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Johnstown Tribune Democrat (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Johnstown, Pennsylvania Township Windber tourney winners cd Sammu Astha stribunccmocnil50 cents newsstand a 30 cents Home delivered december 18, 1999 Johnstown Pennsylvania a fair warning wet Vii a the Tribune Democrat flashing warning lights at a Cox crossing near the Krings Bridge have been repaired Stonycreek township supervisors said. Back on track Cox fixes crossing signal near Krings by Pete Bosak the Tribune Democrat after months of ignoring Stonycreek township supervisors demands that a rail crossing signal be repaired Cox corp. Has bowed to pressure and fixed warning lights on a Busy Roadway. The state Public Utility commission helped resolve the disagreement Between Stonycreek township leaders and Cox corp. Of Richmond. Va., about the safety of a crossing on Eisenhower Boulevard near the Krings Bridge. For months signal lights did nothing to warn motorists As trains approached. The lights had been inoperable since sept. 16. Cox corp. Had enacted a Stop and Flag policy whereby a train stopped before the crossing and a crewman exited then flagged traffic to Stop. The train then crossed Eisenhower. Township officials and nearby residents argued the practice was unsafe. So township supervisors directed their attorney to draft letters to Cox the Utility Agency and the state department of transportation requesting that the lights be repaired. Finally supervisors were successful. The rail crossing lights have been operational for about one week said Verna Edmonds of Puc which brokered the Deal. A a Cox has assured our rail safety operations department that All rail signals now Are operational a Edmonds said in a Telephone interview from her Harrisburg office. The news was welcomed by township supervisors who have been fighting to have Cox repair the lights. Supervisors also had liability concerns should an Accident occur. Cox repeatedly had ignored letters sent by supervisors and their attorney. A Cox spokesman familiar with the situation could not be reached for comment Friday. A the supervisors Are All Happy its taken care of a said supervisor Jim Havener in a Telephone interview from his Home. A it was really a safety concern.�?�,. Stonycreek township Elicitor Andrew Davis Gleason has requested copies of the Cox letters be sent to the state assuring the lights have been repaired. A a in a not assuming anything a Gleason said in a Telephone interview from his office in Johnstown. The lights must have been repaired As Cox said because there have not been resident complaints lately about the crossing Gleason said. Trucker state liable in crash $2.285m awarded by Juty by Sandra k. Reabuck Tribune dam it Rai Jbf Burg b. A a a Ebensburg a jury awarded $2,285,000 Friday to families of four people killed in a 27-vehicle pileup atop Cresson Mountain finding liable both Pennsylvania depart ment of transportation and a trac tor trailer Driver. The civil jury in one of the county a largest awards determined that National freight a Driver. James Jones. 57, of Elizabeth. Allegheny county was 75 percent responsible for blowing into a Van carrying the four victims. Penn Dot through its Road design was found 25 percent responsible for the horrific demolition Der by. The Van was one of several vehicles struck by the Rig during a White out feb. 24, 1994, on an earthen Bridge that carries route 22 across a Valley near Cresson Summit exit. David Carter of Pittsburgh whose wife was killed in the wreck and Jim cub Kun snack. 24. Us son of the couple who were killed said family members were not disappointed. A it Wasny to the amounts that were important. It was the liability who was at fault. You can to bring these people Back. No amount of Money will do that a Carter said. Kosmack whose parents aunt and grandmother were killed said a i a Chain reaction Accident on route 22 in 1994 during a snowstorm resulted in the deaths of four people. On Friday a Cambria county jury found Pennsylvania department of transportation and the Driver of a tractor Traller guilty. Have no resentment no hate against the truck Driver. I pity him a Little bit. He was trying to do a Job. He did no to want to kill my killed were Joseph and Jayne Kos Uniack. 29. I cil4. I Ilioiu county her sister Mary Ward Carter. 32, Pittsburgh and the Sisters Mother. Phyllis Ward. 62. Blairsville Indiana county. The families actually will receive Only a Small share of the $2 million settlement because of a pre trial agreement Between them and the trucking company. Under the Accord. National freight and the family members will split the $571,250 portion of the ver diet attributed to Penn Dot. With the trucking company getting the bulk of the Money. National freight will a did Kuto. Members. 20 percent said Brian Baxter a senior Deputy attorney Gen eral w to represented Penn Dot. While the jurors knew there was an agreement they were never told the percentages each Side would collect. In addition because of a sub Stan please see crash a6 police narrow search sketch of kidnapper produces 10 leads by Wayne Fournier the Tribune Demi rat Richland township police said they believe they re getting closer to the Man wanted for brandishing a knife stealing a ride to Windber and taking Cash from a Young woman last w Eek. A fall total we got 10 leads but the female victim has eliminated to o of the names Given to us so far a said detective Kevin Lehman on Friday. Of the eight names remaining Lehman said he was expecting to hold at least one interview Over the weekend. He said he was trying to reach All of the names Given to him and thought three of them were a very Good Lehman in a Telephone interview said his office has received a number of Calls from several area police departments and a two Lehman said the composite drawing being shown throughout the area is probably not an exact picture just a Good likeness. A composites Are used More to eliminate people rather than Point to an exact suspect a he said. A we have eliminated some people Lehman said the victim a 26-year-old woman who reported the kidnapping three Days after it happened is satisfied the composite is accurate. She told police that a Man with a knife jumped into her car on Scalp Avenue in Richland on dec. 10, told her to drive to Windber and stole composite please see police a6 Rooer Kerekes the Tribune Democrat Joe Murtiff of Duncansville above left loads unwanted documents onto a truck for Terry Claar of Claysburg to shred. Claar right shredded about 5,000 pounds of unwanted papers for Bedford county on Friday. Bedford documents sliced diced by Kathy Mellott Tribune Democrat Bedford Bureau Bedford More than 5,000 pounds of studies reports and confidential memorandums were chewed by giant Metal Teeth Friday. Bedford county a shredder Day turned into a Success. Half a Day of shredding had been planned but so Many items were destroyed that shredding continued throughout the Day. The Mobile chopping unit also is expected to return for a half Day in january. The shredding began around 9 . As documents were fed into the contraption. The remains were sliced into half Inch bits which were spewed into the Back of a closed bed truck. Bedford commissioner chairwoman Norma Ickes was pleased with the response of county offices whose employees lined up to dump years of Accuu please see Bedford a6 pol eyes launch of game probe Bill empowers special inspector Stai f and wire reports Harrisburg rep. David lev Dansky said Friday that he plans to resurrect a Bill to give a special investigator broader Power to probe the Pennsylvania game commission whose former director was accused of various types of corruption this week. Levdansky a Allegheny said he believes the office of inspector general should have the authority to look into any report or suspicion of wrongdoing by the commission. Currently the inspector general May investigate Only if the commission requests it. A this current setup does Little to help me sleep at night a said Levdansky. Who plans to sponsor a Bill Early next year. A a it a not Good enough that in order to get a Good investigation of the game commission we All have to rely upon the game commissions Good former game commission director Donald Madl was accused this week of ordering employees to skin More than 100 Deer from his personal Hunting expeditions repair his Hunting trailer and plow Snow from his driveway. He also is accused of ordering extra dress shoes vests Coats and boots. Madl retired As director in May and was asked to resign his current position As Deputy wildlife conservation officer in Westmoreland county. He had served As director of the commissions southwestern District office in Ligonier which covers Cambria and Somerset counties from 1973 until 1992. Madl denies All charges of wrongdoing and will not resign his attorney a1 Lindsey said. At least one local lawmaker said a red flags should have surfaced Long before now. A this kind of behaviour if its True can to be tolerated a said rep. Thomas Yewcic a Jackson speaking by Telephone from his Home. A a in a sure Well be taking a closer look to see if further safeguards Are rep. Gary Haluska speaking from his Home in Patton said a i d like to hear done a Side of the Story before please see game a6 coming sunday Healing Faith More than 250 studies have proven prayer and spirituality help people heal faster stay healthier get out of the Hospital quicker and need fewer painkillers. In style. Weather mostly Cloudy with temperatures hovering in the Low 30s. C12. Abby b4 Donohue b4 births. C12 editoriala6 Bridge b2 Horoscope b3 business a7 lottery. C12 classified.c7 movies b4 comics. B2 stocks. A7 deaths. Cell television. B3 6 06 �9 c1999 the Tribune Democrat. Johnstown. A. A a

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