Aiken Standard, January 18, 1989

Aiken Standard

January 18, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 18, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Bender Leaves USC For Rice Page 7A A Quick Read Committee Approves Marital Rape Bill COLUMBIA AP A bill to make marital rape a crime is on the way to the state Senate where its sponsor predicts quick passage State Sen Herbert Fielding D Charleston says he thinks the back ing of Senate leaders will assure the bills approval He also expects few problems in winning House approval and the necessary signature of Gov Carroll Campbell The Senates Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the bill Tuesday The action came as the General Assembly began its second full week with a full slate of committee meetings Under current law a person can not be charged with criminal sexual conduct the legal term for rape if the victim is his legal spouse un less the couple lives apart by court order Please see legislature story on Page 2A HEARIN in Kidnapping Case JACKSON Miss AP Multimillionaire Robert Hearin has paid million in ransom and spent six anguishfilled months awaiting word on his kid napped wife and neighbors say it might be time to accept shell nev er return For fear of sounding callous I dont want to say that But yet I think as time goes by people are becoming increasingly despondent about the chances of solving 73yearold An nie Laurie Hearins disappearance Julia Yandell said Tuesday Yandall and others in Jacksons posh Woodland Hills neighborhood have been on edge since July 26 when Mrs Hearin was abducted from her home FBI agents also arent as optimis tic as they were a few months ago Page 2A Rioters Loot Miami Stores Set Fires Weather Expect Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 30s Sunny skies are forecast for Thursday with a high in the mid 60s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths JobyS Hough Camden Bruce E Murray Aiken Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 4C 4B 2C 2B 5C 3C 2B 1B 6A 1C 7A 2B 5A Page IB Roach Gets 15Year Prison Sentence Wednesday January 181989 Legislators Battle For Panel Post ByTRIPDuBARD The Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA Senior members of the House and Senate have made a race of the chairmanship of the Joint Legislative Screening Committee Sen Thomas Smith a Florence Demo crat chaired the committee through some of the most controversial action of last years session hearings on the quali fications of circuit judges Rodney Pee ples and Lawrence Richter whose hear ing ended his judicial career But his defeat in the fall elections has created an opening at the top Now Sen John Martin DFairfield and the ranking senator and Rep John Rogers DMarlboro and the speaker pro tempore of the House are competing for the seat trying to win the necessary five votes from the four House and four Sen ate members on the committee The eightmember panel reviews can didates for judgeships Rogers says he had commitments this fall from all House members and two senators to take the chairmanship which has been held by a senator since the com mittee began in 1975 But those commitments he said erod ed with senatorial courtesy when Martin entered the race and now a vote is stalled over the question of who has au thority to call the first meeting Martin called an organizational meet ing in preparation for the committees first screenings set to begin Thursday But Rep Malloy McEachin DFlor ence who was elected vice chairman last year and who since has been sending out notice of the hearings cancelled the meeting and rescheduled it for Wednes day He said the Tuesday meeting con flicted with a courtordered appearance he had to make in his duty as an attorney The four senators met anyway but ad journed because the committee had no quorum This is the first controversy Ive seen on calling the meeting to order Martin said Since all committee members had to be reappointed to the committee at the beginning of the new twoyear legislative session Jan 10 Martin said the commit tee had no officers As the senior senator Please See LEGISLATORS Page 11A Graniteville Ministers Want Tough Drug Action Staff Photo By Scott Webster SOLITUDE Chris Owensby of Aiken rides a bicycle on the beach at Hilton Head recently By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer Ministers and citizens from the Grani teville area particularly the New Hope area came to the Aiken County Council meeting last night asking them to get tough on drugs Barry T Antley spokesman for the Graniteville Ministerium told council the area had endured two violent deaths and a number of thefts and burglaries be cause of the drug trafficking in the community The Rev Ronald Coleman has been beaten and threats made on his life be cause of his fight against drugs he said The Rev Coleman is from the New Hope Community The Rev Antley told council he appre ciated the recent efforts by the Aiken County Sheriffs Department but it had not reduced the drug traffic It has pushed it from broad daylight to sidewalk shadows he said The Rev Antleys biggest pitch was for an effective plan to combat the problem We want it in the papers he said We want an overall plan We want results The Rev Antley said he had been told by Sheriff Carrol G Heath and Solicitor Robert J Bob Harte that they would continue to fight the problem but there was no solution and it was a unchange able fact of life We cant accept that response he said We deserve better than that Solicitor Harte disputed ever making the statement to the Rev Antley I never said the problem in New Hope cant be solved he said I did say it would take an extremely high effort Solicitor Harte also said that the Aiken County Sheriffs Department had the same number of officers to cover all of Aiken County that the city of Aiken and North Augusta had Please See GRANITEVILLE Page 11A Bush Moves Closer To White House By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON George Bush is mov ing out of his vice presidential mansion and closer to the White House as the countdown to his inauguration officially begins today with a trumpet fanfare fire works spectacular and trio of black tie dinners The man who said he wanted to be the education president was beginning the day with a speech to 250 teachers sum moned from each state for the inaugura tion They were nominated by homestate officials to represent the best from Amer icas schools Schedule Of Events Page 11A In a bow to the political operation that helped him win the White House Bush also planned to oversee the installation of his campaign manager Lee Atwater as chairman of the Republican Party Bush will be sworn in as the nations 41st president at am EST Friday but the fiveday celebration of his inaugu ration begins today with an outdoor twi light pageant at the Lincoln Memorial complete with herald trumpets fire works and a flyover of Navy combat jets As inaugural guests flooded into hotels building to an estimated 300000 cele brants Bush and his wife Barbara were moving out of the official residence theyve occupied for the last eight years on the grounds of the Naval Observatory off Massachusetts Avenue Bushs temporary home until he goes to the White House on Friday is the Blair House the newly refurbished govern ment guest quarters across the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Bushs aides say the move will allow workers time to prepare the vice presi dents residence for its new occupants Dan Quayle and Ms family who will move in next month after renovations Please See BUSH Page 11A Shock Reigns After Massacre At Recess By The Associated Press STOCKTON Calif Children whose families escaped the horrors of the Viet nam War saw their schoolyard turned into a killing field the target of a silent gunman armed with a rifle and a pistol bearing the word victory After the massacre at recess the bod ies of three Southeast Asian children were outlined in blue on the playground of Cleveland Elementary School where they died Two others had been dragged by teachers inside to a classroom but also died Twentynine other pupils were wounded along with a teacher The shooting recalls similar incidents in an affluent Chicago sub urb and at a Green wood Elementary school last year There was shooting all over I was scared said sixth grader Binh Hoang who was born in Viet nam in 1975 in the final PITR nv days of war and had UKUY never before heard gunfire Everybody was crying in my class Police said a drifter identified as Pat rick Edward Purdy 26 armed with two handguns and an AK47 assault rifle en tered the school grounds around noon time Tuesday and fired about 60 rounds before he shot himself to death Afterward a large handgun and the as sault rifle lay on the ground near a pool of blood and the gunmans body The word victory was written on the pistol handle Binh said she was sitting in math class when the shooting began outside the woodandstucco school building Her Please See SHOCK Page 11A Council To Appeal Legal Fees Ruling The Aiken County Council voted Tuesday night to appeal a Circuit Court judges order to pay Sheriff Carrol G Heath to cover attorney fees in his power infringe ment case against the county Heath said this morning that he was not aware that the council had decided to appeal the award and de clined comment untilbe talked with his attorney Judge Marion Kinon made the award in an order filed Friday in the Aiken County Common Pleas Court He is the same judge who heard the case in February 1987 and ruled in favor of the county Sheriff Heath ap pealed that ruling to the Supreme Court Those favoring the appeal includ ed District 8 Councilman Willar H Hightower District 7 Councilman J Allen Brodie District 6 Councilwom an Rosemary English District 4 Councilman William E Eddie But ler District 3 Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie and District 1 Councflwoman Kathy D Rawls District 2 Councilman Medwell Hill opposed filing an appeal and Chairman Carrol H Warner abstained District 5 Councilman Eugene A Duckett left the meeting before the vote was taken Aiken attorney John W Harte rep resented Sheriff Heath in the trial Sheriff Heath filed suit in 1986 to stop what was termed an infringe ment on his powers as sheriff by making deputies subject to county personnel regulations CARROLL CAMPBELL Will give State of the State address State Condition Good Improving Gov Carroll A Campbell Jr will spend 35 minutes tonight telling South Carolinians that the state of their state is good and improving Gov Campbells State of the State speech to the 170 members of the General Assembly will be televised at 7 pm on WISTV Channel Please see Page 2A for related story ;

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