Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 10, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Dr. faces morals charges
By Mark Leberfinger
A Tyrone Medical Associates physician was jailed Friday after he was arrested on charges of drug and morals offenses during an eight-year period in Blair and Clinton counties.
The arrest (rf Dr. Barry L. Bender, 54,1057 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone, follows a two-year investigation into parties where drugs, alcohol and sex were key components,
The parties began in 1993, according to the state attar ney general’s office, and continued until January in Tyrone and locations in Clinton County.
Witnesses told a statewide investigative grand jury that teen-agers were given drugs at those parties, then were enticed to expose themselves or to allow Bender to perform sexual acts on them.
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Itoona Area High School’s Rue Moyer (39) is congratulated by teammate Mike Pacifica after scoring the first touchdown in the Mountain Lions’ winning game against Hollidaysburg Area High School in playoff action Friday night.
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By Phil Ray
A Philadelphia-area man suspected of operating an open-air drug market in Tyrone was arrested early Friday after allegedly selling heroin to a police informant.
When police took Scott Allen Yanak, 22, Upland, into custody at 12:01 a.m., he was carrying 80 packets of heroin with a street value of about $3,200, police said. Lindsey Nichole Wills, 19, of Tyrone also was arrested.
Yanak was arraigned before District Justice Joseph Moran on two counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia. Yanak was placed in Blair County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Wills was charged with one count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.
Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for Tuesday before District Justice John Greene of Tyrone.
Detective Henry T. Fownes of the Blair County District Attorney’s office characterized the arrest as “major” because of the large amounts of heroin Yanak is suspected of bringing into Tyrone.
According to a police summary, Yanak allegedly was bringing 20 bundles, or 200 pack ets, of heroin to Tyrone at least five days a week. The street value of the bundles is $8,000, Fownes said.
He said Tyrone has attracted drug dealers, some of whom have moved their operations from Altoona because, until recently, Tyrone’s police force was not part of the Blair County Drug Task Force.
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Federal panel: Rail system must have liquidation plan
bv Laurence Arnold The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal oversight panel declared Friday that Amtrak will not meet a congressional deadline for achieving financial self-sufficiency, a finding that forces Amtrak to draw up a plan for its own liquidation.
The 6-5 vote by the Amtrak Reform Council does not mean Amtrak trains will stop running. Congress will review Amtrak’s liquidation plan and a proposal to be drawn up by the council for a restructured national passenger rail system. Congress then will make a final decision about the
future of Amtrak and rail service.
Both studies must be done within 90 days. Congress is considering Amtrak’s future and what role, if any, the railway will play in developing high-speed trains around the country. The Bush administration also is working on a plan for passenger rad, although deliberations have been delayed by the Sept. ll terrorist attacks.
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REMEMBERING OUR VETERANS
Honorary diploma recipient recollects his return to Korea
By Jay Young Staff Writer
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Ronald McCleary describes the experience of war with a clinched right hand against his chin and a cutting sdence.
It’s the best he can do after seeing proof that freedom isn’t free.
McCleary’s dark brown eyes
slice through everything as he quietly replays the nine months he spent in Korea during 1951 fighting the spread of Communism.
He doesn’t regret a thing, though. The Hollidaysburg resident left school at the start of ninth grade to follow his heart to the Army.
He was in the recruiting office at 8 a.m. one morning and on a train to a mditary base in Kentucky by 3
p.m. the same day.
More than 50 years later, he returned to Hollidaysburg Area High School Friday with veterans to receive an honorary high school diploma ana to be recognized in a pre-Veterans Day celebration.
“I’m proud of the fact that I went,” McCleary said of his wartime service.
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Mirror photo by Mark Leberfinger
Suspect Dr. Barry Bender (center) Is led into court by Tyrone police Officer Thomas Goodfellow (left) and Tyrone police Chief Joseph Beachem.