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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 10, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Reid Turns Pro To Join NBA Page 7A A Quick Read Gunman Captured After Air Terrorism BOSTON AP A gunman who killed his exwife was captured at Lo gan International Airport today after commandeering a plane firing shots from the air and divebombing the control tower authorities said Alfred James Hunter HI whose targets included a parked jetliner shot his exwife to death Tuesday night as their 5 yearold son watched authori ties said Logan officials said the small plane swooped and dived over runways forcing them to close the airport for an hour Twice they evacuated the control tower because they feared he would smash into it Hunters threehour flight along the Massachusetts coastline took him over the Kenmore Square neighbor hood where thousands of Boston Red Sox fans were leaving Fenway Park after a baseball game Police recov ered two spent shell casings nearby Hopes For US Visa Rest With Computer WASHINGTON AP The hopes and dreams of more than 3 million people seeking to enter the United States now rest with a computer de signed to pluck the winners of a spe cial visa lottery from their applications The State Department announced on Tuesday that some 20000 nomi nees will be chosen at random by the computer making them eligible for visas granting entry into the country in 1991 or 1992 The socalled visa lottery is now over 32 million people applied su cessfully to enter the poo of poten tial winners spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters HUNTER Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night and Thursday with a low in the upper 40s and a high in the lower 70s Please see details on Page 11A Deaths Fred L Baker North Augusta Leroy T Bonnette Springfield Helen Hiday Aiken ZettaJ Miller Allendale Mary O Peebles North Augusta Boyd R Scott Buffalo Please see details on Page 11 A Inside Today Bridge7C Calendar9B Classifieds2C Comics68 Crossword8C Cryptoquote6C DearAbby6B Local Obituaries11A Opinions4A Sports7A Television6B Weather11A PageiA Wilson Sentence May Set Precedent Aiken Planners Approve Annexation AIKEN COUNTY Plri 10 i 435 NEWStRRY sr AiKEiJ S C Aiken South Carolina Legislature May Settle School Zoning By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer Sen Thomas L Moore has proposed a bill to the SC General Assembly that would give the Aiken County Legislative Delegation authority over Aiken County School District attendance zones The bill which has passed the Senate is now before the House delegation from Aiken County The bill is currently inac tive and will stay that way until the Aiken County Board of Education has made a decision about exactly where the atten dance line between Area 3 and Area 1 is located according to Sen Moore When the attendance lines between the five administrative areas in the school district were drawn in the early 1980s the line between Area 1 and Area 3 along the Hitchcock Bypass from US 1 to Wilson Pond was unclear according to Superin tendent Dr Joseph R Brooks The Wilson Pond landmark became vague when it was discovered that vari ous ponds in the area were named Wilson Pond Dr Brooks said Because the line that the school board has used encompasses more houses in Area 1 than in the Area 3 local residents have raised concern about exactly which line is the correct border school officials said Claims have been made by local resi dents that many students who are sup posed to be going to the Area 3 schools in the Valley are attending Area 1 schools in Aiken Dr Brooks made no comment about the number of students that attend Area 1 schools and live in the Area 3 zone Local residents in both Area 1 and Area 3 have expressed their concern about the decreasing enrollment of Area 3 schools compared with the Area 1 schools that are bursting at the seams Please See LEGISLATURE Page IDA Five Year Proposed Facility improvement Plan For Aiken County Schools E Aiken AL Corbett Greendae AikenHiqh Renovations Beivedere 2 500 165000 R76500 000 30 000 698 CLQQ 1PJ2AQSQ 212500 0 ooo 7S 000 5 89 f 000 ooo B69400 663000 342 000 700000 Staff Graphic by Sharon Mclaughlin Schools Eye 5Year Goal By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer In the Aiken County School Districts Five Year Facility Plan proposal more than million will be spent between this year and 1994 for renovation con struction and maintenance of local schools The Five Year Facility Plan was de vised by the school district to maintain specific shortand longterm schedules to renovate Aiken Countys schools The plan is revised every year as items are added to the next school years budget The school districts 198990 prelimi nary budget and tax rates will be final ized in June Within the preliminary bud get are several proposals for the 198990 school year that are part of the Five Year Facility Plan Under the proposed plan eight schools will receive funding next year for con struction and maintenance These schools include OakwoodWindsor Ele mentary East Aiken Elementary Lea velle McCampbell Middle AL Corbett Middle Schofield Middle Greendale Ele mentary Jackson Middle and Aiken High The school districts projected revenue for the 198990 school year to cover the million total expenditures including major maintenance projects totals ap proximately million The school district has outlined long term financing for projects throughout the next five years Various proposed longrange projects include construction of a new school to be built in 199394 and additions to Aiken High School in 199294 The new school would be located in Area 1 according to school officials and will house 750 students The cost of the project will be million and will be completed in 1995 Other projects the school board has yet to approve that are part of the proposed facility plan are renovations at Glover ville Elementary and a new elementary school for the Warrenville community The new Warrenville school would have a capacity of 500 students The cost of the project would be million with construction beginning in June of 1992 Please See SCHOOLS Page 10A Noriega Pressed To Resign Opposition Calls For Panama Talks US ReactionPage 10A By The Associated Press PANAMA CITY Panama The oppo sition is trying to convince Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega to enter talks and accept that its man soundly defeated the gener als handpicked candidate in presiden tial elections The opposition and international ob servers say Noriegas forces stole Sun days election The government claims to have won by a 2tol margin Noriega has not made a public appear ance or statement since the voting a sign the government of this strategically important country of 22 million was sur prised by its apparent electoral loss The oppositions presidential candidate said Tuesday that he opposes any US military intervention in Panama to oust Noriega an option cited by the White House as under discussion The candidate GuiUermo Endara said intervention would cause more problems than it solves Endara and other opposition leaders did not specify what action they wanted from Washington which has been trying to topple Noriega since his indictment last year in Miami on drugtrafficking charges The governments electoral commis sion released the first official results Tuesday giving government candidate Carlos Duque a 2tol lead Telephone operators at COLINA the progovernment coalition answered tele phones Tuesday with Duque is Presi dent up with Duque But tabulations of results supplied by opposition pollwatchers gave Endara a 236097 to 79260 lead with 358 percent of the vote counted close to the 31 edge indicated by a Roman Catholic church exit poll For the first time since USPanama nian relations deteriorated last year the Roman Catholic church has begun speak ing out against the regime Senate Told To Find Own Budget Cuts By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Either quit complaining about million in proposed tax in creases or point out the areas that should be cut from the proposed billion state budget state Sen John Lindsay told his colleagues as Senate budget debate began In a explanation Tuesday of the Senate Finance Committees budget proposal the Bennettsville Democrat de fended the increases by challenging sena tors with ideas on cutting the budget to quit arguing and begin trimming If you are against a tax increase then it is incumbent upon you to do what the Finance Committee in good conscience couldnt do Reduce these items Lind say said Instead the Senate spent about six Victim Identified Sims Before Dying 2 Witnesses Tell Court BUDGET DEBATE Sen John Lindsay DBennettsville defends proposed tax increase as debate opens on the South Carolina budget hours talking about the bill before ad journing to await technical rulings Sens Alex Macaulay DWalhalla and Glenn McConnell RCharleston ended Please See SENATE Page 10A By STEPHANIE WARNECKEAOAMS Staff Writer Gary Dean Melke identified Mitchell Carlton Sims as his assailant before he died from four gunshot wounds accord ing to two witnesses during the first day of testimony in Sims trial Sims is charged with two counts of murder and one count of armed robbery stemming from the Dec 31985 slaying of Melke 24 and Christopher LeRoy Zerr 24 in a Hanahan Dominos Pizza store Judge Richard E Fields ruled Melkes statement was a dying declaration al though he did not die until two days later Judge Fields said that the statement was made when Melkes death was immi nent and he was without hope of life Sims trial was moved from Berkeley County because of extensive news coverage Michelle Denise Nadeau 35 testified that she was a Hanahan police officer at the time of the shooting She said she responded to the Dominos Pizza store at approximately am Dec 31985 and found Zerrs body on the floor with a sin gle gunshot wound to the side of the head She said his hands were bound behind his back with a telephone cord Zerr was pronounced dead at the scene She said she noticed bloody footprints leading from the back of the store out the front door Melke was able to leave the store after being shot four times in the head and neck area and drive to the Hanahan po lice department approximately 500 yards away according to Chief George David Pledger 34 Chief Pledger a paramedic with the Hanahan fire department testified he treated Melke on the morning of Dec 3 Chief Pledger said that he found Melke on the floor of the police department in front of the dispatcher window with his head resting on the sill He said Melke was crying and said Please help me Please See VICTIM Page 10A   

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