Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Page 10AA Quick ReadSir Laurence Olivier Found Dead At Home
LONDON (AP) — The actor Ix>rd Olivier died at his home today, his agent Laurence Evans said. He was 82.
Laurence Olivier, as he was known to millions of fans worldwide, died “peacefully in his sleep,” surrounded by friends and relatives, Evans said.
A private funeral service will be held for Olivier followed by a public memorial service at a later date, Evans said. He said funeral arrangements have not been finalized.
He said Olivier’s last professional appearance was “War Requiem,” a movie directed by Derek Jarman based on the oratorio by the renowned 20th century composer Benjamin Britten.
Olivier is survived by his wife, Joan Plowright, two sons, two daughters and three grandchildren.
Evans, a personal friend of Olivier for 50 years, said: “He was the greatest actor in his lifetime in my opinion. His like will not be seen again.”Woman Awakes, Says Shot By Ex-Husband
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - For nearly five months, police waited outside a rehabilitation center room for Miriam Stoltz-Gurney to say who killed her friend, shot her in the head and left her to die in the woods,
Last week, she remembered and pointed the finger at her ex-husband.
Police arrested George Gurney, 52, and charged him with first-degree murder, kidnapping and attempted murder. He is accused of killing Roger Whittemore, 52, of Swampscott, Mass., and taking his ex-wife prisoner on Feb. 16.
State Attorney General John Arnold said Gurney, of Newburyport, Mass., had been a suspect from the outset.
Gurney denies the shootings and is fighting extradition from Massachusetts. But New Hampshire authorities are confident he’ll be in their custody soon.
At a district court hearing Friday in Lawrence, Mass., Gurney pleaded innocent to being a fugitive from the New Hampshire charges.WeatherIsolated Storms
Isolated evening thunderstorms are forecast tonight. The low will be in the low 70s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the mid to upper 90s. Please see details on Page 12A.Deaths
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Former N.E. Police Chief Dismissed
Tuesday, July ll, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. ISS
Defense Dept. Renews FMC's Bradley Contract
Aiken Plant Assured Of Continued Orders
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON — Aiken employees of the FMC Corporation, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based manufacturer of the M-2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, can expect continued orders for the weapon for another decade, said an FMC spokesman Monday.
In announcing a new Defense Depart
ment contract award for next year, John Hassell, an FMC project manager, said company executives were pleased the Army “continued to have a lot of confidence” in the weapon.
The new contract calls for manufacture of 627 vehicles in fiscal year 1989, beginning in October.
“We have delivered 4,400 M-2’s to date, and the Army total buy will be 8,811. We’re about halfway through the (production) program,” Hassell said.
The Aiken plant, employing 350, will share in the new $310 million contract. About $53 million will be spent on Aiken payroll and operating expenses. The Aiken plant manufactures 1,200 finished
parts, including drive assemblies and housing for the vehicle, which resembles a tank, but is half the weight. Aiken workers also manufacture some 2,000 unfinished subcomponents.
"We have been very, very pleased with the Aiken plant. The FY89 award is a positive development for that plant, and a vote of confidence for the people who have been producing parts for the Bradley at Aiken — this is something we can all be proud of at FMC,” said Hassell.
Hassell said the tank, now deployed in Europe with NATO forces, has also found a foreign buyer.
In January, the Saudi government signed a letter of agreement with the United States to purchase 200 Bradleys, to be delivered over a two-year period beginning 1991. The Saudi contract is valued at $550 million, and includes payment for the vehicles as well as training and logistical support equipment.
Hassell said he could not comment on whether other foreign buyers were considering buying the infantry vehicle.
An Army spokesman said that President George Bush’s proposal for a cut in conventional arms in Europe would not affect the Army’s demand for the Bradley.
Bush: Solidarity Proved Dreams 'Can Live Again'
BUSH AND SOLIDARITY: New-elected Solidarity members formed the backdrop when President Bush addresed the Polish Parliament.
By The Associated Press
GDANSK, Poland — President Bush today made a dramatic pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Solidarity labor movement and told cheering thousands their struggle had produced “a time when dreams can live again.”
“For those who say that freedom can be forever be denied, I say let them look at Poland,” the president said in the emotional climax of a two-day visit.
‘ Poland is not alone. America stands with you,” he said, renewing his pledge to provide assistance for Poland’s economic reform.
The president was introduced by Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, who said he hoped the visiting American realized “our country should and deserves to be helped. ... God Bless America. May God bless our homeland,” Walesa said.
Bush made the trip to the Solidarity Workers Monument outside the main gate to the Lenin shipyard after a private lunch at Walesa’s home.
The president said Walesa had asked
for private investment assistance in their talks. “I can give strong support for that standing right here in his yard,” Bush said.
On Monday, Bush had outlined a program of $115 million in U.S. aid and pro posed easier repayment terms for Poland’s $39 billion international debt.
He said he would take Walesa’s call for private investment to the economic summit starting Friday in Paris, and ‘ we'll see where we come out.”
Bush was departing Poland later in the day for a two-day visit to Hungary, another Communist country in the throes of extraordinary political and economic reform. He then travels to Paris on Thursday for the economic summit, followed by a trip next week to the Netherlands.
Shouts of “Welcome President Bush!” rang out and hand-held American flags fluttered in the air as the president arrived at the monument to Polish workers killed in an uprising in 1970 during the birth of the labor movement. Thousands
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Rabies Spreading Rapidly Among Wildlife In S.C.
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
The Department of Health and Environmental Control has reported 110 cases of rabies in South Carolina this year — an increase from only 37 cases in 1988, according to Dr. William P. Morgan, director of DHEC in Aiken County.
“We’ve been seeing an increasing num
ber of positive specimens coming in statewide,” Dr. Morgan said.
The disease has spread among the wildlife of Aiken County, and six cases have been reported — four raccoons, one mouse and one fox. By the end of 1988, six cases of rabies were reported in Aiken County.
“We used to think rabies among rodents wasn’t a problem, but there’s been
an epidemic among the wildlife population this year,” Dr. Morgan said.
Ifs important to get dogs or cats immunized because they can get into fights with these animals and contract the virus, exposing humans to rabies, he said.
People need to be careful of any wild animals that show no fear when approached by humans, Dr. Morgan explained. Rabid animals lose fear of men,
and people should keep their distance.
All bites from either wild animals or stray cats and dogs should be reported immediately to the Aiken County Health Department.
A scratch or an insignificant bite by a wild animal can still cause problems and should be reported,” Dr. Morgan said.
(Please See RABIES, Page 12A)Heart Failure Stills Voice Of Mel Blanc
By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Mel Blanc, “The Man of A Thousand Voices,” including the legions of Looney Tune stars such as Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety Pie, Elmer Fudd and that mischievously silly wabbit Bugs Bunny, has died. He was 81.
The originator of such lines as Bugs’ “Eh, what’s up, Doc?,” Sylvester the Cat’s “Thufferin’ thuccotash!,” and Por-ky’s “Th-th-th-that’s all, folks” died Monday from complications from heart disease and other ailments.
By his own count, Blanc estimated he had ^mastered at least 900 different accents and dialects during a career spanning more than 50 years.
Working in an age without high-tech sound effects, Blanc was a human synthesizer, a verbal computer. It has been estimated that more than 20 million people hear his voices daily.
He invented the voices of such characters as Woody Woodpecker, Speedy Gonzalez, Pepe Ixj Pew, Tasmanian Devil, Road Runner, Foghorn leghorn, Heath-cliffe the cat. Speed Buggy, Yosemite
Guilty Pleas End Trial Of 3 Aiken Pharmacists
spanned 50 years.
Sam and that Oscar-winning rabbit Bugs Bunny.
He also did voices for Elmer Fudd, the Roadrunner and numerous other characters he performed on 850 cartoons for Warner Bros.’ looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.
He was the babbling Barney Rubble and the hyperactive, yammering Dino, Fred Flintstone’s pet dinosaur on the
(Please See HEART, Page 12A)
BY CAROL WOODWARD Staft Writer
Three Aiken pharmacists, indicted after a federal drug conspiracy investigation that began in 1985, brought an abrupt end to the case Monday by entering guilty pleas in U.S. District Court.
Leonard Browder, 59, of Aiken, owner of Aiken Drug Co. and the Browder Drug Company (Woodruff Drugs), pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of falsifying prescriptions.
James Michael Locklair, 41, and Martin Thomas Johnson, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts each of falsifying prescriptions for Darvocet N-100, a pain-killer.
The three entered guilty pleas before senior U.S. District Court Judge Solomon Blatt Jr. at the Charles*E. Simons Jr. Courthouse in Aiken.
Leonel Blanton (Sam) Ergle, 49, who had also been indicted, pleaded guilty Thursday in a Charleston’s U.S District Court on one count of drug conspiracy.
Charges against Marian O’Rear, 56, a clerk at Aiken Drug Co. were dropped, according to U.S. District Attorney Marvin J. Cauglunan.
Sentencing for Browder, Ixicklair and Johnson is expected to be in September, Caughman said Monday.
Browder faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison, fines totalling $500,000 and a $100 assessment fee. Locklair could be sentenced to eight years in prison, fines totalling $500,000 and a $50 assessment. Johnson faces a possible sentence of eight years in prison, $280,000 in fines and a $50 assessment.
Caughman said the additional assessments added to the defendants sentences go into the Governor’s Victims Assistance Program fund.
The five were indicted in March by a federal grand jury on 153 counts of drug conspiracy charges that included illegally dispensing narcotics, defrauding the Medicaid program and altering drug keeping records. The alleged offenses were said to have begun as early as 1983, Caughman said.
As a result of Monday’s plea bargaining, the remaining charges against the five have been dropped.
Agencies involved in the investigation were the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the U.S. Attorney General’s office.
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