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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                PtiMl Sports fqgciJA Legislators Map Textile Strategy USCA Defeats Francis Marion Page 9A A Quick Read Attorney Bakker Plead Innocent CHARLOTTE AP Former PTL leader Jim Bakker will plead innocent to charges of diverting mil lions of dollars of his followers to his own use at a hearing at which a trial date is expected to be set one of his attorneys said Mr Bakker will have a long pre pared statement following Tues days said Harold Render one of Bakkers attorneys He will plead not guilty to all charges Bakker whos accused of the charges in federal indictments did not mention his court date on Mon days Jim and Tammy Show which the couple tapes at their leased home just south of Charlotte Bakker will be represented at to days arraignment by Bender and veteran criminal lawyer George T Davis US Magistrate Paul Taylor is expected to set a trial date at the hearing Stuttering Linked To Brain Flaws SAN FRANCISCO AP Stutter ing once thought to be psychologi cal has been linked to brain abnor malities by scientists who hope to understand many disorders by mak ing 3D videotapes of the brain in action Subtle irregularities in electrical activity and blood flow were found in brains of 60 percent of stutterers whose speech is broken by abnormal pauses repetitions stststuttering or prolongations ssssstuttering of sounds said audiologist Terese Fin itzo who directed the University of Texas studies She said similar brain abnormali ties were detected in 84 percent of people with spasmodic dysphonia in which malfunctioning vocal cords produce a hoarse strained strari gledsounding voice Weather More Heat Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 20s Sunny skies are forecast tomorrow with a high in the mid 60s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Mae J Bagcjott Warrenville Jesse L Foster Union Evelyn C Griffin Belvedere Mary B Knight Philadephia David R Sheppard Aiken Lucille Taylor North Augusta Robert L Upson Philadelphia Erven L Waddell Bamberg Richard A Wright Langley Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 6B 12A 4B 2B 7B 5B 2B 1B 5A 4A 9A 2B 5A Boone To Decide On VPSA Position Tuesday January 171989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 15 Blacks Death Triggers Riot Staff Photo By PhilJories BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS Stephen E Arthur of Graniteville displays his greenhouse full of orchids some of which he acquired on a recent trip to Ecuador Please see story on Page 1B By MICHAEL WARREN Associated Press Writer MIAMI A police officer shot a fleeing black motorcyclist in the predominantly black Overtown neighborhood touching off a sixhour riot that left cars and a store ablaze Sporadic gunfire and loot ing continued today Mayor Xavier Suarez declared the situ ation in the predominantly black neigh borhood under control early today and called for a full investigation The riot occurred on the night of the federal holiday for slain civil rights lead er Martin Luther King Jr and as national attention was focused on the city as the host of Sundays Super Bowl It also re kindled memories of Miami riots in the early 1980s It just exploded said City Commis sioner Rosario Kennedy as she prepared to enter the area with a police escort People have been cele brating Martin Luther Kings birthday all day Maybe they were drunk We just dont know The riot was triggered by the motorcy clists death Monday night as he was chased for an alleged traffic violation said Sgt Michael Mazur a police spokesman At least two officers were pursuing the motorcycle and one of the officers fired a shot hitting the 21yearold driver in the head said Assistant Police Chief Don March The motorcycle crashed into a moving car March said March said on NBCs Today show that he believed the shot killed the motor cyclist but said police could not be cer tain until an autopsy was conducted Police refused to give the officers race The motorcyclists 24yearold brother who was a passenger was in critical con dition today said Jackson Memorial Hos pital officials It just exploded People have been celebrating Mar tin Luther Kings birthday all day Maybe they were drunk rRosario Kennedy Within minutes of the shooting at least 100 blacks began throwing rocks and bot tles at police who called for reinforce ments About 125 officers cordoned off the area Four people including one police offi cer were treated for cuts and minor inju ries said Jackson Hospital spokesman Tony Fallen The mob set two cars and an auto parts store on fire The store burned to the ground after firefighters were shot at and had to leave the area said Mazur WCIXTV reporter Lourdes RuizTole do who had gotten out of her car earlier said she feared for her life All of a sudden they threw a big huge rock right on the side of the driver I blocked it with my elbow They were yell ing Get that white woman out of the car the 27yearold reporter said Miss RuizToledo who had stayed in her car while two colleagues got out said she drove a block and was rescued by an officer who led her from the car behind a plastic riot shield The car was later burned WINZ radio reporter Doug Phillips said he had to abandon his car which was also burned A woman driving home from work said her windshield was shattered by a 5 pound concrete block I had no idea it was going on said Kay Worthington of Miami Beach Du Pont Tags August Reactor Incident Minor Company Also Denies NY Times7 Charges By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer A Du Pont Co study found no safety hazard during the August nuclear reac tor incident that spawned international headlines about the Savannah River Plant even as the company denied new media charges that it has mismanaged SEP The incident occurred when operators attempting to restart the plants PReac tor pulled control rods without first de termining the reason a buildup of neu tronabsorbing helium why the reaction had been faltering The Department of Energy has since ordered a shutdown of all three of the SRPs weapons materials reactors for improvements to operating procedures equipment and management The PReactor incident drew an F rating entailing a reduced safety mar gin and was among 102 reactor events recorded in 1988 The incidents rating is next to the lowest on the plants scale officials said After a Washington Post story in Au gust said the PReactor had been briefly out of control DOE safety advisors in vestigated the incident and corroborated plant officials initial reports that the re actor was never in an unsafe condition On Monday Du Pont again went on the defensive after a New York Times arti cle said the plant contractor and DOE officials at the SRP were intimately aware of critical structural flaws and de ficiencies in management and mainte nance years before three production re actors were shut down for safety reasons Du Pont immediately rebutted the Monday story with a twoparagraph re sponse labeled talking The scenario created by The New York Times that Du Pont withheld im portant information regarding the condi tion of facilities at the Savannah River Plant is in error The government HAS been kept informed of the status of its facilities in a timely fashion This is a continuation of a series of allegations by the Times which we have refuted time and time again and we are not going to provide impetus to the news papers claims by dealing with each and every issue Please See DU PONT Page 8A Fitch Explains Plans For Vale Property By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer While controversy has erupted over his proposed development of the Vale of Montmorenci property Paul V Fitch II has remained quiet until now On Monday Fitch walked the property and explained his plans to the Aiken Standard A number of people have appeared be fore the Aiken County Planning Commis sion and the Aiken County Council to pro test the proposed residential development but Fitch believes that some of their arguments are based on inaccurate information The development will again be dis cussed at the County Planning Commis sion meeting Thursday night at 8 when the project will receive preliminary plat approval discussion Only 300 acres of the Vale property will be subdivided and that portion of the property was cut off from the remaining 700 acres when Old Dibble Road was con structed according to Fitch Fitch closed the deal on the Vale prop erty last week The subdivision planned will feature a sixacre lake with four acres of bank The lake will serve as the subdivisions deten tion pond in addition to recreational uses Lot sizes will be approximately 11 acres with housing prices in the to range The houses will have a minimum area of 1850 square feet Fitch said he intends to build a commu nity building along with soccer and base ball facilities He said he also intends to install concrete curb and gutter instead of rolled asphalt in the subdivision The rear of the 300 acres abuts Quail Hollow Subdivision located off Banks Mill Please See FITCH Page 8A County To Pay Sheriffs Lawyer Expenses A circuit court judge has ordered Aiken County to pay Sheriff Carrol G Heath to cover costs for a lawyer he hired to sue the county over a disputed personnel policy The order was filed Friday in Aiken County Common Pleas Court but that may not be the end of the threeyear legal battle that hit its height in a hearing be fore the state Supreme Court The county could still appeal and keep the dispute in the courts a while longer Sheriff Heath filed suit against the county in 1986 to stop what he called an infringement on his powers as sheriff He disagreed with the countys opinion that sheriffs deputies were subject to county personnel regulations because they are county employees Sheriff Heath hired Aiken lawyer John W Harte to represent him because the county attorney was representing the county government The county argued that he should have sought the services of the circuit solicitor or the state attorney general But after making a few calls Sheriff Heath decided to take neither course The first thing I did when I figured they were going to move in on me was call Solicitor Robert Harte and he said he couldnt handle it I called the attorney generals office and spoke to several peo ple there and they told me I had to put everything in writing he said These people were fixing to move in I didnt have time for all that I called John Harte and he said he would take it he said Although he lost the case concerning Please See COUNTY Page 8A Guilty Plea Expected In Fatal Accident Pauline Roach charged with the deaths of seven New EUenton resi dents in a July 19 car accident is expected to plead guilty today in General Sessions Court to three counts of felony driving under the influence This is the worst case I have ever seen said Solicitor Robert J Bob Harte Harte said he dropped the remain ing six charges in return for Ms Roachs guilty plea He said he took the indictments for the three youn gest children Azarene Harrison El 8 Angel Harrison El 7 and Jamal Harrison 3 He said he also dropped the other charges because of the severity of the sentence for felony driving under the influence Ms Roach 28 Mont morenci could receive up to 25 years in prison for each count The mini mum fine is for each count After a certain point you are just adding paperwork he said Ms Roach was arrested Aug 29 when she left the hospital She was Please Sec GUILTY Page 8A   

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