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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania ^ALTOONA ^ mbW: ll I Mi a. .a rn rn - J Amir ROR ..rf Little E's big win ■ Crews swear Earnhardt Jr.'s win was legit Bl ■ Commentary: Conspiracy theorists off base B3 INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Claysburg honors 2 coaches / UFE: PSU exhibit proves quite amusing / DIAlumna mirror © Copyright 2001THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2001 500 newsstand A year later, stabbing death unsolved By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer One year ago tonight, John W. Eichelberger IV, 41, died after he was stabbed in the neck and crawled to a nearby house looking for help. As of today, police haven’t made any arrests, but they still are gathering evidence and conducting interviews. The hopelessness of the case has threatened to overwhelm Eichelberger’s mother, who questions whether police are doing the best they can. No murder weapon. Little physical evidence. No known eyewitnesses. Ifs been a daunting case for investigators searching for a killer. Eichelberger’s mother, Jackie Washburn, understands the case could take time, but she’s angry over the lack of communication with police. She lives in Phoenix, and she gets little information on the case except through one of Eichelberger’s friends in Altoona. “I’m a w hole lot upset with the police. I’m very angry with them,” Washburn said Tuesday evening in a telephone interview, “this is his family. Let us know something once in a while.” Washburn is filled with anger over her son’s death, and that emotion, while energizing her. also is tearing her apart. In the past year, she spent nearly a month in the hospital with emotional-related illnesses and had to retire from her job. Eichelberger was Lakemont Park’s ride inspection manager and spent years traveling the country working on amusement park rides. Washburn said that on the night he was killed. Eichelberger left his home across from Lakemont Park at IO p.m. and went into Altoona. He withdrew money from his bank account and was stabbed about an hour later. Washburn said someone knows what happened to her son and has theories about why he was killed. "Theres people out there that know. From my heart. I know he went to help someone. That’s the way he was,” she said, speculating that Eichelberger left his home that night to go to someone in trouble. Please see Death 'Page A5 Barry Kumpf, general manager at Lakemont Park, holds a carousel model made in memory of murder victim John Eichelberger, who worked at the park. The carousels were given to the victim’s friends. Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett By Edith M. Lfdfrhr The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS - Key arms makers in the United States and Europe are willing to accept a voluntary program to mark and trace small arms to help curb illegal trafficking, according to documents seen by The Associated Press and confirmed by industry officials. Diplomats involved in the initia tive say it would help authorities stem the flow of legally purchased light weapons to black markets supplying conflicts around the world. The agreement would take effect regardless of the outcome of a U.N. conference that is debating a draft plan to control illegal small arms trafficking. Included in the draft is a provision calling for “negotiation of a legally binding instrument to identify and trace the lines of supply of small arms and light weapons.” The United States already requires a marking and tracing system, but it opposes this provision because it doesn’t want to make a commitment before knowing all the details of an agreement, U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton told the AP Wednesday. “After further negotiation, I wouldn’t exclude the possibility of a treatylike commitment dealing with the flow of illegal weapons into conflict-prone areas,” he said. The plan represents an effort by manufacturers to create a marking and tracing identification system with a degree of self-regulation. Please see Trace/Page A12 The Associated Press Members of the French delegation huddle in the General Assembly during the United Nations Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons Wednesday. More business in small weapons The number of legal manufacturers of small arms increased from less than 200 companies in 1980 to more than 600 in 2001. This is due to the spread of licensing and the need of developing countries to have their own small-arms manufacturing capability. 1980s 1990s Region Countries Companies Countries Compar Africa 5 10 7 22 Asia Pacific 14 23 14 31 Europe/CIS 22 100 30 203 Middle East 4 6 6 13 South/Central America 5 15 5 17 North America 2 42 2 99 SOURCE Small Arms Survey 2001 AP Study: Cheap guns create kid warriors By Chris Hawley The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS - Cheap, light weapons are helping turn children into vicious warriors in many countries, researchers said in a report released Wednesday. More than 300,000 people under the age of 18 are fighting as soldiers in 34 conflicts, many of them wielding automatic weapons, according to the study commissioned by the Canadian government. Please see Guns/Page A12 Garbage bills overflowing in Harrisburg ■ State lawmakers have unprecedented number of proposals on table about trash. BY JEANETTE KREBS capitolwire.com HARRISBURG — Lawmakers are talking a lot of trash these days. They aren’t taking swipes at other politicians; they really are discussing garbage. Never before have legislators had so many bills in place this early in the session on the issue of trash imports, landfill expansion and the impact of traffic on communities w ith landfills. Some observers say the General Assembly may dump the measures on the fall agenda, which is sure to spark controversy. “This early interest in landfill legislation bodes well for some type of action,” said Jeff Schmidt of the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter, who is surprised by the outpouring of bills. The House last month held a hearing on landfill legislation sponsored by Rep. Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, and another bill sponsored by Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin, sits in the Senate. Other measures sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans deal with the issue — including one by Rep. Camille “Bud” George, D-Clearfield, that would give local communities more control over landfills - and a bill that passed the House requiring the state to look at the impact of truck traffic traveling to new' and expanded landfills. House and Senate leaders say the Smith and Piccola bills could get legislative action in the fall. Part of the reason there is growing interest in the issue is w ith 50 landfills across the state, more lawmakers are facing waste disposal issues in their districts. Another development raising eyebrows is the boost in out-of-state trash dumped in Pennsylvania landfills. The state Department of Environmental Resources reported trash hauled across the state borders increased by 20 percent last year to 12 million tons. Opponents worry that number will continue to rise, especially with the March closure of the giant Fresh Kills landfill in New York. Pennsylvania imports more trash than any other state. Virginia comes in second, but its garbage imports are half as much as Pennsylvania and the number is declining. Opponents point out that Pennsylvania imports about a ton of trash for every’ state resident. George, who has complained about the growth of landfills around the state for years, said something must be done to slow landfill expansion. George recently had a call from a lawmaker he declined to name who had opposed landfill restrictions. Now, George said, he is hearing from constituents about a landfill in his district, and he supports limits. “Isn’t it funny,” he said, “how you don’t worry about a bee until it stings you?" Group files appeal in lawsuit on 1-99 By Craig Williams Staff Writer An environmental activist coalition refuses to give up its fight to protect the habitat on Bald Eagle Mountain from the proposed extension of Interstate 99. Attorneys from Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, also known as PennFuture, has filed an appeal asking for a reversal of a district court decision that upheld the 1-99 project’s exemption from federal environmental regulations. PennFuture presented its case Tuesday before a three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. A decision is expected to come within the next 90 days. Until then, PennDOT is allowed to continue with the project plans since no injunction or stay has been filed. Please see Appeal/Page All DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050 BIO FOUR 4    4    3    0 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 76° ■ Forecast, A2 T W4 CAPITAL GAIN The Associated Press Jaromir Jagr hugs the Art Ross Trophy for the highest NHL point scorer, which he won June 14. Jagr has been traded to the Washington Capitals by the Penguins for three prospects. Please see story, Page BL 'ac -I HQT-ADS.qom We re white-hot! Altoona iHtrror THE GREAT COMBINATION BELLWOOD-ANTIS School officials look to fix lack of parking, ballfields By Walt Frank Staff Writer BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis school officials are trying to create more room — more room to park and more room to play. Their options are spelled out in a campus planning study done by L. Robert Kimball & Associates. Architect Richard W. Witt Jr. of Kimball’s State College office told board members Tuesday that there are 167 parking spaces on campus, but based on the current enrollment of 1,361 students, 270 spaces are needed. And 900 more spaces will be necessary when the capacities of the football stadium, gymnasium and auditorium, as well as the Antis Township Subdivision and Land Development Code, are taken into consideration. In the study, Witt listed seven options to address parking problems. 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