Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Vikings' Nelson Ends Holdout
Gregg Park Loses; Aiken Rained Out
Gregg Park’s season came to an end Monday night in the Pre-Majors World Series, while Aiken’s All-Stars were rained out in the Dixie Youth 13-14-year-old World Series.
Alabama eliminated Gregg Park 12-6 in Texarkana, Texas. The Stars got the early lead, but were unable to hold on as Alabama posted five runs in the second inning and four more in the fourth.
Gregg Park ended its season with a 20-3 record, including two losses in the tournament. The team, which left Texas this morning, will be arriving home around noon on Thursday.
Aiken, meanwhile, is set to play Arkansas at 6 p.m. today. The All-Stars have had little difficulty in the tournament being held in Gonzales, La. thus far with victories against Virginia and North Carolina.
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A Quick Read
Councilwoman Loses Dog To Extortionists
HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) - Kelly, mother of seven litters and beloved golden retriever of Town Council President Sandra Johanson, is missing, the victim of what looks like a political dognapping.
It started as nothing more than a lost dog story.
But Kelly’s disappearance turned sinister after 12 hours when a man telephoned Mrs. Johanson’s home and said:
“Get off the council and you’ll get your dog.”
Ginger and Chris, Kelly’s daughter and former mate, respectively, are upset, Mrs. Johanson said.
“The entire family is devastated. We haven’t been right for a week,” she said.
John Hinckley Says He Backs Gun Control
WASHINGTON (AP) - John Hinckley says his attack on President Reagan could have been prevented with proper gun control.
Hinckley, now a patient at a mental hospital, says he shot Reagan in a “paradoxical rage induced by the constant use of Valium.”
Hinckley said that if a waiting period for buying weapons had been required, “I believe I would not have gone forward with the effort to shoot the president.”Weather
Partly cloudy skies are forecast for tonight with a low in the mid 60s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms with a high in the low 80s. Please see details on Page 5A.Deaths
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Tuesday, August 8, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 189
Moslems Reject Talks On Hostages
By The Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Shiite Moslem fundamentalist leaders today again rejected talks on exchanging three Israeli servicemen and Western hostages for a kidnapped Moslem cleric held in Israel.
Their statements came amid indications that Syria may be authorized by Iran and Hezbollah, Tehran’s main ally in Lebanon, to negotiate the release of U.S. hostage Joseph Cicippio and 15 others held in Lebanon.
In Iran, the English-language Tehran Times said Tehran would be willing to
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use its influence in the hostage crisis if the United States agreed to release billions of dollars of Iranian assets long-frozen in New York banks.
They also came as there were signs of a rift in Iran’s new leadership over the hostage issue, pitting hard-line Interior Minister AU Akbar Mohtashami against pragmatist President Hashemi Rajsanjani.
In a statement distributed in Beirut, Sheik Sobhi Tofaili, a senior Hezbollah
leader said, “There shall be no contacts and no negotiations as long as Sheik Abd-ul-Karim Obeid remains in captivity.” “This is the party’s unshakeable conviction and this is what we shall do,” Tofaili said, adding, “Hezbollah is not concerned with the question of the hostages or the negotiations revolving around it.” The hostage crisis was triggered when Israeli commandos kidnapped Obeid, 33, from his home in south Lebanon July 28 and whisked him to Israel.
Israel has offered to trade Obeid and all 450 Shiite prisoners it holds for the three Israelis and the Western hostages
held in Lebanon but Hezbollah insists the cleric should be unconditionally freed.
Hezbollah’s spiritual guide, Sheik Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, said in a separate statement published by several Beirut newspapers that Obeid’s abduction left “the region poised on a powder keg.”
“That act of piracy led to the killing of the American officer Higgins,” Fadlallah said, referring to the announcement nine days ago by the underground Organization of the Oppressed on Earth that it
(Please See MOSLEMS, Page 5A)
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
NO BREAK: For these youngsters, there was no summer break from school this year. They took advantage of special tutoring classes set up by Barbara Hicks (Right) at Clearwater Elementary School. For the full story, see Page 1B.
San Francisco Jolted By Quake
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - A sharp earthquake jolted the San Francisco Bay area for IO seconds early today, shaking buildings, breaking glass and apparently causing one man to jump to his death from a fifth-story apartment window, authorities said.
The quake occurred at 1:13 a.m. PDT and had a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale, according to both the U.S. Geological Survey in nearby Menlo Park and the USGS
National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.
An aftershock measuring 4.2 rippled through the area at 1:44 a.m.
Police in Los Gatos, about 50 miles south of San Francisco, said an unidentified 19-year-old man apparently was asleep when the earthquake occurred. Officers believe he was startled awake and jumped out of his bedroom window, dispatcher Usa Douglas said in a statement.
There were no other immediate reports of injuries.
ine quake was centered on the San Andreas fault about 13 miles south of San Jose. It was felt throughout a wide area, as far away as Santa Cruz, 75 miles south of San Francisco.
The epicenter was in almost exactly the same place as a 5.0 magnitude quake on June 27,1988, said USGS geophysicist Dave Oppenheimer.
“There was some damage in the Santa Cruz Mountains ... It was
(Please See QUAKE, Page 5A)
Shuttle Roars Aloft With Spy Satellite
Secrecy Surrounds Mission Of Columbia's Military Crewmen
By The Associated Press
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Columbia, NASA’s oldest shuttle, returned to space for the first time in 3Vz years today, rocketing into orbit with five military astronauts on a secret mission to send a spy satellite aloft.
Toe 125-ton winged spaceship blazed away from its seaside launch pad at 8:37 a.m. after a blacked-out countdown and darted northeastward.
“We’re tracking it right down the middle of the pike,” the flight guidance officer said about four minutes into the flight.
Nearly nine minutes after liftoff NASA announced that Columbia was in orbit more than IOO miles above the Earth, streaking along at more than 17,400 mph.
“We had a completely clean and smooth ascent. There are no problems whatsoever to report,” said launch commentator Brian Welch.
The space agency then imposed a news blackout. Apart from brief periodic status reports during the five-day mission, silence will be broken only if there is a major problem, NASA said. Crew conversation will not be broadcast.
The satellite reportedly can focus on the Soviet Union and world hotspots such as the Middle East.
The exact launch time was not made public until nine minutes before liftoff, when the Pentagon lifted the blackout. Earlier, officials had said only that the launch would take place between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Liftoff was delayed about 40 minutes to allow fog to burn off. The mission is the fifth shuttle flight since launches resumed last September after a 2Vi-year hiatus prompted by the Challenger disaster.
Columbia, which flew the first shuttle mission in 1981, spent the past few years as a “hangar queen,” stripped of parts to keep the two other remaining shuttles flying. It underwent 258 safety modifications after a failed rocket joint caused the Challenger explosion in 1986 that killed all seven crew members.
Weather Hampers Search For Missing Congressman
By The Associated Press
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Poor visibility hampered rescuers searching today for a plane carrying Texas Congressman Mickey Leland and 13 other people that vanished en route to a refugee camp near the Sudanese border.
Heavy cloud cover made an aerial search of more than 400 miles of rugged terrain from this capital to Leland’s destination in southwestern Ethiopia nearly impossible, said Robert Houdek, charge d’affairs at the U.S. Embassy.
However, Houdek said Interior Ministry officials in contact with police and communications points along Leland’s flight path reported a small plane was sighted Monday circling a field at Dembi-dolo, about 75 miles from the Fugnido refugee camp where the Houston Democrat group was bound.
“If it was our plane, what we find encouraging is that it would have transversed a lot of the more treacherous terrain to Fugnido,” Houdek said. “The plane circled, but the pilot obviously felt that he didn’t want to put down at that time.”
Houdek said Dembidolo was in an inaccessible region far from any communication points, “which could provide a benign explanation for why we haven’t heard anything.”
But he said the region contained several fields suitable for landing that were cleared by the government to airlift food to people during the 1984-85 famine that ravaged much of Ethiopia.
Light aircraft that left early today to search for Leland and his party were concentrating their efforts in the Dembidolo area, said Houdek. However, a dense cloud cover and poor visibility was hampering their efforts, he said.
The missing Twin Otter plane that Leland was traveling in is commonly used for bush flying. Officials with Ethiopia’s Civil Aviation Authority, coordinating the search, said a C-130 Hercules cargo plane was standing by to help in case of an emergency.
U.S. Embassy official John Guerra said the pilots were following the general route the plane would have taken to the Fugnido camp, 480 miles southwest of Addis Ababa.
Planes must fly over rough terrain to reach the camp, but the aircraft would not pass over the area where rebels are battling Ethiopia’s government. Ethiopia’s separatist movements are based in the northern part of the country in the Horn of Africa.
The missing plane, which also carried eight other Americans including staff members and U.S. Embassy personnel,
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was last heard from Monday morning about 15 minutes after leaving Ethiopia’s Bole Airport in Addis Ababa, Guerra said.
“It was about 25 miles outside of Addis at the time,” said Guerra. “That was the last contact we had.”
Five Ethiopians, including three government officials, the pilot and co-pilot, also were aboard the airplane owned by Ethiopia’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, the government relief agency.
The plane was due back in Addis Ababa at 5 p.m. Monday.
(Please See WEATHER, Page 5A)Boy, 14, Shot; 11 -Year-Old Is Under Arrest
A 14-year-old boy was shot Monday afternoon allegedly by an 11-year-old boy following an argument between the two at the older boy’s home in Bluff Manor Apartments off Silver Bluff Road, according to the Aiken Deparment of Public Safety.
At 2:30 p.m., the police received a phone call reporting that a young boy had been shot and seriously wounded at his home. Police officers found the boy lying on his living room floor unconscious. He was transported to HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers in critical condition where he immediately went into surgery, Inspector Pete Frommer said.
HCA Aiken officials stated this morning that the boy was still in critical condition.
The police officers reported that the two boys had gotten into an argument, and the 11-year-old returned to his home, obtained a .25 automatic weapon and returned to the 14-year-old boy’s home. He knocked on the door, and when the boy opened it, the 11-year-old allegedly shot the boy in the chest above the heart, the police reported.
Police officers arrested the 11-year-old and contacted the parents of both the boys. The police department would not release the names of the juveniles involved.