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Daily Globe (Newspaper) - June 11, 2001, Ironwood, Michigan LA-RECLAIMS COMMAND Horry stars down the stretch as Lakers win in Philadelphia to grab 2-1 NBA Finals lead Pg. 7 MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2001 lobe.com School elections are today in Michigan. Polls will remain open until 8 p.m. local time. GOOD DAY Ellysa Aijala, Kathleen Meade and Tim Mattson Congratulations on placing third in the Web page contest at Hurley K-12 School. .From your parents' FORECAST TONIGHT Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lo 63 TUESDAY Partly sunny with a chance of late afternoon show- ers and thunder- storms. Hi 76 -Details, Page 2 THE WEEK IRONWOOD, MICHIGAN SO CENTS Closure or abomination? Oklahoma City bomber McVeigh makes no comment before execution June 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down... Just a month after the announcement that it will move "M-6'4" and eliminate" the 'liis- toric swing bridge which crosses Ontonagon River to a point upstream, the Michigan Department of Transportation will send representatives to the Ontonagon Village Council meeting this evening. The public may ask state offi- cials why they chose a site which wasn't the community's first choice (though the commu- nity never sent a clear message about that or the agen- cy's first choice. Staff writer Jan Tucker will be on hand to moni- tor the proceedings. Today, Ironwood residents will be able to plumb the depth of support for the "Education First" committee, which strived to motivate a "no" vote on a plan to build a new elementary school here. Voters go to the polls to select two school board members here. "Education First" has been acting as a sort of political action committee in support of candidates who opposed a new school and in opposition to sup- porters of the school plan. School board elections are being held across Gogebic and Ontonagon counties. Most oth- ers are lightly contested. The week is to be front-load- ed, with the Ironwood City Commission scheduled to hold a WEEK, Page 2) INDEX Comics .10 Community .4 Obituaries .5 Opinion .9 Sports .7-8 Tidbits .3 WorldWatch .6 TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) The gov- eminent Timothy McVeigh so despised executed him by chemical injection today, taking his life in exchange for the 168 lives lost when he blew up the Oklahoma City federal building six years ago. He died silently, with his eyes open, and with no trace of remorse. Instead of making an oral statement, McVeigh, 33, issued .a copy of the 1875 poem which. concludes'with the: lines: "I am the master of my the captain of my soul." He was pronounced dead -at EDT, becoming the first federal prisoner executed in 38 years. In Oklahoma City, 232 survivors and victims' relatives watched a closed-circuit. TV broadcast of the execution, sent from- Terre Haute in a feed encrypted to guard against interception. '_ Some of the victims and survivors said he seemed to stare, straight at them from 620 miles away by looking directly .into the overhead TV camera in the death chamber with the same cold, hard, look :he' had on his face when he was first arrested after the April 19, 1995, 'bombing. McVeigh, wearing a white T-shirt, khaki pants and slip-on sneakers, looked pale as he awaited death. His hair was cropped short. A light gray sheet was pulled up tightly to his chest as he, lay. strapped on the gurney. McVeigh made eye contact with his four personal witnesses, then with the 10 media witnesses, then squinted toward the tinted window shielding the 10 vic- tims' witnesses from his view. The lethal injection was administered to his right leg. When the first drug was delivered, he let out a couple of deep breaths, followed by. a flattery breath. His head moved back, his gaze. fixed on the ABELMAN CLOTHING Since 1887 HUSH PUPPIES' Men's MALL WALKER Suggested Retail Sale Price Abelman Clothing 663-4411 Sophie St. Bessemer In President Bush declared that McVeigh had "met the fate he chose for himself six years ago." He added: "For the survivors of the and for the families of the dead, the pain goes on. Final punishment of the guilty cannot alone bring peace for the innocent. It cannot recover the loss or bal- ance the scales and it is not meant to do so." In a recent letter to The Buffalo News, McVeigh said his body would be released to one his attorneys and cremated, and his ashes would be scattered in an undis- closed location. In Oklahoma City, Kathleen Treanor, whose 4-year-bld Ashley, and her husband's parents died in the bomb- ing, watched the closed-circuit broadcast.. Afterward, she .held up, a picture of her daughter and said: "I thought of her every step of the way." She said there was no dis- play of emotion in the room as the .execu- tion took'place. Larry Whicher, the brother of a bomb- ing victim, said McVeigh looked straight into the camera with a cold, blank stare in the moments before he "and that stare said volumes." The camera was sus- pended from the ceiling and porn ted at angle at his face. "He had a look of defiance and that if he .could, he'd do it all over Whicher said. He added: "I don't think he gave him- self to the Lord. I don't think he repented and personally I think he's in hell." Jay Sawyer, who also watched via TV, said: "Without saying anything he got the final word, absolutely, his teeth were clenched, just like when they showed him coming out of that facility when he was first arrested. His teeth were clenched, his lips were pursed and just a blank stare. It was the same today." Janice Smith, whose brother Lanny Scroggms died hi the' bombing, prayed J with" her childreri'at the City Page 2) Associated Press Memorial chairs shine in the early morning light at the Oklahoma City National Memo- .rial this morning. The chairs honor the 168 people.who died in the 1995 bombing of the Afred R'Murrah Federal Building. Timothy McVeigh; who was convicted in the bombing, was executed arid declared dead at (CDt) this; morning. Protesters, separated by orange fencing, gather at federal prison TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) Death penalty supporters held signs saying "Remember the Victims" and "Thou shalt not kill and live" as they gathered today outside the federal prison for the execu- tion "of, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh: Some signs bore the simple footnote "168." On the other side of orange snow fenc- ing, about 400 yards away, a larger contin- gent of 120 death, penalty opponents: sat -flickering candles in milk carton-holders. a.m. EDT, more than half of Perfect weather sets stage for record Ri veriest By JAN TUCKER Globe Staff Writer ONTONAGON "It was the best Riverfest in the eight years of its Ontonagon County Chamber of Commerce President Dorothy Phillips said about the annual event Satur- day. In addition to the great weather which brought out record crowds for the event, there were more vendors partic- ipating than ever before. Fishing contests sponsored by Hooked on Fishing drew num- bers of young people from 3- and 4-year-olds to 15 years. Prizes were awarded to top winners. One of the largest crowds gathered at the marina at noon to see the Forest Service haul in a net they set out at various places in the Ontonagon River on Wednesday. The fish, includ- PERFECT, Page 2) Daily Globe Tucker Above, youngsters line up for the minnow race. Seven-year-old Emily Hagan of Twin Lakes, left, had the fastest minnow in that heat. The event was part of Ontonagon's Riverfest activities Saturday. Below right, Madison Labyak, 4, of Ontonagon, was one of many children to have her face painted by volunteers from the River Street Center. Below left, Justin Buzzo, 13, and Travis Huotari, 6, show off a pair of good-sized lake trout they caught during the kids' fishing contest. iQVnnch trout and Huotari's measured 2Qla inch. Opponents formed a circle and began 168 minutes of silence one minute for each of the; victims. The end of the silence was to coincide with the scheduled 8 a.m. EDT execution. McVeigh was pronounced dead at a.m. Only about 20 death penalty support- ers took the early buses from a city park to the makeshift protest grounds. Opponents were bused in from another city park. Uni- formed prison guards patrolled the grassy space'between the two groups. Page 2) Man charged in ax attack By MARGARET LEVRA Globe Staff Writer A 48-year-old Ironwood Town- ship man faces several counts stemming from an early Tues- day morning ax attack in the township, followed by a 35- minute pursuit. John Edward Sassor is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony which also carries a fine; fleeing and eluding an officer, a two-, year, felony, and resisting and obstructing an officer, a two- year, misdemeanor. His. preliminary hearing on the charges is set for Friday. Gogebic County Sheriffs Department deputy Brandon Lyons responded to a minor damage-to-property complaint at about a.m. When he arrived, .Sassor allegedly attacked him with an ax and later chased him with his pickup truck, then fled the scene. Backup officers from the sher- iff's department, Ironwood Pub-> lie Safety Department, Hurley! Police Department, and Iron; Page 2) Child abuse suspect arraigned BESSEMER An Ironwooc teen-ager was arraigned Friday on a charge of first-degree child abuse after a 20-month-old boy was taken to Grand View Hospi- tal for treatment. Terry Koeller, 17, was charged after allegedly inflicting the injuries which resulted in the child being airlifted Thursday to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, Minn., where he is doing well, according to a Gogebic County Sheriff's Department spokesper- son. The investigation is ongoing.
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