Bedford County Inquirer in Bedford, Pennsylvania 25 Oct 2013
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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - October 25, 2013, Bedford, Pennsylvania
Obi it Tow Jim Tyrer established 1812 a 202nd year no. 11 october 25, 2013 uses 0477-2000 single copy 75 cents u i my i j i Quot a a two v ts1 my Toffell 1 Bedford outlines new test results by Sharyn Maust Gazette managing editor Bedford schools scored Good could be better and incomplete on their first round of the states new school performance profiles. The grading system replaces the previous Standard of Asp or adequate yearly Progress that used the Pisa a. System of school assessment tests. Those tests relied mainly on student math and Reading scores in certain grades. Now the state is moving to Keystone exams and schools Are being judged on other data As Well a attendance participation in standardized testing graduation rates and a continued on Page 6 a closing the achievement Gap a for example. At Bedford a school Board meeting tuesday administrators and principals attended to explain the new system. The performance scores for some 3,200 schools were released less than two weeks ago. They can be found online at a Complete with graphics. Because this is the first year for the keystones and the school performance profiles sep some scores Arentt available or Are considered benchmarks. A growth is important and obviously you can to compare the new scores to the Pisa ones when there Are More factors involved a not just a test in the new grading said director of student services Paul Ruhlman. He noted during the presentation that the Keystone scores account for 40 percent of the 100-Point system and that starting with current 9th graders 90 percent of students must a a pass a a score proficient or advanced a to graduate. Superintendent Allen sell said that How Well a school scores will be a Factor in the new teacher assessments and starting next year that of principal assessments As Well. Ruhlman said the sep seems to allow for quicker improvement plans to be drafted. Bedford elementary principal Leslie Turkovich Middle school principal Kevin windows and High school principal Kyle Kane had their plans ready to present at the Board meeting even though in the Case of bus the scores May not be available until january. Because Bedford High had aligned its courses to meet the requirements to Pisa tests when the keystones took Over some students Hadnot completed the courses they were being tested in March. This was True with algebra and in some cases the science courses. The same thing or similar happened to 626 schools statewide. They join Bedford with incomplete scores until the tests Are tallied individually. Kane said that based on past performances from Pisa he expects some shortcomings to appear in the scores. The first response will be to flip the geometry and algebra ii courses. The same will be True with biology and environmental sciences. For the two Bedford schools that did have Overall scores the elementary scored 62.9 percent and the Middle school 83.7 percent. When the state released the scores acting Secretary of education Carolyn Dumaresq said that �?o70 starts to be Mark of moving toward a a we re not Happy with the a continued on Page 5 hundreds in stride against breast cancer sex worker charged for a hacking Bun air by Cara Beemiller Gazette staff writer a Bedford Man is facing charges he illegally accessed Bun air corporations and committed More than too computer offences that included changing flight information deleting Pilot training records and redirecting the company be mail to a fake address. Some of the behaviour went on after he was fired according to investigators. Benjamin f. Gottshall 38, was arraigned in front of magisterial District la. Cyril Bingham tuesday on 54 counts of unlawful use of a computer and 54 counts of computer trespassing. According to state police Gottshall was term mated from his position at Bun air corporation As their director of operations on july 26 but continued to log into the company a computer programs to alter and erase data until aug. 18. Jennifer Delong owner of Bun air corporation told state police she discovered that Gottshall was logging into the programs on july 29 when she received a phone Call from a client inquiring about a flight he had booked from Dulles International Airport Back to the Bedford county Airport. Delong said that when she attempted to assist the client by logging into the scheduling program she discovered that Gottshall logged into the program on july 28 and cancelled the clients flight. Delong and her husband James informed state police that they looked at other computer programs used by the company and discovered Gottshall accessed another program and changed the performance and pricing for All Bun air corporation aircraft and flights to reflect inaccurate information such As inflated flight times and flight pricing. They also found that Gottshall changed the Contact information in the program from the legitimate Bun air email address of a continued on Page 5 judge denies Walter murder Case retrial by Bridgett Weaver Gazette staff writer Bedford county judge Travis liven Good denied the request tuesday for a retrial of a Claysburg Man serving a life sentence for the murder of his estranged Girlfriend More than 16 years ago. A Clinton county jury convicted Bryan Lee Walter now 45, on dec. 15, 1997, of first degree murder for killing his sex Girlfriend Colette Rae Hahn 26, of Fishertown on August 16,1996. According to past testimony Hahn who was pregnant at the time with Walters child was sitting on her Couch on the Rainy August night when Walter who was lurking outside her Fishertown Home fatally shot her through the window with a .243 Caliper Rifle. Walter was sentenced to life in prison without parole and is currently serving his sentence at Sci Somerset. Joel c. Seelye who represented Walter at tuesdays hearing said the school records uncovered earlier this year could have made a difference in the decision of the original jury. The records Are of tests done on Walter that uncovered a learning disability As Well As suggestions and comments from teachers supporting his mental instability. But District attorney Bill Higgins argued that the 1997 defense team led by attorney Thomas Dickey had brought up Walters unstable mental standing in the hearing and even had a medical professional take the stand to answer questions about the subject. Dickey testified tuesday to say that he had to the Best of his memory Felt Good about the Way the trial had gone in the 1990s and that his team had collected All of the records he knew of at the time. He said that had the school records been found at the time of the trial he would have Likely used them in his defense. A petition filed earlier this year in regard to the records claimed that Walters a learning disability emotional age and general intellectual deficiencies did not allow him to form the specific intent to kill on the night of Colette Hahn a tuesdays hearing was to determine if Walter s old school records which were not available at the original hearing fall under the Post conviction Relief act Pora. A Para requires the Petitioner to prove that the evidence was not known to the Petitioner and could not have been obtained during the original trial by practising due Diligence. Livengood ruled that the evidence did not fall under the Para because Walter would have known about his own learning disabilities and because the records could have been found during the 1997 hearing by practising due Diligence. A i do not think that the records were unknown by the defendant and i a continued on Page 5 by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor hundreds of walkers became crusaders against breast cancer saturday in the third annual making strides against breast cancer in Bedford. Organizers were hoping to raise $115,500 to surpass last years tall of about $108,900. Making strides co chairwoman Kathleen Erlichman a 16-year breast cancer survivor said she believes the fundraising is making a difference. A More and More women Are getting mammograms. Breast cancer deaths Are Down and the reason they re Down is because of Early detection a Erlichman said following saturdays event. Although american cancer society reports an estimated 232,340 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer fewer of them Are dying. Breast cancer death rates Are Down 34 percent since 1990, according to the nations top cancer organization. Erlichman said she was diagnosed 16 years ago when her children were 3, 6 and 7 years of age. She worried that she see her children grow up. But she said six weeks ago she became a grandmother. Susan Williams of Everett was one of Many survivors in the crowd. She was diagnosed on Valentines Day of this year and recently finished her last chemotherapy session. A a in a pumped in a excited. I beat my whole a continued Page 5 Everett area school District cheerleaders exhort walkers at the finish line saturday. Volunteers help on a Road to recovery by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor sue Shoup of Friendship Village said battling breast cancer changes a person and makes her More aware to what a happening to others. That a one reason Why she and her husband. Ken decided to join Road to recovery a Volunteer transportation service offered through the american cancer society for those who need a ride to treatment. Sue who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, had participated in the e cancer society a reach to recovery a network of trained cancer volunteers who Are called on to give Comfort understanding and support. A then working with the cancer society we saw there was a need in Road to recovery. And then when we retired we just sort of fell right into that a she said. Sue retired from banking in 2005 and Ken from Bedford materials in 2006. When sue had to go to Somerset for treatment she saw How family a continued on Page 5 Gazette photo Elizabeth Coyle Ken and sue Shoup of Bedford have been Road to recovery volunteers for several years. They became Drivers for cancer patients around 2007 after both had retired. Sue a breast cancer survivor said a it changes your life so you re More open to other Peoples Gazette photos Elizabeth Coyle walkers during making strides against breast cancer saturday pass in front of Omni Bedford Springs on their Way to the finish line. It was expected that the walk would draw close to or surpass last years total of about 780 participants. A sea of Pink prepares for the making strides event saturday at Bedford Middle school
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