Altoona Mirror in Altoona, Pennsylvania
8 Nov 2008

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8 Nov 2008

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 8, 2008, Altoona, Pennsylvania A a Page d3 Kim Smith in Page a3 High school foof6af/ a a Page cd lbs regions most complots Scholastic football coverage for photo galleries go to Mirror a copyright 2008 $.50 newsstand saturday november 8, 2008 Cambria begins Job cuts a first round of layoffs to Impact 39 positions throughout the county. By David Hurst Ebensburg a Cambria county commissioners initiated their first round of layoffs Friday while lining up a $6 million loan to get the county through the rest of 2008. Eight Laurel Crest rehabilitation and special care Center workers were Laid off Friday among the first of what will Impact 39 positions and dozens of employees county officials say. The move is aimed at a right sizing Quot Laurel Crest after it drained county finances All year mainly because of census Laurel Crest shortfalls As commissioners work toward preparing a 2009 budget. Fridays layoffs put several per diem nurses two full time human resources staffers and three hospitality aides out of work while Home administrator Deb Nesbella said Laurel Crest Union workers were Given Quot bumping Quot notices that More cuts Are coming. Please see cuts Page a3 owner charged for dog attack Mirror photo by Gary m Saranac Altoona firefighters Battle a Blaze at 103 e. Maple ave. In the Fairview Hills apartment Complex. The fire started about 2 15 . Friday. Fairview Hills fire Blaze leaves 4 families homeless firefighter Falls Down elevator Shaft by Ray Stephens a Stephens an Altoona dog owner is facing criminal charges after her pit Bull attacked and seriously injured an Altoona woman and her 3-year-old daughter. Altoona police have charged Sherri Ann Manker 43, of 608 32nd St. With recklessly endangering another person attack by a dangerous dog harbouring a dangerous dog and related offences. On monday afternoon Man Kerbs dog pushed open a screen door and began biting the child on her right leg then on her thigh. When the child smother tried to intervene she was bitten too on her hands and Arm police said. The pair were on the front porch on their Side of a double House. The youngster required surgery at Altoona regional health system Altoona Hospital Campus for multiple wounds and a bite on her upper thigh police stated in a criminal complaint filed with magisterial District judge Todd Kelly. Please see attack Page a3 by Mark Leberfinger an Altoona woman was explaining to a reporter How she was alerted to a fire Friday afternoon in her apartment building when suddenly a Tornado of fire spawned in a Hole on the roof. Quot its my apartment Quot she said. She immediately was comforted by a Friend. The fire broke out about 2 15 . In the too building of the Fairview Hills apartment Complex on East Maple Avenue. Four families were left temporarily homeless but Altoona housing authority officials said they were working late Friday to move them into other apartments within the Complex. A City firefighter was injured after he fell about to a he came right out of the door. And he hit the ground.55 feet Down a handicapped accessible elevator Shaft. His name Wasny to released because of medical privacy Laws fire chief Reynold d. Santone or. Said. The firefighter was taken to Altoona regional trauma Center. A the came right out of the door. He had his mask in his hand and he hit the ground a neighbor Michael Wiener said. Quot i started screaming to the other firefighters. And they came to his the fire started in the 103 e. Maple ave. Apartment Santone said. That a where the firefighter fell Down the elevator Shaft. The elevator was installed about a year ago As part of an upgrade to meet the americans with disabilities act housing authority executive director Cheryl Johns said. It was dark in the Shaft and the firefighter Tell whether there was a floor there when he walked through Santone said. Santone said he found fire coming out of the second floor when he arrived on the scene. Neighbors said they weren to sure whether anyone still was in the building. The first engine company started a search while the second company began to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire remained under investigation late Friday. The occupants of the 1 m apartment had left about 15 minutes before the fire was reported Santone said. Its too Early to Tell what will happen to the building Johns said. The cause and a damage estimate have yet to be known. The housing authority and the Southern alleghenies chapter of the american red Cross were meeting with the families late Friday afternoon to assess their needs Johns said. The salvation army emergency disaster services also assisted at the scene. Mirror staff writer Mark Leberfinger is at 946-7462. County offers new wireless service by David Hurst Hurst Ebensburg a Cambria county government has rolled out 17 wireless a hot spots throughout the county allowing free abscess to residents until Jan. I to generate interest. In the Northern half of the county wireless ready computer users will be Able to get internet Access in Carrolltown Colver Ebensburg Nanty Glo and Reade township As Well As in la other locations to the South. Antennas or wifi zones Are set up in each area and commissioners said the secur Cambria free wifi available until Jan. the net Cambria connected wireless link will offer up to i megabyte upload and download speeds which users eventually will be required to pay to Access through a password protected account. The Benefit officials tout is that once users pay for the service they can connect by using the same password in any of the wifi locations. The county has contracted with several internet service providers who Are offering the service at $15 a month although users can pay for $5 a Day. President commissioner p. J. Stevens said new Sites Are being tested and additional antennas will be added. Other locations include Westmont and the Westwood area Johnstown Geist own East Conemaugh and the John p. Murtha Johnstown Cambria county Airport As Well As the townships of Adams East Taylor Jackson Richland and Stonycreek. The project is part of a larger $10 million plan that upgraded the county a 911 system. The wifi zones Are being offered a and almost fully paid for a through a $250,000 technology Grant the county received earlier this year. For More information visit and Click on the available services link. Mirror staff writer David Hurst is at 946-7457. Mirror photo by . Cavrich Mordu Schell of los Angeles works on sculpting a Goblin out of Clay at the Lulu icon science fiction and fantasy Art convention at the heritage discovery Center Friday in downtown Altoona. For Story please see Page i. I i a delivery questions Call 946-7480 or 800-287-4480 ? 22910 00080 a big four 5 111 i lottery numbers a2 weather Cloudy High 50s a forecast a2 a local a nation world business a5 classifieds c3-8 movies a6 legals c4 obituaries a 7 sudoku c4 opinion a4 0 life a sports comics of College football b4 puzzles 04 scoreboard b6 television 04 lunch on us John Clapper thank you for subscribing to the Mirror. You re entered to win lunch on us at Jethro a. Drawing to be held nov. 24 Clay play Altoona pay 814.942.2222 942-2178 ,

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