Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Nothing Is Sacred From Metal Thieves
(AP) — Richard Arregui parked his car at a Miami art gallery one day late last year and noticed something amiss. An 8-foot aluminum outdoor sculpture was now only 4 feet high.
“Someone had literally torn half of it off,” said Arregui, assistant director at the Barbara Gillman Gallery. He found the missing half of the $25,000 sculpture hours later — at a scrap yard. They had paid $192.50 for it.
In recent months, thieves have stolen aluminum from practically everywhere to cash in on a prolonged boom in aluminum prices at scrap
Vandals have stripped siding and gutters from New York City homes, faucets and window frames from a New Orleans housing development, swing sets from a Miami playground, bridge railing from Connecticut highways, and cans from Chicago recycling bins.
Milk Passes Meat As Top Source Of Fat
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -Youngsters who love milk should stick to the fat-free variety, because dairy products have surpassed meat as the top source of unhealthy saturated fat in teen-agers’ diets, a researcher says.
Studies by Dr. Curtis Ellison at two elite New England prep schools found that 35 percent of students’ daily intake of saturated fat comes from milk, cheese, ice cream and other dairy food.
Preppies are not unique in what they eat, according to Ellison, who said at least two other unpublished studies have reached similar conclusions.
“The studies show that the main source of saturated fat is not meat anymore,” he said. “It is milk and other dairy products.”Weather
Skies will be partly cloudy tonight with a low in the 50s. Increasing cloudiness is forecast Thursday with a 20 percent chance or rain. The high will be in the 80s.
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Susan H. Arrington, Williston James P. Cearson, Ridge Spring Eddie Cripps, Thomson, Ga. Ralph S. Garvin Jr., Columbia Edward V. Hild, Aiken Wallace O. Jeffcoat, Wagener Carl R. Knowles, Edgefield Annie M. Randall, Gloverville Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today
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Wednesday, February 15, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 40
Kidnap Suspect Arrested In Texas
From Staff And Wire Reports
APPLING, Ga. — A Martinez, Ga., man charged with kidnapping a South Carolina girl has been arrested in Texas, Columbia County Sheriff Otis Hensley said today.
Hensley said he received information around midnight from the Harris County,
Texas, Sheriff’s Department that Richard Daniel Starrett, 29, had been arrested by a Texas Department of Public Safety officer without incident.
“He is being held at the Harris County Cen- STARRETT tral Jail in Houston, Texas, awaiting return to Georgia and to South Carolina for further investigation,” Hensley said.
A nationwide manhunt had been under way for Starrett, charged in federal and state warrants with kidnapping 17-year-old Shari Dawn Teets of Lexington, Feb. 6. Authorities said the girl was abducted at gunpoint from her family’s home by a man answering a want ad for a water bed.
Officials said that while in a house in Martinez she was handcuffed and kept in a small closet part of the time during the four days she was held there. She escaped early last Saturday from the house about five miles west of Augusta. Authorities say Starrett owns the house.
Georgia authorities also issued a false imprisonment warrant Tuesday against Starrett, who reportedly was seen Tuesday morning in the North Augusta area. More than IOO law enforcement officers had scoured Columbia County for Starrett, believing he was there.
Authorities said they received reports
that Starrett’s red sports car was spotted as recently as Sunday night in the Aiken and Augusta areas but Lexington County Sheriff James Metts would not elaborate on the sightings.
Ms. Teets, a Lexington High School senior, escaped after her abductor fell asleep and fled to a neighboring home where she called her family, authorities said.
Starrett is an engineer employed by Bechtel National Inc. of San Francisco. Bechtel is a contractor at the Savannah River Plant. Company spokesman Rick Laubscher said Starrett began working for Bechtel in October and was assigned to SRP for work on the federal government’s Defense Waste Processing Facility.
Metts described Starrett as “armed and dangerous.”
He said a preliminary investigation indicated Starrett “was having trouble at
work and at home and developed a serious drinking problem. ’ ’
Starrett does not have a prior criminal record, according to that investigation. He apparently has used aliases in renting “different locations” but Metts would not elaborate.
Metts said authorities want to question Starrett in connection with at least four other South Carolina disappearances, abductions or sexual assaults that, like Ms. Teets’ abduction, took place after a man answered a want ad.
Lexington County deputies were keeping Ms. Teets in protective custody in an undisclosed location.
Agencies involved in the case are the State Law Enforcement Division, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, the Georgia Highway Patrol, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department.
Today's Bush Visit Is Thank-You To S.C.
IOMING TO S.C.: President Bush was to speak to the South Carolina Jeneral Assembly this morning.
By TRIP DUBARD Associated Press Writer
COLUMBIA — President George Bush’s planned visit to South Carolina should be seen as a thank-you for the state’s support during the 1988 presidential campaign, Bush’s former national campaign manager says.
“It’s not a coincidence the first series of trips he’s making are to New Hampshire and South Carolina,” Lee Atwater, now head of ^he nation.*! Republican Party, said. “Thv, se were the states that were very, very good to him.”
In what he said would be a series of stops to promote his new budget, Bush spoke Monday in New Hampshire, where a primary victory last year revived the Bush campaign.
Air Force One, with Bush and Gov. Carroll Campbell on board, was expected to touch down at Columbia Metropolitan Airport about 10:30 a.m. today. The president’s two-hour visit includes an 18-minute address to a joint assembly at the Statehouse and luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion.
As Bush speaks, environmental groups plan to rally outside in support of cleanup efforts at the Savannah River Plant
near Aiken, which suffers widespread groundwater pollution.
Bush’s speech to the joint assembly, the first by a president since Richard Nixon in 1973 and possibly only the second in history, is expected to seek support for his $1.16 trillion federal budget.
But it also will be a boosterism of sorts for his and Campbell’s political programs.
Campbell, Bush’s Southern campaign chairman and convention floor manager, has pegged his administration’s success to gains in per capita income and education. This year he placed new emphasis on environmental and education issues, as the Bush budget does. In addition, Campbell is pushing for reductions in the capital ga ins tax, as is Bush.
“Both of them will have legislative agendas they’ll be aggressively pursuing” during the visit, Campbell spokesman Tucker Eskew said.
Though Democrats control the Legislature, South Carolina supported Bush in last year’s March 5 Republican primary, and subsequently the national election.
Bush’s schedule called for him to head from the Statehouse to the Governor’s Mansion to dine on grilled stuffed chicken with about 20 top state Republicans.
Planning Group Accepts Plans For Woodward Tract
By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer
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The Aiken City Planning Commission n Tuesday passed Commissioner Henry raig’s motion to recommend approval f site plans for the proposed road irough the Woodward Tract, with three ther requests from the developers gain-lg subsequent approval.
Commissioners Jane Davis, Joe Busby nd Tim Dangerfield voted in favor of the Dad request, with Commissioner Rich-rd D. Sears abstaining. There were no otes against.
Approval was recommended on the
conditions that only one curb cut for the tract be allowed on Whiskey Road, that provisions for no left turn onto Two Notch Road be made and that a letter of agreement be signed between the developers and the City.
Site plans for 152 Phase One apartment units and requests to rezone and subdivide nearly an acre of land at the corner of the proposed road and Two Notch Road were also recommended to the City Council for approval, with Commissioner Davis voting against the rezoning and subdi-
New Inspection Procedures Announced For Reactors
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
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Savannah River Plant officials announced a battery of new inspection, paperwork and briefing procedures designed to prevent a recurrence of operator errors that caused $20,000 damage last month to the plant’s K-Reactor.
The damage occurred when operators did a routine water pressure test with valves set improperly, officials said after that Jan. 22 incident.
New procedures developed by the Du Pont Co., SRP contractor, will include checking all such valves before and after future testing.
“Some of them are in direct response to that incident and some of them are changes that were made prior to that that,” such as operator training, said Re-becca M. McSwain, a Du Pont spokeswoman.
U.S. Rep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C., toured the plant Monday and received a briefing on the changes from Charles H. Ahlfeld, Du Pont reactors program manager.
Du Pont summarized those changes in a news release issued this morning.
“K” and the plant’s two other operable production reactors have all been shut down since last summer for improvements to equipment and management ordered by the Department of Energy.
The DOE has not announced a schedule for restarting the 1950s-era facilities, which provide the only source of tritium and plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons.
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vision and Commissioner Sears abstaining on the apartment site plan request.
The land which Aiken Associates, the partnership between Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Corp. and the Keenan Co., is asking be rezoned and subdivided may be sold to a doctor for an office, according to the developers. A contingency for the subdivision is that there be no Two Notch Road access.
The Woodward Tract items dominated the Planning Commission meeting. Well over IOO people were in attendance, with all available seats filled and people lining the back and side walls.
Presentations by the developers and by citizens against the development were presented first, with a question and answer period after each item. After comment was heard on all four requests, the Commission voted. By that time an hour and 55 minutes had passed.
Charles E. Simons III, speaking for the developers, opened discussion. He pointed out that the no left turn agreement had been arranged and that Aiken Associates only planned to build 10-11 apartments per acre, where 14 per acre were allowed.
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U.S. Needs Revenue Programs To Cut Deficit, Hollings Says
By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer
NORTH AUGUSTA - Sen. Ernest F. (Fritz) Hollings, D-S.C., blamed Congressional bipartisanship for some of America’s deficit woes.
Using a mixture of homespun wit and cutting oratory, Sen. Hollings gave the North Augusta Rotary Club a Washington’s eye view of how things were going.
Sen. Hollings, one of the architects of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings budget reduction bill, said it was not working to reduce the $2.6 trillion deficit.
“We’re not headed in the right direction,” he said. “We need some revenue programs. If we don’t start paying the bill and bring the deficit down, we’ll be on skid row.”
He said the nation was spending $130
billion in interest on the deficit for nothing.
Sen. Hollings promoted his value added tax program.
A value added tax is a consumption tax added to a product during each stage of its production as well as at the time of its purchase by the consumer.
The value added tax is 15 percent in Europe and 25 percent in Korea, according to Sen. Hollings.
He said the 5 percent value added tax legislation he is proposing would exclude housing, health care and food.
Sen. Hollings said the money would be placed in trust fund in the U.S. Treasury Department.
He disagreed with President George Bush’s statement in an address to
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