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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports High School Football Kicks Off In County Page 9A A Quick Read Plane Missing In Pakistan ISLAMABAD Pakistan AP A Pakistan International Airlines plane with 54 people aboard was re ported missing today and rescue workers began searching the rugged Himalaya and Korakoram moun tains along its intended flight path Airline officials said the twinen gine Fokker27 Friendship propeller plane had not been heard from nine hours after it took off early this morning on what should have been a 45minute flight from Gilgit to Islamabad Rescue workers in planes searched the mountains today but their effort was hampered by thunderstorms and heavy rains It was not known if the missing plane had encountered bad weather but planes generally dont leave the Korakoram Mountain city of Gilgit in storms Army Enlists Dying 8YearOld Boy FAIRMONT WVa AP It started as a simple visit by a couple of soldiers in combat fatigues with an 8yearold boy dying of cancer But by the end of the day Chris Riley had enlisted in the Army as a special soldier flown in a helicopter ridden in a tanklike vehicle called a mobile howitzer and made some new friends in the military It certainly is a dream come true said the boys father Robert Kip Riley Hes a big GI Joe fan He was just thrilled to death just as thrilled as anyone could be with all these things Chris has undergone surgery twice since November 1986 for a brain tu mor said his mother Gale Riley She said chemotherapy was stopped last month after the cancer spread to Chris spine leaving him in pain and too weak to walk Now hes on constant morphine to keep away the pain Mrs Riley said And hes lost most of his mo bility Theres nothing more the doc tors can do for him right now Weather Chance Of Storms Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the low 70s Partly sunny skies are fore cast Saturday with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the low 90s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Davis L Eidson Slidell La Mattie H Garvin Millen Ga Shannon L Widener Augusta Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 78 38 58 8A 88 68 8A 18 6A 4A 9A 8A 6A Page 2A Japanese Official Resigns After Scandal Page 18 Langley Pond Residents Are Fed Up Friday August 251989 Vof 122 No 205 Panel Looks At Lost Court Fines Committee Wants Tighter Control On Lost Court Money By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Councils Judicial and Public Safety Committee agreed Thurs day night to look at a program that could prevent the annual loss of apparently hundreds of thousand of dollars in crimi nal court fines The decision to ask Clerk of Court Eliz abeth CooperGodard to install a tighter collection system using an existing em ployee or employees came after a lengthy discussion about the lost fines If the pilot project proves successful Committee Chairman LaWana McKenzie and committee member Rosemary En glish indicated they would support more funding for an enhanced collection program Voyager Encounters Neptune By The Associated Press PASADENA Calif Voyager 2 plunged over Neptunes north pole for a closeup look today at the icy r Tri ton snapping photographs of cuffs and glacierlike lunar terrain as it reached the pinnacle of its epic exploration of four planets We see what is best described as an extremely strange and puzzling surface in photos of Triton taken a few hours be fore the spacecraft made its closest ap proach to Neptune said Bradford Smith head of Voyagers photographic imaging team at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory The photos showed long fault lines ridges lowlying cliffs and ice struc tures of various sorts like glacier ter rain scientist Torrence Johnson said Theyre like things you see in polar caps on Mars Were not seeing a lot of big craters indicating Tritons surface is geologically active with processes that obliterate craters made by meteorites It looks like theres all kinds of fault systems all over the place said Laur ence Soderblom of the US Geological Survey The faults suggest that Triton quakes may have occurred at one time on the moon Triton will upstage Neptune Its filled with hummocky rippling terrain said laboratory astronomer Rich Terrile The oneton Voyager probe skimmed 3048 miles above Neptunes icy north pole cloud tops at pm PDT Thurs day the closest of its planetary encoun ters after being accelerated by Nep tunes gravity to a speed of 61148 mph See VOYAGER Page 7A Drawing Straws18 Testimony before the committee was that criminal defendants owing large sums of fine money are thumbing their noses at the courts because the clerks office doesnt have the manpower or oth er resources to track them down Cited as an example is a case where a defendant is fined a certain amount say but is only able to pay Judges confronted with packed jails and nowhere to put prisoners usually accept the down payment and order the rest paid in installments over a period of time But the committee was told that in many cases the defendants walk away knowing they wont have to pay any more Robert Perry director of the states Probation Pardon and Paroles Services office in Aiken agreed with the clerk that the defendants have learned to beat the collections system Mrs CooperGodard appeared before the committee after writing a memo last month that reported more than was owed by criminal case defendants from one weeks session of court Fines imposed by Judge Frank Eppes amounted to and during court the clerks office received The clerks office said that left due the county for the week of July 1721 Mrs CooperGodard said in the memo that there is no staffing available to monitor and enforce collection The clerk of court said she could not estimate the annual loss but conceded it could run to more than if the July week of court is used as a measuring stick The county gets 75 percent of all fine money collected while 25 percent goes to the state If fines for a year total mil lion the countys share is But Aiken County never collects anywhere near that amount County Administrator W Scott Barnes who was at the committee meeting ac knowledged that the county only budget ed this year for criminal fines which highlights the pattern of lost revenues Mrs CooperGodard said her office is hampered in the collection procedures AP Laserphoto BANISHED Pete Rose maintaining his innocence to the end completes an epic plunge from baseballs pantheon to exile as he is banished from the sport for life for betting on his own team Please see story on Page 2A because it needs at least two computer terminals costing and another em ployee to keep track of the defendants and their fines The clerk said one terminal would be located in the courtroom and the other in the clerks offices The employees job would be to track down and contact the defendant to press for payment Committee Chairman LaWana McKen zie proposed that the clerk offer an em ployee an opportunity to work on a con tractual basis at nights or on weekends to see if the pilot program could result in an increase collection of the fine monies Mrs CooperGodard said she would make an effort among the staff to install the pilot program The decision to try the inhouse solution came after Barnes pointed out that the treasurers office worked out a major problem with errant tax billings by using a contractual agreement with a retired employee In that case according to Barnes the employee worked on a flat fee to sort out about 7000 bills that had been returned due to address changes and taxpayers moving out of the county Financial Meltdown Not Likely By The Associated Press NEW YORK Stock market analysts say the risk of a financial meltdown is far lower today than it was two years ago the last time the Dow Jones industrial average was in record territory The Dow Jones average of 30 key indus trial company stocks jumped 5653 points Thursday carrying it to 273464 and sur passing the record of 272242 set precise ly two years ago today The 1987 peak was the start of a short but severe bear market that culminated in the worst day in Wall Street history the 508point plunge in the Dow Jones in dustrials on Oct 191987 Evidence of that debacle was hard to find Thursday The quote of the day is something like What crash said Robert Brusca chief economist of Nikko Securities Co International Inc the New York arm of a Japanese brokerage firm Supporting the stock market in 1989 are a healthy dollar relatively low interest rates and optimism that the economy will manage to steer a middle course between recession and high inflation Most of all there is no speculative bub ble ready to be popped Stock prices are far lower in relation to underlying com pany profits than they were two years ago said Lawrence Kudlow chief econo mist at Bear Stearns Co Fundamentally this is a great expres sion of confidence in the whole US eco nomic outlook Kudlow said We keep throwing negatives at the market and they dont stick See FINANCIAL Page 7A Colombian Politicians Fear Electoral Process By The Associated Press BOGOTA Colombia Politicians say the latest wave of drugsponsored vio lence including the slaying of a presiden tial candidate threatens the countrys electoral process In March Colombians are to choose a new Congress and mayors In May a presidential vote is planned and cam paigning is already under way But according to expresident Misael Pastrana Borrero leader of the opposi tion Conservative Party the electoral process is badly compromised both by cocaine traffickers and leftist guerrillas There are at least 50 municipalities in which it is impossible to conduct political campaigning he said in a local radio interview Under these conditions the electoral process is wounded Those municipalities are effectively controlled by leftist guerrilla organiza tions or hit squads funded by narcotics traffickers allied with rightwing extremists The death squads are blamed for count less slayings of leftist and labor activists and also conduct what is euphemistically called social cleansing the killing of vagabonds prostitutes the elderly and infirm Several leftist guerrilla groups are ac tive in the country They control many rural areas attack military and econom ic targets including oil pipelines and kidnap for ransom Ernesto Samper Pizano a Liberal Par ty senator and presidential candidate complained that there are no guaran tees of safety for the electoral campaign He said he feared that the process might be jeopardized by new and unfortu nate acts of violence Last Friday assassins believed hired by cocaine traffickers killed the Liberal Partys leading presidential candidate Sen Luis Carlos Galan Lowcountry Storms Cause Traffic TieUps Accidents By The Associated Press CHARLESTON At least four people were injured when a line of heavy thunder storms lightning and hail moved through Charleston downing tree limbs snarling rushhour traffic and leaving thousands without power late Thursday Two people were injured when winds toppled a guard shack at Charleston Naval Base said Lt Cmdr Jona TuU spokesman for the base Others hurt included a shipyard worker struck by a tree and a James Island woman who inhaled smoke after lightning struck her home burning a hole in the wall and the roof authorities said For all the ferocity the storm damage was minimal Charleston County Police Maj Thomas Dawson said I think with the wind damage and funnels that were occurring it certainly brought a sense of concern to people in those areas he said But were grateful it turned out that it was not as severe as we first thought it was going to be At the height of the late afternoon storm an estimated 18590 customers of South Carolina Electric Gas Co were left in the dark spokesman Brian Duncan said Power was restored to about half those customers by early evening but some customers were not expected to have power again until early Friday he said The storm also downed tree limbs causing a rash of accidents that snarled rush hour traffic Charleston County police said The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Charleston County after a funnel cloud was spotted near Interstate 26 in the Union Heights area forecaster John Townsend said   

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