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Thursday • January 6, 2011 — A7

The Sentinel at

Decade review 2000-2010



Year included a presidential

visit, a murder-for-hire case, a tragic suicide and the start of a new hospital.

Cumberland County

Debate raged over law school’s future Carlisle feared the loss of a timehonored institution. ■■

By Joseph Cress Sentinel Reporter

Controversy over the future of the Dickinson School of Law raged on through 2004 as the Carlisle community feared the loss of a time-honored institution. The battle began in November 2003 when The Sentinel uncovered a confidential memo in which law school Dean Philip McConnaughay proposed forsaking Carlisle in favor of a new $60-million-plus facility in State College. The Sentinel sued to force the law school’s board of governors to hold open meetings and Cumberland County Judge Edward Guido ordered the board to do so in early February. This prompted the law school to cancel its February meeting and file an appeal in Commonwealth Court. That July, Gov. Ed Rendell signed a bill into law requiring the board to hold open meetings under the Sunshine Act. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Hal Mowery, R-31, said the law was in response to the newspaper’s legal challenge. The court battle ended when the state Supreme Court decided not to hear the appeal from Commonwealth Court. Along the way, Penn State President Graham Spanier proposed operating dual campuses in Carlisle and State College, but the board decided in August to defer this alternative and instead seek a $50 million renovation project in Carlisle. In September, Penn State and Dickinson College announced they were discussing the possibility of the university turning the law school over to the college. However, the board of governors decided that November to remain a part of the Penn State system and instead revisit the dual campus proposal that ultimately prevailed.

Bush visits As the legal battle raged over the school, the Carlisle area found itself on the front line of a hard-fought election campaign between President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry. Bush brought his campaign to North Middleton Township on Aug. 31 with an invitation-only “family style picnic” at Village Park attended by about 380 Republicans. During his visit, the president played horseshoes, flipped hamburgers, watched a softball game and introduced his wife, Laura, to the Republican National Convention audience in New York City live via satellite. He was joined at the event by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who would run for president in 2008.

In Focus A salute to the fallen Three soldiers and one Marine with ties to our area died in Iraq during 2003 and 2004. They were: • Army Sgt. Timothy Hayslett, 26, of Lower Mifflin Township died Nov. 15, 2003, in an attack on a Humvee in Baghdad. • Army Staff Sgt. Kimberley Fahnestock Voelz, 27, originally of Monroe Township, died Dec. 14, 2003, in a Baghdad hospital after an explosion near Fallujah, Iraq. • Army Lt. Neil A. Santoriello Jr., 24, a Dickinson College graduate, died Aug. 13, 2004, after an improvised explosive device detonated near his reconnaissance patrol vehicle in Khalidiyah, Iraq. • Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Morrison, 23, of Carlisle was killed while on patrol in a Humvee Aug. 13, 2004, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Sentinel file photos

An anti-Bush contingent Ridgway Hall opened in August 2004 as the first of several public buildings planned for the Army Heritage of about 150 people gath- and Education Center. ered within sight of the park, countered by about 50 Bush supporters who staged their own rally nearby. There were signs in favor of the Kerry campaign and against the War in Iraq. The president would later The Dickinson School of depart out of Carlisle AirLaw was required to hold port on the helicopter Maopen meetings about rine One. moving its campus The picnic was actually his second visit to the area after The Sentinel filed a in 2004. That May, Bush lawsuit. visited the Army War College to deliver a speech on the War in Iraq that was broadcast nationally.

High-profile murder Spring 2004 also saw Blaine Norris and Brian Trimble plead guilty to firstdegree murder in connection with the Jan. 10, 2003, murder of Randi Trimble in East Pennsboro Township. Both were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Police say Norris stabbed Randi Trimble at least 27 times after attempting to strangle her with an electrical cord in her home. To avoid the death penalty, Brian Trimble cooperated with authorities and identified Norris as the hit man he had hired to murder his wife so he could inherit money as the beneficiary of her life insurance policy. In January 2005, Les Freehling and Kurt Voggenreiter of the county district attorney’s office were invited to talk on I-Detective, a CourtTV show, during a segment on the Randi Trimble murder investigation.

Highway slow-down Winter 2004 saw an increase in state police enforcement along an eightmile stretch of Interstate 81 from the Middlesex and Plainfield exits. PennDOT had dropped the speed limit through this stretch from

Construction on the Carlisle Regional Medical Center began in 2004, replacing the old Carlisle Hospital in town.

65 mph to 55 mph after 12 people were killed in crashes along the highway in Cumberland County during 2003. Fines were doubled and, in February 2004, troopers issued 501 traffic citations, mostly for speeding, to drivers between those two exits.

New projects 2004 also saw construction begin on Carlisle Regional Medical Center, a 159-bed hospital off Walnut Bottom Road in South Middleton Township. The

225,000-square-foot facility replaced the old Carlisle Hospital in town and featured a helicopter pad for emergency transport, an up-to-date emergency department and a single-story Women’s Health Pavilion. In early August, Ridgway Hall opened as the first of several public buildings planned for the Army Heritage and Education Center. The building became the official home of the Military History Institute — the Army’s premiere repository for 14 million items documenting the Army’s history and the story of its soldiers.

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