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   Syracuse Herald-Journal (Newspaper) - March 6, 1985, Syracuse, New York                             HOT FROM THE TROPICS A fashion forecast: Dl COP NEARBY DURING RAPE Police patrol garage regularly: Bl ORANGEMEN NIP HEELS 14-13 overtime win a heart-stopper: Cl SYRACUSE VOL. KI9. NO. 32.442 WEDNESDAY, MARCH HERALD-JOURNAL METRO EDITION 1985 The Herald Company 25 cents Pentagon cracks down on contractor overbilling Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON The Pentagon tem- porarily suspended payments Tuesday for "general and administrative" expenses of the General Dynamics Corp. as part of a crackdown on Defense Department con- tractors who bill the government for cor- porate trips or country-club fees. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger unveiled the new policy in a speech at the American Legion convention here. He said suspension of the payments will last for 30 days while the government tries to determine whether General Dynamics. one of the nation's largest defense con- tractors, hid corporate trips and other ex- penses in its weapons contracts. On a broader scale, Weinberger also re- vealed that the military will order a re- view of "interim billings" by all major de- fense contractors. Moreover, he said that the Pentagon will start requiring all contractors to "cer- tify, under penally of perjury, that their claims do not include any expenses for political, entertainment or other expenses not made directly to benefit of the govern- ment and required for the performance of the contract involved." The Pentagon billed Weinberger's re- marks as part of a new "get tough" policy. It comes after years of reports of and allegations about improper payments to General Dynamics. These included con- gressional hearings last week that re- vealed such contract items as a bill for to cover country-club fees and to pay the travel costs of a corpo- rate official who wanted to visit a friend in the National Guard. A Pentagon spokesman later said that the department found the congressional testimony and that some of the expenses might involve criminal vio- lations that would be referred to the Jus- tice Department. Nonetheless, in a statement later the same day. General Dynamics said the ex- penses involved million a month by the Pentagon's estimate account for only 8 percent of its total billings to the government. Weinberger chose to unveil his new pol- icy as the Senate Budget Commiteee took up the fiscal 1986 defense budget, which many senators want to cut or freeze be- cause of waste and fraud in the thousands of contracts that flow through the depart- ment. Indeed, the defense chief even coupled his announcement with u statement that congressional efforts to save money liy "stretching out" defense contract pay- ments was an even bigger problem th.m overbilling by defense contractors. General Dynamics which has maior contracts on the Trident, submarine, (he M-l lank, the F-KJ aircraft, the cruise mis- sile and many other weapons says it is confident that it will be cleared of any wrongdoing. I CONTRACTORS. Page A7 Victim was beautiful, had no enemies, mother-in-law says No suspects in slaying of woman By Erik Kriss mid Gary Kane Staff Writers City police were questioning people again loday, trying lo discover who tied up and killed a 27-year-old woman in her ransacked apartment off Teall Avenue. The body of Colcen Meadow of 114 Ford- ham Road. Apartment 3A, was found fully clothed and lying face-down in her Rugby Square apartment at about p.m. Tues- Syracuse police investigators said. Police have no suspect, said spokesman Rod Carr. He said police were trying to de- termine today if anything was taken from the apartment. Investigators said they are not looking for a gun or knife, but declined to comment on how Meadow was killed. A police source said no signs of sexual con- tact were immediately found. The source said Meadow was found in a hallway be- tween a living room and bedroom with her arms tied behind her back. Several people, including Meadow's hus- band and sisler, were questioned Tuesday night as police looked for leads in the kill- ing. Building superintendent Michael Zimmer, who found Meadow's body when asked to check on her by a concerned friend, refused to comment. Another apartment complex employee, John Poorman, who entered the apartment with Zimmer, also would not dis- cuss the case. District Attorney Richard A. Hennessy Jr. and Syracuse Police Chief Thomas J. Sar- dino would provide few details. Sardino said he didn'l wanl to jeopardize his department's investigation by releasing details. The chief said the death was a homicide, but the cause of death was "not obvious to me." SLAVING, Page A6 Herald-Journal photo by Susan steinkamp Discussing the case at the door to one of the Rugby Square apartment buildings are Capt. Walter Sloan, Chief Thomas Sardino, Lt. Richard Walsh and Inves- tigator Rod Carr, all of the city police department. Reagan veto of farm bill likely Herald-Journal wire services WASHINGTON President Reagan was expected to vclo a farm bailout bill today after Ihc measure passed both houses of Congress. White House spokesman Larry Speakes said Reagan would, "in all probability, act very quickly" once ho receives Ihe bill loday. Democrats were unwilling to let the bill die quietly. Led by Rep. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., they sche- duled a mock bill-signing cere- mony at noon on the west front of the Capitol and a march to LaFa- yette Square, across from the White House. Reagan's hand was strength- ened Tuesday as debt relief was rushed through the House. 255- 168, 45 short of the two-thirds needed to override a veto. The winning side lost 63 votes from last week's veto-proof 318- 103 vote. There never were sufficient voles in the Senate, where a key vote of 54-45 lasl week was 10 votes shorl of the needed. The hill, to set up fast cash to help farmers pay spring planting costs, would provide up to in priec-supporl loans per farmer this spring rather than next fall. To liberalise Ihe administration's debt restructuring plan, it also would offer S100 million in interest subsidies for an estimated billion in federally guaranteed farm loans. The measure was at- tached lo a million African famine relief bill. Republicans triggered Ihe vote erosion Tuesday when they ob- jected to strategy last week by House Democratic leaders to scut- tle the House bill and quickly pass a Senate bill to bypass a conference wilh Ihe Senate to settle differ- ences. FARM, Page A7 GOP panel rejects Pentagon buildup Florida electrocutes killer of 11-year-old boy STARKE, Fia. (AP) Former choirboy Johnny Paul Witt was executed today in Florida's elec- tric chair for killing an 11-year-old boy he and another man then sex- ually abused and mutilated. Witt, 42, convicted for the fatal assault on the son of a University of South Florida professor, died at a.m. He was the 12th man put to death in the state's electric chair since capital punishment was rein- stated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976 and the 39th inmate exe- cuted in the nation since then. Department of Corrections spokesman Vernon Bradford said Witt requested no final meal but added he was given an omelet, rolls and coffee before being taken from his holding cell to the nearby oak electric chair. "He kind of nibbled at" the omelet, Bradford said. Late Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-3 to reject an emer- gency appeal aimed at temporarily sparing Witt's life. As Witt was led into the death chamber at the Florida State Prison at a.m., he stared at the 40 witnesses seated behind a glass parlition. He sighed heavily when slrapped into the chair. Asked if he had any last words. Will mumbled "No, 1 don't have chewing on his lip. As the two-minute jolt of volts was applied, his body jerked upward and the color faded slowly from his balled hands. Witt's only visitor Tuesday night was his mother, Dorothy 'Wilt of Knoxville, Tenn. Bradford said she met with her son for nearly four hours during his last day, in con- tact and non-contact visits. Witt's mother repeatedly had written officials seeking clemency for her son. She said he was un- happy for much of his life and was told by his father that "he was no good, and would never amount to anything." She said he had sung solos in church when he was young. Stunning defeat for Reagan, Weinberger Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON The Repub- lican-controlled Senate Budget Committee rebelled Tuesday againsl continuing President Rea- gan's military buildup and voted overwhelmingly to freeze the growth of defense spending in fis- cal 1986. The 18-4 vote was a stunning de- feat for Reagan and Defense Secre- tary Caspar Weinberger, who ve- hemently have resisted attempls to trim the president's request for 6 percent growth after accounting for inflation. Instead of giving Reagan what he wanted or even half of his re- quest, Ihe commiltee approved a proposal by Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., to freeze 1986 spending after allowing for growth because of inflalion, and to allow 3 percent increases in Ihe next two years. The vote came after several sen- ators criticized Ihe Defense De- parlmenl for wasle and ineffi- ciency and nolcd lhat restraining the military buildup was the key to pulling logether a deficit-reduc- tion package. The action was far from Ihc final one on defense. Changes can Plill be made in Ihe Budget Committee and on the Senate floor, and the While House is certain to keep pushing on Ihe issue. But the depth of support for the freeze indicated Reagan's days of gelling almosl everything he wants for his defense buildup may be over. Clear ZIGGY Clouding up Thursday. High 45. low 15. Details: A2. Today's features Business Case, Dick Classifieds Comics Editorials Entertainment Features Ganley. Joe Lottery winners Obituaries People Sports Television C6 B1 C9 B11 AID B7 B10 B10 01 A8 A2 C1 Today's chuckle The problem with most self-made men is thai Ihcy worship Ihcir creators. News: 470-2265 Information: 470-0010 Circulation: 470-0050 Classified: 470-0032 Falling rock zone, indeed! Police survey the mountainous wreckage of granite boulders the size of boxcars that tumbled down onto two tunnels on Inter- state -10 in western North Caro- lina Tuesday. Highway officials said the rocks will have to be "blasted out piece by piece" to clear the tunnels. About 30.000 cubic yards of rock sheared off a cliff face Tuesday morning and crushed the westbound shaft of an Interstate 10 tunnel in the Great Smoky Mountains about four miles from the Tennessee line and 50 miles west of Ashe- ville. Roth lanes on the east end of the tunnel were blocked by the rock. Damage was placed at million. UPI Tclcphoto   

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