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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania World: American GIS killed civilians at No Gun RiLife: The flu is coming! How to fight off the bug JI Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec PennDOT is installing snow fences in an effort to improve visibility in spots on Route 22 such as this area between Gallitzin and Cresson. WINDBREAKERS PennDOT goes low-tech to curb whiteouts on notorious section of Route 22 By Mia Rohart Staff Writer RESSON — One year after a jury found that PennDOT’s design of Route 22 was partially to blame for a 27-vehicle crash during a 1994 whiteout, the agency is turning to an old-fashioned solution to help curb such conditions on the wind-swept mountain roadway. PennDOT officials hope 1,860 feet of newly installed snow fence will improve conditions atop Cresson Mountain, where a high-tech weather warning system already is in place. PennDOT spokesman Asbury Lee said the lawsuit is linked only indirectly to the addition of snow fence along a portion of westbound Route 22 near the Cresson-Summit exit. Lee said that during the December 1999 trial in Cambria County, PennDOT used the services of Ron Tabler, a snow fence expert. The highway agency learned more about snow fences through Tabler, who has done extensive work with snow patterns in Wyoming and Colorado, Lee said. John Ambrosini, a PennDOT engineer, said the fence should decrease dramatically the amount of snow that is blown from the slope onto the highway. There are three snow fences, each 4 feet high, set up in a tiered pattern straddling the road. The first fence rises to just 2 feet below the shoulder of the road. Please see Breakers/Page A7 i h . mw l f CIT Comparing traffic accident statistics on Old Route 22, new Route 22 and two other comparable area highways: Route UH’ Hj, 22 (between exits #17 and #19) (between'uedtord and Somerset) Time period 1984-94 (10.2 years) 1984-94 (10.2 years) 1984-94 (11 years) 1984-94 (11 years) Avg. daily traffic 5,600 15,500 18,000 25,000 Length of section 15.89 18.39 18.57 35.60 Number of accidents 331 234 670 1,349 Accidents per year 30 21 61 122 MVM of travel 357 1,161 1,342 3,573 Accident rate per MVM 0.97 0.22 0.50 0.38 Number of fatalities 12 9 13 29 Fatalities per year 1.2 0.9 1.2 2.6 Fatality rate per 10O MVM 3.63 0.85 0.97 0.81 MVM= Million vehicle miles Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington llAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2001 500 newsstand Heroin death results in jail IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION SEEKING SHUSTER’S SEAT Democrat candidates square off 2 more GOP hopefuls seek Congress post ■ A Martinsburg man will serve up to two years for his role in friend’s overdose. By Phil Ray Staff Writer HUNTINGDON — Democratic Party leaders in the 9th Congressional District were feisty Thursday night after hearing old-fashioned stump speeches from five candidates seeking to fill the vacancy that will be created Jan. 31 when Bud Shuster resigns. Outnumbered almost 2-to-l in voter registration throughout the 11-county district, the Democrats said they haven’t felt this good about their chances of winning since Shuster first appeared on the local political scene almost three decades ago. Neil E. Cashman Jr. of Harrisburg, executive director of the MEWS Bru— Conklin sees an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat in Congress. “Any time you are looking at a seat that hasn’t had a major challenge in 28 years, yes, there’s an opportunity,” Cashman said. Centre County Commissioner and candidate H. Scott Conklin of Philipsburg roared that the Democrats can win in the upcoming special election, but he predicted a tough campaign that “will be a blood bath. It will wear the shoes off your feet and the tires off your car.” “What does it take to win? Energy,” said candidate Stacey Brumbaugh, a Blair County lawyer who served on first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s staff in the mid-1990s. Please see Dems/Page AIQ By Robert Igoe Staff Writer Two more Republicans have announced their intentions to run for the soon-to-be-vacant Pennsylvania 9th District seat. State Rep. Lynn Herman, R-State College, hopes to be the GOP choice to run for the seat that will be vacated by Bud Shuster Jan. 31. “My 18 years of experience in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and my broad educational background makes me a credible candidate for consideration to represent the people of the 9th Congressional District,” said Herman, chairman of the House Herman Local Government Committee and a member of the House Education Committee. “One of the things that needs to occur is that we elect someone with a sense of ability to work together with other legislators. Please see GOP/Page AIQ By Mia Rohart Staff Writer EBENSBURG - A Martinsburg man was sentenced to up to 24 months in the Cambria County Prison after pleading no contest to charges stemming from the drug overdose of his friend. Danny Bardell will serve 12 to 24 months in the Cambria County Prison with credit for time served, Judge Timothy Creany ruled Thursday. Bardell pleaded no contest in November to involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and delivery of a controlled substance. Bardell originally was charged Bardell with drug delivery resulting rn death. “I just want to tell his family I’m sorry.... If I could bring him back, I would,” Bardell said of Adam Fowler in court. Defense attorney Thomas Dickey said the shoe could have just as easily been on the other foot. Fowler died from respiratory failure May 19,1998, because of an intravenous overdose of heroin, according to court documents. A few days before his death, Fowler accompanied Bardell on a drug run to Philadelphia. Fowler lent Bardell money to buy the heroin, and Bardell repaid him, in part, with some of the drug. Fowler’s mother found her son dead on the floor of his bedroom about 8:45 a.m., according to court documents. Next to his body were numerous drug paraphernalia, including three clear plastic packets believed to have contained the heroin. A syringe and a bent needle were found in the teen’s hand. Bardell will continue to attend rehabilitation programs while in prison and as a condition of release during his 7l/2-year probation period. Bardell has been tested repeatedly for drugs and has been clean since the court proceedings began, Dickey said. Please see Death/Page A2Blair officials press for tax reform but not a Web site By Ray Stephens Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners said they will keep fighting for tax reform, will keep using the punch card voting system and will be prepared to carry on if Commissioner John H. Eichelberger becomes a congressman. But as for developing a county Web page, commissioners said that’s not likely to happen because of the county’s mix of computers and computer systems. “Quite frankly, in my opinion, it’s a mess,” Commissioner Donna D. Gority said of the county’s computer setup. Gority, Eichelberger and Commissioner John J. Ebersole gave their State of the County address to the Breakfast Club of the Blair County Chamber Thursday. A few county or county-related offices either have Web sites or have plans to offer information via Web sites, Gority said. But as for Blair County’s government having a Web site of its own, the officials offered little hope. “I’d like to see all of the county on one Web site,” Gority said. Please see Web/Page A5Hoss’s pays $15,000 for steer champion at Pa. Farm Show By Peter Jackson The Associated Press HARRISBURG — For a 12-year-old whose first appearance at the Pennsylvania Farm Show won him the top honor, Jack Clark II did a masterful job of keeping his cool Thursday as his rust-and-white crossbred steer fetched $15,000 at the closing auction. A wiry seventh-grader, the 90-pound Clark was dwarfed by his 1,330-pound grand champion, Red Dogg, and he struggled with the harness to keep the beast facing the television cameras. Clark, who gets to keep one-third of the purchase price, said he planned to bank the money for now and may use it to help pay for a college education. He shrugged when asked how he felt about his steer going to the slaughterhouse — the ultimate destination of nearly all the 352 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 J 22910 00050    4 BIG FOUR 4    7 {9 0 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER '4 Partly * cloudy, 36° ■ Forecast, C3 2001 PT CRUISER IN STOCK NOW! Ready For Delivery! 2)*7h Chrysler - Plymouth - Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Altoona, PA 943-6167 □ local □ NATION Business A6 Classifieds C4-10 Hospitals Obituaries A9 A9 □ life Opinion A8 f ] SPORTS Comics D5 Movies B6 Community Puzzles news D2 D4 Scoreboard B5 Television D4 steers, hogs and lambs that were sold at the auction. “As long as I get my money,” said Clark, whose family has a farm in Hustontown in Fulton County. While far less than the record $28,000 paid for the 1999 grand champion steer, the price that Hoss’s Steak & Sea House paid for Red Dogg is far more than the steer’s market value of $1,130. 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