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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Six Americans Killed In Mexico Crash Polo Tournament Final On Tap Today John Osteen Thousands Roll Into Wagener Page 7A A Quick Read Ringleader Of Cult Killed In Gunbattle BRpWNSVILLE Texas AP The ringleader of a drug smuggling cult that killed 15 people has been slain in a yunbatfle with Mexico City police and his girlfriend has been captured police said Saturday A dispatcher with the Cameron County sheriffs office said that cult leader Adolf o de Jesus Constanzo has been killed and that Sara Aldrete was arrested The two have been sought in an international manhunt and are sus pected of being the masterminds in a cult that killed 15 people in a series of ritualistic sacrifices and drugrelat ed slayings Constanzo 26 and Ms Aldrete 24 had been charged with aggravated kidnapping by Cameron County au thorities and are believed to have di rected human sacrifices mutilations and the boiling of brains and other organs in rituals to bring occult pro tection for their drugsmuggling ring The ring and its macabre activities was discovered when authorities un earthed 15 bodies in rural Mexico beginning on April 11 Weather Sunny Skies Today Sunny skies will greet Aiken today with a high in the 70s Tonight will be cooler with a low near 40 Monday will be sunny with a high in the 70s and a low in the mid40s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Orrie T Avin Sumter Mrs Elspye Moore Busbee Wagener Russell B Holley Livingston Texas John W Ledbetter Greenwood Otis Padgett Johnston Jacob Stokes Aiken Ralph D Wells Belvedere Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge5D Calendar3C Classifieds3D Crossword7D Cryptoquote5D DearAbby6C Local Front7A Obituaries6A Opinions1D Sports1B Weather6A Mothers Day Section A Mothers Day Gift Guide is in cluded in todays Aiken Standard The section included gift ideas from area merchants comments from lo cal children and winning and select ed entries from the Draw Your Mom contest COUNTY PttlW wjjjjl tr Local Option Sales Tax Would Aid Homeowners By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Using a house valued at as the benchmark figure an Aiken homeowner could save as much as a year in city and county property taxes if local option sales tax legislation passes the General Assembly and is approved by voters in a November referendum In North Augusta the savings in mu nicipal and county taxes could be even bigger amounting to a projected and homeowners in Jackson and Perry could have municipal levies removed al together while their county taxes would be cut about The individual tax savings projections were made by the South Carolina Tax Commission and published in the Legisla tive Update of the State House of Representatives The legislation which lets voters in each county determine if they want to impose a onecent on the dollar increase in the current fivecent sales tax is in the Senate after passing the House with ease two Weeks ago House Speaker Robert J Shebeens bill is aimed at providing property tax relief especially for those on fixed incomes by mandating rollbacks in millage rates and giving local governments an alternate revenue source See LOCAL Page 4A Tax Savings If Local Option Tax CityCounty House Million Mfg New North Aiken Monetta Windsor do not assess property taxes Figures prepared by SC Tax OYSTER PARADE This float was one of several entries in the Oyster Parade which was held on Laurens Street Saturday morning It served as the prelude to the fifth Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth annual Lobster Races which attracted about 2000 people What Horses Lobsters Oysters Toasted In Aiken ByNINAJ NiDIFFER Staff Writer Fifteen horses ran the Kentucky Derby Saturday but 2000 people in Aiken bare ly noticed They were cheering on more unusual and slower steeds at the Jaycees Fair grounds during the fifth annual WBBQ Strohs Lobster Race and Oyster Parade What did the Lobster Races have that the Derby didnt have one might ask Young women in bikinis dancing in the sand for one thing and The Sands and The Band of Oz belting out beach music throughout the afternoon Also a mini amusement park with swings and a choo choo train to keep the children happy while the adults cheered on the races Like the Derby the Lobster Races had fine welltrained animals with flashy names such as Plunger Hamstrung Harry The Grande Dame and The Mailer to name a few But unlike the horses the lobsters were racing for their lives All but the winners were destined to be cooked before the day was over Some contestants couldnt take the stress and huddled at the starting post with their tails curled under giving up before the races had truly begun Others tried the course backwards or streaked to the finish as though someone was chas ing them with a bucket of melted butter and a squeeze of lemon While the lobsters were racing some of their crustacean cousins were being served for lunch at booths operated by local restaurants Oysters crayfish and lobsters served with beer or soft drinks were going fast Those who thought these creatures looked like bugs from the sea and wouldnt eat one on a bet didnt have to go hungry there were plenty of hot dogs pizza and snowcones too See WHAT Page 4A Panama To Pick Leader By The Associated Press PANAMA CITY Panama Panama nians will pick a president from among two leading candidates Sunday but the election also has turned into yet another contest between Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega and the United States Noriega Panamas de factor ruler has charged that a vote for the opposition is a vote for Washington The opposition says a vote for Noriegas hand picked candidate is a vote for more dictatorship Progovernment candidate Carlos Duque said Friday the NORIEGA general should remain as head of the Panamanian Defense Forces until the year 2000 to assure that Panama gets control of the Panama Canal The United States is bound by treaty to turn the canal over to Panama by 1999 The eight parties in the progovern ment National Liberation Coalition con tend that the opposition and the United States plan to delay or cancel handing over the canal Opposition presidential candidate Guil lermo Endara has said he will fire Nor iega if the general wont retire although Noriega has installed and deposed presi dents at will since he took control of the armed forces in 1983 Endara is running for the fiveyear term under the banner of the Democratic Opposition Alliance a threeparty coalition See PANAMA Page 4A Power Outages Downed Trees Caused By Friday Nights Storm From Staff Reports Friday nights storm felled trees all over Aiken and left numerous residents without power until late Saturday Harriett Skinner manager of member services and energy use at the Aiken Electric Cooperative said that the storm made a big S from the Clarks Hill com munity down through the Valley then back towards Monetta and around to Swansea Heavy rains and high winds caused ex tensive power outages along that path The hardest hit areas were the communi ty of Merriweather near North Augusta Monetta and the section of land near 120 that branches between SC 19 and US 1 The high winds were the culprits In stead of having limbs on lines we had poles broken in half or the tops snapped off she said The winds also brought down trees and limbs and blew down wires The Coopera tive had to call in repair crews from its North District Office to help with the re pairs she said They began at Friday night and V If it wasnt for Gods hand it would have got us Timothy Smith worked straight through Saturday with out a break trying to get people their power back Mrs Skinner said Power was restored to most residents by 9 pm Saturday South Carolina Electric and Gas could not be reached for comment Mr and Mrs Timothy F Smith of Ai ken were not so much worried about their loss of power Friday as they were about having a tree drop into the middle of their house The couple have an Aframe cabin in the middle of a pine thicket located smack in the hardest hit area between SC 19 and US 1 During the storm trees around the Smith house were falling like jackstraws See POWER Page 4A AP Laserphoto RUN FOR THE ROSES Sunday Silence upset favored Easy Goer to win the 115th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday Please see story on Page 1B
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