Logansport Pharos Tribune, September 26, 1985

Logansport Pharos Tribune

September 26, 1985

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Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Newspaper) - September 26, 1985, Logansport, Indiana sVV schools need Fair cool tonight Sunny mild Friday Weather improvement nT nucc rn nrbtioo uu Cardinals stretch NL East lead Logansport Indiana September Founded 1844 Wilson Talks Resume Union Meeting Set By DAVID MARONEY Staff Writer Negotiators from Wilson Foods and the United Commercial and Food Workers union are back at the bargaining table Company and union negotiators were scheduled to resume contract talks at 11 today in Chicago They are working against a Saturday midnight deadline for their existing contract Wilson owns five pork processing plants in cluding one in Logansport The local Wilson plant has about workers and is Logansports largest employer The latest contract talks were reported Wed nesday afternoon by Ted Blevins financial secre tary and treasurer of Local 280 of the UFCW It has approximately members working at Wilsons Todays meeting marks the first time Wilson and the union have talked in nearly a month The two sides met during the last weekend of August but reached no agreement on a new contract The old contract was scheduled to expire at midnight on Sept 1 Company negotiators asked for and received a 28day contract extension to study costs of a union contract proposal Company and union negotiators agreed to the contract extension on Aug 31 Approximately UFCW union members voted the following week to approve the extension There has been no virtually no contact between the company and the union in the last three weeks however Todays meeting was scheduled to begin only 59 hours before the extended contract expires A meeting is scheduled Saturday night to report to union members the status of negotiations Blevins said the meeting for local Wilson union workers will be held at 7 Saturday at the Community Building at the Cass County 4H Fairgrounds At this meeting the status of negotiations will be discussed Belvins said He added that he would also discuss options available to the Wilson workers Blevins was among the negotiators scheduled to meet today with Wilson representatives He said he plans to return from Chicago to conduct the meeting It is uncertain whether even a tentative contract can be reached before the midnight contract expiration Saturday If no agreement is reached union options include another contract extension or a strike Stock analysts according to The Wall Street Journal have said a strike could cripple the financiallytroubled Wilson company A Journal story earlier this week said Wilson Foods had renegotiated a loan agreement with Citicorp Industrial Credit Inc The renegotiated agreement was revealed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Wilson lost money for the fiscal year ending Aug 3 and was in danger of violating a net worth covenant that was part of the loan agreement The new loan arrangement puts the company out of danger of violating the covenant the Journal reported Wilson said the amended credit agreement reduces from million to million the net worth requirement of Citicorp Wilsons net worth at the end of its fiscal year dipped to million well below the million requirement In amending the loan agreement Citicorp raised Wilsons interest rate on loans to 2 percentage points above the prime rate This is up from points in the previous agreement Juvenile Denies Shooting Defense Attorney Says BY DAVE LONG Staff Writer Mark Shane Baker 12 200 W Miami will plead not guilty to charges of murder Bakers attorney Kelly Leeman said the youth has said nothing but that he didnt do it since he was Baker is being held in the Cass County Jail pending the filing of formal charges against him in the Monday death of his grandmother Myrtle Marie Hilficker Humphrey St Hilficker was killed by a single 22 caliber bullet wound to the back of the head according to the autopsy report Baker denies shooting the Leeman said Prosecutor James Muehlhausen said today he will file a charge of murder against Baker as well as other un specified charges County officials cannot recall when anyone as young as Baker has been charged with murder in Cass County or in the state Muehlhuasen said during a detention hearing Wednesday morning that he intends to re quest that Baker be tried in adult court If a waiver is granted the case can be heard in either Cass Circuit or Superior court Juveniles waived into adult court face the same penalties as an adult if convicted The maximum penalty that can be given to a juvenile under the age of 18 by the juvenile court is detention in an institution until age 18 A conviction in adult court on a murder charge could result in a penalty of from 30 to 60 years or could also result in the death penalty Leeman said he will oppose waiving the case into adult court The defense attorney also said paraffin tests will not be con ducted on Baker Our experts say at this point too much time has The test is used to determine if someone has fired a gun Leeman questioned the police during the detention hearing Wednesday why the paraffin tests were not administered to determine if the youth had re cently fired a gun Muehlhausen said the rifle allegedly used in the killing was a long rifle Lab technicians say paraffin tests are not con Muehlhausen said Leeman also questioned the lack of other tests Those in cluded taking scrapings of Bakers hands to determine the existence of blood Logansport Juvenile Aid Det John Huff said the tests were not conducted but that Bakers clothing was confiscated and tests are being conducted to determine if there is blood on them Muehlhausen said he will re quest a blood sample be taken from Baker to compare with a substance believed to be blood found on his clothing Huff said during the hearing that Baker was seen at the Hilficker home shortly after noon by a neighbor who was in her automobile He said Bakers father Terry Baker reported Baker missing Monday along with a 22 caliber rifle and two boxes of shells Huff said a rifle fitting the description of the one missing from the Baker home was found at the Hilficker home along with two boxes of 22 caliber shells Hilfickers body was found in an upstairs bedroom lying on the floor nude Cass County Coroner Louis Marocco said that the autopsy revealed no signs of recent sexual contact by the woman Her head was positioned over an open register and blood was See Page 2 United Press International Residents along the Virginia coast heed storm warnings Deadliest The 10 deadliest hit the this century as listed by 1 Galveston Texas 2 Lake Okeechobee Fla 3 Fla Keys South 4 New 5 Florida Keys 6 Northeast 7 Audrey 8 Grand Isle La 9 Galveston Texas 10 New Orleans Gloria Headed For Carolinas Powerful storm has winds of 130 mph MOREHEAD CITY UPI Hurricane Gloria aimed 130mph winds at North Carolinas historic Outer Banks today on a path toward heavily populated New England and more than people fled the storms growing menace Hurricane warnings flew from Cape Remain to Cape Henry and storm sirens wailed along the coast as resi dents and vacationers jammed highways in a mass exodus to higher ground At midday the National Hurri cane Center predicted the pow erful storm would sweep early Friday over North Carolinas historic Outer Banks a vulnera ble string of barrier islands then plow toward New England The National Weather Service said New England is looking down a gun The whole area of the Northeast is hurri cane forecaster Jim Lynch said The threat to New Jersey and New York will probably be to morrow North Carolina Gov Jim Martin placed the National Guard on alert and the Red Cross rushed to set up storm shelters in schools and churches At 9 EDT the center of Hurricane Gloria was located about 350 miles south of Cape Hatteras near latitude north longtitude west and moving north northwest at 15 mph Gloria was gradually turning more north and was expected to pass near Cape Hatteras in the middle of the Outer Banks where Sir Walter Raleigh founded the first English settle ment in the New World four centuries ago It has the potential for putting a storm surge of 8 to 12 feet over the Outer Banks If the storm surge is that high those islands Hurricane Gloria With winds at 130 mph still a major threat to East Coast UPlGMfHW would literally go chief hurricane forecaster Neil Frank said North Carolina emergency management officials ordered the more than residents in Carteret Brunswick Onslow and Pender counties to evacuate and warned more than people in 14 other counties to prepare to flee Government and military of ficials as far north as New York and Massachusetts reviewed emergency plans and made advance storm preparations New Englanders were urged to secure their boats store food and fill up their gas tanks for what could be the first hurricane to directly strike the region in 25 years We notified all the cities and towns that they should dust off their emergency plans and prepare to evacuate people especially from lowlying areas said Douglas Forbes of the Massachusetts Civil Defense Agency At one point Glorias sus tained winds topped 156 mph making it one of the most power ful storms of the century Heritage Park Gets LEDF Commitment Shareholders attending the Logansport Area Development Commission LADC annual meet ing received at least one piece of good news Wednesday night The LADC is the corporation which owns the undeveloped Heritage Industrial Park land west of Logansport The good news came from the director of the Logansport Economic Devel opment Foundation Mark Becker Becker told the group that the LEDF board earlier Wednesday had made a commitment to back Heritage Park as the primary site for an industri al park in Cass County The two organizations LADC and LEDF are unrelated but both were formed to promote industrial and business expansion in Cass County The LADC was created in 1980 with the specific purpose of starting an industrial park It raised more than through a stock sale and now owns approximately 140 acres south of 24 west of the 35 bypass The LEDF was formed in 1984 to recruit businesses and promote business expansion in Logansport It is a nonprofit organization that received a substantial McHale grant to being operation Becker said there had been discussion within LEDF about the possibility of funding a study to determine whether Heritage is the best site for an industrial park He said Wednesday LEDF will not fund such a study but is committed to the Heritage site and will work with LADC on bringing business there There has been concern in the community expressed again during the Wednesday meeting about the lack of development at Heritage There are no businesses at the site and LADC faces two major hurdles before industries can be brought in construction of a railroad crossing and extension of utilities to the park Although LADC owns the land it has no cash to fund other aspects of development Directors said Wednesday they have not wanted to risk borrow ing money for construction with no solid plan for repayment Approximately 20 of the groups 532 sharehold ers attended Wednesdays meeting and several said that something needs to happen at the park in the near future Among suggestions made during the meeting were three from Tom Morris president of the County Chamber of Commerce Morris suggested creating an active committee structure to tackle some of the problems facing the park investigating use of a professional industrial developer to market the land nationally and exploring construction of buildings to be used by businesses such as that could operate with septic tanks and wells Shareholders also reelected directors George Stephenson and Leo Baumann Other directors of LADC are James David Kathy Dingo Charles Kingery Tom Weatherwax and chairman Max Brandt who presided Following the shareholders meeting the board reorganized naming Brandt chairman Weatherwax secretary Kingery vice president and Baumann treasurer ;