Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 28, 2002 · Page 1
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Troy Glaus was named MVP as the Angels won their first World Series. Page13. 24 pages — 2 sections Daniel Fears, 18, is accused of a 10-victim shooting rampage. Page 5. 50 cents MONDAY OCTOBER 28,2002 Vol. 99 — No. 67 Who's in the news There is good news today in The Indiana Gazette about the following area people: Brigette LeeAnn Smith, Amy Wilson, Lisa Peightal, Johnna Smallhoover, Bradley Adams, Terry Ednie, Barbara Peace, Brenda Majcher, Lauren Baker, Kyiie Jasper. INSIDE Elsewhere • Prosecutors in Virginia have promised a death-penalty conviction against the alleged Washington-area snipers. • President Bush is taking a break from diplomatic talks for some last-minute campaigning on behalf of Republican gubernatorial and congressional candidates. ' • The Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Hampshire is pushing a plan to create the state's first income tax. Page 5. Dope vote A referendum on Nevada's ballot could legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state known for its hedonistic tendencies. PageS. Deaths Obituaries on page 4 RHEA, Katherine E. Thoun- hurst, 93, of Indiana HARKLESS, Dorothy G., 84, of Indiana HALDIN, Verner, 87, of Ernest Forecast Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low of 35. Tuesday will be colder with an 80 percent chance of rain and a high of 42. Page 2. Index Classifieds 21-24 DearAbby 9 Entertainment 10 Family II Lottery numbers 2 The Mini Page 20 Today in History 9 Sports 13-17 Slocks 2 TV-Comics 18 Viewpoint 6 Teddy "Don't forget to love yourself." — Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher {1813-1855} This newspaper is printed on recyclable paper. Please recycle. Newspaper contents copyright © 2002 Indiana Printing and Publishing Co., Indiana. Pa. Chicken Pot Pie, Ham And Bean Soup, Reeger's Cafe. (724)46£O440. D's 422 West Side Salon: Free Services This Week For Halloween! Check Our Ad Inside! . Home Remodeling: M.C. Home Center, 724-397-2370. National Karastan Carpet And . Area Rug Sale - Save Up To Fifty Percent! DoudsOf Plumville. (724)397-5511. Your Internet Services,, Buy Indiana County First, (724)4630105. - James Wyland of Kovalchick Corp. operated a forklift Friday to remove a pallet of pet food from a Dedicated Distribution Services truck. Bill Hritz of DOS was helping inside. . (Gazette photo by Tom Peel) Feeding Fido 40,000 pounds of donated pet food delivered for Humane Society shelter By STEPHANIE BERNAT Gazette Staff Writer The Indiana County Humane Society uses about 400 pounds of pet food at its shelter each week, but recent financial troubles were threatening the group's ability to buy food. One way the society has obtained free pet food in the past was by asking stores for any. that couldn't he sold because the bags had been damaged. Stores give that food away as it is re- • quested, however, and it is often already gone when the society tries. "You can't be wimout food," said Shannon Lawer, executive director of the society. . When Mark Golirisky of Indiana heard about the group's problem, he knew where to, go for help. His brother, Martin, is part owner of Cherian- go Valley Pet Foods in Sherburhe, N.Y. Mark Golinsky has worked for his brother's pet-food company, doing foreign and domestic trading, for about five years. He called and asked for help.^ . • -When a bag of food tears at the Chenango factory, Mark Golinsky said, the workers set it aside to give away, just as stores do. He asked the company to call when enough damaged bags had accumulated. The company agreed, and about a month later The pet. food, being moved here by Bill Hritz, should last for two years. about 40,000 pounds of dog and cat food was ready for the drive from Sherburne to Indiana. That's enough food to last the animal shelter about two years, Lawer said. "That's about $10,0001 can spend on bettering the ;animals. We can provide better services to die comity that's helped us." But Golinsky had another problem: Tie' had to firid a way to get the food to Indiana. He was on the phone again and found help from an Indiana-area trucking company. Don UndercoQer, operations manager at Dedicated Distribution Services, found a driver who could meet the need. The company had a shipment to deliver near Sherburne, and the driver could swing by and gather the food on his way back "Some things are preordained," Golinsky said. DOS will reimburse the driver and pay for the fuel, Undercofler said. "The trucking company deserves a lot of credit," said Nathan Kovalchick of Kovalcliick Corp., which will store die food free in a facility near the corporation's salvage yard along Wayne Avenue. JCovalchick said it was convenient that he could offer storage because die society's animal shelter is near the salvage yard. "You have to do community-minded things," he said. The delivery arrived Friday around 9 a.m. "It really came together. ... Networking in a small town is wonderful," said Golinsky, who has lived here since 1973. Mystery gas killed hostages, doctors say By STEVE GUTTERMAN Associated Press Writer MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said today he will give the military broader power to strike against suspected terrorists "wherever they may be" in response to a three-day hostage siege at a Moscow theater that left at least 118 captives dead after a rescue operation. All but two of the hostages who died after Russian special forces raided the theater succumbed to a mysterious knockout gas troops pumped into the auditorium before storming it, doctors said. However, the substance remained secret even as doctors treated the hundreds of survivors. "If anyone even tries to use such means in relation to our country, Russia will answer with measures adequate to die threat to the Russian Federation -— in all places where the terrorists, the organizers of these crimes, or their ideological or financial sponsors are located. I emphasize, wherever they may be," Putin said in a televised statement. Putin told Cabinet officials he would order the Russian general staff to change its guidelines on the use of military forces because of the growing threat of international terrorism and the possibility of them using weapons that could cause as much damage as weapons of mass destruction. "Russia will not ... give in to any blackmail," Interfax quoted Putin as saying. Putin has sought to portray the Chechen conflict as a battle with international terrorists, partly in efforts to get broader support abroad. Putin's announcement came as the government came under increasing criticism about the number of hostages killed at the theater and the way they died: at the hands of Russian authorities trying to save them. Three top Moscow doctors revealed Sunday that the gas killed the people inside the theater and they were unclear about how to treat the estimated 750 people inside. Authorities did not tell medical officials what type of gas they pumped into the theater shortly before special forces troops raided it early Saturday, chief Moscow doctor Andrei Seltsovsky said. • Seltsovsky said doctors were familiar with the general category of the gas, which causes people to lose consciousness and can be used to anesthetize surgical patients, but were not told its name. The gas can paralyze breathing, blood circulation, and cardiac and liver functions, doctors said. The effects were worsened by the extreme conditions in which the hostages Continued on page 12 Frisky pup pulls trigger on hunter BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Pheasant season took an ugly turn for Michael Murray last weekend when he was shot by Sonny, his year- old English setter pup. The puppy knew something was very wrong when Murray dropped to the ground with blood spurting from his ankle. "Sonny just laid by my side," Murray said. "He knew something was bad." Murray, 42, was hunting near the North Dakota border on the first day of the season. He said he was lining up a photo of the seven birds his hunting party shot in the first hour. A loaded 12-gauge shotgun lay on the ground near the frisky dog. "He stepped on the gun and it went off," Murray said. "At first f didn't know what happened. I got that blinding flash of pain and I sal down. Blood was pumping out of my ankle." His brother-in-law quickly tied a tourniquet 'above Murray's right boot. After 15 stitches and a night in (he hospital, Murray is on course for a complete recovery. "It was the most bizarre thing that has ever happened to me," he said. "I've been hunting for 30 years, and we have never had a misfire." Murray admits there is a certain amount of notoriety that goes along with getting shot by your dog. "That's the hard part, talking to people, because you feel like such a fool," he said. 'Bigs'mentor little brothers, sisters Winnie the Pooh's friend Jigger made an appearance during the April 2001 Bowl for Kids Sake. By TIFFANY SHEARER Gazette Correspondent Investing in children shapes the future and improves the social well-being of the community. That is the idea behind Big Brothers Big Sisters, which provides mentors for children. The Indiana chapter has served more than 4,000 since 1965. Children in the program range from 6 !o 16 and corrtc from a variety of backgrounds. "We serve all kids who are at risk, not just ones with single parents," Executive Director Sharon Caldwcl! said. Mentors are between 18 and their 70s, but 40 percent .of the mentors in the Indiana chapter are Indiana Universi- United Way ty of Pennsylvania students, she said. In a six- to eight- week process, mentors must be checked for any criminal or child-abuse history, provide three references and attend up to two interviews. Once approved, they are matched with children. Each mentor might go through a couple different children to find a good match, Caldweli said. "We keep matching until we find the one that is right," Caldweli said. Currently, 122 children have mentors and about 75 more are on a waiting list. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers several other programs. One matches a child with a married couple. Another, which began in 2000, is a club at IUP called Kids on Campus in which students who would like to become mentors but don't have enough time to commit hold Big brother Jeremy Medernach with little brother Joey Bermea during an October 2001 trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo. events for children who are wailing to be matched. The last program is a mentoring program between high-school and elementary-school students. Some of the activities the agency provides include roller-skating, bowling, holiday parties, basketball, swimming and picnics. But, Caldweli said, "it's not all about recreation. We want to provide them with opportunities so they can make choices." They do that by forming relationships with their mentors. That involves spending time with the child, one mentor said. "I spend more time with him than I do with anyone on campus," said Eugene Continued on page 12

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