Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Inmates Say Escape Try Was Worth It
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Two death row inmates constructed dummies, squeezed through a small air vent and were sawing their way out of prison when they were caught, but they say the two hours of “freedom” were worth it.
“You can’t blame a guy for trying,” says James Paster.
He made the comment in an interview Wednesday, a week after he and cellmate Noble Mays wiggled out their cell and into a utility corridor where they tried to saw through a ceiling exhaust fan.
Said Paster: “I felt like I was doing something for myself instead of waiting for relief from the very people who had sent me here.”
Mays added: “You just try to work as fast as you can and as quiet as you can. I wasn’t out to hurt anybody.” Paster, 44, a former lounge singer and Elvis Presley impersonator, is awaiting death for a 1980 contract killing in Houston. Mays, 35, was sentenced to die for a 1979 robbery and stabbing death in Wichita Falls.
Tight Security Marks Hitler's Birthday
BRAUN AU, Austria (AP) — Police helicopters buzzed overhead and dozens of officers patrolled the streets of this border town to prevent unrest on the eve of the 100th birthday of its most infamous son, Adolf Hitler.
Authorities in Braunau seemed determined to prevent any repeat of the clashes between neo-Nazi groups and left-wing opponents that marked Hitler’s 90th birthday.
Hitler was bom in a two-story house on April 20,1889 and spent the first three years of his life in Braunau, just miles from the West German border.
By Wednesday morning, metal barriers sealed off the “Hitler House” and dozens of police cars blocked the street where the building — now a nursery for handicapped children — stands. Many stores closed by noon, and at least two shops boarded their front windows.
Considerable cloudiness is forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of a shower and a low in the 50s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Friday with a high in the upper 70s.
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USS Iowa Steaming Toward Puerto Rico
By The Associated Press
NORFOLK, Va. - The battleship USS Iowa, ripped by a gun turret explosion that killed 47 sailors, today steamed toward Puerto Rico and an investigation into the worst naval disaster in more than a decade.
Navy officials said the bodies will be taken off the ship when it reaches Roosevelt Roads, a Navy base in Puerto Rico. They’ll be flown to a military mortuary in Dover, Del.
LL Russell A. Gner, an Atlantic Fleet spokesman in Norfolk where the Iowa is based, said the ship reported no serious injuries to any other crewmen.
The Pentagon today put the death toll at 47 and said other crew members were accounted for. Earlier, spokesmen had said the death toll could be higher.
Ten to 12 crew members suffered minor injuries. “Most of these... were in the firefighting party,” Pentagon spokesman Fred Hoffman said at a briefing this morning. “Most of these who have been hurt have been treated on board ship.”
The explosion occurred during a gunnery exercise at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday while the 46-year-old ship was on maneuvers about 330 miles northeast of Puerto Rico.
The explosion and fire were in the second of the two forward turrets, at the
loading position of the middle gun in the three-gun turret, said Bruce Mason, a Navy spokesman at the Pentagon.
Hoffman said an investigation into the circumstances of the incident has already begun and will be lead led by Rear Adm. Richard D. Milligan, commander of Cruiser Destroyer Group 2 and a former commanding officer of the battleship USS New Jersey.
In Norfolk, about 200 relatives of the 1,600 crewmen aboard the Iowa spent the night at a Norfolk Naval Station gym where they had gathered Wednesday out of sight of reporters. Navy policy requires that families of dead or injured sailors be notified before any list of vic
tims is released.
“There are those who are really struggling, and those who are really stoic-,”said Navy Chaplain Barry Brimhall. “Right now, for some of these families, they would rather have bad news than no news at all.”
In Temple, Texas, Lorene Barron said all she could do was pray for her son, Monte Barron, and hope she would hear from the Navy by telephone.
“They told me if he was among the deceased, they would personally visit us,” Mrs. Barron said. “But I believe everything’s going to be OK. And I’m praying for all the mothers who are waiting just like I am.”
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
SPRING FLOWERS: Downtown Aiken merchants Anne Smith (left) of Four Generations, Marilyn Brown of Plum Pudding, Len Browder of Woodruff Drug and Aiken Drug and Duncan McDowell of Plum Pudding show off some Daffodil Days blossoms. The daffodils were sold as a project of the American Cancer Society.
MTI Lawsuit Agreement Reached, Document Shows
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
An agreement on a lawsuit has been reached between stockholders and officers of an Aiken-based medical technology company. The agreement allows the officers and its stockholders six months to supply and review financial and corporate records, according to a court order.
Stockholders of Med-Trade International Inc. filed a lawsuit against the owners and operators of the company in March for access to corporate records. The stockholders filed the complaint under allegations of false signatures, misrepresentation, issuance of invalid stock certificates and co-mingling of corporate and personal funds by the owners and operators of MTI, according to court documents.
The owners and operators of the company, Harold D. House and Deborah S. House, responded to the lawsuit denying the allegations by the stockholders, according to court documents.
Court records show that the stockholders who filed the complaint against the
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Houses and MTI, and who collectively own 33 percent of the stock in MTI, include Walter F. O’Connell, Dr. Allan M. McKelvie, Helen McKelvie, Robert E. Alexander, Leslie Alexander, Dr. John G. Gleichauf, Thomas Hallman, Susan Hallman and Dr. Melvin E. Clouse.
The stockholders filed the complaint at the Aiken County Judicial Center on March 3, requesting access to corporate and financial records since March 1987 in order to determine the status and value of MTI and the status and use of its assets, according to court documents.
A consent order filed on April ll states that the Houses are to issue proper and valid stock certificates and to grant the stockholders access to all corporate documents.
Court records show that the agreement also involves providing for an interim reorganization of the business of MTI, the
(See MTI, Page 12A)
Instructions For Jury Critical In North Trial
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Today’s jury instructions in the Oliver North trial could be critical in determining whether he avoids conviction by arguing that he was simply following orders in the Iran-Contra coverup.
The jury of nine women and three men will be kept in isolation to deliberate North’s fate after U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell completes instructions on the 12 criminal charges against the former White House aide.
In final arguments to the jury Wednesday, defense lawyer Brendan Sullivan declared that the government “has not shown criminal behavior” by North, concluding: “I ask you to set him free.”
But prosecutor John Keker said North has relumed lo acknowledge that he did
anything wrong even though he openly admits lying to Congress and shredding evidence. “It’s time for you to do it for him,” Keker told the jurors.
Geseil’s jury instructions regarding criminal intent could determine whether North’s defense stands or falls. Defense lawyers asked the judge to include several instructions favorable to North, including that following orders in good faith negates criminal intent.
Sullivan told the jury that President Reagan used North as “a sacrificial lamb” when he fired the National Security Council aide on Nov. 25,1986.
“The president was using Ollie North as a scapegoat and threw him overboard to escape some political heat,” the defense lawyer said.
(See INSTRUCTIONS, Page 12A)
Warrick Stepping Down As USCA Baseball Coach
By DANIEL GARNETT Staff Sports Writer
After a long and successful career as USC Aiken’s head baseball coach, Randy Warrick announced Wednesday his resignation from coaching, effective at the end of the current season.
Warrick, who has been affiliated with USCA for ll years, is stepping down to become the school’s fulltime athletic director.
For the past five years, Warrick has been splitting his time between his baseball coaching and AD duties.
‘‘Our school and ath- WARRICK letic department are continuing to grow,” Warrick said. “There was a definite need for a full-time athletic director.
Being a head coach demands a full amount of time. It was getting to the point where I felt I wasn’t giving the baseball players the time they deserve.
“People just don’t understand how much goes into coaching,” Warrick said. “There’s recruiting, public relations, counseling, fund raising and things like that. There are so many things non-baseball related that you have to do.” Warrick, who will coach the team through the remainder of this season’s games, said he wanted to make the announcement now while the team was still on a high note.
“We’re playing good now,” Warrick said. “This way, it (the announcement) will be behind us by the time the playoffs get here, and we can just concentrate on winning.”
Warrick is certainly no stranger to the concept of winning.
(See WARRICK, Page8A)
Savings And Loan Rescue Plan Approved For Bush By Senate
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Senators threatened with a disrupted vacation overwhelmingly adopted President Bush’s savings and loan rescue after bowing to a last-minute plea to strengthen a key reform.
Dwarfing all other government bailouts, the plan approved Wednesday would provide at least $157 billion over the next decade — most of it from taxpayers — to close or merge 350 failed thrift institutions and make good on government pledges in the rescue of 200 others last year.
It would also reorganize the regulatory bureaucracy, provide $50 million a year for the Justice Department to pursue fraud in S&Ls and enact other reforms, chief among them a requirement that thrift owners back their lending with more of their own capital.
The ultimate passage of the bill was never in doubt, but Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum, D-Ohio, was threatening to prolong debate, which began Monday,
into the weekend unless senators agreed to tougher capital requirements.
Sen. Donald W. Riegle Jr., D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and Sen. Jake Gam of Utah, the panel’s senior Republican, had been resisting amendments, arguing that the package put together privately by the committee and endorsed by a 21-6 vote last week was too delicately balanced to withstand many changes without crumbling.
But only five minutes before the scheduled start of an 11-day recess, Metzenbaum succeeded in wresting concessions that allowed senators to adopt the bill, 91-8, and leave town until May I.
The committee’s bill had doubled capital standards, requiring S&L owners to come up with $6 for every $100 in lending, compared with the current requirement of $3.
However, it provided a big loophole for about a third of the nation’s 3,000 S&Ls by allowing an accounting item known as “good will” to be counted as capital for the next 25 years.