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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 10, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Reid Turns Pro, To Join NBA Page 7 AA Quick Read Gunman Captured After Air Terrorism BOSTON (AP) — A gunman who killed his ex-wife was captured at Logan International Airport today after commandeering a plane, firing shots from the air and “dive-bombing” the control tower, authorities said. Alfred James Hunter III, whose targets included a parked jetliner, shot his ex-wife to death Tuesday night as their 5-year-old son watched, authorities 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. Hunter’s three-hour flight along the Massachusetts coastline took him over the Kenmore Square neighborhood, where thousands of Boston Red Sox fans were leaving Fenway Park after a baseball game. Police recovered two spent shell casings nearby. • HUNTER Hopes For U.S. 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 designed to pluck the winners of a special “visa lottery” from their applications. The State Department announced on Tuesday that some 20,000 nominees will be chosen at random by the computer, making them eligible for visas granting entry into the country in 1991 or 1992. “The so-called ‘visa lottery’ is now over — 3.2 million people applied su-cessfully” to enter the pool of potential winners, spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters. Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight 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 Zetta J. Miller, Allendale Mary O. Peebles, North Augusta Boyd R. Scott, Buffalo Please see details on Page 11 A. Inside Today Bridge..............................................7C Calendar...........................................9B Classifieds........................................2C Comics.............................................6B Crossword........................................8C Cryptoquote......................................6C Dear Abby.........................................6B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.......................................11A Opinions...........................................4A Sports...............................................7A Television.........................................6B Weather..........................................11A Page 2A Wilson Sentence May Set Precedent AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC L,hriJ';?Y' ' 435 NEWBERRY ST. S v ' AIKEN, S. C 23L01 Wednesday, May IO, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 112 Legislature May Settle School Zoning By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer Sen. Thomas L. Moore has proposed a bill to the S.C. 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 inactive and will stay that way until the Aiken County Board of Education has made a decision about exactly where the attendance line between Area 3 and Area I 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 I and Area 3 along the Hitchcock Bypass from U.S. I to Wilson Pond was unclear, according to Superintendent Dr. Joseph R. Brooks. The Wilson Pond landmark became vague when it was discovered that various 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 I 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 residents that many students who are supposed to be going to the Area 3 schools in the Valley are attending Area I schools in Aiken. Dr. Brooks made no comment about the number of students that attend Area I schools and live in the Area 3 zone. Local residents in both Area I and Area 3 have expressed their concern about the decreasing enrollment of Area 3 schools compared with the Area I schools that are bursting at the seams. (Please See LEGISLATURE, Page 10A) Five Year Proposed Facility Improvement Plan Project $ Estimate 89-90 90-91 91-92 92-93 I 93-94 P Oak wo od 1,638,000 1,638 OOO 4,400,000 .................................................................................................... Leavelle McCamobell .....VV . 1,040.000 ?li (fir 5 |Q Al..... Schofield 1.165.000 1.165,000 ........ I Jackson 1.991 OOO 100.000 I 891 OOO Aiken Hiah (Renovations) ............................ I N AI joust a : ,,, 2 ! 4m 400 80..,OOO '.eeo.400 ... J 0 w,, i OML §§^.ppp I Millbrook 1.886 OOO 95.000 1.791.000 .........................................._.......... I jjiSiSSfli Hammond Hill I I ^49.900 50 OOO 1.289.900 ■ OTO & Jaoener/SaHav Hiqh 558 OOO I 533.000 .......................................................................................... _ . —-............... 2.400.000 I .poo.OOO 1.500.000 125.000 1.375.000 *New School *2 4.4qp.pop 200.OOO . ....... I Aiken Hibh (Additions) 3,705.000 ...... 3.52Q.00C Area Five Office =—J — -...... *$ 1,200,000 in 1994-95 school year, Staff Graphic by Sharon McLaughlin Noriega Pressed To Resign Opposition Calls For Panama Talks U.S. Reaction. ................ Page10A By The Associated Press Schools Eye $35M 5-Year Goal By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer In the Aiken County School District’s Five Year Facility Plan proposal, more than $35 million will be spent between this year and 1994 for renovation, construction and maintenance of local schools. The Five Year Facility Plan was devised by the school district to maintain specific short- and long-term schedules to renovate Aiken County’s schools. The plan is revised every year as items are added to the next school year’s budget. The school district’s 1989-90 preliminary budget and tax rates will be finalized in June. Within the preliminary budget are several proposals for the 1989-90 school year that are part of the Five Year Facility Plan. Under the proposed plan, eight schools will receive funding next year for construction and maintenance. These schools include Oakwood-Windsor Elementary, East Aiken Elementary, Lavelle McCampbell Middle, A.L. Corbett Middle, Schofield Middle, Greendale Elementary, Jackson Middle and Aiken High (renovations). The school district’s projected revenue for the 1989-90 school year to cover the $7.5 million total expenditures, including major maintenance projects, totals approximately $7.6 million. The school district has outlined longterm financing for projects throughout the next five years. Various proposed long-range projects include construction of a new school to be built in 1993-94 and additions to Aiken High School in 1992-94. The new school would be located in Area I, according to school officials, and will house 750 students. The cost of the project will be $4.4 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 Gloverville 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 $3.6 million with construction beginning in June of 1992. (Please See SCHOOLS, Page 10A) PANAMA CITY, Panama — The opposition is trying to convince Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega to enter talks and accept that its man soundly defeated the general’s hand-picked candidate in presidential elections. The opposition and international observers say Noriega’s forces stole Sunday’s election. The government claims to have won by a 2-to-l margin. Noriega has not made a public appearance or statement since the voting — a sign the government of this strategically important country of 2.2 million was surprised by its apparent electoral loss. The opposition’s presidential candidate said Tuesday that he opposes any U.S. military intervention in Panama to oust Noriega, an option cited by the White House as under discussion. The candidate, Guillermo 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 drug-trafficking charges. The government’s electoral commission released the first official results Tuesday, giving government candidate Carlos Duque a 2-to-l lead. Telephone operators at COLINA, the pro-govemment coalition, answered telephones Tuesday with “Duque is President, up with Duque.” But tabulations of results supplied by opposition pollwatchers gave Endara a 236,097 to 79,260 lead with 35.8 percent of the vote counted, close to the 3-1 edge indicated by a Roman Catholic church exit poll. For the first time since U.S.-Panama-nian relations deteriorated last year, the Roman Catholic church has begun speaking out against the regime. Senate Told To Find Own Budget Cuts By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — Either quit complaining about $56 million in proposed tax increases or point out the areas that should be cut from the proposed $3.4 billion state budget, state Sen. John Lindsay told his colleagues as Senate budget debate began. In a 1^-hour explanation Tuesday of the Senate Finance Committee’s budget proposal, the Bennettsville Democrat defended the increases by challenging senators 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 couldn’t do: Reduce these items,” Lindsay said. Instead, the Senate spent about six Victim Identified Sims Before Dying, 2 Witnesses Tell Court By STEPHANIE WARNECKE-ADAMS Staff Writer BUDGET DEBATE: Sen John Lindsay, D-Bennettsville, defends proposed tax increase as debate opens on the South Carolina budget. hours talking about the bill before adjourning to await technical rulings. Sens. Alex Macaulay, D-Walhalla, and Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, ended (Please See SENATE, Page 10A) i Gary Dean Melke identified Mitchell Carlton Sims as his assailant before he died from four gunshot wounds, according 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. 3, 1985, slaying of Melke, 24, and Christopher LeRoy Zerr, 24, in a Hanahan Domino’s Pizza store. Judge Richard E. Fields ruled Melke’s statement was a “dying declaration,” although he did not die until two days later. Judge Fields said that the statement was made when Melke’s “death was imminent” 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 Domino’s Pizza store at approximately 1:30 a.m. Dec. 3,1985, and found Zerr’s body on the floor with a single 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 police 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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