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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 6, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Tyrone unveils renovated football field / BUSINESS: Charter seeks severance settlement / A7 Country Keystone Country Festival takes center stage in Blair page DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2001 50C newsstand Driver cited for 1-99 fatal accident ■ Maryland woman will not be charged for death of Bellwood man. By William Kibler Staff Writer State police have cited a 19-year-old Maryland woman for reckless driving, speeding and other traffic counts in connection with a pin-wheeling crash Aug. 5 that killed a Bellwood man on Interstate 99 near 17th Street. Uwera R. Rwayitare of Potomac faces a maximum six-month suspension of her driver’s license and a total of $275 in fines for the crash, which caused the death of Barry Marks, 43, Bellwood, Trooper Richard Brozenich said. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman discussed the possibility of charging Rwayitare with homicide by vehicle but decided Rwayitare didn’t display the kind of deliberate “gross negligence” required in precedent cases to uphold that charge. Rwayitafe was southbound from State College in the left lane in the early evening and was passing cars when she pulled into the right lane behind Marks’ pickup truck, which was going the speed limit, Brozenich said. Rwayitare was going faster, and to avoid hitting the back of his pickup, she swerved to go back into the left lane but did it too suddenly. Her vehicle went onto the median, then she overcorrected again and her vehicle came back across, hitting the front of Marks’ pickup at an angle — hard enough that the tail ends of their vehicles then smacked together, Brozenich said. The impact sent Rwayitare’s vehicle back across the passing lane and across the medial. Then it tumbled sideways across all the northbound lanes to the berm, where it landed upright. The impact sent Marks’ pickup off to the right, vaulting the right guardrail, rolling end-over-end, then side-over-side and down the steep embankment not far from the back of the Lowe’s of Altoona store. # The crash uprooted braids from Rwayitare’s head, which was close to the pavement as her vehicle rolled, Brozenich said. But she wasn’t hurt badly and was able to get out of her car without help. Her seat belt saved her life, Brozenich said. Please see Cited/Page AIQ FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL SPEAKS Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Janet Reno speaks to a full house of more than 2,000 Wednesday at Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State University. Reno announced Tuesday she will run Florida governor. / Page ASReno speaks at Penn State By Robert Igoe Staff Writer STATE COLLEGE - Like most major political figures, Janet Reno’s name invites a storm of praise and damnation. Those who supported Reno in her eight years as attorney general under President Clinton point to her handling of the Elian Gonzales affair, allegations of major campaign finance misconduct, the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the Branch Davidian standoff. Those who opposed Reno, the first woman to serve as attorney general, point to her handling of Please see Reno/Page A5Panda’s requests new life ■ Controversial bar’s owner eyes bankruptcy loophole to fight forced closing. By Phil Ray Staff Writer An attorney for the now-defunct Panda’s Bar in downtown Altoona has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Western Pennsylvania to grant the bar new life. Hollidaysburg attorney David M. Axinn in a petition filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court charges that Blair County .Judge Jolene G. Kopriva violated feder al law by approving an agreement that closed Panda’s Bar in May. The judge spent an entire day hearing complaints from Altoona city officials, including police Chief Janice Freehling, contending the bar was a public nuisance. Freehling reported that there were three shootings at the bar, and that police were called to quell disturbances on more than 70 occasions during a two-year period. After testimony, the judge was presented with an agreement approved by Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman, Assistant District Attorney Brandi Hauck, As- TM PETITION * West objected to the hearing in the Blair County court; order was in violation of bankruptcy court’s stay further proceedings against the business; >/ Blair County court order is forcing West to sell liquor license without bankruptcy court approval; * order doesn’t allow West to reorganize because he’s prevented from operating his business; * order decreases value of his liquor license because he can’t transfer it within the downtown area. sistant Counsel Stanley J. Wolowski of the state Bureau of Liquor Control and the bar’s owner. Franklin West Under the agreement. Panda's Bar closed, although an adjacent delicatessen could remain open. According to the agreement. West was permitted to sell the bar’s liquor license, a license that according to a West supporter in May was worth several hundred thousand dollars. The license cannot be transferred to any establishment within a mile radius of Panda’s Bar, 1211 lith St., and if West obtains another license, he cannot use it at an establishment within the mile radius. While the agreement ended the city and state challenge to Panda’s continued operation, West and his attorney are trying to bring Panda’s back to life. According to a recent petition filed with the bankruptcy court, the Blair County court order violates federal bankruptcy law, which allegedly should halt all proceedings against the bar. In the petition, Axinn states: ■ West objected to the hearing in the Blair County court; Please see Panda’s/Page AIQAT AGLANCE... Dialysis Clinic Inc. is a nonprofit organization opening a facility in Hastings next year for patients in need of dialysis. DCI ■ operates clinics nationwide ■ runs 22 clinics in Pennsylvania ■ provides all funding for new clinics ■ generates funds for research The clinics ■ provide care for end*stage renal disease patients ■ allows machines to do the work of lost or malfunctioning kidneys temporarily or until a transplant ■ about 217,000 Americans receive dialysis at a cost of $11.1 billion per year Dialysis center opening in Hastings By Audrey Brothers-Konior For the Mirror HASTINGS — A new dialysis center for patients with kidney problems will be built on a tract of land adjacent to Miners Hospital. Dialysis Clinic Inc., a nonprofit organization established in 1971 with headquarters in Tennessee, announced it likely will break ground next year for its facility on a 1.5-acre tract of land in the Hastings Industrial Park. ■■■■HI Five employees will be hired at the dialysis clinic and that number could increase to IO or 15, said Keith Gothard, DCI corporate administrator, who is in charge of the Hastings project. “Our intention is to always employ local medical professionals,” Gothard said, noting that DCI employees would not be asked to transfer to the Hastings facility. DCI officials said the Hastings project will begin after the completion of a similar project under way in Punxsutawney, HTH IMH mum—MHP I    - '    KMM    I which is slated for completion by January 2002. “DCI is looking forward to coming to the area, and we strive to be both good and professional neighbors,” Gothard said. DCI operates clinics throughout the country, including 22 in Pennsylvania. The company became interested in establishing a clinic in Hastings after a recommendation from a local doctor who said there was a need for its services in this rural region. “We don’t solicit new business,” Gothard said. “We research areas that we’re invited to.” When invited to develop a dialysis affiliation, DCI provides all funding necessary to construct, furnish and operate the new facility. The dialysis clinics provide care for patients with end-stage renal disease. Patient care is assessed, planned, implemented and evaluated through comprehensive treatment procedures available at the clinics. Please see Dialysis/Page AIQ DELIVERY I Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 0005Q BIG FOUR 0 191 9 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Sunny, 78° ■ Forecast, A2 I The Magazine...Wine Spectator Says:I A ITALIAN VILLA “Is One of the best Restaurants, in the world for Wine Lovers"    -    Aug.    31st    Edition P LOCAL pl NAHON Business Comics AT A8 Classifieds C3-10 Obituaries A9 MB <-#MM Opinion A4 Pure P SPORTS Movie Menu D3 Night Life D4 High schools BG Puzzles D5 Scoreboard I* Planner D2 INSIDETHATS KACIN John Andretti: NASCAR should leave interpretations to driver. PAGE B3 ;

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