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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina iiOrVf 4S5 NcViBERRY ST S W AIKENS C 23801 Sports Bulls Take 21 Playoff Lead Page 1B A Quick Read Doctor Claims Firing Resulted From Praying TOLEDO Ohio AP A doctor who says he was fired by a hospital for praying at patients bedsides has filed a civil rights complaint accus ing the institution of religious discrimination Dr Ju Woong Jung 51 said in the complaint filed with the state Civil Rights Commission this month that he had prayed with patients for 10 years while on the staff of St Lukes Hospital with no problems Jung was fired in February by hos pital President Frank Bartell m who cited him for insubordination and willful neglect of duty Hospital officials said the dismissal followed repeated warnings about praying with patients In his complaint the Koreanborn Baptist said he fulfilled his duties to his patients and that he discussed his beliefs and prayed with patients only with their consent in order to comfort Traveling Swindlers Jailed In Mississippi NASHVILLE Tenn cou ple charged with bilking shopkeepers out of at least from Florida to Utah have been arrested in Missis sippi an FBI agent in says Donald Edward Hipps 44 and Phyllis Elaine Hipps 41 believed to be from North Carolina were arrest ed Friday in Gulfport Miss said Nashville FBI agent Verne Gauby This is a significant arrest be cause this couple have bilked a sub stantial number of people all the way from Florida to Utah Gauby said The FBI became involved in 1985 and as of right now their total take is more than Thats just what we know right now After their arrest in Gulfport the couple was placed in federal custody in Biloxi Miss to await a court ap pearance he said He was unsure of when they would have an arraignment Weather Cloudy Possible Rain Mostly cloudy today with a chance of rain high in the lower 80s Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of thun dershowers Low 60 Please see de tails on Page 6A Deaths Hannah Dyar Anderson Mary Peebles North Augusta Callie E Sweat Gloverville Dorcie E Morgan AikenPlease see de tails on Page 6A ide Today Bridge5D Calendar5C Classifieds3D Crossword6D Cryptoquote4D DearAbby8C Local Front7A Obituaries6A Opinions1D Sports1B Weather6A Pctge2A Soviet Minister Hints Of Rearmament Dogwoods Kesslin Wins Iroquois Sunday 1989 Aiken South Carolina Rudnick Party Switchers Violate Trust By The Associated Press COLUMBIA State lawmakers who switch political parties while in office should resign and run under the banner of their new party says a House Democrat who contends defectors violate a trust to the party that helped elect them and to voters I dont think that its right morally and ethically says Rep Irene Rudnick DAiken In recent weeks four House Democrats have defected to the Republican camp The switches have left the Democrats with an 8341 advantage One more defec tion by a Democrat and Republicans vot ing as a bloc could defeat Democrats attempts to override a veto by Gov Car roll Campbell Mrs Rudnick renewed her efforts on behalf of the bill which requires lawmak ers who switch parties to resign and run under their new party during a House Democratic Caucus last week A House Judiciary subcommittee tabled the mea sure in February and prospects for pas sage this session appear dim I think it offers a solution to those who think that they can defect from one party to the other without having to be respon sible to anyone except their own individ ual consciences she said But one House member who changed parties and a leading House Republican blasted Mrs Rudnicks bill My position on that would be that in South Carolina you dont register by par ty when you register to vote and most voters that I know in this state elect the person on the basis of his own record and not on the basis of party said Rep Ter ry Haskins RGreenville and the minor ity leader So to say that if an individual office holder changes parties that he has to give up the office would be to say to those voters that you didnt elect him that you elected a party And I dont be lieve the people of South Carolina elect parties to office they elect individuals Rep Tom Huff of North Augusta chairman of the House Rules Committee was chief deputy majority whip until he defected to the GOP I dont think it violates the trust Huff said Certainly Im from a Repub lican area and have been elected as a Democrat I think a lot of the trust that the people have placed in me have been placed in me as an individual My change was to try to reflect what I Please See RUDNICK Page Jury Returns Death Penalty Against Sims By STEPHANIE WARNECKEADAMS Staff Writer At noon on Saturday Mitchell C Suns received the death penalty sentence for the second time A seven man five woman jury found Sims guilty Thursday of the Dec 31985 murders of Christopher Leroy Zerr 24 and Gary Dean Melke 24 in the Hanahan Dominos Pizza store where they worked The sentencing portion of his trial be gan Friday and ended with the jury rec ommending death after just over an hour of deliberations Saturday morning Im glad I didnt have to make the decision said Dan Melke Garys fa ther I am glad it went the way it did though he added They brought in the verdict we were looking fer We know he wont get out to do it again said William Zerr Christo phers father Sims has also been sentenced to death in California for the Dec 101985 murder of John Harrigan a 21yearold Glendale Dominos Pizza deliveryman The trial was moved from Berkeley County to Aiken County because of exten sive news coverage In an emotional sentencing hearing Sims mother sister and half brother told that the family suffered physical mental Please See JURY Page 5A Courtesy Charleston News And Courier SIMS AND DEFENSE An artists rendition shows Mitchell C Sims right with his attorneys Mitchell Lanier top and William Runyon Tornadoes SchoolmatesPlaymates Can Give Eyewitness Report On Them By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer WILLISTON Andre Reed got a chance to talk about tornadoes during a weather briefing on his schools televi sion report last week The eightyearold third grader was more than just a weather forecaster he was a celebrity of some stature because of his relationship with at least one tornado Andre and his schoolmateplaymate PhotoSee Page 5A Clarence Duke Williams 11 were sucked into the funnel of a twister that cut a thousandyard swath through Wil liston two weeks ago Miraculously the storm which did an estimated worth of damage didnt kill anyone but the two boys said they got the ride of their lives as it shred ded a mobile home in which they had been playing It just picked us up and took us off said Duke taking a break from class and sitting on a piece of playground equip ment at Kelly Edwards Elementary School It just tore up everything but we got up and ran he added Duke and Andre were sitting in the Reeds mobile home playing with a tele vision game when the tornado swooped down on Halford Street shortly before 6 pm May 1 Please See TOENADOES Page 5A Bush Calls For Ouster Of Noriega Support Pledged For New Leader By The Associated Press STARKVILLE Miss President Bush on Saturday urged the Panamanian people and defense forces to drive Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega and his dober man thugs from power and pledged sup port for a successor government Bush stopped short of directly urging violence or a coup but told reporters aboard Air Force One I would love to see Noriega out of there right now Noriega is under in dictment in this coun try on drug charges but Bush said he didnt care whether the Pan amanian leader went to a nation that has an extradition treaty with the United States Press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said We know what coun tries are willing to NORIEGA take Noriega But an administration offi cial who spoke on condition of anonymity said there are no signs the leader is get ting ready to step down The president made his comments to reporters as US troops continued flying into Panama on a mission of protection for Americans and US facilities in the wake of violence that followed last weeks election Bush has accused the Noriega regime of stealing the election from the opposition candidate Guillermo Endara Asked by reporters if his words could be seen as a call to revolution or violent overthrow Bush chose not to temper the remarks No I would add no words of caution The will of the people should be imple mented he said Bush hedged a hypothetical question about the American military responding to request for aid from the 15000strong Please See BUSH Page 6A Building Off To Surprising Spring Surge By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Spring has brought more to Aiken County and its incorporated towns than warmer temperatures the blooming of azalea and dogwood and the urge to get out and plant a garden It has brought a building boom both commercial and residential un matched in recent years and indications are the surge in construction may contin ue throughout the year Building permit activity sheets ob tained from Aiken County and the cities of Aiken and North Augusta show more than million worth of new construc tion planned Please See BUILDING Page 6A February Permits Value Commercia Permits Value Permits S value Permits I Value Aiken County North Augusta i 183548 H x 1446358 February Permits Value April Permits Value March Permits Value January Permits S Value Residential Aiken County 23 11699600 36 North Augusta 8 I 799t85 Note Figures do NOT include all renovations and additions for Aiken County and Aiken Staff Graphic By Sharon Mclaughlin
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