Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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A Quick Read
Woman Charged After Baby Tested For Drugs
GREENVILLE (AP) — A 25-year-old woman whose newborn tested positive for cocaine was being held on $20,000 bond Friday on charges she used drugs during pregnancy.
Marcelle D. Bruce was arrested Friday on felony charges of criminal neglect. A warrant charges Ms. Bruce with being “ a cocaine user, causing her infant baby’s health and life to be in danger.”
She is the fourth woman in less than a week to be arrested on such charges.
The infant was born last weekend at Greenville Memorial Hospital and remains in the hospital’s newborn nursery, said Greenville Police Det. D.L. Butler, who is handling the case.
Police will take Ms. Bruce’s baby into protective custody next week, Ms. Butler said. She said the infant is likely to be placed into foster care by the state Department of Social Services.
Skies will be partly today and Sunday with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. The high for both days will be in the upper 80s and the low in the upper 60’s. Please see details on Page 8A.Deaths
Leroy Babb, Aiken William Paul Bradley, Eureka Please see details on Page 8A.Inside Today
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Saturday, August 19, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 199
Where's Jeremy? It's Still A Mystery
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Ray Grice is waiting for the day when someone makes a mistake.
He’s hopeful — sometimes almost certain — it’s going to happen.
“Someday, somewhere, someone is going to slip up, so I will just have to bide my time,” said Grice, sitting behind a desk at his father’s cabinet shop on Hampton Avenue.
Jeremy disappeared. In that time, a maternal grandfather died without knowing what happened to the child.
cers; when they arrived to search for the child.
The 30-year-old cabinet maker is the father of Jeremy Grice, the blond-haired youngster with the engaging smile who disappeared nearly four years ago.
For Grice and others in his family it has been an agonizing four years since
But Grice firmly believes that someday someone will slip up and “say something or do something” that will tell him or others what happened to his son. For the moment, that’s his only hope.
It was cool and rainy on the morning of Nov. 22,1985, when Jeremy is supposed to have stepped outside a mobile home near Bath and vanished.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Department said its efforts were hampered because Jeremy may have been gone for several hours before his mother reported hun missing.
His mother and Grice’s divorced wife, Donna Arrington, reportedly was asleep at the time and his stepfather, Nickie Arrington, had gone to work, according to information given law enforcement offi-
Sheriff Carrol G. Heath said the best estimates are Jeremy disappeared about 9 a.m. The sheriff said his department was not called until early afternoon.
The sheriff also said the mobile home had been cleaned before law enforcement officers arrived, making a search for clues difficult.
(Please See WHERE’S, Page 11A)
^ High school football is just around the corner as two prep jamborees kick off the season tonight. The Aiken County Jamboree will be held at Midland Valley High School, while the War Eagle Jamboree will be held at Wagener-Salley High School.
^ George Steibrenner, unhappy with the New York Yankees’ performance in 1989, changes his manager again. This time he fires Dallas Green and replaces him with Bucky Dent, a star of the Yankees in the 1970s.
^ Michael Carr refuses comment on the NCAA’s investigation at Clemson University. Carr, who disappeared from campus on Wednesday, has gone back home to Amite, La.
^ The Aiken SE RTOMA-M ichelob Golf Classic gets under way today as a full field of golfers try to win the prestigious tournament. Defending champion Jay Cudd of Augusta is the man to beat, but several Aiken County players are expected to fare well.
Jim McMahon, the controversial quarterback or the Chicago Bears, is traded to the San Diego Chargers.
^ All eyes are on Easy Goer, a disappointment in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, as the 120th Travers is run today.
^ Emerson Fittipaldi, the Indy 500 winner, sets a qualifying record at Docono.
For all of the stories and scores, please see Sports, Section B.
Editor-Activist Gets Prime Minister Nod
By The Associated Press
Staff Photo By Teddy Lepp
ON THE SPOT: USO quarterback Todd Ellis, shown here at last week's
media day, is on the spot as USO enters the 1989 football season For the story, please see Page 1B.
Gunmen Wound Colombia Candidate
By The Associated Press
BOGOTA, Colombia — Gunmen opened fire at a political rally Friday night and wounded a leading presidential candidate, police said. Witnesses blamed drug traffickers for the attack, which came hours after the assassination of a provincial police chief.
Sen. Luis Carlos Galan was one of several people wounded when a shootout broke out at a political rally in Soacha, 20 miles south of Bogota, police said.
The 46-year-old Liberal Party politician, considered the favorite in the May 1990 presidential election, escaped an assassination attempt Aug. 5 in the city of Medillin by drug traffickers, who have ravaged the country and appear to be stepping up a campaign of intimidation.
The seriousness of the injuries to Galan
could not be immediately determined. Witnesses blamed drug traffickers for the attack, but the police did not say who was responsible and there was no immediate claim.
Galan, one of several Liberal candidates seeking the presidential party’s nomination, is widely considered the front-runner to replace President Virgilio Barco.
The attack came hours after drug traffickers shot to death a provincial police chief who had led a campaign against the drug traffickers based in Medelfin.
The notorious Medellin cocaine cartel claimed responsibility for the slaying of Col. Waldemar Franklin Quintero in calls to local radio stations.
Friday’s attacks came amid a strike by the nation’s judges, who are protesting the violence and they say is a lack of
protection for members of their profession.
Franklin Quintero recently had given up his official bodyguards and asked that they instead be assigned to protect judges.
T ranklin Quintero, 46, police commander for Antioquia province where Medellin is located, left his home Friday in his chauffeur-driven car that had gone about 450 feet when it was cut off by another car and five gunmen emerged, officials said.
I hey fired without mercy for several minutes at the colonel, who was hit more than a hundred times,” an unidentified witness told Radio Caracol. The witness said the chauffeur also was injured.
WARSAW, Poland — Solidarity editor Tadeusz Mazowiecki declared Friday that he is ready to accept President Woj-ciech Jaruzelski’s offer to nominate him as prime minister and break the Communist grip on power in Poland.
Mazowiecki, a veteran opposition activist who spent a year in jail during Jaruzelski’s martial law crackdown of 1981, confirmed he is the president’s choice to lead the next government.
“Our Premier!” the opposition newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza proclaimed triumphantly, if somewhat prematurely, in a headline above Mazowiecki’s smiling picture Friday.
The formal announcement was planned for Saturday, the state official said. MAZOWIECKI But already the offical PAP news agency was treating Mazowiecki, editor of the Solidarity union weekly Tygodnik Soli-damosc, as a major public figure. It reported throughout the day his meetings with dignitaries.
The appointment of a Solidarity-led government, the first non-Communist government in the Soviet bloc since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin consolidated control of Eastern Europe in the late 1940s, would be an event of historic significance.
Local Communist Party chapters expressed dismay Friday, PAP reported. “We are firmly against forming a government as proposed by the opposition,” said a statement issued by the Wroclaw party.
“We appeal to the Central Committee for a defense of socialist values,” said the Walbrzych chapter, according to PAP.
Mazowiecki met Friday with party chief Mieczyslaw F. Rakowski, who has
(Please See GUNMEN, Page 11A)
(Please See POLAND, Page 11A)
Mrs. Benton: New Superintendent Will Miss Teaching
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
Even though Aiken’s new area superintendent misses her years of teaching, she hopes to have an even greater opportunity to give each student in Aiken a quality education.
“I enjoy teaching, and I still miss the students,” Elizabeth S. Benton said. “Right before I left Aiken High and went to North Augusta as the assistant principal, I was selected as the South Carolina Vocational Classroom Teacher of the Year. I wasn’t so sure at that time if administration was what I wanted to do.” Since 1980 when Mrs. Benton moved from being a home economics teacher at Aiken High School to North Augusta Junior High School as the assistant principal, she has remained in the administrative field.
Mrs. Benton and her family have lived in Aiken since 1960. She has an undergraduate degree from Greensboro College in North Carolina and did her graduate work at Winthrop College.
She has worked in the school district since 1967 and has been an assistant prin
cipal at Aiken High School and a principal at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School. Most recently, she held the position of Area 4 superintendent in the Wagener-/ Salley / Ridge Spring region of the district.
In March of this year, Mrs. Benton was selected to be transferred to the Area I (Aiken) office. She will oversee all instruction, curriculum, staffing and maintenance in the Aiken schools. But not only will she administer programs and the many responsibilities of the area, but she said she will like to get into the schools and the classrooms to be in touch with the educational process.
With a schedule that doesn’t seem to quit and a desk stacked with papers and folders and more papers, visiting classes will take a lot of effort. But Mrs. Benton said it’s worth it because after 13 years of teaching, she knows how important it is
to be a part of all that’s going on in the classroom.
“We have a lot of good teachers in Aiken, and I think we have a lot of good students, she said. “I would like to see us pull together for a really successful program that will give all of the students in Aiken an excellent educational opportunity.”
“This has been an interest of mine for many years. I would not have been in the education profession this long if I didn’t enjoy teaching children. It will certainly be a challenge to pull together an outstanding curriculum to give students an excellent education.”
The effective schools program, the Students on Active Research for the gifted and talented program and the Diversified
(Please See MRS. BENTON, Page IU)