Aiken Standard, November 17, 1989

Aiken Standard

November 17, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 17, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Having Faith In Dickie DeMasi Page 9A A Quick Read Florida Woman Turns 115 Saturday PALATKA Fla AP A big birthday bash is planned for Carrie White who turns 115 Saturday and is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living person on Earth As many as 800 guests are expect ed at the party planned for Monday at Putnam Memorial Nursing Home where Mrs White lives and there will be a big cake nursing home ad minstrator Paul Allen said When she turned 114 Guinness rep resentatives gave Mrs White a gold embossed certificate declaring her the oldest person alive though she was not listed as such in the 1989 edi tion of the record book because hos pital records certifying her age had not been authenticated in time Most of Mrs Whites life is a sad mystery She spent 75 years in a mental institution She was born Carrie Joyner on Nov 18 1874 in Gadsden County near Georgia She lived and worked near Tallahassee and married John White who was a blacksmith or farmer In 1909 her husband admitted her to the Florida State Hospital at Chat tahoochee hospital records de scribed Mrs Whites problem as posttyphoid psychosis but doc tors today dont recognize the term Crooks Use Cocaine Federal Study Finds ATLANTA AP More than half of the criminal suspects in many of the nations big cities had used co caine within a few days of their ar rests a federal study shows The study indicated that three quarters of the criminals in New York and Philadelphia and 65 per cent of those in Washington DC use cocaine One official said it showed that the real drug problem is in the na tions criminal sector Weather Cold Weekend It will be fair and cold tonight The low will be in the upper 20s Tomor row will be partly cloudy with a high in the 60s Please see Page 4B for details Deaths Harold E Berry Ward Blanche T tfrown Salley Octavia D Butler Johnston Cinderella C Cotton Rochdale NY Launa F Daniels Scranton Norman David North Augusta Archie M Dean Langley Girlie Livingston Wagener Mary C Monaco North Augusta Joshua Patten Trenton Annie B Smith Williston Gussie M Smith Johnston Please see Page 4B for details Inside Today Bridge5C Calendar6C Classifieds3C Comics15C Crossword6C Cryptoquote4C DearAbby15C Local Front1B Obituaries4B Opinions1C Sports9A Television15C Weather4B Page 2A Solvadoran Slayings To Be Investigated Page IB Two Die In Morning Graniteville Crash Friday November 17 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 289 AP Laserpholo ANXIOUS MOMENTS An Orange Lake firepolice officer comforts a distraught mother at the Coldenham Elementary School after heavy winds apparently caused the collapse of a glass wall that killed seven children in the Montgomery NY town Thursday Northeast Schools Closing In Wake Of Storm Deaths By The Associated Press Violent storms caused widespread wind damage and flooding in the North east and claimed at least 11 lives includ ing seven children killed when a wall col lapsed on them as they ate in their upstate New York school cafeteria Thursdays storms came from the sys tem that spun off tornadoes in eight states in the South and Midwest on Wednesday The twoday toll at least 29 dead and hundreds injured including 17 dead and 1000 homeless in Huntsville Ala and a death in Canada Authorities and witnesses in New burgh NY about 60 miles north of New York City said it appeared a tornado was responsible for the death and destruction at East Coldenham Elementary School but the weather service said it probably wasnt a twister The brick cinder block and glass wall about 30 feet high and 50 feet wide caved in on as many as 125 first secondand thirdgraders as they were eating lunch said Town of Newburgh Police Chief John Kulisek Besides the seven killed 18 children were injured two critically All the vic tims were 6 to 9 years old Town of Newburgh police Lt John J Mahoney said he arrived 10 minutes after the wall collapsed to find children calling out from under the rubble Some were screaming some were ly ing there very quiet Mahoney said You could hear them under the debris calling for help calling Take me home take me home District schools were closed today and school officials were assembling counsel ors to help pupils when classes resume Monday Kulisek said an investigation would be gin today into why the wall collapsed Storms knocked over trees and ripped roofs off houses in West Virginia caused flooding in Washington DC blew the windows out of skyscrapers in Philadel phia destroyed a house in Piscataway NJ and overturned cars and blew the roof off a shopping mall in Quebec The National Weather Service received numerous reports of tornadoes Thursday but confirmed only one in Montgomery County in southeastern Pennsylvania It ripped the roof off a building housing fed eral offices in King of Prussia causing four minor injuries A truck driver died when his tractor trailer overturned in high winds on a bridge connecting Elizabeth NJ and New York City A New York City woman died after being hit by a steel beam blown off a water tower A Camden NJ man died when winds picked him up and smashed him to the ground authorities said Winds of more than 124 mph blew the roof off a shopping mall overturned cars shattered windows knocked down trees and hurled mailboxes hundreds of yards in the center of St Hilaire a town official said Report Fines Paid Department Covers Contractors Fines By The Associated Press COLUMBIA The Department of En ergy shields its nuclear contractors from responsibility for polluting by routinely paying the companies fines when they get caught according to a federal report The General Accounting Office in a re port to be released today says DOEs policy and practice of paying fines for contractors at the Savannah River Site near Aiken and at other facilities defeats the purpose of environmental protection laws Assessing penalties is an important aspect of enforcement because penalties are intended to deter the violator from violating the law again and convince oth ers that they should comply according to the report which is outlined in todays editions of The State newspaper of Columbia If DOE continues its current policy and practice of paying its contractors penalties settlement payments and legal costs we believe DOE will reduce con tractors incentives to comply with RCRA the federal law governing haz ardous waste disposal and may negate the benefits of EPAs initiative of seeking enforcement actions against contrac tors the report said DOEs performance is in direct con trast with the Department of Defense which holds its contractors accountable and does not pay any resulting penal ties even though both departments contractors have been charged with nearly identical violations the GAO said The GAO which is the investigative arm of Congress found that Pentagon See ACCOUNTING Page 8A Congressional Pay Raise Issue Heads For Senate By The Associated Press WASHINGTON A hotpotato decision on a big congressional pay raise and eth ics package rests in the lap of a skittish Senate with only a few days left before Congress plans to adjourn for the year Formidable but possible was how Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole de scribed the task of getting his sharply divided chamber to act before Thanks giving on the plan approved 252171 Thursday in the House The House approved a plan to raise its pay and that of other top government officials by more than 35 percent in less than 14 months House salaries would soar from the current to more than With the higher pay House members would be barred beginning in 1991 from pocketing honoraria checks for speeches before interest groups They also would be subject to other new rules in the first major overhaul of its ethics rules in 12 years The House plan doesnt include a raise for the Senate unless the Senate votes to include itself Enemies of the pay raise were trying to turn up the pressure against it Ralph Nader the consumer advocate who See CONGRESSIONAL Page 8A Game Of Games Tomorrow Night Area Football Continues Playoffs By DANIEL GARNETT Staff Sports Writer Area football fans may not be able to contain their excitement over the abundance of their favorite sport go ing on this weekend The Game takes place tomorrow night when Clemson and South Caro lina get together before a sellout crowd and national television audi ence at WilliamsBrice Stadium Beyond the added importance of the rivalry a position in a bowl game could be at stake for South Carolina Clemson already has secured a berth in the Gator Bowl but Carolina needs a win to gain its bowl berth Aiken County high school teams continue play in the state football championship playoffs and many of them could take a big step toward playing for the valued state championship One team has a jump on the pur suit of a state title The Wardlaw Academy Patriots travel to Moncks Corner tonight to meet Lord Berke ley Academy for the South Carolina Independent Schools Class A state championship The Patriots lost to St Stephens 136 in last years state championship game Lord Berkeley coach Bobby Mar ion coached St Stephens in that game last season See GAME Page 8A Of Vehicles Being Examined In County Theft Probe By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer An Aiken County Sheriffs Department investigator has indicated it will be sev eral weeks before law enforcement offi cials can sort out the histories of vehicles being examined in a theft probe We dont know exactly how long it will take but these things take time said another law enforcement official in volved in checking vehicles at Auto and Truck Parts and other locations around the county The investigator said since stolen vehi cle descriptions do not remain for great lengths of time in the National Crime In formation Center computer the records Confiscated Truck Photographed Page 8A must be traced by pulling files by hand on US 1 between Aiken and Graniteville has been padlocked at the request of the state attorney generals of fice It is owned by Edward F Pee Wee Willing Sr 56 of Aiken Willing was convicted in October and sentenced to 11 years for operating a chop shop and illegally exchanging parts of a stolen 1984 Cadillac with a sal vaged vehicle Thursday law enforcement officials from the South Carolina Law Enforce ment Division and the sheriffs depart ment awed four motor vehicles from Willings house on Gregg Avenue to a storage area behind the sheriffs department The vehicles seized included a 1980 In ternational tractor a 1982 Chevrolet pick up a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass and a 1981 Toyota Celica Since those four were taken authori ties confirmed that more than two dozen suspect vehicles are being checked to de termine if they carry legal vehicle identi fication numbers Reported but uncon firmed by investigators is that ownership historicr also nrc being traced In a chop shop operation automobile and truck parts are interchanged and their socalled VIN or serial numbers are altered to prevent tracking them through state vehicle registration titles Prior to Willings convictions his son Edward F Willing Jr 26 was convicted on similar charges last March He re ceived an eightyear sentence and in fines and was a state witness against his father Both father and son were prosecuted by the state attorney generals office and are appealing the verdicts returned against them by Aiken County General Sessions Court juries ;