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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania rn INSIDE TODAY RELIGION: St. Mary’s CCP students make quilt, raise money for needy /__ SPORTS: Altoona baseball team reaches end of the line in PIM playoffs /_ LIFE: Antiques Roadshow-type event hits Blair County Convention Center / DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 ■■■■■■■■■■■■I District attorney role may change ■ The bill would convert the part-time status to full time. By Phil Ray Staff Writer Legislation to make the job of district attorney full-time in most of the state’s 67 counties soon could run into rough seas even though the initial effort is sailing along. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman, who supports a bill to convert what is a part-time position in most counties to full time, said Thursday that the District Attorneys’ Association of Pennsylvania has the backing of the House of Representatives and the state police. “The residents of Pennsylvania deserve to be represented in criminal matters by a full-time attorney whose attention is directed exclusively to the administration of justice,” said U.S. Rep. Peter J. Daley, D-Wash., who introduced the measure. He spoke this week w hen district attorneys from throughout the state gathered in the state capital to push the measure. The other side of the picture, however, is reflected in the opinions of Blair County commissioners John H. Eichleberger Jr. and Donna D. Gority. They oppose the measure Eichelberger because it could change the high caliber of attorney who traditionally seeks the position in the county, Gority because she doesn’t think the state should legislate such matters. “The commissioners in each county should make the decision in consultation with the district attorney and court,” Gority said. Although county commissioners in 26 of Pennsylvania’s counties already have converted the DA’s position to full-time, it continues to be a hot-button issue. Please see Role/Page A4 FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2001 500 newsstand Mirror photo by J.D Cavrich Rose Marie de Koning (left) buys fabric and ribbon Thursday from Rim Gena, hardlines supervisor at Jo-Ann Fabrics in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. No biz like sew biz Home sewing decline fuels merger of makers From Mirror staff and wire reports Browsing sewing pattern books at the Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts-store in Kansas City, Mo., Mary Ann Heston worries about whether she’ll soon have as many clothing designs to choose from. A steady drop in home sewing over the last three decades is prompting changes in the market for sewing products. The latest sign is a merger between the No. 2 and No. 3 sewing pattern companies — McCall Pattern Co. and Butterick Co. The move will leave the combined company with only one major competitor, and that makes Heston nervous. “It’s comforting to come to a fabric store and sit down at a table and have a variety of pattern books to look in," the 53-year-old home maker said. “When you get down to a few books, you don’t have many choices." And that isn’t good for customers, local experts said. “I’m very sorry to see them go,” said Rim Gena, hardlines supervisor at Jo-Ann Fabrics in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. “They were a popular line in an product where there were not many choices to begin with." But even worse for Blair County, the merger will mean the closure of the Butterick plant on Beale Avenue and the loss of 250 jobs. The plant operated in Altoona since 1947. McCall and Butterick are the oldest U.S. makers of sewing patterns, an industry that took off in the 19th century. Please see Sew/Page A4 The Associated Press Press operator Larry Carroll inspects a stack of freshly printed patterns at McCall’s pattern factory in Manhattan, Ran. McCall Pattern Co. and Butterick Co. are merging. Assault suspect facing 2 trials By Walt Frank Staff Writer MARTINSBURG - A Martinsburg area man charged with brutally assaulting an 86-year-old woman this week already is facing j charges of a similar attack against a young woman last year. Jonathan M. Barry, 27, Martins- j burg RD 2, is in Blair County ] Prison on the latest charges that he assaulted the woman Sunday and burglarized her home on Route 2011 in Huston Township. Barry was arraigned Wednesday night before District Justice Patrick T. Jones on charges of aggravated assault, burglary, criminal attempt rape, criminal attempt robbery and indecent assault. He is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail. Barry previously was arrested Feb. 6 and charged with assaulting a 20-year-old Roaring Spring woman along Weitzel Road in Taylor Township in December. He was jailed after that arrest but posted ball, waived the charges to court and is awaiting trial. According to the police affidavit of probable cause in the latest attack, Barry arrived at the woman’s Huston Township home at 9:30 a.m. and knocked on the front door. He spoke briefly with the woman and left the residence. Police said Barry returned to the residence a short time later and entered without the woman’s permission. He then asked the woman if she had any money and she said “no." He then told the woman “you know what I want" and indecently assaulted her, police said. During the assault, it is alleged that Barry struck the woman in the face twice with his fist, shoved a rag into her mouth and choked her until she passed out. Trooper David Snyder of the Hollidaysburg state police said the woman sustained multiple fractures to her face as a result of the assault. She also complained of neck and back pain and had an injury on her left upper arm and right elbow. The woman had several red marks on the right side of her neck, which appeared to be consistent with her account of being choked, police said. Please see Assault/Page A4 Barry Lawruk to improve downtown eyesore Relay for Life kicks off today in seventh start ■ Developers renovate building next to Heritage Discovery Center. By William Kibler Staff Writer Two local developers are renovating the narrow, five-story segment of the former downtown Penn Furniture building, creating a tall chiffonier to match the spiffy buffet sideboard next door that became Heritage Discovery Center a year ago. Maurice Lawruk and Don Devorris gutted the five-story section and plan to create professional office space that could compete with and complement office space in the three-story Discovery Center. The five-story building has been an eyesore between the Discovery Center, which also was part of Penn Furniture and the Penn State Conference Center, formerly Playhouse Theater, since the renovations of those buildings. “The time seemed right,” Maurice Lawruk Builders President Dan Lawruk said. The developers are doing the project both as a civic benefit and moneymaker, he said. There is "not a tremendous amount” of demand for professional office space downtown, and the five-story will compete with similar accommodations in the discovery center, he said. Please see Lawruk/Page A3 For some, the event is more than just a race By Jon Fleck For the Mirror Fay Hesketh has taken part in the Relay for Life Torch Run for the past five years. Carrying the Torch of Hope this year, however, has a little more meaning for the avid runner. “My older sister was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this past year. I’ve always enjoyed doing the torch run, but this year will be a little more special for me,” Hesketh said. Hesketh is one of eight runners from Appleton Papers and more than 30 runners in all who will take part in delivering two torches to Mansion Park this afternoon for the luminary ceremonies at the charity event tonight. The Relay for Life is in its seventh year of raising money to fight cancer and honoring survivors of the dreaded disease. Seventy-one teams will participate in the American Cancer Society-sponsored event. Please see Relay/Page A4IF YOU GO The schedule for the 2001 Relay For Life at Mansion Park: Today 1 p.m. - Official start of the 2001 Relay For Life. 2 p.m. - Special relay entertainment and team games begin. 4 p.m. - Relay run with the Torch of Hope begins in Roaring Spring and Tyrone and heads to Mansion Park. 7 p.m. - Relay recognition ceremony. 8 p.m. - Survivor’s lap and recognition. 8:20 p.m. - The Best of Broadway parade featuring all Relay teams. 8:40 p.m. - Relay run with the Torch of Hope enters Mansion Park. 8:50 p.m. - Luminary lighting ceremony. 9:30 p.m. - Luminary service, featuring the Allegheny Ballet Co. & special fireworks display at beginning and end of service.RELAY "FI ^ 4 iQ ( ‘IF A TEAM I VINT TO FIGHT CANCER Saturday 12:15 p.m. - Closing ceremony. 1 p.m. - Final lap. 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