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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Cincinnati Downs Atlanta Page 1B A Quick Read Lowe Will Perform Community Service ATLANTA AP Actor Rob Lowe will do two years community service to avoid prosecution on charges that he videotaped a young girl performing a sex act at a hotel during the Democratic National Con vention a prosecutor said Saturday Lowe had faced a possible criminal charge of sexual exploitation of a mi nor a charge that carries a maxi mum 20 years in prison and a fine said District Attorney Lewis R Slaton Lowe 25 and his father met with Slaton Friday almost a year after he allegedly taped the sex scene be tween Jan Parsons who was 16 at the time and a female companion at a downtown hotel room during the 1988 convention I needed to talk to him to size him up to see if he was OK for the pro gram Slaton said I felt the young man fit in but I had to be sure of his attitude A telephone call to Lowes agent in Los Angeles late Saturday was not immediately returned Lowe remains the subject of a civil lawsuit brought by Miss Parsons mother Lena Arlene Wilson Beach Pollution Attracts A Crowd NORTH WILD WOOD NJ AP For once a report of beach pollution sent bathers running toward the ocean instead of away from it More than in small bills em bedded in sea weed washed up on the shore Friday morning said Tony Cavalier chief of the North Wild wood municipal beach patrol City employees and visitors at the crowded beach scurried along the water poking through the seaweed in search of the money It was like watching one of those TV shows he said Everyone was running through the water rooting through the seaweed Beach officials speculated that money dropped over a period of time by bathers accumulated on the ocean bottom and was kicked up by the surf in a storm Thursday evening Cavalier said municipal workers cleaning the beach with tractors were the first to notice the money As they jumped off their tractors to search for the bills curious beach goers began to watch them and im mediately joined in the search 1000 Evacuated In California Fun Day Attracts Pqrficipants Weather Partly Cloudy Today will be partly cloudy and hot with a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms The high will be in the 90s There is a 20 percent chance of evening thunderstorms with lows in the 70s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms The high will be in the mid 90s Please see details on Page 4A Deaths Ezekiei Hoily Jr Barnwell Eloise Hutchinson North Augusta Faustine Jones Saluda Pearl C Walthall North Augusta Moses Williams Hephizbah Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge5D Business1C Calendar12C Classifieds3D Comics3B Crossword6D Cryptoquote4D Local Front7 A Obituaries4A Opinions1D SportsIB Stocks2C Weather4A Weddings4C Rapist Up For Parole Officials Opposed To Hearing By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A 43yearold Pelion man implicated in nearly a dozen rapes and convicted in five of them will get a parole hearing next month despite serving less than eight years of a life plus 160year sentence The South Carolina Department of Pro bation Parole and Pardon services in a letter mailed last week informed prose cutors law enforcement agencies and the victims of Benny Allen Hall it will consid er Halls release at a hearing Aug 30 Bennish Brown a spokesman for the State Department of Corrections said Hall who is serving time at Manning Cor rectional Institution became eligible for parole in July Hall a former construction worker with a long record of criminal offenses has been behind bars since his 1981 con victions for rape kidnapping and assault and battery in Aiken and Lexington counties Besides those crimes Hall has a record that goes back to 1969 and includes armed robbery and escape according to state penal system records Eleventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor Don ald V Donnie Myers said Friday that he definitely will oppose the parole boards allowing Hall to be released from the state penal system This man needs to be kept in jail for a long tune said Myers who prosecuted and won four rape charges a kidnapping count and an aggravated assault and bat tery charge against Hall Second Circuit Solicitor Robert J Harte whose office convicted Hall of one rape count in Aiken County was out of town Saturday and unavailable for comment Halls sentences imposed by Circuit Judges Walter Bristow and Rodney A Peeples included life for the kidnapping 120 years for four rapes in Lexington 10 years for assault and battery in Lexing ton and 30 years for rape in Aiken County Aiken County Sheriffs Department in vestigator E L Bo Rearden and Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend who in 1981 was an investigator with the sheriffs department were among those who ap prehended Hall and tied him to the series of rapes Saturday Rearden said Its unreal that a man with this magnitude of time to serve would be even considered for pa role He said he and Mrs Townsend plan to appear before the parole board and oppose Halls release Recounting the series of rapes in 1981 Rearden said because of the pattern that emerged law enforcement authorities suspected that the rapist of two Aiken County women and those in and Richland were being committed by one individual We figured he was coming off the in terstate said Rearden But it was by chance the investigator said that the big break in the case came That occurred after the rape of a 14year old Aiken girl who was picked up while Please See RAPIST Page 10A I Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth DOWNTOWN Aikens downtown merchants and community leaders are discussing how new developments will affect their businesses Going Downtown Merchants Committees Working To Keep Area Healthy By KIM McNEELY Staff Writer Through development committees Aikens downtown merchants and community lead ers hope to save the historic downtown shop ping district Concern over the construction of the new Aiken Mall and development on the south side has prompt ed downtown merchants to discuss how this will af fect their businesses Downtown merchants however dont ail agree there is any immediate need for concern now or when the new mall opens Jeannie Farmer of Julias said Some people can find what they want without going downtown She said that Julias puts a lot of pride in their service There are many people who dont care for malls They dont like the impersonal approach that many stores have that are in a mall situation said Mrs Farmer Its almost selfserve Mrs Farmer also said that Julias may not have to worry about competition from the mall since Julias stock is quite different from what other stores have to offer Since many stores in the downtown area are spe cialty shops do the owners of these stores have to worry about competition from stores in the Aiken Mall Anne Smith of Four Generations an antique store said I think the new mall will be great won derful for everybody but I dont think it will have anything to do with my business My store is more personalized One merchant Sandhill Stations Ann Grooms is convinced that the stores stock and low prices will keep customers coming back We pride ourselves on the fact that we have lots of unique individual things and we think our prices are excellent she said She said the stores at the mall might charge more for items in order to pay their rent We are hoping that it is not going to affect us that much Ms Grooms said I think anybody is going to go see new and different things but in the long run Please See GOING Page IDA Party Chief Jaruzelski Steps Down New Polish Party Leader Caps ComebackPage 10A By The Associated Press WARSAW Poland President Wojciech Jaruzelski re signed Saturday as Communist Party chief and was replaced by the outgoing prime minister Mieczyslaw F Rakowski who has become a champion of conservative elements in the party In another apparent victory for party con servatives two hardliners were named to the ruling Politburo in a shakeup that came on the last day of a Communist Party plenum Four of the 18 Politburo members and five of the nine party secretaries most reform ers or linked to Jaruzelski were dropped Party spokesman Janusz Bisztyga called the move a drive for new faces In addition to quitting as party chief Jar uzelski also resigned from the Politburo and the policysetting Central Committee in JARUZELSKI what appeared to be an effort to show total commitment to the presidency Jaruzelski had promised to resign as party chief a post he held since 1981 if he became president He was elected July 19 to the position created as part of reforms agreed to in talks this year between Communist authorities and the Solidarity trade union movement As president Jaruzelski has control of the military and for eign policy matters and will choose a prime minister to head the government The official news agency PAP said the gathering of the party Central Committee and party deputies of parliament elected Rakowski 171 to 41 to replace Jaruzelski Bisztyga said Ra kowski was the only candidate The selection of the 62yearold Rakowski culminated a re markable political rise by the politician who joined the Polit buro only in December 1987 after having been dropped from the government in 1985 along with several other hardliners The party is in a difficult situation but I believe I have support from thousands of party members Rakowski told state television later I am aware of the importance of the job and I believe that we can find a way out of this difficult situation Rakowski has been sharply criticized for the way he handled the economy during his nine months as prime minister But despite tripledigit inflation food shortages and his plan to rise food prices Aug 1 Rakowski was believed to have gathered support from hardliners and party members fearful of the growing influence of Solidarity Free Enterprise System On Display At Market By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Dr Domy Adriano hopping from stove top to counter top sees his new business as a good way to get his family involved in the free enterprise system Saturday morning the Adriano family with pop doing most of the cooking was out early at Pops Flea and Farmers Mar ket to serve orientalstyle meals In his primary job Dr Adriano is an environmental scien tist working for the University of Georgia at the Savannah River Site His field of work is ground water pollution Tom Clarke an executive with market owner Wyatt Devel opment Co said the Adriano family is a good example of the free enterprise system at work and the values of entrepreneurship Can you believe a scientist doing this kind of thing asked Clarke This is what America is all about Dr Adriano who has worked at the Savannah River Ecology laboratory for 15 years said This is for my wife and chil dren I enjoy doing this kind of thing with my family Please See FRKE Page IDA Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN Shoppers at Pops Fioa anci 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