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Daily Bedford Gazette (Newspaper) - May 9, 1986, Bedford, Pennsylvania Gazelle twant cents established vol 111 is supt 04um May jury acquits Howsare in arson murder Case by Sharyn Manst associate editor the jury deliberated for just under two hours thursday and found Eleanor Howsare not guilty of arson and second degree after full Day of jury selection last the seven women and five men heard six Days of testimony about last 13th fire at hey jacks bar in Manns the trial revolved around both whether the fire was an arson that killed bar operator Robert Jack Eleanor Howsare with her daughter and talks with at Torney Thomas Crawford outside the Bedford courthouse thursday after a shooting victim remained in serious Thomas of Saxton remained in serious but stable Condi Tion thursday at Nason where he underwent surgery for a gunshot his alleged 55yearold Joyce reportedly was brought Back from the Blair county jail late thursday afternoon and was to be released on two men were Hurt in a Snake Spring township the one car crashed happened at wednesday on route 20 about Miles East of state police said Roger of swerved his westbound car to miss a Deer and lost control of the the car travelled from the North berm across the Highway and struck a Rock on the South the Rocky of was thrown from the car when it spun into a northward direction after hitting the both men were taken by Bedford ambulance to the Hospital for suitcases and Money were stolen from the hosts Between and someone broke a win Dow to enter a Black Peugeot station Wagon in the Bedford township restaurants stolen were a Brown leather suitcase and a Green with Canvas state police said the suitcases contained in Cash and in travellers the victims were Steve heyday of Staten and Roger Perrine of mar a Deer caused an Accident on route Jessie of was slightly injured in the crash in Londonderry township at state police said Spiker lost control after swerving to miss a and his pickup truck hit a Utility pole and a Cement District deaths obituaries on Page of 1224 Norman formerly of Bedford died thursday May in Colum arrangements by Louis Geisel funeral Are in full obituary in saturdays weather skies mostly sunny highs Wui lie near winds northeasterly at 5 to is skies Clear tonight with tows in the upper skies mostly sunny saturday with from to skies will be mostly sunny on Sun Clouds will increase rain is possible highs Wui Range from to Sun Day and highs will he mainly in the Laws will he in the sunday and following a Jurys verdict that Howsare was innocent of having set the fatal fire at hey jacks and whether of Buffalo was the person who splashed a flammable liquid on the building and lit Howsare said she was not with two who Are charged As co who testified that they drove her to Buffalo Mills and Back to Manns and that she did not Start the As one of them said she thursdays verdict came at the jury had started its deliberations at after the last 22 16 of them character witnesses who said the defendant had a Good reputation for truthfulness and and for be ing a la abiding and peaceful the others were called to at tack the testimony of one of the prosecution Thomas the verdict was greeted by a whoop from Hows res daughter Patty and hugs among members of the but the defendant was she said later that she had Felt confident the jury would believe her version of the Story of which entered around the bar and a called it a hollow because we still dont know who did As soon As the verdict was the widow of the fire Sylvia walked swiftly from the Cour Howsare said that worrying about the Case had been a numbing sex but that she had tried to distance herself from thinking about it constantly Over the last seven she added that her parents and family were financially devastated by the Hows res former Larry Kidd and James testified against they Are scheduled for trial in but thursdays verdict leaves the proceeding in doubt because they were accused of being accomplices to District attorney Thomas after trying his first major said the charges against the men still but the cases will be All three had been charged with criminal which covers a Range of murder and manslaughter charges and an arson homicide count that can carry a life when senior judge Van Horn instructed the jury in Hows res he told them they were deciding on two the first refers to an arson endangering others starting a fire which recklessly places another in danger of death or serious the other was second degree which depended on a guilty finding in the first charge and a decision that the fire caused the death of the the dismissal of several of the such As premeditated came after the prosecution rested its and defense attorney Thomas Crawford demurred to the the demurrer motion is often used at that before the defense presents its Case the motion Means that the facts alleged by the other Side do not sustain the con Tention based on Van who heard the Case because president judge Daniel Howsare was a when the charges were spent almost an hour instructing the jury on the which have specific elements that had to be proven on direct and circumstantial evidence deciding the worthiness of any witness testimony and special rules that apply to on How to con Sider expert and character and on the meaning of reasonable the jury had to reach a unanimous verdict beyond a reasonable the two lawyers also spent almost an hour each on their summations of the Crawford argued that the Only sure times in All the testimony came from a police officer who said there was no fire at the bar at the clock in the bar had stopped at its Battery melted but no one knew if it was accurate or operating and the Calls to the fire was about Don who called in the said he left Malias party with Patty Howsare at about and Crawford Patty had said she saw her Mother in the kit Chen 15 to 20 minutes prior to she have set the Crawford Hillegass and Kidd was seen in Hillegass pickup in Manns Choice after the fire had Pencil had Crawford implied this was continued on Page 16 eight die in apartment building fires Philadelphia a a 20yearold Man was charged thurs Day with setting fires in the basements of two separate buildings of an apartment killing eight people and injuring More than a dozen authorities police arrested Frank who sometimes lived with his Mother in a undamaged building at the when he sought treatment for an injury he claimed to have suffered while help ing to Rescue fleeing l Jordan was charged with eight counts of nine counts of a nine counts of risking a catastrophe and other of plane crash leaves county Man uninjured Huntingdon a Bedford Man escaped serious injury thursday when he was forced to crash land a single engine air plane in a farm Field in Southern Huntingdon according to state Charles 204 Barclay was flying Home from Philadelphia when he apparently ran out of forcing him to make an emergency Landing in Todd township around although the plane hit two Telephone poles while police said Porter escaped with Only minor a state trooper said one of the air planes wings was torn off in the Porter was taken by Rescue workers to the Blair memorial Hospital in where he was treated for minor injuries and released shortly a Hospital official according to an official of the bed Ford county Porter has frequently used the Airport in the and was on his Way Back to the air port from Philadelphia when he ran out of the air plane Porter was flying belongs to Bun air the official Bun air operates the Airport and is owned by Frank police said an Faa Accident investigation team was dispatched from Harrisburg to the crash facials he was held without bail pending a hearing next according to the District attorneys Jordan also was charged with nine counts of recklessly endangering another and one count each of aggravated assault and simple More than 15 peo ple were including and mayor Wilson Goode called it a senseless William Rich mond said it was the largest Ever loss of life due to arson in the although More people have died in accidental Jordan used a cigarette lighter to ignite material in storage lockers in the basements of two buildings about 2 at the Latonia apart ments in Northeast said Roger Deputy chief fire Ulshafer said four bodies were found in each but authorities released no the Complex is and the fires were in the two three Story about 50 Yards apart the Bottom leg of the where Jordans Mother was the dead victims were Between the Ages of 40 and 60 and were up and they were Mobile and trying to get Ulshafer one Man was found in a holding a he damage was heaviest in the Center of the two damaged buildings of 22 apartments while flames damaged Many All had smoke and water damage and win Dows blown the third of 16 apart had some water damage and a few broken who was was arrested about 7 at Nazareth where he had gone complaining his Back was injured while helping some elderly people As they fled the Black smoke and according to chief inspector Frank head of the homicide Divi Ulshafer said Jordan had been suspected of causing numerous false alarms in the area in recent weeks and his picture had been circulated at police and fire Richmond said the fire moved quickly from the he said a buildup of heat caused an explosion in one and the collapse of a Back police did not speculate on a motive for the Scafidi said continued on Page 3 Penn Dot to reopen Herline Bridge by Beth Gray Gazette correspondent Manns Choice an official of the Pennsylvania department of transportation at Hollidaysburg has reportedly said the covered Herline Bridge near Here will be reopened to Light traffic this but area residents Are taking no the 1902built longest remaining covered Bridge in the county at 136 has been closed for some three causing not Only inconvenience but a threat to Safe Herline Bridge near Manns Choice has been closed for three area residents have undertaken a new Campaign to have it repaired and various persons maintained at a Community gathering tuesday Sandra Crawford started the cur rent Campaign to reopen the Bridge and will meet with a Penn Dot engineering covered Bridge specialist within the next two weeks at the site on legislative route known locally As Herline volunteering tuesday to join Crawford were Vera Gene Rick Earl Charles Doris Wertz and Howard Sandra Crawford reported that after speaking recently to Bud Shuster about the Dana Davis of pen dots Hollidaysburg office telephoned her and according to he saw no reason Why the Bridge be opened to Light traffic this in March 1984 area residents had sought to have repairs pleading their Case to the county commissioners with a petition carrying several Hundred the commissioners reportedly said it want their its being a stat owned contacted county commissioner chairman Joseph Clapper expressed interest in the Effort and told Crawford he would likewise meet with the committee when the Bridge specialist and while local residents Hope to retrieve the earlier they also made plans tuesday to Cir continued on Page 3 curious surge Seaward following tsunami warning by the associated press thousands of Pacific coast residents fled to higher ground after sirens and loudspeakers warned them of a tidal wave triggered by earthquakes off the Aleutian but the biggest wave to hit the beaches was a human traffic was tied up along the coast in Washington and British Columbia on wednesday night As the curious surged Seaward but saw swells not much larger than we cleared them off the beaches and the Beach Loop Road and they lacked Back said a police dispatcher in we cleared them off again and they flocked Hack Down to the water a tsunami warning was posted from Alaska to California and for Hawaii and Japan after a major measuring on the Richter hit undersea near the Aleutian islands on wednesday Milder aftershocks continued to hit said George a geophysicist at the Alaska tsunami warning Center in the Only damage reported was a couple of books being knocked off shelves at the Adak naval air Sta Tion in the said Pentagon spokesman Arnold about people fled Lowling areas in Alaska and British col and Many boats headed out to sea to ride out the there was a festive atmosphere in the emergency shelter in Copal is Cross and several Hundred evacuees who gathered at the Camp Bell High school parking lot in the Oahu Community of Ewa Beach threw a tailgate party with six packs of Beer and decks of in port British a City of about traffic was heavy coming into not leaving said taxi Driver Gloria this is its not even this bad on a Friday people clambered to rooftops to see the wave that was expected to hit British Columbia at 8 but swells were Only about 3 feet above Normal Waves were Only 10 feet High in 2 to 3 feet in Washington and feel in Adak on the an Island Chain with 16 scattered japans Central meteorological Agency said a tsunami of 9 inches was observed the Federal tsunami warning ser vice called off its Alert hours v after the quake in where the building housing the police depart ment and jail is below the High water five men serving sentences for Misdemeanour crimes were set and Only two had returned by we have their we have All their and their get bored and come maybe Tomor Well get concerned and go out and bring them said Susan a police Tammy a dispatcher with the Coos said the police and fire department 911 line received 400 to 500 we were just swamped with she ii was just crazy in but we just had a Drill on this a couple of months so it was kit in neat to see it happen in real Toby the Security manager of the the inn at Spanish head in Lincoln said the management moved guests in he Oceanside first and second floors in rooms higher in the its done wonders Lor our bar tsunami is japanese for great Harbor often called tidal tsunamis have nothing to do with but instead Are generated by earthquakes on or below the sea most common in the Pacific they can move at 600 Miles an according to the National oceanic and atmospheric and and gain size rapidly upon hearing their height upon striking Shore cannot he accurately

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