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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Jets Rally Win NC Exhibition A Quick Read Lightning Kills Man At Funeral COLUMBIA AP A Clinton man who was attending his aunts fu neral was struck and killed by light ning during the burial service in the Gates of Heaven Cemetery Sunday authorities said Charles Rice 50 was about 15 feet from a tent set up to shelter the grave when he was struck during a thunderstorm said Richland County Coroner Frank Barron The bolt shredded and burned Rices clothes Rice was the nephew of Mary E Pickens of Columbia said TJ Sulli van funeral home director Mourners had gathered about pm for the service when Rice was hit Sullivan said adding that no trees were nearby The lightning made a hole in the ground Sullivan said Couple Survives 2 Months At Sea ALAMEDA Calif AP A hus band and wife said they survived 66 days at sea on raw fish and purified water after whales rammed and sank their pleasure boat off the Cen tral American coast William Butler 60 and his 52year old wife Simone were taken to a hos pital in Golfito Costa Rica after be ing rescued by a Costa Rican Coast Guard crew Saturday afternoon about 30 miles off that citys Pacific coast said US Coast Guard spokes man Egbert Vallecillo Butler told Coast Guard officials their 40foot pleasure boat the Si boney was attacked and sunk by several whales on June 15 about 1200 miles southwest of Costa Rica As the boat was sinking the couple grabbed fishing rods and a saltwa ter purifier and set off in a rubber lifeboat Vallecillo said During the course of the two months the lifeboat drifted slowly eastward The Butlers caught be tween 400 and 500 pounds of fish and survived multiple shark attacks by sealing punctures with a raft repair kit the Coast Guard said Butler told Coast Guard officials he is an experienced sailor The couples last radio contact was June 13 when they talked to their daughter Susan Smith in Miami Weather Fair Skies Tonight Fair skies are expected tonight with a 20 percent chance of an eve ning thunderstorm and a low near 70 Partly cloudy skies will return Tues day with a 20 percent chance of an afternoon thunderstorm The high will be in the mid 90s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths James S Baker Jamaica NY Cebell H Bussey Edgefield Lorine P Gordon Highlands Texas Louise D Robertson Augusta Elias J Smith North Augusta Ralph N Studdard Augusta Margie Tudor North Augusta Charlie M Wray Augusta Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge5B Calendar3B Classifieds3B Comics2B Crossword6B Cryptoquote48 DearAbby2B Lewis Grizzard3A Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7A Television2B Weather6A Page 2A WKBI COUflTY PUBLIC UBRMX Gasoline Prices Expected To Fall Page IB ATC Holds Graduation Ceremony Bikers Killer Left Slim Leads Coroner Holds To Hope Patience Will Pay Off By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Shortly before daybreak on May 25 1984 a light green sedan was speeding north on SC 19 between Aiken and New Ellenton At the same time a few miles up the road Robert J Tatti 59 a Savannah Riv er Plant construction worker was pedal ing his bicycle also in a northerly di rection and in the outer traffic lane Death was only seconds behind the biker Without warning and perhaps without slowing down the sedan slammed into the rear of Tattis bicycle crumpling the little machine hurling his body up and over the automobile and killing him in stantly Five years later Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend is waiting for a break in the case hoping that someone will come forward and identify the hitandrun driv er who killed Tatti If that happens she believes she may have enough evidence to gain a convic tion Tiny flecks of paint from the sedan were scraped from the mangled remains of Tattis bike FBI forensic experts have filed a report identifying the type vehicle that killed the biker We have identified the type paint and know what kind of car it was said Mrs Townsend a painstaking patient investi gator who has a reputation as a stickler for details If we ever find that car we can identi fy it she said Mrs Townsend said while all hitand run cases are heartbreaking tragedies the mental anguish and pain was particu larly difficult in the death of Tatti a na tive of Detroit who came to Aiken to work Please See BIKERS Page 10A Series Unsolved Mysteries Staff Graphic by Melissa Gulp First School Day Goes Smoothly AP Laserphoto POWER SHIFT Newly nominated premier Tadeusz Mazowiecki left is congratulated by Solidaritys Lech Walesa as Poland undergoes a major power shift For story please see Page 2A Colombia Troops Arrest 10000 In Broad Sweep On Drug Lords ByNlNAJNIDIFFER Staff Writer A thick blanket of fog covering Aiken County early this morning caused no problems for school buses out collecting children for the first day of school We havent had any reported prob lems with fog said Dr Joseph R Brooks superintendent of schools The First Day PhotosPagelOA only hangups I know of were caused by construction on the southside Reports on late buses was unavailable tliis morning Dr Brooks said students were expected to begin classes at county schools to begin the first of the 180 school days required in South Carolina That number includes 300 new students throughout the county These new students are the result of new families coming into Aiken some at tracted by the Westinghouse Corporation and some brought in by other businesses he said Also some students are Aiken natives the growing children of a baby boom let that is increasing the number of chil dren in the county he said Three building projects one at Scho field Middle School one at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School and one at East Aiken Elementary School came right down to the wire Dr Brooks said Work at these sites was still underway Saturday and Sunday to get the schools ready for the hordes of children to arrive today But although there were some hot and heavy rumors that classes would be de layed at these schools classes began this morning as scheduled he said Uncompleted jobs at McCampbell and Schofield are the detailwork of internal renovations McCampbell still needs some doors and lockers replaced and Please See FIKST DAY Page IDA By The Associated Press BOGOTA Colombia Military and po lice forces raided estates of top cocaine chieftains and detained 10000 people na tionwide as they tried to put the squeeze on Colombias powerful drug underworld authorities said There were no reports however of any drug cartel bosses arrested in the emer gency crackdown which follows the as sassinations of a leading presidential candidate a national police colonel and a magistrate Sen Luis Carlos Galan the 46yearold Liberal Party candidate was buried Sun day after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in a public display of grief Meanwhile thousands of judges and magistrates who walked off the job last week to protest inadequate security from hitmen hired by drug traffickers have called off the strike to join the fight a spokesman for the jurists said In 298 raids across the country since Galan was slain Friday night police and soldiers detained 9896 people seized 330 weapons and 1023 vehicles and confiscat ed four tons of cocaine paste the Defense Ministry said in a communique Sunday night Among the sites raided were buildings and ranches in and around the city of Medellin that are owned by Pablo Esco bar reputed to be one of the worlds big gest cocaine traffickers Please See COLOMBIA Page IDA Criminal Charges Not Ruled Out As Salvage Continues In Boat Tragedy By The Associated P ress LONDON Salvage crews searched the River Thames and a sunken vessel today for more bodies from a latenight collision between a barge and a party boat that was a fraction of its size Po lice said at least 27 people were killed Eightyfour people survived the acci dent early Sunday under Southwark Bridge in the heart of London but au thorities remain uncertain exactly how many were aboard the privately char tered Marchioness setting for the 26th birthday party for businessman Antonio Vasconcellos He is among the missing Police detained the captain and sec ond mate of the Bowbelle sandand gravel dredger and said criminal charges that include unlawful killing were being considered They examined taperecorded radio messages to river navigators for clues into the cause of the accident The Independent a London daily re ported an apparent disagreement be tween the captains of the 90ton Mar chioness and the 1475ton Bowbelle over which vessel should pass first un der the bridges central span The paper also quoted a veteran crewman as saying the Bowbelle rammed another Thames passenger boat five years ago and nearly sank it The Thames is one of the worlds busi est commercial rivers used by more than 32000 vessels each year Please See CRIMINAL Page IDA Voyager Nears End Of 12Year Space Odyssey By The Associated Press PASADENA Calif After a 12year 44 billionmile space odyssey Voyager 2 converges this week on mysterious Nep tune the most distant and last unex plored planet due for a visit by a space craft from Earth Its almost like being on a ship of dis covery like Marco Polo Magellan and Columbus says Jurrie van der Woude a spokesman at the NASAs Jet Propul sion Laboratory Please Sec VOYAGER Page 10A MAJOR VOMAG6R DISCOVERIES SUN MERCURY MARS EARTH VENUS o o Size of planets shown roughly to scale
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