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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 26, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAYSPORTS: Former Curve pitcher Kane Davis hurling for Colorado Rockies / I NATION: Florida curbs its distribution of painkiller OxyContin / Cl_ LIFE: Summer haircuts are short, shaggy and oh so casual / DIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2001 500 newsstandPark liquor license being pursued again By Michael Emery Staff Writer The food concessionaire at Lakemont Park is hoping recent changes in state liquor laws will allow it to obtain a license to serve beer and wine at catered events in the pavilion area. Boston Concessions Group Inc., which has been trying to obtain a liquor license at the park for more than a year, filed an application for transfer of liquor license Monday with Logan Township supervisors. Boston Concessions wants to buy a liquor license from a Blair County restaurant and move the license to I^ikemont Park. Jim Bronson, general manager of Boston Concessions, said negotiations with the restaurant have been settled, but the deal hinges on approval of supervisors and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Boston Concessions is trying to get on the agenda for a supervisors’ meeting either July 12 or July 26 to obtain local approval for the liquor license. If the supervisors give their approval, the proposal will go to the PLCB for final approval. If approved, Boston Concessions’ liquor license would enable the group to serve beer and wine to patrons booking catered events in the pavilion area of the park. While those at the catered events would have access to the park facilities, the general public would not be permitted to buy alcoholic beverages. At the annual Wing Off held at Lakemont Park, people can buy and consume alcoholic beverages under special licenses obtained by local arts groups only in the pavilion area. Because it does not have a liquor license, the park allows patrons booking events to bring their own beer and wine at other events. That practice would be banned if Boston Concessions obtains a liquor license. “We have been working toward licensing a small area of the park for more than a year," Bronson said. “Our goal remains to license the catered picnic pavilions and offer beer and wine service to groups wishing to purchase it. The current practice allows groups to bring their own alcoholic beverages, the consumption of which is unregulated. “This practice would end under our plan, as we would control and monitor service of alcoholic beverages to persons over 21 years of age and ensure that guests are not visibly intoxicated. “We remain committed to preserving the family atmosphere of Lakemont Park.” Please see License/Page A6HUDDLING UP Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Coach Mike Williams (right) of Manheim Township talks to the East squad during a break in practice Monday at Hollidaysburg Area High School. The first Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association East West All-Star game will be played at 7p.m. Saturday at Mansion Park. The West squad, which is practicing at Mansion Park, includes several area players. See story and related photo. I Page Bl Few details released on man’s death ■ Randall Buchanan, who died in a violent way, had a troubled past, records show. By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer Law enforcement officials remained tight-lipped Monday about the investigation into a Juniata man’s murder. Randall P. Buchanan, 42, was found dead in his apartment around 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 116 N. Seventh Ave. It is the first murder committed in Altoona this year. While neighbors express shock about the crime, court records depict Buchanan differently from the cheerful man of friends’ accounts. Two women obtained protection-from-abuse orders against him since 1996, then withdrew the complaints within days. Buchanan was charged twice with assault, only to see the charges withdrawn. He also was charged twice with drunken driving. Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross ruled his death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the upper extremities. The ruling came after an autopsy performed Friday morning. At a press conference Monday afternoon, District Attorney David Gorman reiterated that Buchanan died from blunt force trauma — but he declined to say if Buchanan was beaten. We are not indicating he died of a beating,” Gorman said, disputing an earlier media report that Buchanan was beaten to death. Gorman continued to dance around the issue of whether Buchanan was beaten, but he later said it appeared the victim was struck more than once. Gorman would not comment on specific injuries Buchanan suffered but said the injuries occurred above his waist. Blunt force trauma is a term used to describe injuries caused by a blunt or sharp force. “Blunt force trauma means some sort of object strikes the human body, causing injury to the tody,” Gorman said. He refused to comment on what struck Buchanan, saying, “Right now, that’s part of the investigation.” According to a forensic anthropology Web site from the University of North Dakota, blunt force trauma can range from vehicle accidents to physical assault and injuries can affect any part of the body. The injuries are caused by using any item that is not sharp, according to the forensic anthropology department at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Please see Death/Page A6 State extends PC tax-free program By Craig Williams Staff Writer State officials have scheduled two more weeks in which residents can buy computers without paying sales tax. “The point of the tax-free PC week was to get more computers in your homes,” said Deb Snyder, press secretary of the state Depart ment of Revenue. “Before, we were way behind in terms of the number of computers per home. We have improved, but we are still behind nationally.” Although increasing after last year’s first tax-break holiday, Pennsylvania computer ownership is at 42.1 percent, still below the national average of 51 percent for home use. The national rate of Internet access is 41.5 percent; in Pennsylvania, it’s 26.2 percent. So to help reduce the cost of a new computer, printer, video card or memory upgrade, the state will not charge a sales tax on purchases made the week of Aug. 5-12. Please see Computer/Page A5 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 '22910 00050 v    1 BIG FOUR 0    2(8    9 1 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 84° ■ Forecast, A2 J Wired? Rates of computer ownership and Internet access in Pennsylvania vs. the U.S. Computers: PA 421% u.s...... Internet: PA U.S. mi Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll Downspout debate flows out of council By William Kibler Staff Writer Altoona City Council isn’t happy about the City Authority’s campaign to force property owners to disconnect roof drains from sanitary sewers. Council members said Monday that the campaign may lead some residents to do work they don’t need or can’t afford. It also could lead to ice forming on streets and sidewalks and water flowing onto neighbors’ properties or into the same sewer anyway. The authority has no choice but to push for the disconnections, said authority member Bill Geis, whose son Mark is among council members who spoke against the program. “Scaring old people is not the right thing to do,” Mark Geis said. The state Department of Environmental Protection asked the authority to devise a plan for disconnecting downspouts from sanitary sewers four years ago. Downspout hookups to sanitary sewers contribute to a water Please see Debate/Page A6 WE’RE HUNG UP Thursday's electrical storm really _ did a number on the Mirror's telephone system. Our phones were seriously damaged during the foul weather, and problems persist for readers, advertisers and home delivery customers trying to reach us. Customers with circulation questions can call 946-7480, while those trying to reach the newsroom can dial 946-7441. Our technical people are working diligently to restore our voice mail system and the rest of our phone service. We thank you for your patience in the meantime. □ local Q NATION Business A7 Classifieds C3-10 Movies A4 Obituaries A9 Opinion A8 QJ life (2 SPORTS Comics D5 Community news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 Television D4 I INSIDE BUSINESS The latest unemployment figures for the region’s counties show a slight increase in unemployment for May. PAGE A7 Altoona iRirrur I THE GREAT CQMBINAfioRl Call us today...Make money today. 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