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Daily Review (Newspaper) - June 17, 1986, Towanda, PennsylvaniaOf amp thens Borough sewer project ready to begin Page three Aba draft today Page eight tuesday Ichiyu tonight wednesday sunny a comp tata weather an Pega chuckle a smart person on it believes half of what the hear. An intelligent person knows which Fanetti 106th year no. 42,195 tuesday june 17, 1986 25 cent High winds twister rip Bradford county scenes like this one on main Street in Athens were common last night compliments of High winds that felled Trees and Power lines. A number of streets were closed to traffic. This ride at the Athens firemen Field Days carnival grounds suffered an estimated $2 1,0 10 in damage thanks to last nights Tornado. Daily review photos by John Thomas by Sara Ellen Amster and Jackie Page High winds and severe thunderstorm activity tracked across much of Bradford county last night with most of the severe storm activity taking place in Northern municipalities like Wells Litchfield Warren and Athens townships As Well As Athens Borough. However it was a Tornado in Athens Borough that caused the most damage including a number of injuries. The Tornado struck downtown Athens last night at approximately 9 10 . Injuring Young workers at a local amusement Park tearing the roof off at least one House and the Athens away building Downing Trees into houses and Telephone wires and blocking traffic and train tracks a spokesperson at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre said there were no fatalities during the storm. However emergency personnel treated 10 to 12 people for minor injuries and broken Bones and three people were discharged the spokesperson said branches were strewn on the boroughs streets and lights were out last night As fire fighters called in from nearby townships including South Waverly and Sayre directed traffic away from heavily damaged areas. At about 10 30 ., a train slowly pulled into town running Over the remains of the fallen away roof. The Tornado and accompanying High winds caused extensive damage elsewhere in Athens Borough and township particularly East Athens As Power lines Trees and parts of structures and businesses were torn Down causing various streets to be closed to traffic. By . Donahue arguments were heard yesterday in Bradford county court on Post trial motions filed on behalf of convicted murderer Ronald Mccormick. Bradford county Public defender Beth Williams representing Mccormick argued 12 Points on her petition to vacate the conviction and Grant him a new trial last november Mccormick. 36, was convicted of one count each of first degree murder arson and theft in connection with the december 1984 deaths of three members of a Merrickville family. He was acquitted of two additional counts of criminal homicide and one count each of burglary and robbery. Killed in that incident was 50-year-old Albert Shoemaker his 45-year-old wife Jeannette and their 14-year-old son Joseph. The three bodies were found in the ruins of a fire which destroyed their two Story Home. Williams argued that no body of evidence was presented that a crime was Ever committed without the use of statements made by Mccormick and a one time co defendant Deborah Tunnicliff to authorities at the time of their arrest. District attorney Daniel Barrett argued that the Point that Mccormick a statements were used was moot. A we called Tunnicliff to the stand and she told us there was a All available emergency squads As Well As police officials from throughout the Valley were summoned to assist in cleaning up he damage that scarred downtown Athens and East Athens some of the major areas hit hardest included main and Elmira streets in Athens. In East Athens both Center and front streets were affected by the evening storm both Street lights and traffic signals were out As were Many Power arteries in the affected areas. Traffic in the Valley was being routed to route 220, As the Only open killing and an arson a he said adding that Mccormick a statements were not used to establish the fact that a crime had been committed Tunnicliff 23, testified at the trial As part of a plea agreement in which she pleaded guilty to third degree murder and is currently serving a 16-35 year prison sentence. Williams also argued that several things such As the Lack of a change of venue the Lack of a sequestered jury and tape recorded confessions by Mccormick prejudiced the trial jury she said the change of venue and the sequestration of the jury were warranted by the High degree of Media coverage that the trial received. A not Only was it All Over the front Page of the local newspaper but there were also Media reports including radio and television in the Binghamton and Elmira areas a Williams said. Barrett said that the jury was cautioned by the court to avoid Media reports of the Case and there is no indication that any of the jurors saw any accounts or were influenced by them. He added that there was nothing in the accounts that the jurors did not hear for themselves in the courtroom. The defense attorney said the statements made by Mccormick to Mississippi authorities at the time of his arrest should have been ruled streets were like mazes throughout Athens. It was also reported that downed phone lines in Warren and Litchfield townships had police and fire volunteers out checking Homes door to door to make sure there were no injuries or medical problems created by the inability to communicate with the outside world after Tornado and storm warnings went into effect Park workers evacuated children from rides at the Inners amusement Park downtown but when the Tornado hit. At As inadmissible Eviden Dence since they were not made while under oath and were inconsistent with his testimony at the trial a was far As the inconsistencies go it should have Only counted As far As the credibility of the witness As least two workers securing the rides suffered minor bruises to legs and Knees one Cut his forehead and another Man suffered a broken Arm a we heard the rain the heavy wind hit Quick a said de Inners. Owner of the amusement Park Morgan Wagner who runs the Concession stands at the Park said workers were shutting the rides Down when the storm hit some of them ran into Concession trailers for cover hoping to wait the storm out he said but when the Tornado struck the trailers overturned it would with any witness a she said. Williams also contended that the jury was disproportionate of the county a True population due to the fact there was Only one unemployed person in the final group. Causing injury to the staff he explained ambulances arrived within it minutes Wagner said a it was chaos a said Don Homan Athens assistant fire chief. A a it a under control Homan would not comment any further a everybody was running around a Wagner said although workers were on the Park grounds and in trailers no children were on the rides when the Tornado hit or were Hurt at the Park Wagner said a the initial rain had chased a lot of the crowd she claims this exclusion took away Mccormick a right to a a jury of his Barrett pointed out that the one unemployed person represented see a jury a Page 14. Away a he said Inners said there was a extensive appearance damage to All of the rides including about $2 Noo in damage to Quot the Hustler a which he said had been a almost we were expecting just a bad bad storm a Wagner said a but the Tornado hit so quickly that there was no physical Chance to get the workers out everyone was grabbing cats dogs and everyone else one rides roof caved a this is the first time anything like this has Ever happened to us Quot Inners said a Check with Bradford county emergency management coordinator John Mosser last night revealed that most of the storm damage occurred in a straight line across the top of Bradford county starting with Wells township in the Northwest Corner and Warren in the Northeast state police in Susquehanna county reported that there was severe thunderstorm activity there As the storm apparently moved directly East see a storms a page3. Nocchi stresses positive approach on sewers by Jackie rage incorporating a sewer authority and plan Between Athens Borough. Athens township Sayre Borough and South Waverly Borough is a the first step in uniting the Valley municipalities a said South Waverly mayor Robert Nocchi who expressed his views on the present Valley wide sewer mandate. Nocchi offered his positive approach to solving the sewer upgrade dilemma plaguing the local municipalities for about a year now with All municipalities adopting the proposed plan except Sayre Borough who has requested another informational meeting with the involved parties before adopting the act 537 plan. A we have to cooperate and do things together a said Nocchi who said that if the municipalities work together on the project a state and Federal governments will also be More cooperative in helping us with Grants to fund the $5.6 million project a Nocchi stated that if the municipalities incorporate with the Athens Sayre joint sewer authority the sewer plan and Progress of the entire Valley will proceed. One of the major concerns of Sayre Borough has been that South Waverly and Athens township will be joining the authority of which Athens and Sayre boroughs have belonged to for 20 years and have paid for the present sewage treatment Plant during that time. Some Sayre Council members have said that if South Waverly and Athens township want to join they should be required to a pay their fair share of the existing Plant. Nocchi agrees with this. A Sayre has a problem i am not putting them Down As they want to be assured they will not have to pay the largest amount of the proposed Plant. I done to expect South Waverly to just jump on the band Wagon we inherited this problem and we were not involved in the sewer authority 20 years Nocchi said but now All Valley municipalities Are being pressured by state and Federal officials to update the sewage treatment Plant and Are mandating improved on lot systems throughout the Valley the sewer plan drafted by Stearns and Wheeler engineers is a a Good step Forward for the whole Valley a Nocchi said which now must Lead to studies to determine the amount of Money needed to proceed with the project Nocchi predicts a substantial amount of economic growth in the Elmira Street and Keystone Avenue areas of the Valley and he feels the sewer plan should provide for that however to do this Nocchi said there needs to be some cooperation among Valley municipalities. A we must Start working together now and then work out the details a he said. He is not in favor of Athens township building a second sewer Plant As he said it could not be economically fes Ibie in the end lie said that incorporating a Valley wide sewer authority will a eventually make it Cost of the Plant easier on Sayre and the other he further said that South Waverly is a not Here to get anything for nothing we must get it sewer update done the Best Way he said that the financial package which must be determined should be Able to provide for a prorated user fee from South Waverly and Athens township to help with the Cost of the pre sent system a a let a look at the situation and think about he said Nocchi said he is in favor of a meeting with All parties involved As Sayre Borough has requested. A it can to Hurt id like to be involved rather than hear things second hand Quot he said. In addition to working together As a Valley for the sewer plan Nocchi said that he could see the four municipalities combining together As one 10 to 15 years Down the Road a no Valley municipality can grow alone. The Valley can grow together though a he said Mccormick in court arguing for new trial newspaper can give you the news As either a feast or snack Reading a newspaper is a lot like eating. Depending upon your appetite the time you have and what s available for consumption you can either enjoy a relaxed Multi course feast or grab a Quick snack. Here Are a few tips on How Best to consume a newspaper 1, the main purpose of a headline. Whether on a Story or in an and. Is to Call your attention to an item to summarize it in a few words. Headlines Are like a menu in that Reading them quickly tells you what a available. But unlike a menu Reading the headlines gives you a real taste of the Days offerings. Sometimes when you have in Black and w j White % a Denny Irvine but a few minutes to learn the Days news Reading headlines can satisfy. Since big headlines usually accompany big news Reading just those can save you even More time and yet leave you with an impression of what a new. 2. If you have a few minutes More to spend with the paper but still Are in a Rush you can read the first paragraph or two of each Story and come away with a pretty fair summary of that Days news. Most news stories Are written with that goal in mind using this method probably gives you More news depth than you a get from a radio or to newscast. 3. If you have even More time you can go a bit deeper into the newspaper try skimming the length of each Story to get its Gist Reading photo captions headlines the first few paragraphs of each Story and glancing thru the majority of the display ads should keep you reasonably Well informed 4. Finally we come to the feast if time is no object you can Luxuriate in most newspapers of. Sure there May be some slow news Days when there Isnit As much interesting to you in the paper As at other times. When i have a lot of time to read the paper i Start in the front and work Back slowly. I first look at the photos and glance at the captions Reading the headline to see if the Story is of interest to me. If my fancy is tickled. I read the first few paragraphs. By then i usually know whether i want to read the whole thing if i lose inter est Midway thru the Story i know that i can Stop there with Assurance that the facts i consumed should have been the most important of the Story and what follows should be of lesser value i can almost always find enough to read to fill up 30 to 60 minutes with the paper for example i like to read the classifieds in detail whenever i have the time. Not Only is it a form of shopping that i enjoy but it also can spark the imagination How would i feel driving the car advertised is this the boat of my dreams wonder what this House is like in Side there also is some news and gossip to be had from the Selling what and Why. The degree of detail you seek in Reading a newspaper is probably about equal to your concern for the world around you How interested you Are in your neighbors your Community your country. If you re going to be involved in your surroundings you have to know what a happening out there. I can to honestly understand How some people function without read ing a newspaper they must miss so Many things that will effect their lives. It must be sort of like committing suicide by starvation

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