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Ironwood Daily Globe (Newspaper) - October 20, 1986, Ironwood, Michigan Bosox up2-0 Page 11 Index Business...............5 Comics...............14 Hobbies...............9 Lottery Numbers........2 Obituaries.............6 Opinion................4 Sports...........10,11,13 Update................8 White Pine man honored...............2 GM leaving South Africa..............5 Michigan wins a squeaker............13 Weather Partly cloudy. For the 24-hour period to 9 a.m.: high 61, low 44. Previous period: 54, 36. Year ago: 56, 28. No precipitation in the past 48-hours: Trace. Snow to date: 6V4 inches. Year ago: none. (More weather. Page 3) PARTLY. Bessemer man dies in county jail By MARGARET LEVRA Daily Globe Staff BESSEMER - A 52-year-old Ironwood man died Sunday night following a hanging at the Gogebic County Jail. Pronounced dead at the Grand View Hospital was Victor Jacobson, who was residing at the Jones Hotel in Ironwood after his recent move from Bessemer. Jacobson.was found in the cell at 10 p.m., with his feet on the floor, in a leaning position, Gogebic County deputy Tom Miller said. "He had tied a bedsheet onto a cell bar, and apparently leaned forward," Miller added. The cell blocks are normally checked every 45 minutes. They were checked even more frequently Sunday night, Miller said, with visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Each cell can be observed by the deskman by use of cameras, however those cameras only "take in the majority of the cell, but do not get all of the corners," Miller said. The hanging "evidently took place in the northeast corner of the cell, out of the camera's view," Miller said. After being found by deputies during a cell check, Jacobson was taken to the Grand View Hospital, where he was pronounced dead despite efforts by the officers and ambulance personnel to revive him. Jacobson was jailed on Oct. 18 for drunk driving and was awaiting a court appearance today. Gogebic County Sheriff Donald Pezzetti called in officers from the Michigan State Police Post in Wakefield to conduct an investigation into the incident. A total of three hanging-related deaths have been recorded at the jail in the past eight years, Miller said. One man was found sitting on the floor of the cell with a sheet tied around his neck. He had tied the end of the sheet to the bunk rail. Another man, Miller said, "got up, ate breakfast, and hung himself by the time the officer got back to the cell to pick up the tray." The sheriff's department has recently undergone a complete upgrading. Wire mesh, which lined the segregation cell where disorderly persons are held, was removed at the request of the Department of Correction in Lansing. The department, Miller said, requested the mesh removal when the monitoring system was installed "so that we could see the prisoners." Although Miller said the mesh could prevent such incidents as hanging, he added, "Mesh is not the answer if they really want to commit suicide," pointing out the person who died after tieing a sheet to the bunk rail. Precautions are taken by the sheriff's department if there is any indication that a person is suicidal when brought in, Miller said. "If we are aware of it, we have people in the cell block that just sit with them." Further information on Sunday's incident will be released following the investigation, Miller said. Boulder Junction man faces boating death trial By The Daily Globe Staff EAGLE RIVER, Wis. - A 53-year-old Boulder Junction man was released from the Vilas County jail on a $500 signature bond on a charge of negligent operation of his boat in connection with an accident which resulted in the death of another, according to court officials. Gerrold R. Jolin, whose motorboat was invovled in a collision which led to the death of a 56-year old Boulder Junction man on Sept. 16, entered an innocent plea in Vilas County Circuit Court and asked for a jury trial, court officials said. A pretrial and motions hearing has been set for 2 p.m. Oct. 31. According to the complaint, John's boat struck the fishing boat occupied by Frederick Van Steenderen and his son. The older man was thrown from the boat and he apparently sustained a heart attack as he started to swim back. The complaint said the coroner's examination showed he had died of a heart attack. He also had rib fractures and damage to the liver, spleen, air passage and kidneys. The accident happened on Boulder Lake and, according to the complaint, the occupants of the Jolin boat attempted to warn Jolin he was nearing the Van Steenderen craft. Details of Blanchard visit complete By JAN TUCKER Daily Globe Staff WHITE PINE - Members of the Tri-County Labor-Management Council have put the finishing touches on plans for the Tuesday visit of Gov. James Blanchard at White Pine. "The governor has expressed a desire to come to White Pine ever since his extraordinary efforts which resulted in the reopening of the mine," Eugene Luoma, co-chairman of the council said. An August invition to the governor by the council resulted in the Tuesday IRON visit to the only employee-owned copper mine in the country. Prior to a public reception, Blanchard is expected to tour portions of the mine with Copper Range President Russell Wood and Jim Borseth, president of the Steelworkers Union. Roy Gotham, a member of the Tri-County Council, said the 6 to 8 p.m. reception at the Konteka Tuesday is a chance for the public to say "thank you" to the governor for his efforts in the reopening of the mine. "It is an informal reception, there is no meal, no charge, cash bar," Gotham noted. During the reception, mine officials are expected to make a presentation to the governor and the Ontonagon Economic Development Corporation is also expected to make a presentation to Blanchard and U.P. Aide Tom Baldini. Gov. Blanchard is expected to make some comments during the reception and a press conference is also expected to be held following the reception. Blanchard's visit is -his second to Ontonagon County since his election four years ago. The Ironwood Daily Gl IRONWOOD. MICHIGAN MONDAY. OCTOBER 20.1986 35 CENTS Hasenfus family in Nicaragua MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) - The wife and a brother of a Marinette man captured in Nicaragua plan to remain in Managua throughout his trial, family members say. Sally Hasenfus, wife of Eugene Hasenfus, and William Hasenfus, his brother, left Milwaukee's Mitchell Field early Sunday for Nicaragua, said Donna Hasenfus, William's wife. "They plan to stay. They are there at the present time," Donna Hasenfus said later Sunday. Hasenfus was captured Oct. 6 after his cargo plane was shot down over Nicaragua. He faced trial today in the "People's Anti-Somocista Tribunal," a judicial body created in 1983 to prosecute people accused of counterrevolutionary activity. Mrs. Hasenfus flew to Nicaragua a few days after the capture of her husband by Sandinsta soldiers. He was the only survivor among four crewmen aboard a cargo plane that crashed while ferrying supplies to Contra rebels. She returned to her Marinette home Wednesday, saying she wanted to talk to attorneys about representing her husband when he faces trial. She asked her brother-in-law to accompany her to Nicaragua for the trial, Donna Hasenfus said. Alleged CIA operative faces trial in Managua MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - Eugene Hasenfus goes on trial today before a "People's Tribunal" where, according to a Nicaraguan human rights activist, the burden will be on the captured American to prove his innocence. Nicaraguan authorities have charged Hasenfus with violating laws governing public order and security, but detailed charges were to be made public for the first time at today's opening session. Hasenfus, 45, of Marinette, Wis., was captured Oct. 6 in southern Nicaragua after Sandinista troops shot down the cargo plane in which he was bringing supplies to the U.S.-backed Contra rebels. Two other Americans died in the crash. In an interview on the CBS program "60 Minutes" broadcast Sunday, Hasenfus said he believed he was working for the U.S. government in supplying the rebels, although he said no one told him directly that he was purportedly working for the CIA. . He said he was hired by the pilot killed in the crash, William J. Cooper, the same man he said had hired him to work for a CIA-owned airline in Southeast Asia. Hasenfus said the man who reportedly coordinated the supply drops, Max Gomez, "worked with the CIA before and through his dealings with the CIA, himself and Mr. George Bush were friends. That was all I was told." Congress has prohibited the CIA from aiding the rebels and President Reagan, Vice President Bush and other administration officials deny any government involvement in the Contra supply flights. In the trial, most of the evidence against Hasenfus will be drawn from documents and objects found in the C-123 military transport plane that was shot down, according to Justice Minister Rodrigo Reyes. Prisoners usually appear without counsel in the first session of the trial and no announcement has been made on who will represent Hasenfus in the later stages of the proceedings. Former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell volunteered last week for the job but was ruled out under a Nicaraguan law that says the chief defense lawyer must be a Nicaraguan. Shamir takes over JERUSALEM (AP) - Parliament today gave Yitzhak Shamir and his proposed 25-member Cabinet an overwhelming vote of confidence and he was sworn in as Israel's ninth prime minister. The vote was passed by a show of hands, with 82 legislators voting in favor, 17 against and three abstaining. Shamir, 71, took over from caretaker prime minister Shimon Peres, in keeping with an unprecedented joint-rule accord between Shamir's right-wing Likud bloc and the left-leaning Labor Party. Before the vote, Shamir said in a speech before the Knesset, or parliament, that as prime minister he would prevent Palestinian "gangs from entrenching themselves in Lebanon and establishing bases there." Construction of a new steel building is underway in Hurley as part of an extensive ex-pansion project for Giovanoni's True Value Hardware. The structure, which is expected to be covered by Nov. 15, will house the existing business including the lawn and garden lines. The new structure is being erected between the existing hardware business located on the corner of Third Avenue and Silver Street and the Martinetti building on the corner of Fourth and Silver. Wayne Nasi Construction, Hurley, is the general contractor for the project. Margaret Levra/Dally Globe 99th Congress does little to cut flow of red ink WASHINGTON (AP) - Free at last, members of the just-completed 99th Congress have gone home, crowing to voters about their accomplishments but frustrated at their failure to do more to combat federal red ink. The second session of the 99th Congress ended two weeks and a day behind schedule as first the Senate and then the House adjourned Saturday night after 9 p.m. The 100th Congress convenes Jan. 6,1987. "This Congress, in all probability, will be remembered for tax reform, balancing our defense needs against the demands for fiscal restraint, and for its inability to find a successful formula to solve the continuing problem of our national deficit," said Senate Democratic Leader Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. "Time and effort and some frustration" produced "several milestones that many of the members and many congressional observers never thought possible," House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr., D-Mass., said in a farewell statement marking his retirement from Congress. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., used a single word to describe the 99th Congress: "Produc-ti; Reagan will sign bill WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan . overhaul legislation at  ceremony Wednesday toattend. $e sweeping tax tawn, It wa� had asked - It*>ktlMriU'�$t t&fee for moat workers while cutting aoroe prteed deduc-tiooa and boaettag the burden on corpora Hons From modest measures to begin Daylight Savings Time three weeks earlier and designate the rose as the national flower, to the most sweeping tax code revision in a generation and the biggest spending bill in history, the 99th Congress compiled a record of staggering scope. It also may have set an unofficial record for contentiousness. Even on the final day Saturday, with attendance dwindling to almost nothing, adjournment was delayed for hours as stubborn legislators in each chamber bickered over the last remaining legislative crumbs, or a new space shuttle to replace the destroyed Challenger and a bill that would allow U.S. pharmaceutical companies to export drugs not yet approved for use in this country. But Congress let die a $90.7 billion, five-year bill reauthorizing funds for federal highway and mass transit programs. Among the major sticking points on the bill was a provision allowing states to raise the speed limit to 65 mph on rural interstates and provisions relating to billboard removal on federal-aid roads. Senate President Pro Tempore Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., a 32-year veteran, wore a button pleading, "Free the 99 th Congress.'" "Not every policy dilemma was resolved and some of our answers are less than complete," Dole said. For instance, the exact impact of the tax changes and a rewrite of the nation's immigration laws will take years to determine. But at some points, this Congress, divided between a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and a Senate in Republicans hands, seemed like it would never do anything. It was only in the past several months that Congress began moving. "Three months ago, it looked like we wouldn't get very much done," Thurmond said, adding that it ended up being one of the most productive sessions he had ever seen. Some legislators, though, said they were concerned by the tendency to let the legislative business pile up until the end, particularly on the budget front. It was only after weeks of bickering, and a partial governmental shutdown Friday, that Congress completed work' on a $576 billion catchall spending bill needed to finance federal operations and programs for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. President Reagan signed the spending measure Saturday.