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She was arrested in April for the March 13 murder of her mother. Jean Balashek, 86, was strangled to death in the New Scotland Road home she shared with her daughter Corianna. Thompson, 46, was released from Albany County's jail last Thursday on $100,000 bail. It was Thompson who made the frantic 1 p.m. phone call to police on that snowy Sunday, stating her mother was dead on the bedroom floor. Thompson's lawyer, E. Stew- art Jones, told The Enterprise on Friday that he is glad the prose- cution is starting to \accept our view.\ The witnesses that the Albany County District Attorney's Office were relying on are not reliable or credible, and the office now sees that point, Jones said. A grand jury has not met at all on the case yet, said Richard Arthur, spokesman for the dis- trict attorney. \There have been certain is- sues — since the time of the ar- rest\ that, the district attorney's office wants to investigate fur- ther, Arthur said. \There is an ongoing investi- gation,\ he said, but h e was not willing to say if there are other suspects. In response to Jones's saying that the district attorney's wit- (Continued on Page 13) In jail Father charged for abusing his children By Nicole Fay Barr GUILDERLAND — After an 18-month investigation, police on Friday arrested a father and his girlfriend for having sex with the man's young daughters in his Guilderland apartment. Timothy Johnson, 32, of 104B Covent Garden — near the inter- section of routes 155 and 20 — was arrested Friday for abus- ing his daughters, ages six and four, when he had visitation. They live most of the time in Connecticut with their mother. Johnson's live-in girlfriend, Jes- sica Bruno, 29, was arrested, too, for sexual abuse. (Continued on Page 13) m w: J 4* The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer Talking Turkey: Brian Van Warmer displays a three-quarter mount of a turkey that has six beards, rather than the usual one. \It's almost unheard of,\ he told the group gathered Saturday at Indian Lad- der Farms. The beards look like hair but are actually made of feathers. A turkey's feathers always shine, he said, because it grooms itself with oil obtained from sacks near its anus. Hunter revives interest in 'America's bird' By Nicole Fay Barr After a half-century of study- ing and hunting the bird most celebrated at Thanksgiving, Brian Van Wormer could be called a turkey expert. But, he doesn't see himself that way. He's just a man who loves the sport of hunting, whose mis- sion is to educate others about conserving the turkey popula- tion. Van Wormer, using a couple of live turkeys, spoke at Indian Ladder Farms last weekend about everything from a turkey's biology to its behavior and he demonstrated how to call turkeys, leading a group into the woods to track some birds. Van Wormer, who has hunted turkeys all over the world, told The Enterprise this week about his love for the bird and the diffi- culties of both hunting and preservation. The art of calling \I've been a hunter since I was a kid,\ said Van Wormer, now 62. He grew up i n Rensselaer in a family of hunters. His father, un- cles, cousins, and friends all hunted. While he's hunted for water- fowl and big game, Van Wormer's love, is the Eastern wild turkey. When asked why, he said be- cause hunting turkeys is difficult. \It's not like any other game where you can sit and wait for them to walk past you,\ he said. The key to hunting turkeys is in the calling, he said. Editorial on page 2 Turkeys have 23 different calls, Van Wormer said. Each means something different, such as: a young bird is lost; a hen is looking for another hen; a hen is looking for a torn; a turkey is con- tent; and a turkey is flying up or down. \If you're in the field and you're an experienced turkey hunter, you know what each call means,\ he said. Van Wormer listens and, if he hears turkeys making a certain sound, he mimics it with a call. If he hears nothing, he might try a coyote call. Turkeys will feel threatened, thinking a coyote is in the area, and do \shock gob- bling,\ Van Wormer said. He also uses a crow call for the same thing. Turkeys roost in trees, but lay eggs on the ground, Van Wormer said. Crows eat turkey eggs, he said, so, if a hen hears a crow sound, she'll cry out. \Once you hear a gobbler, you sit down and keep calling,\ Van Wormer said. Turkeys can see 300 times better than humans, he. said, so the hunter must be very still. \They can see a fly on a leaf at 100 yards,\ he said. Some hunters aren't successful in shooting turkeys because they don't have the patience to sit per- fectly still for long periods, he said. Van Wormer makes turkey calls, box calls, and slate calls. He collects them — hunting celebri- ties have signed his calls at yearly conventions — gives them as gifts, and sells them. Most of the calls are made of hard wood, he said. Mouth calls are constructed with latex, he said, and the tops of some friction calls are made of glass, slate, (Continued on Page 18) Trumplers plan to proceed against village By Melissa Hale-Spencer and Nicole Fay Barr ALTAMONT — Nancy and Michael Trumpler are staying the course, pursuing legal action against the village after a Nov. 10 Supreme Court decision denying their motion for summary judg- ment, said their lawyer, Michael Englert. \It is going forward unless it is resolved among the parties,\ said Englert yesterday. \We have no choice but to proceed with the lawsuit, which entails discovery and presumably a trial.\ The Trumplers, who had sought no money, face a $17 mil- lion lawsuit from developer Jeff Thomas who claims \interference\ with a proposed senior housing development and they face counterclaims of mil- lions of dollars from the village of Altamont. Asked if the Trumplers were disappointed in the judge's Nov. 10 ruling, Englert said, \You're hopeful you can end the litiga- tion....Nobody wants to go through a year-and-a-half or two years of litigation.\ The Nov. 10 decision, handed down by Acting Supreme Court Justice Cathryn M. Doyle almost eight months after the Trumplers started legal action, offers no resolution for the water-strapped village, the eager developer, or the property owners who main- tain the law was not followed. (Continued on page 17) Approved Planning board okays Thomas's Brandle Meadows By Nicole Fay Barr GUILDERLAND — Almost a year-and-a-half after Jeff Thomas told the town board he needed land re-zoned immedi- ately so he could build a senior- housing complex on Brandle Road, the town's zoning board approved the project. As many elderly Altamont res- idents continue to wait for a home in the complex known as Brandle Meadows, the zoning board said its special-use permit is only good when Thomas and the village work out legal and water issues. The project is proposed to be built in Guilderland, just over the Altamont border. Thomas faced a hurdle with the project when, earlier this year, lawsuits were filed between the village of Altamont — which (Continued on page 16) I' 1 - ii I' % 1 k * 11 Inside this week's edition starting on page.... Opinion I Page 21 News |pqe6| Community Calendar |Pagei4| Classifieds |Page23| Snorts \P*V>& Z79T2\03045 Ahvi

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