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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 21, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY LIFE: Tool time: Ladies, test your GuyQ / Pl SPORTS: Curve’s Reid tosses shutout /Bl QjkifltyMRMi 19-year-old Austin continues Petty racing legacy Free inside in SpeedwayAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2001 50C newsstandDoctor met victim as Big Brother By KEVIN OTT AND PHIL RAY Staff Writers HUNTINGDON — The retired emergency room doctor charged with child abuse this week met his young male victim through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Huntingdon County, a law enforcement official said. Meanwhile, people familiar with the program fretted that the arrest could result in a black eye for what they consider to be a community asset. Dr. Thomas R. Meloy was arrested Tuesday after a short-but-intense police investigation surrounding the abuse of a 12-year-old boy. Neighbors reported that the 67-year-old Meloy sometimes had children at his resi dence at 512 Seventh St. in Huntingdon. They didn’t think anything about it because Meloy was a Big Brother, part of a nationwide program that provides male companionship for young boys without fathers. There also is a Big Sisters program for girls who need the guidance of an adult female. Huntingdon County District Attorney Robert B. Stewart III said, “I am aware he was involved in the Big Brother program, and we believe this is how he met the young man.” Police have charged Meloy with sexually abusing the boy for two years beginning in July 1999. That was a month after Big Brothers Big Sisters in Huntingdon ended Meloy’s stint as a big brother, said the agency’s attorney, J. Kirk Kling of Altoona. The agency closed Meloy’s status as a volunteer because he failed to follow an aspect of its policy, Kling said. He would not give details about what Meloy did to warrant the expulsion or what aspect of agency policy he violated. Please see Doctor/Page A6 Miners selects a new leader PONY EXPRESS Officer to fight citations ■ State trooper pleads not By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror HASTINGS — With the ink still drying on an affiliation agreement with Johnstown’s Conemaugh Health System, a new chief executive officer is ready to take the helm at Miners Hospital. Michael Lauf, principal partner in the business development department at Windber Medical Center, will fill the top spot at the 30-bed hospital in the Hastings Area Industrial Park. He replaces Dan Reaman, who has been CEO since Oct. 16. jinn miners “As part of the affiliation, there will be a new CEO in place,” Miners attorney C. J. Webb said Friday, one day after the boards of Conemaugh and Miners voted unanimously in favor of the affiliation. Lauf has ties to Conemaugh through Conemaugh’s affiliation with Windber Medical Center, a 102-bed community-based facility in Somerset County. No other immediate changes were noted, but U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha, D-12th District, revealed that he’s been working behind the scenes to secure Miners’ future. He believes the affiliation will improve health care services and could lead to “new opportunities for the area.” “I’ve had several discussions with Conemaugh about some ideas they have for new and innovative health-related initiatives at Miners Hospital, which would potentially enable us to use the hospital itself as a cornerstone for economic progress,” Murtha said. “I’ve agreed to work with Conemaugh as they flush out these ideas with the goal that we may then be able to find some government funds to develop the program.” Murtha has a track record for bringing home federal dollars for health care initiatives. In December 1998, he announced a partnership between Windber Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Hospital in the nation’s capital that focused on breast cancer risk assessment, treatment and research. In 1997, he announced a similar partnership between Windber and Walter Reed focusing on noninvasive heart disease reversal. Conemaugh is affiliated with Myersdale Medical Center and has a working relationship with Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital in Altoona. Please see Miners/Page A9 ■■■■■■■ DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050 BIG FOUR 4    3    (3    9 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 82° ■ Forecast, A2 Mirror oooooc Bucks ES LOCAL Q NATION Business A9 Classifieds C2-12 Movies MO Obituaries A11 EJ LIFE Opinion A8 0 SPORTS Comics D5 Community news D2 High schools B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 it Television D4 INSIDE IN WORLD Riot police and violent protesters clashed Friday with deadly consequences as leaders of the world’s seven wealthiest nations vowed to fight AIDS and global economic woes. PAGE Cl 34 million won’t be receiving tax refund check By Curt Anderson The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush said Friday that “help is on the way” as the first tax refund checks hit the mail. But more than 34 million taxpayers will get no check — most because the Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes they paid don’t count. The tax refund checks of up to $300 for individuals, $500 for heads of households and $600 for married couples filing jointly are based on income tax liability during 2000. Most of those left out paid income taxes during the year, along with their Social Security and Medicare taxes. But they claimed enough credits, such as the $500 child tax credit and education credits, to get a refund that ultimately reduced their income tax to zero — meaning they don’t qualify for a check. If the Treasury Department’s projection of 34 million is accurate, it would mean about one in four taxpayers will not receive a refund check. Checks won’t be in the mail for taxpayers who were claimed as dependents on someone else’s return, even those who had tax liability last year. Nonresident aliens also get nothing. Bush, speaking by satellite hookup to a tax cut event in Kansas City, Mo., said the Please see Refund/Page A9 guilty to charges in relation to a fatal bicycle accident. By William Kihler j Staff Writer A state trooper cited for parking illegally on Juniata Gap Road in a case related to a fatal bicy-I cie accident will fight the citations. I Richard J. McEldowney, 31, pleaded not guilty j to parking on the roadway, failure to use flashers and operating a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker. The citations are in connection with the death of Charlie Ehredt, 14, who crashed into the back of McEldowney’s parked pickup truck while rid ing his bicycle after dark June 19. Ehredt died from injuries resulting from the accident. District Justice Patrick T. Jones has scheduled a summary trial for 11:45 a.m. Aug. 13 at Jones’ courtroom in Canan Station. Logan Township police have submitted a witness list with 19 names, including four department officers and a Penn State Altoona officer. “Ifs certainly his right to challenge our witnesses,” Logan Township police Chief Steve Jackson said. According to paint marks police placed on the road in investigating the accident. McEldowney s truck occupied 3 feet of the road inside the edge line. Police say that was the position of McEldowney’s truck when Ehredt descended the long, straight hill from near his house about half a mile away around 9:40 p.m. Ehredt’s friend Colt Cloutier, 16, was following behind on his bicycle. Virtually no one parks on Juniata Gap Road, which is well-traveled and has a narrow gutter and curb in that area, neighbors have said. Ehredt may have seen the truck at the last minute and may have stopped, but Cloutier apparently didn’t stop and crashed into the back of his friend’s bike, sending Ehredt and possibly his bike into the back of the truck, police said. Ehredt died of the head trauma he suffered in the incident. Cloutier got a concussion and scrapes, but he survived. McEldowney told police he had put his flashers on before going to a birthday party at the property next to where he parked, near Park Drive about 1.5 miles above Penn State Altoona. Please see Trooper/Page A6 fhe miniature horses of a Duncansville woman are on display at Duncansville Community Days, which ends tonight. For details on the pint-sized ponies, please see Staff Writer Ray Stephens ’ story on Page A4. More inside ■ Penn-Mont Academy ready to open larger facility. Page A4 ■ A happening summer on the Diamond. Page A5 ;

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