Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 24, 2002 · Page 1
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A woman and her children were among the hostages in a Russian theater. Page 7. 28 pages — 2 sections THURSDAY OCTOBER 24,2002 Vol. 99-No 63 Who's in the news There is good news today in The Indiana Gazette about the following area people: Laura Hettinger, James Pry- maJc, Trey Rainey, Alley Bush, Shannen Gallagher, Bill Young, John Merlo, Austin Gearhart, Jim Mann, Dave Lightner. INSiDE Elsewhere High school teachers are taking lessons from Court TV by incorporating forensic-science lessons into curriculum. Page 7. Deaths Obituaries on page 4 BENKO, Joseph A. "Cupa," 75, oflleilwood GRIFFITH, Elizabeth "Bunny," 85, of Indiana KRIEBEL, Wiliam C., 75, of Shippensburg, formerly of Indiana MORELAND, Dorothy J. Faith, 89, of Blairsville RHUE, Raymond "Mike" Jr., 57, of Cherry Tree LATE DEATH STILES, Helen M., 93, of Roswell, N.M., formerly of Indiana County Forecast Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low of 35. Friday there is a 70-percent chance of rain mainly in the afternoon with a high of 52. Page 2. Index Calendar .....10 Cfassifieds 23-28 DearAbby 12 Entertainment 11 Family 13 Lottery numbers 2 Today in History 12 Sports 15-21 Stocks 2 TV-Comics 22 Viewpoint 6 Teddy "History must always be taken with a grain of salt. It is, after all, not a science but an art." — Phyllis McGinley, American poet and author (1905-1978) Newspaper contents copyright © 2002 Indiana Printing and Publishing Co- Indiana. Pa. Brownies' Halloween Costume Party, Friday 9:30-? Craft Show Saturday... Indiana Junior High 9a.m.-3p.m., Over 40 Vendors. Downtown Farmer's Market Saturday 9:45a.m., S&T, Wednesday, 4p.m., Church Street Glass And Antique Show/Sale, Best Western, Saturday And Sunday. Home Remodeling: M.C. Home Center, 724-397-2370. National Karastan Carpet And Area Rug Sale - Save Up To Fifty Percent! Douds Of Plumville. (724)397-5511. The Costume Shop...(724)465-2260 The Shirt Wagon Is Back! Indiana Mall. What's Fit, Fabulous, And Forty!? Brian Contrucci. com The scoop on Reed Republican hopes to fulfill dreams in election By STEPHANIE BERNAT Gazette Staff Writer You might remember him from the Meadows frozen-custard and -yogurt place along Oakland Avenue in White Township. That friendly face scooping your ice cream just a few months ago and telling you to have a nice day is now smiling on hundreds of stick signs planted in yards all over the 62nd District, asking you to give Dave Reed a chance as your state representative. Three college degrees, a campaign for state representative, and he was scooping ice cream? "He had to make a living, too," said his mom, Connie, of Indiana. "He's not beyond scooping ice cream. In David's mind, it's nothing to look down on." "It was neat," Reed said. "Everyone's nice to you when you're scooping them ice cream." But when he was offered a chance to double his salary and work more flexible hours that would better accommodate his campaign schedule, he jumped at the chance. He now works part time as downtown director in BlairsvUle. Tuesday, he was asked to give U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, a tour of downtown Blairsville. Tours are normally part of Reed's job as director; however, this was special. After reapportionment, the district in which Shuster is running for reelection now includes Blairsville and he, along with state Sen. Don White, received a grand introduction to the town. Reed makes $198 per week as director. He can campaign most days if he wants and stUl work out of the office at night. "I'm able to eat right now and pay the rent and feed Buddy," he said, referring to his yellow-lab-and-coliie- mix dog; "But I can't live that way forever." With $40,000 in student loans, Reed needs something more. Right now, however, he doesn't consider running for representative to be a huge financial risk — not as much of a risk, that is, as someone who has a family to support or whose campaign would cause his family much greater economic stress, he said. At 24 years old, if he does win the election, Reed would become the youngest member of the state House of Representatives; Jeff Coleman, R- Apollo, holds that distinction now at Dave Reed was among the speakers at a recent rally for GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Fisher. At left is state Rep. Jeff Coleman, whose wife is Reed's campaign manager. (Gazette photo by Tom Peel) Reed's vital statistics The candidate Family: single Age: 24 Job: director, Blairsville provement Group hn- The office Title: state representative Term: two years Salary: $63,629.16 this year; rises each year for inflation Tuesday, Nov. 5 2002 27. Coleman has provided a great source of inspiration for Reed in his campaign, and Coleman's wife, Rebecca, is Reed's campaign manager. Long before Reed saw Coleman elected to the house, he thought about a career in politics. While he was a student at Homer-Center High School, he played first base for the baseball team and slotback for the football team, but it was student government that sparked the most interest for his future. "I just wasn't sure I had the capability," Reed said, referring to his shy- guy persona. When he moved on to college, the 19-year-old Indiana University of Pennsylvania boy from Homer City continued his athletic career as a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference athlete in javelin and, more important to him, continued his dream of entering the political arena. He began doing research about state government offices and explored running "somewhere down the road." As an undergraduate, knowing exactly where you want to be in 10 years is quite an accomplishment, but setting your sights on an elected position in government is an even greater challenge. "People like that are unique, and I envy them," said childhood friend Steve Vinton, who proudly said he has known Reed since kindergarten. "If you have that fire inside, it doesn'l really die down." But getting there, Reed knew, was going to take more than his degrees in mathematics and economics. Reed took up government administration as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania in Continued on page 14 Upcoming 62nd District Friday: The issues that drive Sara Steelman to want a seventh term. Fire-fighting money Saturday: If voters approve a bond issue of up to $100 million for fire departments statewide, how much would Indiana County departments get and how would they use it? The Coieman phenomenon Sunday: Jeff Coleman is unopposed for re-election two years after toppling a five-term incumbent. What are the highlights of the Apollo Republican's first term, and what's next? Tire maker appeals OK of runoff plan By MARY ANN SLATER Gazette Staff Writer Specialty Tires of America is appealing the recent decision by White Township officials to give tentative approval to a storm-water plan for a nearby housing complex. At Wednesday's meeting of the White Township supervisors, Township Manager Larry Garner said thai Specialty Tires has asked the Indiana County Court of Common Pleas to overturn the township's decision to grant preliminary approval to a new storm-water plan proposed by Copper Beech Townhome Communities. Representatives from Copper Beech had presented a new storm- water plan for the town-house community in August. The new plan was needed because the township planning commission had rescinded the original storm- water plan after members learned Copper Beech had not actually secured all the easement rights specified in that plan. Earlier this month, the planning commission gave preliminary approval to the new plan. In granting the preliminary approval, commission members gave Copper Beech a list of conditions it must meet before the board grants final approval. The planning commission is scheduled to meet, Monday with Copper Beech officials to see if those conditions have been met. Specialty Tires officials have fought against Copper Beech's proposed plan since August and argued against its approval before the planning commission. But the comrnis- White Township sion gave preliminary approval and the township supervisors affirmed the decision at their last meeting. Specialty Tires' concerns began 18 months ago, when runoff from Copper Beech carried mud into a pond owned by Specialty Tires. The mud caused problems with production at the plant, which then had to close down for a short time. Specialty Tires officials have said they fear further runoff even if the proposed storm- water plan would be implemented. In other business, code-enforcement officer Richard McAnulty said he was still working with a committee of township residents on a new comprehensive plan for the township. The committee began meeting about 10 months ago. As a part of the planning process, McAnulty expects to be sending a survey to residents in the township within a month. The survey will ask questions concerning various planning issues such as traffic control, farmland preservation, the development of residential areas and the need for more open' green space. The supervisors also accepted a bid from Tri-County Motor Sales of Johnstown to buy two large multi- use trucks for a total of $99,418. The new trucks will replace two old ones that the township plans to sell. The supervisors accepted a second hid from Walsh Equipment Inc. of Prospect for equipment to outfit the two trucks. Cost of that contract is $71,234. Band Fest 2002 program guide inside. 50 cents Sniper task force arrests two men By ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press Writer FREDERICK, Md. — Two men wanted for questioning in the wave of deadly sniper attacks were arrested early today after they were found sleeping in their car at a Maryland rest stop, authorities said. The arrests raised hopes of a conclusion to the intensive and often frustrating investigation of the shootings that have killed 10 people and critically wounded three others since Oct. 2 in the Washington, D.C., area. The men taken into custody were not immediately charged in the sniper attacks, but authorities made it clear the arrests were considered pivotal. A newspaper report said the men were motivated by anti-American bias. President Bush was told that federal authorities were reasonably sure the case had been solved, a senior administration official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The arrests occurred hours after authorities descended on a home in Tacoma, Wash., believed to hold clues important to the investigation. They then issued a nationwide alert for the car, spotted by a motorist and an attendant at the rest stop. Charles Moose, the Montgomery County police chief who is leading the investigation, had said John Allen Muhammad, 42, was being sought for questioning in the slayings and called him "armed and dangerous." Muhammad was said to be traveling with a juvenile, identified by a law enforcement source as 17-year-old John Lee Malvo. The key break, authorities said, was a phone call to the sniper task force tip line suggesting investigators check out a liquor store robbery in Alabama in which two employees were shot, one of them fatally. The caller said to look at an incident in "Montgomery," a law enforcement source told the AI> also on condition of anonymity. Investigators checking the tip matched it with the Sept. 21 robbery in Montgomery, Ala., where, according to the source, they found Malvo's fingerprint. Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright said the person who called the tip line apparently claimed responsibility for both the sniper Continued on page 14 Simple life Amish people in a plain, horse-drawn buggy drove along a Smicksburg area road awash with coior on a crisp, autumn afternoon this week. (Gazette photo by Jamie Isenberg). Three plead guilty to ecstasy sales PITTSBURGH — A federal judge on Thursday accepted guilty pleas from three men who were charged with 'peddling ecstasy at college campuses and clubs in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, according to U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan. Brandon Repovz, 28, of I.aughlin- town pleaded guilty to one count and Andrew Maser, 28, of Altoona and Michael Maser, 33, of Philadelphia each pleaded two counts at a hearing before Senior U.S. District Judge Alan Bloch. Repovz and the Masers arc among 33 men who the government has accused of operating several interwoven drug rings, according to Buchanan. At least two ofthe organizations funnelcd ecstasy through Indiana. Drug agents charged that the Masers took shipments of 150,000 ecstasy tablets from a dealer in the Netherlands from May to November 2000. Ryan Shank, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, became the Masers' major customer and sold the drugs in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland, the government charges. Repovz, a wholesaler working for Shank, sold 40,000 doses of ecstasy in the Akron-Cleveland area, prosecutors said. Ecstasy, a form of methampheta- mine, has stimulant and euphoric effects on the user. The pills supplied from the Netherlands sold for $25 on the street, according to Buchanan. Before connecting with the Masers, Shank was buying supplies of ecstasy and cocaine from a drug ring based in State College and Slat- Continued on page 14

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