Aiken Standard, October 20, 1989

Aiken Standard

October 20, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Players Say Play Ball Page 7A A Quick Read Final Action Set In Impeachment Trial WASHINGTON AP The Sen ate still divided after seven hours of closeddoor debate is ready to make a final decision in the impeachment trial of Alcee L Hastings a Florida federal judge accused of conspiring to obtain a payoff I have a gut instinct but I also have an obligation under the Consti tution to look at the articles of im peachment Sen Carl Levin D Mich said Thursday night following Senate deliberations Senators were sworn to secrecy about the seven hours of debate but they said there was no unanimity There were enough people on both sides to expose the arguments said Sen James A McClure RIdaho Hastings 53 the first black federal judge in Florida history was ac cused of conspiring to obtain a bribe lying to a jury that acquitted him in 1983 and improper disclosure of information obtained from a courtapproved wiretap He has been proclaiming his inno cence for eight years Conviction on any of the charges would immediately remove him from the federal bench in Miami and take away his judicial salary Winning Lotto Ticket Found In Cookie Jar NEW YORK AP Newton Ha zell looked on his dresser in his desk drawers and under his mattress be fore he remembered the cookie jar which was where hed unknowingly stuffed a million winning Lotto ticket last year I just stuck it in and forgot all about it said Hazell who overcame the memory lapse to become a mil lionaire just four days before his ticket would have become worthless Hazell a correction officer showed up Wednesday at the lottery offices to collect his prize from the Oct 22 1988 drawing Isnt that something This was down to the nittygritty Another week and I would have lost it said Hazell of Metuchen NJ after a Thursday news conference announc ing his sweet find Hazell 58 bought the winning tick et at the Towne and Country Deli on New York Citys Staten Island se lecting the numbers 7 9 13 21 34 and 43 But he dumped the ticket into the cookie jar and never checked to see if he won Weather Sweater Weather It will be fair and cold tonight with a freeze warning in effect The low will be in the 30s Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and warmer with a high in the 60s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Matthew Blaylock Monetta Loransia D Bowen Martinez Robert H Carr Graniteville Charles W Greene Schertz Texas Lessie Hall Summerville Leonard Tillman North Augusta Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge5C Calendar8B Classifieds3C Comics7B Crossword6C Cryptoquote4C DearAbby7B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports7A Television7B Weather6A Page 2A Homes Destroyed In China Quake Page IB Mistrial Called In DUI Case Friday October 201989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 261 Bush Arrives In Quake Zone By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO Death toll esti mates shrank but tensions and frustra tions grew as Northern California tried to regroup from a devastating earthquake and unnerving aftershocks that continued today President Bush flew west today to tour the area including the collapsed Inter state 880 in Oakland and the severely damaged seaside city of Santa Cruz He said he hoped to take a look and to pro vide encouragement to people Three days after the quake the need for encouragement seemed to be growing Damage estimates by the state Office of Emergency Services rose to well over billion A private economist Frank McCormick of Bank of America in San Francisco said damage is likely to reach billion An estimated 12550 people were displaced 10000 in hardhit Santa Cruz County the agency said In some towns residents said they were too afraid to sleep indoors because of the Earths unrest I cant stop shaking said Marcelina Toussaint a 73yearold resident of Wat sonville a town near the epicenter of Tuesdays magnitude 69 quake and wracked by four strong aftershocks Thursday I guess Im surviving but Im scared A moderate aftershock meanwhile registered 39 on the Richter scale at am today according to Rick McKenzie at the Seismographic Station at the Uni versity of California at Berkeley It was felt north and south of San Francisco In Oakland the monstrous task of un covering cars and trucks crushed in the collapse of a lV4mile stretch of 1880 con tinued with no signs of survivors Lt Kristina Wraa of the Oakland po lice said early today that 167 people were still unaccounted for in Alameda County which includes Oakland and several oth er communities It was assumed that many of them were buried in the rubble of 1880 By early today rescuers had pulled out 19 bodies from the highway wreckage Rescuers said they were finding fewer cars than feared under the highway known as the Nimitz Freeway Some credited the World Series with reducing Tuesday evenings rushhour traffic by drawing baseball fans to television sets Maybe the World Series saved our See BUSH Page 4A Earthquake Hits Home In Aiken By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer For some Aiken residents the sights of destruction in the San Francisco area from Tuesdays earthquake were espe cially painful because they lived there earlier in this decade From 1981 through 1984 Du Pont Co the operating contractor at what was then called the Savannah River Plant sent about 20 engineers to the Bechtel Groups headquarters in San Francisco to supervise Bechtels design work on SRPs defense waste processing facility It was a very eerie feeling David Jett one of the Du Pont employees said Thursday of liis reaction to seeing scenes of the quakes devastation Jett said he and his wife really had empathy for the Bay City particularly after the misery Hurricane Hugo brought South Carolina He found it hard to look at film of the big fire in San Francisicos Marina Dis trict He and his wife lived in a condomin ium at Fishermans Wharf near the Mari na District and Bay Bridge They bought groceries at a supermarket in the Marina District They enjoyed quite much the time they lived there he said There were three minor earthquakes while we were there Jett noted He add ed that he saw several skyscrapers being built during those years and was im pressed by the amount of design and con CHECKING THE LIST Residents of the Marina district of San Francisco look over housing lists Thursday which determine whether or not they can return to their homes AP Laserphoto After city inspectors checked homes for safety the dwellings were listed in categories of accessibility struction work that went into making them quake resistant One of the reasons the Marina District sustained so much damage according to Jett is that it is a fill area that used to be part of San Francisco Bay When build ers were raising many of the Marina Dis trict homes and other structures 80 and 90 years ago they didnt take proper pro tection to minimize the effects of seri ous tremors Jett mentioned he and his wife have not been able to call friends in San Francisco because of limited long distance service following the quake Dottie Koonce wife of David Koonce another Du Pont employee sent to Bech tel said I cried all Tuesday night after learning about the earthquake Her See EARTHQUAKE Page 4A Upstate Lawmaker Wants Price On Drug Dealers Heads By The Associated Press SPARTANBURG State Rep Ralph Davenport wants South Carolina to offer bounties of for the recapture of escaped drug dealers dead or alive in an attempt to curb the states growing drug trade Davenport RBoUing Springs said he wants his bill to give citizens the right to use whatever means necessary to recap ture escaped drug dealers That bounty policy would also apply to accused drug dealers who are not convicted but jump bond while awaiting trial They drug dealers are not human beings Davenport said Theyre crea tures and creatures need to be exterminated Davenport said he is including the bounty proposal in a new monster bill to be introduced in the General Assembly in January The proposal also calls for stiffer pena lities for drug traffickers construction of five new state prisons costing an estimat ed million and the enactment of sen tencing guidelines Davenport said he does not foresee any difficulty in getting his bill passed But the bounty policy proposal was criticized Thursday by a civil libertarian and a law professor A recipe for disaster is how law pro fessor William McAninch described Dav enports idea McAninch the Solomon Blatt Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina at Columbia fears the bounty hunters could kill someone by mistake Steven Bates executive director of the South Carolina American Civil Liberties Union said I would not expect the Leg islature to pass that section Bates said he disagrees with an exe cute the accused and try them later policy Current state law allows a citizen at night to kill someone who has committed a felony or has broken into a house See UPSTATE Page 4A Defense Lawyers To Appeal ChopShop Sentencing By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Defense attorneys for Aiken business man Edward F Pee Wee Willing Sr 56 convicted of transactions involving stolen automobiles will appeal his 11 year prison sentence to the State Su preme Court his attorneys said B Henderson Johnson also said the high court will be asked to free Willing on bond while the appeal goes through the judicial system Circuit Judge John H Waller Jr de spite impassioned pleas by attorneys and friends of the salvage yard owner im posed nineand twoyear sentences on Willing and ordered they be served consecutively In imposing the sentence the judge said he had heard from a good many people concerned about the defendant but the jurys finding resolved any doubts about his guilt He remarked to Willing Either you were aware or you didnt care Because the consecutive sentences ex ceed 10 years the Supreme Court will have to set bond in the case Willing was convicted on two counts tampering with motor vehicle serial numbers and selling illegally identified vehicles from a location known to be a chop shop He could have gotten at least 20 years and a fine of on all counts but Johnson and associate James E Whittle Jr succeeded in getting Judge Waller to throw a receiving stolen goods charge out of the fourcount indictment During a 45minute presentence hear ing Willing told the judge I can prom ise you one thing Ive never stole noth ing in my life He then discussed his life in business his operations at Auto and Truck Parts Inc and a tendency to trust everybody Willing noted he had built his business up over 33 years and had sent five daugh ters through college He spoke with pride about his willingness to work long hours and a life that included military service Deputy State Attorney General Pat See DEFENSE Page 4A Experts Report Major Solar Flare By The Associated Press WASHINGTON A major magnetic storm unleashed by a giant solar flare is forecast to surge about the Earth today possibly causing power surges radio blackouts and shimmering lights near the poles Sun watchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the flare erupted on the sun Thursday morning and almost immediately saturated instruments aboard a NOAA satellite with Xrays Norman Cohen a geophysical forecaster at the Space Environment Services Center run by NOAA ia Boulder Colo said he was sending alerts to electrical utilities in Canada and in the northern United States to expect possible power surges today when a powerful magnetic storm is expected to arrive at the Earth from strong solar flares can affect satellites and spacecraft but officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Thursday they evaluated the burst of energy and determined astronauts on board the orbiting space shuttle Atlantis are not in danger In the orbit were in at 160 miles altitude it is no threat at all said Ronald D Dittemore a flight director at the Johnson Space Center in Houston Were not concerned at all A NASA spokesman said Galileo the probe released from Atlantis six hours after the space shuttle was launched Wednesday was built to resist radiation much stronger than solar flares and will not be affected Galileo is almost a quarter million miles from Earth on its sixyear journey to Jupiter Cohen said the solar flare generated such a strong burst of Xrays that instru ments on NOAAs GOES satellite were overwhelmed The satellite detects the radiation up to X12 a term used to measure Xray flux The flare was estimated to beanX13 The Hare also produced a proton burst that Cohen said was about 1000 times stronger than the flux of protons from a quiet sun We measured 2000 particles per cubic centimeter per second said Cohen A quiet sun will have 2 or 3 particles ;