicine in Hershey sponsored by the National institutes of health. The researchers interviewed 4,364 men by phone and later examined 741 who reported such Apnoea symptoms As snoring and daytime sleepiness. They found that among patients suffering from Apnoea younger men had the lowest Levels of saturated oxygen a a major result of Apnoea that Over time can Lead to High blood pressure and severe Strain on the heart. Please see sleep Page a2 Mirror photos by . Cavich or. Sandra Loychik and sleep technician Luann Mignogna look at the eeg patterns inset of a sleep Apnoea patient. Local centers assist Apnoea sufferers Mirror photo by Gary m Baranec Regina Nagle Duncansville uses a breathing device to help her get a better nights sleep. By Chad Binette staff writer sleep Apnoea patients who seek treatment to regulate their nightly breathing become More Alert during the daytime a doctor at Bon Secours holy family Hospital says. The Institute for sleep Medicine at Bon Secours is working with the University of Pennsylvania on a study of treatments for Apnoea an ailment that causes sleepers to Stop breathing for at least to seconds Many times every night. Joel younger the institutes medical director says one of the most effective treatments is known As Cap or continuous positive Airway pressure. Patients place breathing masks on their faces and the masks Are connected to pressure regulated fans that keep the backs of their throats open while they sleep. Please see Apnoea Page a2 judge upholds Black asset distribution Pittsburgh a a Federal judge has upheld a court imposed distribution plan of assets handled by Tyrone Money manager John Gardner Black who is accused of defrauding 55 school districts in an investment scheme. Seven school districts a Cumberland Cornwall Fleetwood Bellefonte Williamsport Richland and North Lebanon a objected to the plan which was first issued by . District judge William Standish on sept. 26. The original plan said districts could recover up to half of the Market value of the funds invested by Black. The original plan said districts could recover up to half the Market value of the funds invested by Black. Most of the districts said the plan undervalued the securities. . District judge Donetta Ambrose upheld the plan thursday saying none of the districts offered any other method of determining the value of the securities. The assets were Frozen after an audit by the securities and Exchange commission disclosed losses in funds handled by Black and his companies Devon capital management inc. And financial management sciences inc Williamsport schools objected because it said its funds were never mixed with those of the other districts so it argued its accounts never should have been Frozen. The Sec has accused Black of losing $71 million in the largest municipal Bond fraud in state history. Updates for the latest headlines and obituaries Call 949-5930. News 1040 obituaries 1024 sports 2001 Good wrench service pm us a lifetime guarantee on parts and labor a competitive up front pricing a Courtesy transportation 4 x e. Plank rd., Altoona 8 h 228-3428 exit sri it i tin cd Oldsmobile # Cadi Lac the 9uj warm spell has business turned around a Penn Dot hardware stores ski resorts among groups having to adapt to weather. By Gareth Mcgrath staff writer with fog recently More of a driving Hazard than Snow or ice Penn Dot a plow and Salt trucks Haven to had a lot to do so far this Winter. But Don Snavely assistant Engineer for maintenance for Penn Dot a District 9, Isnit complaining. A if we were Given the Chance we mind doing this All Winter he said. The reprieve from blowing has allowed Penn Dot to do third is they either did no to have time to do or were planning to do at some Point Down the Road. He said Penn Dot Crews Are using the Winter meltdown to get a jump on general maintenance jobs throughout the District including plugging More potholes than they would normally be Able to do during a typical january and adding reflectors and repairing guide rails to parts of route 22 Between Duncansville and the Cambria county line. Because the warm weather Means using less anti skid and Salt Penn Dot also is saving Money. A if this easy Winter continues we Are going to put those dollars we save out on the Road to make it a safer and smoother ride a Snavely said. Dave Diedrich Altoona a director of Public works said the mild weather also is allowing his department to get ahead. Please see warm Page a3 schools cheer Acle moans court decision a random locker searches upheld by states highest court. By David Kinney the ass Gaied press Philadelphia a in impoverished Chester the High schools 1,575 students walk through Metal detectors each morning into Halls lined with Security guards and surveillance cameras. In Allegheny county a affluent Fox Chapel marijuana remains in fashion among some High school students. These very different schools both rely heavily on what has become a controversial tool locker sweeps for weapons stolen goods anti narcotics sometimes with the help of drug sniffing dogs. Nearly All of Pennsylvania a 501 school districts celebrated this week when the state supreme court upheld the searches saying Quot the minimal intrusion of privacy suffered. Pales in significance to the Public need to be the Case involved Harborcreek High school in Erie. Worried about increasing drug activity the school ordered a sweep of student lockers in 1994. With help from a dog and two police officers they found marijuana a pipe a Roach clip and paper for rolling joints in the locker of senior Vincent Cass now 22. Please see decision Page a3 news opinion sports local news classifieds today s life inside features accidents c2 lottery a2 Astrograph d3 movies b4 classifieds c3-6 obituaries c2 comics d4 planner d3 crime c2 puzzles d5 dear Abby d3 scoreboard b5 hospitals c2 television d6

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