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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 13, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: Former President Reagan, 89, breaks hip Cl Ufe: Bringing warmth back into home after holidays DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2001 50C newsstand City man admits to attack on fetus ■ Judge gives defendant permission to move back in with the girlfriend he assaulted while she was pregnant. By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man who beat his nine-months-pregnant girlfriend in July was given court permission this week to move back home while undergoing anger management classes and possibly other forms of treatment. Anthony Kofalt, 26, of the 1600 block of lith Street, has entered guilty pleas to charges of aggravated assault of an unborn child and simple assault of his girlfriend. The pleas came Thursday evening, five days before his trial was to begin before a Blair County jury. The charge of assaulting an unborn child was the second such offense filed in Blair since the state’s Uniformed Crimes Act Against the Unborn Child was enacted in March 1998. Judge Jolene G. Kopriva did not sentence Kofalt after accepting the guilty pleas. Instead, she allowed him to fill out an application to participate in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program. If accepted into the program, he will receive treatment in lieu of prison; although, he could spend some time behind bars. If Kofalt is accepted into IPP, he may be ordered to attend parenting classes, enroll in drug and alcohol abuse courses, write reports to understand himself better and perform community service. “If you don’t comply, we can put you in jail — even if it’s not a crime,” Kopriva said. IPP Director Thomas Shea will investigate Kofalt’s background to determine if he is eligible for the program. Kopriva said Kofalt at one point had drug and alcohol problems. He contended he experienced an alcoholic blackout during the attack. The defense, led by Assistant Public Defender Mark Zearfaus, several months ago asked that a mental health evaluation of Kofalt be performed to determine if he was competent to stand trial. He was found competent. Please see Fetu*/Page A9 Officers beef up patrols in Johnstown By Tiffany Shaw and Michael Emery Staff Writers In response to five months of violence, unsolved armed robberies and drug activity in Johnstown, state police at Ebensburg are increasing their presence in the city. Troopers will conduct more patrols and routine stops beginning this weekend in an attempt to stop the violent crime plaguing the Johnstown area. In the last five months, there have been 16 violent crimes in the Johnstown area, including armed robberies and the murder of Johnstown High School student Aaron Coyle Dec. 26. Cambria County commissioners believe many of the violent crimes, especially the armed robberies, are linked to Johnstown’s escalating illegal drug activity, Commissioner Fred Soisson said. The plan requesting more state police troopers to assist city police came from Johnstown Mayor Don Zucco, Johnstown police Chief Robert Huntley and City Manager Karl Kildutf, trooper Stephen Barto said. The new, stronger partnership won’t take work away from the city police, Barto said. State troopers will patrol through the city’s most notorious problem areas when manpower is available and then schedule some special saturation patrols. “They [city police] will still handle the calls, and we can assist on back-up and routine stuff,” Barto said. Please see Patrol/Page A3 THE GULF WAR: IO YEARS LATER Soldiers’ stories Courtesy phot* Members of Charlie Company, 4/325 Airborne Infantry watch as a Multiple Launch Rocket System is fired at an Iraqi target near the Iraq-Saudi Arabia border during the Gulfwar in January 1991. DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 J 22910 BOOM a BIO FOUR • • i ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 39° ■ Forecast, C2 HO T-A DS. qorn We 're white-hot! Altoona mirror ITRI GREAT combination! Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION el MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-AJDS Phone (814) 946-7422  or fax us at (814) 946-7^47_ QLOCAL Q NATION Business A7 Classifieds C3-10 Movies AS Obituaries Opinion A9 A8 □ un Q SPORTS Comics D5 Local B4 Community news Puzzles D2 D4 Scoreboard BS < Television 04 week. Look for more listings starting Feb. 3. ■■■■tin Pesticides unlikely cause of illnesses By Robert Burns The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Pesticides used by American troops in the Gulfwar probably didn’t contribute to the unexplained illnesses reported by many veterans but cannot be dismissed for sure, the military said Friday. A survey of Gulf War veterans, conducted by the Rand Corp., found that about 13,000 troops used a flea/tick collar while in the Gulf that was deemed “unsafe and illegal” by the Pentagon. Rand said veterans described getting the collars from family members or friends. Rand also found that some of the 4,000 or so troops who were assigned pesticide spraying and delousing duty did not use masks and other protection. But neither the flea/tick collars nor the inadequate spray protection is likely to have caused health problems, said Bernard Rostker, undersecretary of defense for personnel “We’re not able to make a link,” Rostker said. He added, however, that the Pentagon cannot exclude the possibility that some pesticides caused chronic health problems, and he urged more research. Rostker’s conclusion regarding pesticide is similar to the Pentagon’s previous assessments of other suggested causes of the unexplained illnesses, including accidental exposure to nerve agents during demolition Please see Illnesses/Page A6 Sickness, sadness, some satisfaction By Kevin OTT Staff Writer Ken Smith wasn’t thinking about what the next decade would have in store for him as he frantically stripped off his clothes in a military tent in Saudi Arabia, trying to get his skin to stop burning. That was in 1991 after American forces destroyed a nearby Iraqi munitions depot. Neither Smith nor any of his friends knew exactly what was destroyed in the bombing, but they did know that whatever rained from the sky afterward burned their eyes and left a metallic tang in their mouths. After a war that was won quickly and enjoyed popular support on the home front, too many of the men and women who fought in it were forgotten, said Smith, who lives in Corsica with his wife and two children. Some of those veterans, like Smith, are getting sicker with illnesses they can’t understand. Others — the ones who aren’t sick — are just happy to have participated in the liberation of a small nation from foreign aggression. For the United States, the Gulf War was a welcome respite from the malaise that had surrounded the military since Vietnam. Congress authorized the use of force Jan. 12,1991, just days before Sadaam Hussein ignored the U.N. deadline for pulling out of Please see Stories/Page A6 Stock shock J Investors bracing for poor 401 (k) results from 2000; By Lisa Singhania The Associated Press The stock market’s slide will become painfully clear to many ordinary investors when they get a look at their end-of-the-year retirement account statements that are in the mail this month. “I’m anxiously waiting and quite nervous,” said Mary Enright, 41, a software tester in Sioux Falls, S.D., who expects her retirement nest egg, contained in a 401(k) account, to be off by 15 percent. “I went through the slump in the late 1980s, and I’ve made it back and then some since. But it still is going to be very hard when I see what the actual results are.” Americans had more than $1.5 trillion invested in employer-sponsored retirement plans as of 1999, the most recent figures available from the Investment Company Institute, a mutual fund industry group. About 60 percent of people participating in employer plans had no other stocks, mutual funds or bonds. After one of the worst years ever for stocks, most investors will see more losses than gains in their statements. Many of the highest-flying tech stocks of the last few years ended 2000 off by more than 50 percent; blue chips fell more modestly. Mutual funds reflected those losses. Please see Shock/Page A7 The Associated Press The Mirror takes an in-depth look at the Gulf War 10 years later: the search for the cause of Gulf War illness, how the soldiers and the families of those killed in action are coping, how Kuwait has fared since the war and how Sadaam Hussein’s tyranny has not changed. Look for it in Sunday's Mirror. BEHIND THE BACK Huntingdon Area High School’s Nick Varner passes around Central High School’s Ben Hoenstine during their game Friday night in Martinsburg. Huntingdon won the game, 59-48. Please see more local hoops coverage on Pages Bl, B4. Mirror photo by Jason Sipes ;

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