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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 1, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania *,nviw INSIDE TODAY LOCAL Cove-Bedford community news A4 SSSS" LIFE: Dim prospects for outdoor lighting / DI J, Little league ai Danny Almonte is 14 © Copyright ELKS CLUB SHOOTINGDeath penalty ruled out By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for a Mount Union man charged with killing an Altoona woman outside the Arandale Elks Club in mid-July. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman said Friday that he consulted with police and members of the victim’s family before making the decision on 24-year-old Lavelle Richardson. * When the decision was announced in Judge Thomas G. Peoples’ courtroom, Richardson began to sob. He then was taken back to the Blair County Prison to await the next step in his case. Richardson still could be found guilty of first-degree homicide, and a conviction would land him in prison for life. But now that Richardson no longer faces a capital murder charge, he is entitled to bail. While the subject did not come up during Friday’s arraignment, Gorman said if Richardson or his attorney requests bail, the prosecution will ask that it be substantial because Richardson is a flight risk. After Richardson, a native of Philadelphia, allegedly killed 21-year-old Patience Ferguson of Altoona outside the Elks Club, he left the area, Gorman said. Police aren’t sure where Richardson went, but within two days of the incident, he hired Philadelphia attorney David M. McGlaughlin. Please see Shooting/Page AIQ ii:    JACKSON    KILLINGBlair to pay for experts By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County will pay for expert witnesses to aid the defense in the Shari Jackson homicide case, a Blair County judge ruled Friday. Defense attorney Thomas M. Dickey of Altoona is representing one of four people Eted in connection with the May death of )-year-old emergency medical technician. Dickey’s client, 19-year-old Marie L. Seilhainer of Ashville RD, allegedly used a baseball bat to subdue Jackson as she scuffled wtth another suspect in the case, Kristin M. Please see Experts/Page AIQ Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Westvaco Corp. employees head to their cars Friday afternoon after the 3 p.m. shift change. Residents shocked, disgusted    AT«bunce Isenberg ‘That’s not right’ Bridges Had a bad feeling By Mia Rohart Staff Writer TYRONE — Debi Watson was talking to her neighbor on the phone Friday from her job at , Community Pharmacy on Pennsylvania Avenue. A look of disbelief and worry clouded her face. She had just learned about the Westvaco Corp. paper mill closing. Watson’s three best friends will be among those affected — their husbands are employed at Westvaco. Word of the closing spread like wildfire through the Tyrone community Friday morning. After the announcement came shock, dismay and plenty of uncertainty. “I’m shocked,” Watson said. “They always thought their jobsOTHER BIZ NEWS ■ Veeder-Root to add jobs. ■ Alpha-Fry Technologies strike ends. PAGE A9 were secure. The mill was the anchor. If you had a job at the mill, you had it made.” Watson wasn’t the only one in disbelief. “It’s terrible... really terrible,” Tyrone resident Alice Wilson said. “It’s a shame,” Eleanor Clark of Tyrone said. “It will hurt an awful lot of people and families. That’s the trouble with places closing. I thought they would be safe for awhile.” Please see Shock/Page A12 ■ Tyrone's Westvaco plant will close at the end of October. ■ A total of 198 hourly and 67 salaried employees will lose their jobs. ■ Company officials blame the closing on the slowing economy, a strong U.S. dollar and increases in imported paper. ■ The Tyrone mill’s coated paper production most likely will be transferred to Luke, Md., and Wickliffe, Ky. ■ Local and state officials are working to get Westvaco to change its mind about the shutdown. ■ Workers may receive immediate job help from the Blair County CareerLink and up to 26 weeks of unemployment compensation benefits. closes Tyrone mill, idles 265. ■ Shutdown likely to have ripple effect. By Walt Frank Staff Writer TYRONE — Westvaco Corp.’s paper mill will close by the end of October and eliminate 265 jobs, including 198 hourly and 67 salaried workers. Officials of the Stamford, Conn.-based corporation announced Friday that they will close the mill, which has operated in Tyrone since 1880, and move production to more modem manufacturing operations. Local government officials said they were surprised by the closing. “I knew nothing about it, but I was concerned the morning I read about the merger (with The Mead Corp.] The thought crossed my mind,’’ Tyrone Mayor Pat Stoner said. "I was hoping against hope that this (merger] would be a positive rather than a negative and bring us more business. It is devastating and shocking.” "It is devastating to think of Westvaco (as] not part of Blair County,” said state Senate President Pro Tem Robert C. Jubelirer, R Blair. “They have been there for so long. We used to complain about the smell, but that smell meant jobs. “It came as a shock. This hurts very deeply,” he said. “This is troubling to me,” said state Rep. Larry O. Sather, R-Huntingdon. “I have concerns with how this impacts over 250 people who are employed there.” “It is very troubling when any good industry like that is forced to shut down a good site that employs so many of our people,” said Gary Donner, president of the Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are very sad about that.” Please see Cuts/Page A12 Altoona mirror 2001    SATURDAY,    SEPTEMBER    I,    2001    soc    newsstand «”*** hmmMM IMNMMMMHRMS *8 BLAIR'S MANUFACTURING SPIRAL Paper cuts hit Tyrone ■ Westvaco PENN STAIE FOOTBALL Nits have adrenaline on their side By NEIL RUDEL Associate Sports Editor UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State University’s Nittany Lions believe emotion will help them open their football season with a bang tonight. They’re hosting Miami, the No. 2 team in the country. Penn State will be led out of the tunnel — and into their newly expanded Beaver Stadium — by inspirational leader Adam Taliaferro, who was paralyzed while making a tackle last season at Ohio State. The Lions are eager to make amends for last year’s 5-7 season. “Emotion can be one of the biggest strengths in Division IawnsCOMING SUNDAY Look for complete coverage of Penn State’s historic opener with No. 2 Miami in Penn State Extra, a special Sports section wraparound in Sunday’s Mirror. football because everybody’s got great athletes,” senior tight end John Gilmore said. “We have to set a high bar from Day I. We can’t be any less emo tional for other games. We have to go out like this every week.” Penn State’s two most emotional performances last year — against Purdue, the week after Taliaferro’s injury, and the season finale against Michigan State — brought two victories. “If we come out like we did in those games, we won’t have a problem at all,” junior defensive tackle Anthony Adams said. “I was so emotional in the Purdue game that I was crying.” He’ll have a tear in his eye tonight—as will most of the 106,000 on hand — when Taliaferro, who less than a year ago appeared that Please see Nlts/Page A5 mum DELIVERY HI Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800)287-4480 7 m22910 00050    4 BIO FOUR m Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, 75° I Forecast, A2 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLCOMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL COVERAGE IN SPORTS Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett The Altoona Mountain Lions burst onto the field before their game at Hollidaysburg.Tailgate parties becoming staple By Mark Leberfinger ForYhe Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG - One aspect of Friday night’s Altoona-Hollidaysburg game hitting on all cylinders was the food. Tailgating has been a staple of professional and college football games for years, and it is becoming a part of the high school tradition. Such was the case at the county seat Friday. Mary (Bamberg of Altoona and others were setting up their tailgate party across from Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School on Hart Street when a heavy downpour hit an hour-and-a half before game time. Please see Tallgate/Page A5 Mirror oooooo ooooooo Bucks IS10®*1 ■rn Business A9 Movies A5 Obituaries AU Opinion A8 0 SPORTS Local Bl-4 Scoreboard BS 0 NATION Classifieds C2-12 Qu* Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television EM I I I IN NATION Police arrested a suspect Friday in the slayings of seven people, including a mother and five children found dead in their home. PAGE Cl ;

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