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Johnstown Tribune Democrat (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Johnstown, Pennsylvania The Region Epa backs a. Bid to Cut Midwest smog conn., mass. File petitions with state by Brannon Mega Frey the associated press Washington the Clinton administration on Friday approved petitions from Pennsylvania and three other northeastern states alleging that smog producing pollutants Drifting in from the Midwest prevented them from meeting clean air standards. The environmental Protection Agency action Means that Power plants and Industrial boilers in 12 states must reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by a total of 510,000 tons a year. The reductions must take place by May 2003. The Epa is establishing a pollution trading system to give the 392 affected plants and companies some flexibility in meeting the mandate which Epa administrator Carol Browner estimated would Cost about $950 million. The petitions the Epa acted on Friday were filed by new York Connecticut Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Similar Peti n.y., tons Are still pending from new Jersey Maryland Delaware and the District of Columbia. A people in these communities have been suffering by pollution carried in the air across state Borders a Browner said Friday. A a today a action Means healthier air in those the Epa action will require emissions reductions in Delaware Indiana Kentucky Maryland Michigan North Carolina new Jersey new York Ohio Pennsylvania Virginia West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Pennsylvania gov. Tom Ridge applauded the Epars action. A this decision represents a huge environmental win for Pennsylvania a he said. A without this action communities and employers in Pittsburgh Lancaster and Philadelphia Are put at an economic disadvantage because they would have to adopt air pollution controls More stringent than places right across the state at least one third of Pennsylvania a Ozone pollution problem is caused by dirty air coming from states to the South and West said James Seif Secretary for the state department of environmental Protection. Power Plant officials immediately attacked the tactic. Pat d. Hemlepp. A spokesman for american electric Power said the Midwest is not to blame for northeastern smog and eliminating All emissions from upwind Power plants would not result in clean air Over the complaining states. A the problem in these densely populated areas of the Northeast Are the cars and trucks they have crowding their streets each he said. Fridays announcement came after the Justice department last month filed suits on behalf of the Epa against against 32 Midwest Power plants. The suit said the plants they had failed to put in place the most efficient emission reducing technology and As a result massive amounts of pollutants had been released into the air. Causing smog and acid rain. The Epa acted on the petitions from the a a downwind states after a broader strategy of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions in 22 states was stalled by a pair of court rulings. Earlier this year a three judge panel of the . Court of appeals for the District of Columbia threw out the Epars controversial regulation requiring tougher health Stan Dards for smog causing Ozone and for microscopic soot. The Agency said it would Appeal. A few Days later the same appeals court ordered the Epa to halt implementation of its regulation to require 22 states to take action to reduce Cross state air pollution. That action was aimed primarily at curtail ing emissions from the Coal burning Power plants in the Ohio Valley whose pollution drifts into the Northeast. Under the petition process the Epa will enforce pollution controls under the current Ozone and soot standards that Are not under court Challenge. While new York and Pennsylvania were seeking Relief from the Epa from airborne pollutants imported from other states they were also listed As polluters. Plants in both states Are among those that must reduce their emissions under the Epa action Friday. In Brief poll cd said inmate on the Lam spotted Johnstown police said an inmate on work release who failed to return to jail was spotted in the Prospect neighbourhood Friday but was gone when officers arrived. Detective Richard Rok said Dion Brandon whose exact age was unknown and who does not have a permanent address was allowed out of jail mid week for a Job interview and never returned Rok said Brandon was in Cambria county jail on charges of using a knife to Rob a pizza delivery Man last Fri Dutoi. He said there were no injuries. A Friday we got several Calls that he was in a House on the 200 Block of Crouse Street a Rok said by Telephone Friday. A but he was gone when our officers arrived. A any further sightings of Dion Brandon should be called in to Johnstown police at 533-2078 or the sheriffs department by calling 911,�?� Rok said. Sex lawmaker undergoes heart surgery former Pennsylvania rep. Edward Haluska 83, was rushed to Conemaugh memorial medical Center on thursday afternoon suffering shortness of breath. His wife Lorraine said he underwent heart surgery that lasted several hours mrs. Haluska speaking by Telephone from her Patton Home Friday said her husband had regained consciousness after surgery but was unable to speak. Edward Haluska a dentist retired from the legislature in november 1094 after serving 14 years As a lawmaker and operating a dental practice for 37 years. Haluska he is the father of Gary Haluska. A Patton of the 73rd legislative District. Emt bound Amtrak resumes Tyrone Stop Philadelphia Amtrak a eastbound pennsylvanian has resumed station Stop in Tyrone now that Utility Power has been restored. Amtrak temporarily had suspended stops of the train at Tyrone on dec. 4 because of the loss of Power to the station. The company said the suspension was taken to protect the safety of customers and employees. Station stops westbound were not affected by the outage. Rufi Cross chapter to Host procession the Keystone chapter of the american red Cross Johnstown will conduct a procession at 6 . Dec. 29 so the Public can contribute time prayer and Money town a peace and disaster Relief efforts worldwide. Quot participants will visit the churches of Johnstown a his a rec Cambria City. The procession which begins at St. Columba roman Catholic Church Broad Street and 10th Avenue and concludes at about 8 30 . Georgia Lehman director said in a release that a the peace procession offers area residents a Way to celebrate ethnic diversity become More informed about International humanitarian needs and support red Cross red Crescent efforts to alleviate human other participating churches include St. Rochus is. Casimir amp Emerich St. Mary byzantine St. Stephen and immaculate Conception. There is no charge to participate. Information 255-1550. Suspect accused of planting explosives Pittsburgh a Man was arrested on charges of killing a pregnant woman and her 3-year-old daughter by planting a bomb in a townhouse. A Federal grand jury wednesday indicted Joseph p. Minerd 44, of Connellsville. He was arrested thursday and faces the death penalty or life in prison if convicted . Attorney Harry Litman said. Deanna mitts 24, and her daughter Kayla were killed by bomb propelled debris the Federal Bureau of alcohol tobacco and firearms which investigated the Jan. 1 explosion said. Authorities said mitts was eight months pregnant when she died. Investigators found no evidence of forced entry into her Home. Litman did not disclose a motive for the bombing. Pm it part Slayer May have brain damage Greensburg a Man who is on death Row for his role in a 1981 killing spree in which a police officer and three other people died May have suffered brain dam age As a child a psychologist testified. John Lesko May have suffered brain damage when he was abused As a child said Herbert Levit. Levit had previously diagnosed Lesko 41, with a borderline personality disorder and said further study revealed the possible brain damage. Lesko was in court in Westmoreland county seeking to have his death sentence overturned again. He won a reprieve in 1992, but was re sentenced to death in 1995. Lesko and Michael Travaglia were arrested in Pittsburgh in january 1980 a few hours after Leonard Miller 21, a Rookie police officer in Apollo Armstrong county was killed in Oklahoma Borough in Westmore land county. Travaglia a death sentence has been overturned. He faces another sentencing hearing March 6. Doctor cleared of assault charges Franklin five doctors accused of assaulting mentally retarded patients by stapling wounds without anaesthesia were cleared by a Venango county judge. Venango county judge William White said state attorney general Mike Fisher lacked evidence to win a conviction. The doctors were charged in february with assaulting patients at the Polk Center a Home for mentally retarded people. Doctors who no longer face criminal charges Are Samir Moussa 47, of Meadville Donald Stitt 84, of Greenville and Louis Makkar 50, of Youngstown Ohio. Stapling counts also were dismissed against Cesar Miranda 68, of Butler and David Byers 53, of Waldron ark., but they still face other charges. Investigator cites intimidation claims Philadelphia a teamsters Union investigator said Friday that Calls from workers fearing for both their jobs and their safety convinced him there were serious problems at the Philadelphia local from which the Union recently removed Leader John Morris. Tom Schatz a member of the teamsters ethical practices committee said several callers complained about the october firings of 16 Union members accused of leaving one Philadelphia firm Kurz Hastings co., while still on the time clock. . District judge John r. Padova heard a fourth Day of testimony on a request by Morris for a preliminary injunction to reinstate him As Secretary treasurer and principal officer of the 2,700-member local he founded in 1955. The hearings will continue monday. A ouster request has precedent Harrisburg state attorney general Mike Fisher plans to rely on a Legal Man Euver that successfully ousted a township supervisor to remove convicted rep. Frank Serafini if he refuses to resign a spokesman said Friday. Republicans turned away an attempt by democrats two weeks ago to Force a vote on the removal of Serafini who was convicted of perjury aug. 18. The Lackawanna county representative has refused to resign while the Case remains under Appeal. Fisher set a deadline of monday for Serafini to resign or face court action to remove him from office. The attorney general a Republican cited a constitutional ban that prevents those convicted of perjury and other crimes from serving in the general Assembly. Saxophonist Grover Washington or. Dies new York Grover Washington jr., the jazz saxophonist who was among the first Young musicians to burst onto the jazz Funk scene died Friday night after collapsing at a television taping. He was 56. Washington collapsed Friday evening after taping a performance for cd so a the saturday Early he played four songs that were to run on the morning program. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke a Roosevelt Hospital Hospital officials said. Study finds tainted water in Philly Philadelphia City officials criticized a new study that found possible contamination in Philadelphia a water saying the research used old data and made unsubstantiated conclusions. The Harvard University study found that More elderly people were admitted to Philadelphia hospitals for gastrointestinal problems after the City a water became cloudier. Researchers said that could indicate that water contamination. A to conclude Philadelphia a drinking water is not Safe to drink is just not a responsible statement to make a said water department spokeswoman Joan Przybylowicz. Drag maker sues Pitt Over gift the a rated press Pittsburgh a pharmaceutical company who gave the University of Pittsburgh a $600,000 endowment has filed a suit to get the Money Back because the school did not use it to fill a professorship As the company wanted. Zeneca inc. Intended the Money to establish a professorship honouring breast cancer researcher Bernard Fisher and it wanted Fisher to fill it first. But in 1994, when Zeneca made the of al payment on its donation Fisher tost his Job As head of a major Brda St cancer study amid allegations of scientific misconduct by a Canadian researcher. Fisher eventually was exonerated but the professorship was never filled the company said. Pitt officials said the Money was never subject to terms or conditions. They also said the chair was created but is not filled now. A there was a Bernie Fisher chair established but there is nobody holding it. I done to know if there was a previous Holder or not a said Pitt spokesman Ken service. A i just know the chair was established and its currently not filled. Nobody has been named to Zeneca said it asked Pitt two years ago to return the Money plus interest and the University has not complied. The Case is scheduled for trial in june before . District Justice William l. Standish. A Zeneca unit makes tamoxifen a cops say fugitive teen stole car resisted arrest by Bill Blair Thi Tribune pc Democrat authorities searched Friday for a Johnstown teen who was caught behind the wheel of a stolen car in the West Hills while helping a Friend move into a Home. And the Friend did not have permission from the owner to move into the rental property police said. The 17-year-old fugitive whom West Hills regional police declined to identify because of his age is wanted on charges of receiving stolen property the car and resisting arrest. The teen was among four people including a baby who police said were occupants of a stolen 1999 Dodge Neon. The car was spotted thursday afternoon on Colgate Avenue. The car had been stolen earlier in the week in Maryland West Hills police chief Andrew havas said in an interview Friday at the police station 1000 Luzerne St. A passenger in the car Eduardo Valdes. 19, who initially refused to cooperate with authorities and Tell them where he lived and who apparently was moving into the House also was charged with receiving stolen property havas said. Valdes later told a magistrate that he lives with an aunt in Randleston my. The remaining passengers in the vehicle were a Johnstown boy 14, and his 1-year-old brother havas said. The 14-year-old was not arrested and he and his brother were turned Over to their Mother havas said. A we did no to charge the 14-year-old because we done to think he knew the car was stolen a havas said. Havas said he and West Hills police sgt. George Musulin Iii found the stolen car around 2 30 . Thursday. He said a Westmont woman who owns a rental property in the 400 Block of Colgate Avenue reported that someone apparently had moved in even though she had not talked to anyone about renting that half of the double House. Havas said that he and Musulin Iyub the Tribune Democrat West Hills regional police chief Andrew havas inspects the Interior of a car reported stolen earlier in the week in Baltimore my. Found both doors to the Home unlocked but nobody inside. He said that it was obvious someone was moving in because clothing and other items were piled inside. Someone also had begun to put up Christmas decorations on the porch havas said. Havas said he and Musulin were at the House about 15 minutes when they noticed a dark Green Dodge pull up and Stop outside. They watched As the occupants of the car walked up onto the porch and tried to open the front door. Havas said they could not because he and Musulin had just locked it. Havas said that he and the other officer approached the teens As they walked off the porch. A a one of the teens said his Mother had rented the place a havas said. Meanwhile havas said he radioed Cambria county 911 and had a dispatcher Check the Maryland License number of the Dodge. Havas discovered that the car had been reported stolen monday in Baltimore. Havas said that when he asked the 17-year-old whether he knew he was driving a stolen car the teen bolted and ran up an Alley but not before he had handed the officer his Pennsylvania Drivers License. The teen was last seen headed toward Tioga Street. The car was impounded and taken to the police station. Belongings found inside the rental Home also were seized and taken to the police station havas said. Valdes was arraigned in front of District Justice Michael Musulin of Johnstown and sent to Cambria county jail in lieu of $35,000 Bond. A hearing is scheduled next week. 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