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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports AIXIH Its A Go For Series Page 6A A Quick Read Granny Beats Intruder With A Hatchet MIAMI AP A 71yearold woman beat an intruder unconscious with a hatchet after she and her greatgranddaughter were attacked by the assailant a female acquaintance She picked the wrong woman Elizabeth Butts said Thursday The only thing I hate is that I didnt kill her The intruder identified as Terry Westbrpok was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital hi critical condi tion with a fractured skull and deep facial cuts She was in fair condition this morning a hospital spokesman said She will be charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault said MetroBade police Lt Richard Carey Westbrook was an acquaintance of Butts who stopped by the fourbed room house the woman shares with her granddaughter and 16monthold greatgranddaughter Nicole Wil liams and asked for money saying she had just gotten out of prison po lice said City To Rework Franchise Ordinance During an executive session Thurs day night the Aiken City Council de cided to rework a proposed power supply ordinance It is taking what was in the old ordinance and cleaning it up said Roland Windham city administator The old ordinance which passsed first reading was scrapped after Ai ken Electric Cooperative presented an injunction preventing the city from acting on the proposal which favored South Carolina Electric Gas With the injunction overturned by the State Supreme Court on Friday the city decided last night to rewrite the ordinance to help offset some of the coops fears We are going to start over with it Windham said The ordinance will face first read ing during the Councils meeting on Nov 13 A public hearing on the ordi nance will be held if it passes first reading Weather Wonderful Weekend Today will be clear and mostly sunny with a high in the mid70s To night will be clear with a low in the mid40s Saturday will be sunny and mild Please see Page 6B for details Deaths Louise W Barnes Augusta Mrs Norman Bates Blackville Buna M Beaudrot Union Lewis F Boatwright Aiken James H Owens Jr Graniteville Dillie Phinizy Aiken Bernard A Stone Jackson Wallace Waldo Johnston John H Walker Greenwood Please see Page 6B for details Inside Today Bridge5C Calendar3B Classifieds3C Comics2C Crossword6C Cryptoquote4C DearAbby2C Local Front1B Obituaries6B Opinions1C Sports6A Television2C WeatherfiR Page 2 A WHUG u Bakker To Be Moved To Minnesota Page IB Two Convicted In Federal Drug Trial fridayOctpbeirat 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 268 Chop Shop Property Padlocked By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer State and Aiken County law enforce ment authorities have padlocked three pieces of property owned by convicted chop shop operator Edward F Pee Wee Willing Sr 56 according to the Sheriffs Department In addition an automobile once driven by former House of Representatives can didate Ralph Gunter of Bath was turned over to investigators at their request ac cording to an investigator Authorities said Gunter who claimed he had borrowed the car from Willing was advised to surrender the vehicle since its identification number proved suspect An officer stressed that Gunter has not been accused of anything Gunter a Republican was a candidate in a special election for the District 84 House seat last March which was won by Demcprat James Roland Smith An investigator said the car that was being driven by Gunter was on the Aiken Augusta Highway properties of Willing when agents arrived to padlock the place Sheriff Carrol G Heath said agents from the South Carolina Law Enforce ment Division and his office sealed the properties at the request of the state At torney Generals office Heath said the locks were put on Auto and Truck Sales on AikenAugusta Highway a shop behind Willings house on Gregg Avenue and a metal storage building at a pond site near Eureka Investigator Wayne Huff with the Sher iffs Department said the lockup is part of an ongoing investigation by his depart ment SLED agents and representatives of the National Auto Theft Bureau Huff said he was not at liberty to dis cuss the nature or extent of the investigation Willing was convicted in Aiken County General Sessions Court last week on charges that he tampered with serial numbers on a stolen vehicle and allowed a 1984 Cadillac to be interchanged with parts of a salvaged Cadillac before it was sold at In a chop shop operation automobile parts are switched and reassembled in order to prevent authorities from track ing them down through serial numbers Willing who is now at a state correc tional systems reception and evaluation center received consecutive sentences of nine and two years His attorneys are planning an appeal The Attorney Generals office has con firmed that it has additional charges pending against Willing all involving stolen vehicles Willings son Edward F Willing Jr was convicted in March of similar of fenses and sentenced to eight years and a fine of He is free on appeal and was a key witness in the threeday trial Authorities Struggle For Prison Contro AP Laserphoto NEW COMMISSIONER Paul Tagliabue answers questions in Cleveland Thursday afternoon after he was elected commissioner of the National Football League Please see story on Page 6A By The Associated Press CAMP HILL Pa Police struggled to regain control of an overcrowded state prison today after a second night of riots by more than 1000 inmates who seized hostages set off explosions and torched buildings At one point all inmates were out of all the cell blocks said Ken Robinson state Corrections Department spokes man though not all of the 2600 inmates were actively involved in the rioting At least 84 people have been injured in the rampages including 40 Thursday night No deaths have been reported About 500 state troopers with local po lice and firefighters began to retake the Camp Hill mediumsecurity prison early today The officers entered through gates in prison walls occupying areas that werent held by the prisoners and avoid ing clashes with hostageholding in mates Inmates could still be seen mov ing about inside the firelit prison before dawn as state troopers moved in with care spotlights trained on the institution from outside Officials had secured four cellblocks with 750 prisoners by 6 am said John Palakoyich assistant to the superinten dent Six other cellblocks were still held by the inmates at dawn Robinson called the situation some what stabilized He said without giving details that inmates were negotiating with authorities and that their demands shifted through the night Earlier a huge fire in the education building sent flames rising 100 feet in the air and an explosion at or near a prison furniture factory rattled windows up to a mile away Inmates pelted firefighters with rocks Officials said 12 of 31 prison buildings were destroyed in the fires including two commissaries Officials had to bring in a portable National Guard kitchen to pro vide meals for prisoners not involved in the rampage Prison officials also said eight temporary housing units used to ease overcrowding were destroyed and three of the 10 cellblocks were damaged by the blazes Its total chaos They lost control said a guard who was in one of the cellb locks when Thursdays disturbance be gan as meals were being served at 7 pm The officers were told to lock the doors and leave We had to get out They said they were going to kill us Last night was a riot Tonight was war said the guard a sixyear staffer who refused to give his name The inmates seized eight hostages but released one a prison guard later in the night The others were still being held this morning Palakovich said The hostage holders were demanding to talk to Gov Robert P Casey and offi cials of the human rights group Amnesty International said a state police negotia tor Cpl Raul Ramos These situations are highly unpredict able Ramos said Palakovich would not say whether the remaining hostages were guards or sup port staff but said he thought they were being held in two separate cellblocks One guard who wouldnt give his name said the disturbance could take See AUTHORITIES Page 4A Waste Dump Opening Delay Proposed By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Advisers are recom mending that Energy Secretary James D Watkins order a longer test period be fore opening the nations first permanent dump for longlived radioactive waste from nuclear weapons plants The proposed changes if accepted by Watkins would force the Energy Depart ment to arrange temporary storage of nuclear wastes for a much longer period than planned said Leonard Slosky one of five members of a blueribbon advisory group Watkins impaneled two months ago to study the problem Watkins already is having trouble per suading any of seven selected states Washington Idaho Nevada Colorado New Mexico Tennessee and South Caro lina to store extra nuclear weapons waste for about 2 years starting in April The waste had been going to Idaho but Gov Cecil Andrus banned further ship ments Sept 1 Watkins had hoped to have a permanent dump opened in New Mexi co by now but environmental and other problems have delayed it indefinitely Watkins told Congress earlier this month that he expected to start opera tions demonstration of the permanent waste dump known as the Waste Isola tion Pilot Plant by September 1992 That would involve loading shipping unload ing depositing and retrieving drums of the nuclear waste to demonstrate that the See WASTE Page 4A President To Be Part Of Ortega Dialogue By The Associated Press SAN JOSE Costa Rica Like it or not President Bush will be part of a dialogue with Nicaraguan President Daniel Orte ga at todays celebration of Costa Rican democracy says host President Oscar Arias I respect President Bushs decision not to have a private meeting with Orte ga but there will be a dialogue among all of us around a table said Arias at a Thursday press conference as 19 hemi spheric leaders began arriving for a two day Summit of the Americas The truth is we will be capable of sitting down to discuss a common agen da Arias added Security was tight as presidents and prime ministers began arriving Thurs day under cloudy skies The US Secret Service supervised in stallation of a twoinchthick 75foot long sheet of bulletproof glass in front of the National Museum for Saturdays inaugu ration of Democracy Plaza Arias implicitly equated Ortega and Bushs status as their countries leaders when he explained why he had not invited the leaders of Chile Panama Cuba or Haiti Ortega has made it clear he would like to meet with Bush but Bush under pres sure from domestic conservatives has refused If the two have an encounter said Bush Im going to be polite charm ing but also very firm Everybody knows we have a tense re lationship Bush added during an inter See PRESIDENT Page 4A Health Facility Proposal Still In Infancy By KEITH WARD Staff Writer Aiken County is under consider ation for an extension of University Hospital which intends to branch out across the Savannah River However the discussion of the pro posed facility is still in its infancy according to Robert M Taylor con troller for the hospital The facility could be as small as an education center or as large as a primary care center with physi cians he said Mr Taylor corrected a previously published report that referred to the facility as an outpatient That was premature speculation from the report I never said it would be a clinic nor did Ed GQles pie University Hospitals presi said The effort in Aiken County Taylor said is a planning effort to deter mine what might be the best way to serve the countys citizens Little has See HEALTH Page 4A   

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