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   Iola Register (Newspaper) - August 4, 1983, Iola, Kansas                                AUGUST 4,1983 20 CEMTS lOLA, KANSAS 66749 THURSDAY VOLUME 86, NO. 239 SIXTEEN PAGES L.R. Parktr puts th� flnlthlng toucliM on MMmbly of a prtM which will turn out � newproduet Una at th� Intsreollaglat* PraM piant her*. fCP adds new /Ine, workers, to plant ByBOBJOHNSON Resiflter City Editor A new product line, which will lead to doubled sales revenues* should start rolling off the presTCB. at Intercollegia^te Press here Monday. "All of the machinery should be in place and in operation by then," said Bob Hessel, plant manager, this morning. "Some of the presses are operational now and we will have the others wired and working by Monday." _ The product line, announcements and similar things such as thank-you notes and memory books, was planned for the lola plant when it opened 10 years ago. "The original plans for the lola plant were to have the announcement line printed here at the start, but we're just now getting it shifted here from the Mission plant.'' Hessel said. Ray Gerlinger, vice president of Intercollegiate Press for manufacturing, said the move would mean that sales from the lola plant would double and go to about $5 million annually. -Hessel said- the addition of' nine foil "presse's.'three offset presses, two folders, a cutter, inserter, card-slitter and assembly tools would mean that five permanent employees would be added, bringing^ permanent employment to 55. During seasonally heavy periods of production, Hessel said, employment at the plant would swell to 100 or more. "Our seasonal employees work from five to 10 months a year with most of them working six to seven months," Hessel said. The addition of the announce- ment line to the lola plant means that yearbook and diploma covers and covers for noh- (Continued on page 2, column 2) Wh it e will hea r ey a I uq t i o n befoii3 li@ S6ts Sniith s@nt@n TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - After deliberating four hours, a jury on Wednesday convicted ah lola man, Nathaniel J. "Yorkie" Smith, of all 17 charges against him, including three counts of first-degree murder for a triple' killing last summer near that community. The verdicts by the jury of seven men and five, women were returned in a heavily guarded courtroom that was filled with onlookers. Smith, 37, sat passively while Court Reporter James Todd read the succession of guilty verdicts. He registered no emotion, but stared at the jury while many of the convictions were announced. Allen County District Judge John W. White, who presided over the 2V2-week trial, ordered Smith "to undergo presentence evaluation at the state Reception and Diagnostic Center in Topeka, and said he would set a sentencing date after that report is available. The sentencing investigation could take up to three weeks. Smith's attorney, Robert Man-ske, said no decision had been made on whether to appeal the convictions, but indicated it was nearly certain. "In a first-degree tnurder case, an appeal of a jury verdict is probably mandatoiy," said Manske, a court-appointed attorney from Yates Center. - Smith faces three automatiif sentences of life in prison on the three first-degree murder convictions for the killings last August of Steven Mangus, 17, of Gas; Adeline Fisk, 59, of rural lola; and Thomas Walsh, 17. of lola. Kansas does not have capital punishment. The jury received the case late Tuesday, but-adjourned after electing a foreman. It deliberated three hours Wednesday, broke for lunch and then deliberated another hour before returning its verdicts about 2 p.m. It took about 20 minutes before the court was reassembled and the verdicts were read. In addition to the murder charges, Smith was convicted for the beating and sexual assault of Gerald Short, 16, of Gas. The bodies of Mangus and Mrs. Fisk were found on Aug. 20 about IVa,miles apart in a rural area west oflola. The two hadbeen shot a total of eight^tmes wUh a_.22 caliber gun. Authorities have said the killings occurred during the early morning of Aug. 20. Walsh had been missing since July 28, and his decomposed body was found Aug. 21 just across a road from rock"" quarry wherO Mangus was discovered. Walsh had been stabbed more than 150 times. Smith was arrested in late December on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and theft, which were unrelated to the mur- (Continued on page 7, column 3) Price says evidence was key By BOBJOHNSON Register City Editor "The members of the jury apparently found the evidence very convincing," said Doug Price, Allen County attorney, this morning as he discussed yesterday's "conviction of Nathaniel "Yorkie"" Smith.  - A Shawnee County jury deliberated about four hours before finding Smith guilty of 17 charges, including three for first-degree mur-i'der,'~8temming from the triple slaying in lola a year ago. "I thought it would take the jury longer to reach a verdict," Price said, "but apparently they didn't have many questions about any of the charges." Price said he thought several things in the prosecution's case were significant to the quick guilty verdicts. "The consistent description of the suspect and Gerald Short's identification of Smith in the courtroom were important," Price said. "The ballistics testimony was also very important. "The ballistics experts showed that the bullets found in the bodies were fired from the gun which was given to Smith before the murders occurred," he said. Price said Smith's prior criminal record was also a telling factor ~in the trial. - "The evidence of his prior crimes, whidh-showed that he was the type of person who could commit such horrible acts, was important to our case," Price said. "Smith's false alibi for the night of Aug. 19 was also important." And finally, Price said, all of the "scientific evidence was very, very impressive." Price said the prosecution's case in the murder of Tom Walsh contained less evidence than the others) but there were key factors in it that undoubtedly made the difierence. "The location of Walsh's boots and where his body was found and the violent nature of his death left the jury with no other conclusion to draw," Price said. Walsh's boots were found near where Adeline Fisk's body was and his body was found near the quarry where Steve Mangus' body was found. Price said he had no idea what Robert Manske would use as the basis for an appeal of the convictions.- Mansker Yates -Center;-is -Smith's court-appointed attorney. Price said the burden of proof shifted from the prosecution to the defense with Smith's conviction and it would be necessary for Manske to prove that Smith had been deprived of a fair trial before an appeal would be upheld. "An appeal is simply a review of any supposed legal errors committed, during the trial," Price said, "Manske would have to prove that they were made." The 2V2-week trial will, prove costly to Allen County, but the extent of the cost won't be known for awhile. Jean Barber, Allen County clerk, told The Register this morn-jngthat she expected bills for the trial would be "coming into the (Continued on page 2, column 6) U.S. sends advisers, weapons to aid against Libya N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP)- U.S. advisers are teaching government soldiers how to destroy attacking Libyan jets with heat-seeking Redeye missiles, but the Soviet Union id'waming Washington not to become embroiled in the Chad war. The three advisers from Fort Bliss; Texas, and 30 shoulder-fired missiles iarrived Wednesday to help President Hissene Habre's men in the fight with Libyan-backed rebels. At the same time, two U.S. raJiax spy planes flew to E^t ahead of schedule to monitor the < Libyan air force's role in the desert war. Pentagon sources said. The planes will join annual U.S.Egyptian maneuvers later this week. Pentagon sources said the Navy .....carrier-Eisenhower-remained-de- ployed in the Mediterranean near the Gulf of Sidra despite Libyan warnings that its air force would sink the warship if it entered the 300-mile-wide biody of water surrounded by Libya on three sides. - Libya claims it owns the gulf. A State Department official in Washington, who asked not to be identified by name, saidthat if Libyan planes attack the Eisenhower, "it is fair to assume that U.S. military forces are always empowered to act in self-defense."..^........... The American military moves reflect the Reagan administration's assertion that radical Libyan leader Col. Moammar Kha-dafy wants to topple Habre, reinstall Goukouni and expand Libya's influence in Africa. The United States has commited $10 million,in military aid to Habre. Habre claims the Libyans have been bombing the region around the northern oasis town of Faya-Largeau since his forces retook it from former President Goukouni Queddei's insurgents last week. Libya denies the charger ~ The Chadian government does not have an air force and pleaded for anti-aircraft weapons to shoot down the attack planes. U.S. officials in Washington said the advisers would return home in a few days afl�r showing Habre's men how to shoot the shoulder-fired Redeyes, which track their _targets-with heat sensors. -----. The Soviet Union plunged into the propaganda exchange after the y.S. announcement, demanding the United States stop supporting Habre and claiming U.S. actions in Chad are "threatening peace and international security." France also has sent missiles to help Habre, but refused his pleas for warplanes and troops to battle the insurgents. Chadi a destitute, landlocked former French colony, has been wracked by civil war for ISyears. Officials and witnesses claim hundreds have been killed and wounded by the Faya-Largeau; bombings, but reporters have been' unable to verify the casualty "acroiihta because Habre's government has banned them. Khadafy has denied his forces are helping Goukouni. He claims the United States is intervening in the conflict to threaten Libya's security. CHAD - Hot -   Tax revenues $12.5 million below predictions T�mp�ratura High yesterday 100 Low last night 73 High a year ago today 100 Low a year ago today . 76 PrtclpKatlon 24 hours ending 8 a.m. 0 This month tojlate 0 Normal for this month 3.58 Total this year todate 25:61 Excess since Jan. 1 2,77 LOCAL FORECAST - Tonight oImu*. Low 70 to 7B. Soath wliid 5-10 Mph. Friday partly ekrady. By LEW FERGUSON Associated Prieas Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - State tax revenues fell $12.59 million short of estimates during the first month of the fiscal year which began July 1, but a spokesman said Gov. John Carlin is not overly alarmed about the shortfall at this point. "The governor is concerned, but he would prefer to wait a couple more months and see what the fi- gures show," said Mike Swenson, Carlin's press secretary. "He wantsto look at a full quarter. ''Obviously, he's concerned but at the same time this doesn't indicate we need to take any addition-alactions." ' A Revenue Department report to state Budget Director Lynn Muchmore which became public Wednesday showed July collections totaled only $86.05 million, down $12.59 million from the $98.64 million which state fiscal efxperts had projected last March. The July collections are $15.08 million leas than what came in during the same month of 1982. Collections for the fiscal year which ended June 30 fell about $198 million short of the projections made in the spring of 1982. Swenson said Carlin "and just about everyone" has figured the state will have to issue another certificate of indebtedness some- time late in this fiscal year - in efiiect borrowing money from itself - to get over a cash flow problem created by the shortfalls. The state took that route last year when revenues fell so far short of projections. _ ,But.a, mfljor item Carlin wants to see before considering issuing another certificate this year is the severance tax revenue which starts flowing into the treasury in late September. Apt on education poheS tOPEKA - Rep Denise Apt, District 10, was recently elected to the Education Commission of the States steering committee at the 17th Annual ECS meeting in Denver, Colo.. Apt replaces Kansas GovrJoh&Carlin. The steering committee consists of one commissioner fix)m each state and oversees and guides the commission between annual meetings of aU commissioners. Apt was appointed a commissioner of Kansas by Rep. Don Crum-baker, chairman of the -House Educati0n Com-.....- mittee, ECS was created in 1966 as a non-profit interstate compact on education to provide national leadership through service to state political and education leaders working to improve education atall levels. "I'm extremely pleased to have been appointed ..as a commissioner for Kansas (Continued on page 2, coliunn 6) Rep. Denise Apt   

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