Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - March 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Area’s doe harvest surges in 2000
From Mirror staff and wire reports
More than half a million deer were killed by Pennsylvania hunters during the 2000-01 hunting season. That constitutes a 33 percent increase from the previous year. And now Game Commission Deer Management Section supervisor Gary Alt is recommending “bold and innovative” proposals that will extend the deer hunting season in the hope of increasing next
season’s harvest even more.
The proposals are sure to raise the ire of animal protection and anti-hunting groups, and Mirror outdoor columnist John Kasun said, there might be a significant difference of opinion among Pennsylvania hunters as to whether such a move is desirable for the sake of the ecosystem, as Alt contends.
“There’s a lot of emotion involved on
both sides of this issue, people feel very strong about this, and it’s difficult to get away from that,” Kasun said. "Both sides claim that they want to do what’s best for the deer population and the ecosystem. And depending on your perspective, both sides can make valid points. I can understand the emotion from both sides.”
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Look for the April edition of Outdoor Times included free in Monday’s Mirror.LIQUOR LICENSES
New law doesn’t see rush to move
By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer
Recent changes in the state liquor law could lead to more restaurants selling alcohol in areas outside the city.
The new law allows liquor licenses to be sold and transferred anywhere in a county, except in municipalities that have voted to stay dry. It replaces a nearly 70-year-old ordinance prohibiting the transfer of licenses from one municipality to another.
Although long-term plans may develop differently with the new law, a rush to buy licenses and move them hasn’t occurred since the law took effect Feb. 18.
A common thought across the state is that the law will allow licenses to move from urban areas to developments that want chain restaurants requiring liquor licenses.
But that may not happen as much in Blair County, where most chains already are established outside Altoona.
“Probably where you’ll see some benefits are a lot of places that are trying to get development and need licenses. Some places where there are too many licenses can get rid of them,” said Molly McGowan, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
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AT A GLANCE
Number of liquor licenses in the
area as of Jan. 16, according to the
Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of
Liquor Control Enforcement.
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Lawsuit targets city cops
By Phil Ray
JOHNSTOWN — Four Altoona police officers are being sued in federal court, accused of roughing up a city man who had been fighting with his wife.
The lawsuit, filed by Robert T. and Loretta Lynch, charges that the officers used “excessive and unjustifiable force” when they responded to a domestic violence call in June at the couple’s Maryland Avenue home. Neither of the Lynches were charged in the incident.
The lawsuit claims the officers’ actions violated Robert Lynch’s constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure. It also claims the city tolerates police violence and does not properly investigate incidents of police misconduct.
City and police officials said they could not comment on the specifics of the lawsuit, but police Chief Janice Freehling said that all citizen complaints about police violence are investigated internally.
Named as defendants in the lawsuit are the city and police officers Jeffrey Pratt, John Miller, Chris Cohn and Brian Freewald.
In the lawsuit, the Lynches agreed that a domestic call was placed by Loretta Lynch, but they contend they called back and told a 911 dispatcher that everything was fine.
The suit claims that when police arrived at the Lynch home June 26, Pratt rapped on the door, Robert Lynch answered and the officer asked him to step outside.
The lawsuit alleges that when Robert Lynch did that, Pratt grabbed him by the wrist, twisted it and forced him to his knees.WELL SUITED
Other recent lawsuits tiled against the city and Its police officers in federal court include:
■ In 1997, an Altoona man, Victor D. Thomas, filed a lawsuit charging an illegal search of the car he was driving resulted in him spending four months in jail and losing more than $10,000 in wages. The case was dismissed by Judge D. Brooks Smith.
■ Altoona bar owner Franklin West in 1999 charged city police with harassing his customers and creating racial friction as well as entering his residence above Panda's Bar without a warrant. The charges were dismissed for lack of evidence.
■ An elderly Allegheny Township resident, Clyde Burkei, filed a lawsuit last year claiming a police officer roughed him up during a traffic stop for the 1998 Tour de ’Toona bike race. The case is in the preliminary stages in the federal court system.
The suit, filed by Hollidaysburg attorney Arthur S. Cohen, contends police “had no legal cause to assault and brutalize” Robert Lynch.
At the request of the Altoona Mirror, Freehling released a 911 summary of what occurred at the Lynch home June 26. She would not release the police report on the incident, saying it was an “investigative report” not covered by the state’s Right to Know law.
The 911 call sheet reported-^ domestic dispute call in which a female identified as Loretta Lyncn was crying and unable to speak clearly. t*
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DANON’ IN ATLANTA
State farmers are keeping their eyes on foot-and-mouth outbreak
From Mirror staff and wire reports
The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease may be an ocean away, but Pennsylvania livestock farmers and agriculture officials are concerned that the highly contagious virus might make its way to the region.
This epidemic “is a very serious situation,” said Joel Rotz, director of national legislative programs for the Pennsylvania Farm Burea,u, which represents many of the state’s 28,000 dairy and beef farmers. “We’re doing everything we can. I think we’re hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.”
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Foot-and-mouth disease poses no threat to humans, but it can be transmitted by humans — carried on shoes and clothing and living in an infected person’s respiratory tract for up to five days.
While it rarely is fatal to adult animals, foot-and-mouth is a debilitating disease that causes blisters on an animal’s hooves or in its mouth, making it painful to walk and eat, said Marel Raub, an animal health specialist with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
The disease also causes severe loss in
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the production of milk and meat and often is fatal to an animal’s offspring, Raub said. The disease doesn’t affect horses, but like small mammals, they can transmit the virus.
.Jan Musgrove knows the heartaches and headaches a viral outbreak can cause. Operating about 200 sheep, in addition to a few cows and pigs on her farm in Hatton, Warwichshire, the English farmer said that even though her farm was cleared of the disease, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture still closed her down.
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What is it?: Foot-and-mouth disease strikes cloven-hoofed animals including sheep, pigs and cows. It reduces the production of milk and development of meat in contaminated animals. It cannot be passed on to humans.
The toll: In the four weeks since the first case of foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed near London, nearly 300,000 animals have been killed or marked for destruction.
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