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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Major League AllStars Picked Page 7A A Quick Read TVs Peoples Court Brings Increased Load GREENVILLE AP The num ber of cases in small claims court in the Greenville area are up this year and magistrates say its due in part to such television shows as The Peo ples Court Now I dont mean any disrespect to The Peoples Court but I can usually tell in 10 minutes if a guy walks in if he has been watching the show said R Carey Werner of Greer a magistrate for 22 years He said the show has made more people prone to filing a claim And that bothers him A lot of people dont realize that once you sue somebody theyll be your enemy for life he said If your neighbors tree falls into your yard yes you can sue him But then you have his hard feelings I would rather spend and still have him as a friend Werner said he does not have spe cific figures but estimates that the number of cases in his court has tri pled over the past three months Deadly Scarlet Fever Back After 50 Years BOSTON AP An outbreak of rapidly fatal bacterial infections in at least four western states could mark the return of dangerous strains of strep germs that mysteriously dis appeared almost 50 years ago re searchers reported today The newly recognized illness which doctors call streptococcal tox ic shock syndrome can lead from a minor skin infection to death in a day or two Strep germs are common but usu ally result in relatively minor illness es such as sore throats More viru lent forms of the microbes were once frequent causes of lifethreatening illnesses including scarlet fever and rheumatic fever But for reasons un clear the dangerous strains of strep largely faded away in the early 1940s In todays New England Journal of Medicine doctors describe 20 cases of severe illness including six deaths that were seen between 1986 and 1988 in Idaho Montana Utah and Nevada They believe the illness was caused by strep bacteria that produce scarlatina toxin the poison responsible for scarlet fever PqgeZA Gorbachev Offers Arsenal Cutbacks Browder Drug Trial Starts Monday Weather Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of eve ning thunderstorms The low will be in the lower 70s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms The high will be in the 90s Please see details on Page 6A Michael Aiverez Martinez Ga Wade Basket North Augusta Grover Gofer North Augusta JW Folk Jr Williston Jimmy A Green North Augusta Marie C Johnson North Augusta Arthur B Pope Mobile Ala Thomas Anthony Wooden Washington DC Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5B 98 38 2B 68 48 28 1B 6A 4A 7A 28 6A Graniteville Co Assessing Fire Loss By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer GRANITEVILLE Graniteville Com pany officials and firemen were assess ing damage today from a fire that raged through the companys Hickman Division weave room Wednesday night William E Bill Johnson vice presi dent for administration said the fire started around 11 but he could give no cause for the blaze The fire kept firefighters from six area fire departments busy as they fought the blaze throughout the night At pm firefighters from the PhotoPagelOA Graniteville Co called for assistance from the GranitevilleVaucluseWarren ville Volunteer Fire Department which responded and called for mutual aid from the other departments in the county said Chief Phil Napier of the GVW department Chief Napier said that when his depart ment arrived at the fire they could not see the blaze due to the large amounts of smoke inside the building About 100 firemen from Belvedere Langley Bath Beech Island and the City of Aiken joined the local firefighters in battling the blaze he said Firemen used approximately 500 air tanks during the night Chief Napier said Each tank contains about 30 minutes worth of oxygen A GVW spokesman said two firemen suffered from smoke inhalation and were transported to HCA Aiken Regional Med ical Centers Graniteville resident Dirk Bennett and Freddie Bell of Bath were in stable but guarded condition this morning hospital officials said Both men were kept overnight for ob servation Bell was to be transfered to the hospitals intensive care unit this morn ing officials said Johnson said the plant was shut down for the Fourth of July holiday so no one was at the plant when the fire started Considerable smoke fire and water damage was found among the 300 looms in the weave room he added The sprinkler system in the building which has about 800 nozzles helped limit the damage Johnson said Cleanup efforts were under way this morning and smoldering rolls of cloth were removed from the building so the job could be done Chief Napier said Punishment Fashioned To Fit Crime By The Associated Press WASHINGTpN The judge in Oliver L Norths case balanced the former presidential aides achievements against his IranContra crimes to fashion a pun ishment that could defuse the controver sy over his prosecution US District Judge Gerhard A Gesells sentencing decision Wednesday an swered a question posed by defense law yer Brendan V Sullivan Jr who asked What is Oliver Norths good life How Does Aiken FeelPage 10A Before placing him or two years proba tion Gesell told North he had considered the many highly commendable aspects of your life as a Marine hero in Vietnam and later as a staff aide at the National Security Council Against Norths 20 years of service as a Marine Corps officer and a presidential aide Gesell weighed the three crimes for which North he stands convicted de stroying or altering IranContra docu ments helping falsify a chronology of USIran arms sales to deceive Congress and illegally accepting a home security system By giving North what he called a AP Laserphoto LEAVING COURT Oliver North preceded by his wife Betsy leaves US DistrictCourt following sentencing chance to start something good and wholesome for the future the judge made it harder for Norths supporters to portray their hero as a martyr Gesell told North that while he was a lowranking subordinate working to car ry out initiatives of a few cynical superi ors he didnt consider him blameless Please See PUNISHMENT Page 10A Some Fear Rein May Hurt Crops By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Some South Carolina farmers are worried that if rainfall con tinues to be heavy throughout July they may begin having some problems with crops But most seem to agree theyd rather deal with too much rain than too little Meanwhile the US Army Corps of En gineers expressed delight Wednesday that lake levels were rising because of heavy rainfall this spring Were still out there doing the rain dance said Corps of Engineers spokes man Jim Parker Precipitation varied widely across the state in June with some of the highest totals reported in Caesars Head 159 inches Hogback Mountain 125 inches and Walhalla 117 inches Rainfall was below normal in Lockhart and Dillon Last summer rainfall amounts were below normal The forecast is for continued heavier rain than normal in July which has some agriculture experts concerned that mud will keep farmers out of their fields crops will develop slowly and weeds and insects will multiply Please See SOME FEAR Page IDA Abortion Activists Gather Support For Rally By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Abortion rights ac tivists expect to blunt the impact of a Supreme Court ruling with a mass mo bilization of the American people to march on the Capitol and to target key legislative races next year Organizers for the National Organiza tion for Women announced Wednesday they hope to draw 1 million people to the march at the end of October The march will make the equal rights inarch look like a peanut compared to the giant that will come out here NOW President Molly Yard told a raindamp ened crowd of several hundred who gath ered for a rally across the street from the White House We will organize with NOW the larg est mass mobilization in history she said Last April abortion rights activists lobbied on Capitol Hill to try to influence the Supreme Courts decision on a Mis souri law imposing restrictions on abor tion Crowdsize estimates ranged from 300000 to 600000 men and women Demo crats and Republicans and Hollywood stars However justices on Monday upheld the Missouri law giving states new pow er to regulate abortion Were not about to go home and give up said Yard We are going to stay and fight Yard said the NOW march will be part of the groups Freedom Campaign for Womens Life which also will include a Freedom Caravan that will travel to every state to educate women about the abortion rights movement About 14 leaders from a dozen national prochoice groups yelled into micro phones set up in Lafayette Park to issue warnings to President Bush and other elected officials who are against women having the right to choose abortions Oth ers held banners waved signs hooted cheered and clapped Police lined the streets and milled through the crowd to carry off a few anti abortion activists who infiltrated the ral ly with their own signs Irene Natividad national chairwoman of the National Womens Political Cau cus said her group will focus on training women to run for state legislative seats Retiring Again Second Career Coming To An End For Veteran Law Enforcement Officer By FRAN PODA Staff Writer Capt James W Whitehurst finished his second career last week when he retired from the Aiken County Sheriffs Depart ment after more than 25 years in law enforcement Capt Whitehurst 63 spent 20 years in the Navy before he began working in law enforcement At the age of 37 he found himself at the end of one career and at the beginning of another one He retired from the Navy while sta tioned in Beaufort and began his lawen forcement career there After 14 months he began looking for greener pastures and higher pay and Aiken Department of Public Safety thendirector EM Zip Hanna hired him as a patrolman in 1964 Hes lived in Aiken ever since enforcement was a natural field for Capt Whitehurst to get into as many members of his family are fellow police officers His father was in law enforcement and in Capt Whitehursts home of Florida there are many badged Whitehursts keeping order in the streets he said Capt Whitehurst stayed at the public safety department until 1970 when he hired on with the sheriffs department as a deputy sheriff By the time he retired he had worked up to the position of cap tain of investigations The only higher po sition in the department is the one held by Sheriff Carrol G Heath Capt Whitehursts Friday retirement was actually his second In 1980 he decid ed it was time to quit and he did But when Sheriff Heath Capt Whitehursts old buddy at the public safety depart ment was elected sheriff that year he dragged Capt Whitehurst out of retire ment to be his captain of investigations He tried it and I conned him into for getting that foolishness Sheriff Heath said It wont be the same around here Its like losing a plank out of the Ark I dont feel hes going to stay inactive long Capt Whitehurst will be a part of the deputy reserves and will work when hes needed or when he has some free time Judging by his first day as a retired man that might be often He was taking part in an audit of the evidence room Monday the working day after he retired The difference between now and the first time he retired is that now his wife Peggy is at home too Its time for me to start relaxing en joying what life I have left he said Which I hope happens to be a long time chimed in Sheriff Heath When I get through doing all the jobs that Ive let go for four and a half years I might do some traveling Capt White hurst added In the 25plus years Capt Whitehurst has been in law enforcement there have been many changes he said The basic difference is that crimes now are more violent and more drugrelated Its also harder to keep people in jail now than it used to be Sheriff Heath said PleaseSee WHITEHURST PURO IflA Staff Photo By Scott Webster RETIRING Capt James W Whitehurst ends loncj career   

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