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Beatrice Daily Sun (Newspaper) - July 23, 1977, Beatrice, Nebraska *pg    I     :    ’n* Beatrice Daily Sun Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24, 1977 I 5 Cents Nine gagged, bound in mass homicide PHOTO BY ROB MARVIN Dee the Holstein says it s too early for a cold shower as Janet Hamm bathes her for the District Dairy Show Saturday. Animals on parade DAIRY SHOWMEN from 12 counties led their cattle through the show ring Saturday morning as the District Dairy Show got underway at the Gage County Fairgrounds. This year’s show was estimated to be at least as large, if not larger, than last year’s show, when 274 cows were entered. Among showmen was Laura Warlick of Syracuse, the reigning Ak-Sar-Ben Dairy Princess, and queen of the Beatrice district. Miss Warlick gave up ner district queen crown when a new queen was named early Saturday afternoon. OVERVIEW- Brown in Korea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Harold Brown arrived today for a round of what is expected to be tough bargaining with the South Koreans over President Carter’s plan to withdraw all 33,000 U.S. ground troops from Korea Brown said the talks ‘‘will affirm the intent of the United States to maintain powerful military forces in Korea and throughout the western Pacific. The Seoul government has said it wants enough U.S. aid to establish a military balance with Communist North Korea by the time the withdrawal is completed, probably in five years. Carter’s withdrawal plan would leave U.S. Air Force units in South Korea Out of control MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — The forest fire that has been burning out of control at Baxter State Park has more than doubled in size during the past two days and has covered some 5,000 acres, about 70 square miles, The fire, touched off Sunday by two separate lightning bolts, sprouted a four-mile-long narrow tail of flames that burned uncomfortably close on Friday to one-mile-high Mt. Katahdin, the state’s highest peak Carter-Owen talks WASHINGTON (AP) - President Carter met today with British Foreign Secretary David Owen to review British efforts to find a peaceful conversion to black majority rule in southern Africa. “We want to assess the question of southern Africa and make sure our own policies are compatible with yours,” * the President said at the start of the White House meeting. The President said the two would also talk about the Middle East. Murder probe PARK RIDGE, 111. (AP) - The bloodied bodies of four men found stutted in an elevator in this Chicago suburb were professionally murdered by someone they “knew and trusted,” investigators say. Police said the victims apparently were led into the elevator one by one “by someone they knew and trusted” before they were killed by a volley of 25 to 20 shots. Investigators have refused to speculate on a motive. Flood toll at 49 JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The official death toll from the flood that tore through this community has reached 49, but unofficially the toll was higher. Three fatalties were added to the confirmed dead on Friday. However, the state police list included only those persons whose bodies were in morgues or en route to them. Today's cogitation To go slowly and to live a long time are two brothers - a Dutch proverb. Industrial ready for sites market Industrial lots northwest of Beatrice are almost on the market, and promotion now can begin. At a special Saturday morning meeting, the Gage County Industrial Board agreed to contract for $60,000 of promotion with the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce and with Jim Bradley, executive vice president of the chamber. Bradley proposed that of the $60,000, about $20,000 be used for salaries; $6,500 be used on travel, meetings and professional training; $13,500 be used on advertising and promotion; and $10,000 be set aside in a contingency fund. Jail, probation in Coors theft LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two Lincoln men convicted of stealing 279 cases of Coors beer from an interstate shipment were sentenced Friday to IO days in jail and three years probation. Clifford Pulec, 37, and Bob Pulec, 32, both of Lincoln also were ordered to repay the Hill Trucking Co. of Council Bluffs, Iowa, for the cost of the stolen beer. The amount of restitution is to be decided by the U.S. Probation Office. U.S. District Judge Warren K. Urbom ordered the brothers to spend 5 weekends in jail beginning in August. A jury convicted the brothers of stealing the beer from a truck they were driving from Oklahoma City to New Jersey last July and selling it on the Moose Lodge parking lot. Also included in the $60,000 budget would be postage, telephone, rent, printing, subscriptions and supplies. Bradley explained that the $20,000 for salaries would fund portions of his pay, along with the Chamber’s office manager and a new full-time clerical employee The new person would keep track of industrial prospects, he said, such as organizing files and correspondence. The board voted to accept Bradley’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning Aug. I. “Most of us are in the dark and Jim’s the only one who knows what he’s doing,’’ board member Wayne Price said. “Why don’t we try it one year?’’ The Board also decided to continue its 8 a m. meetings on the last Saturday of each month, but also decided to consider a regular joint meeting with the Gage County Industrial Corporation. The corporation is the newly formed group now responsible for developing and selling the lots at the 113-acre industrial site. Chuck Stark, president of the corporation, reported at the Saturday meeting that the grading and finishing By JAMES D. SMITH Associated Press Writer PROSPECT, Conn. (AP) — A 27-year-old man was charged today with killing his foster brother’s wife, seven children and a niece in what authorities call the worst mass homicide in Connecticut history. The bodies were found Friday morning in the burned home where the man had lived with the Frederick Beaudoin family in this central Connecticut town. Authorities said the fire apparently had been set and some of the children had been bound, gagged and beaten. The grief-stricken Beaudoin said the only thing he had to live for was “to see the bastard pay.” His bitter remark came before his foster brother’s arrest, and he was apparently referring generally to whoever was responsible for the crime. Lome J. Acquin was held on $250,000 bond at the state jail in New Haven pending arraignment Monday on nine counts of murder, authorities said. Resident State Trooper William McCasland said Acquin had a record of robbery and burglary arrests. He was charged with the death of Cheryl Beaudoin, her seven children, who ranged in age from 4 to 12, and her 6-year-old niece, who was staying overnight at their home. Acquin had lived off and on for several years with the Beaudoin family in their basement. He and his brother, Patrick, were raised by Frederick’s parents. Marion Beaudoin, Frederick’s mother, who had said Friday that Acquin “would have done nothing to hurt anyone,” said today of her foster son: “Yes, I loved him, but this is wrong. I want to see him convicted if he done it. “Ifs unbelievable. I still don’t believe it, I cant believe it,” she said. Asked by a reporter whether she would try to help raise bail for Acquin, she said: “Are you out of your mind? I want to see him put to death, to have the misery that we’re going through at this time. I want to see him suffer in the same respect he put these little children through.” Trooper McCasland said of Lome Acquin that the Beaudoin home was “the only address that he’d ever had outside of prison.” Beaudoin, 29, told police he had been at work about IO miles away in a North Haven factory on the midnight-to-7 a m. shift when the fire occurred Puffy-eyed and unshaven, he dabbed prehend the day’s events. He wasn’t at his charred house when his family’s bodies were carried out in plastic bags. A state trooper had taken him from his job back to his parents’ house in Prospect, where he talked with a reporter. He said he wasn’t told immediately that his wife and children were murdered. “He’s in a state of shock,” said his mother. She said the police told the family little about the investigation. Dr. Elliot Gross, chief state medical examiner, said evidence showed that some of the children had head injuries. He said the official cause of death would not be announced until autopsies were performed today. The bodies were carried from the home Friday afternoon, IO hours after the blaze. Authorities delayed removal of the victims because of their investigation inside the house. Cartons of rubble taken from the home were taken to three mobile laboratories used at the scene of major crimes. The victims were identified as Cheryl Beaudoin, about 29, Fred Jr., 12, Sharon, IO, Debbie, 9, Paul, 8, Rod, 6, Hilly, 5, Mary Lou, 4. and their cousin, Jennifer Santoro, 6, of Waterbury, who was staying for the night. touches to the site will be done by local tears from his eye s as he sat with his firms.    parents Friday night, trying to com- AP LASERPHOTO Connecticut State Police troopers escort Lorne Acquin, 29, after he was arrested and charged with nine counts of murder-eight children and a woman in Prospect, Conn., Friday. Visitor's ’whys and wherefores' put Hamms' daily life in new perspective Diane Hamm (left), Yoko Ishyama and Janet Hamm prepare fresh corn for supper. By MARY ANN BENNETT The Bill Hamm family of Beatrice never thought there was anything unusual about their lifestyle. Then they tried to explain it to a 14-year-old Japanese girl who speaks very little English. The Hamms are one of eight families in Gage County hosting Japanese youth, 12-19 years old, as part of the Nebraska-Japan Youth Exchange. More than 170 rural Nebraska families are participating in the program. The Gage County visitors arrived in Beatrice Friday after a flight into Lincoln from Tokyo Thursday. The Hamms’ visitor, Yoko Ishyama, will stay with the family until Aug 17. Although she can speak very little English, she already is learning her way around the Hamms’ dairy farm. Diane, 14, and Janet, 16, the Hamms’ daughters, are hostesses for Yoko, but Janet said, “The whole family wants to be involved. Diane said everyday experiences such as meals are no problem, but more detailed explanations of farm life are difficult, especially with Yoko’s limited knowledge of English. The Hamms planned to take Yoko to the District Dairy Show in Beatrice Saturday, and Janet said it was hard to make her understand why the family rose early in the morning to take cattle to town and march them around a ring “That’s something we never thought about before, I guess. Summer comes, and the dairy shows come around, and we just all go to them, but it’s strange for her.” Janet said the family anticipates seeing their daily life in a new perspective by showing it to their visitor. “We don’t plan to do anything special-just live our normal lives,” she said. “But I guess it will make us think about some of the things we do.” Yoko’s background is different from the life she will lead on the Hamms' farm. Her family lives in Kanadwa, Japan outside Tokyo. Her father is a tobacco retailer and travels to work in Tokyo by tram. She has one sister, 8 years old. Janet said the Hamms plan to help Yoko improve her English. Until she becomes more proficient, “dictionaries help,” Janet said. Yoko can recognize many English words, although she can’t pronounce them or put them into sentences. She nods her head vigorously and laughs when she hears the word “dictionary.” She knows a few expressions such as “thank you”, and she can translate Japanese characters into the English alphabet and spell some words. On her first day in Beatrice, Yoko toured the farm and helped with chores, helped prepare garden vegetables for dinner and helped wash dishes The Hamms volunteered for the program in the spring when they heard about it through the Gage County Extension Office. "We thought it would be interesting and a lot of fun,” Janet said. The Hamms had met Japanese youngsters in the American Field Service program, and wanted the learning experiences of hosting a foreign student. The Nebraska-Japan exchange has been going on for five years, but this is the first year Gage County has participated. As part of the program, 12 Nebraska 4-H members will spend a month in Japan with host families, attending camp, visiting historic sites and attending youth meetings Other Gage Countians hosting Japanese youth are: Leonard Dom, Adams; Gerald H. Jurgens, Wymore; ET. Maiwald, Beatrice, Marilyn Spilker, Beatrice; Merlin Scheele, Odell; Leonard Snyder, Liberty; George Ulrick Jr., Dewitt; and Jim Weichel, Odell. I I