Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 30, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Lowe Will Perform Community Service
ATLANTA (AP) — Actor Rob Lowe will do two years’ community service to avoid prosecution on charges that he videotaped a young girl performing a sex act at a hotel during the Democratic National Convention, a prosecutor said Saturday.
I-'Owe had faced a possible criminal charge of sexual exploitation of a minor, a charge that carries a maximum 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, said District Attorney Lewis R. Slaton.
Lowe, 25, and his father met with Slaton Friday, almost a year after he allegedly taped the sex scene between Jan Parsons, who was 16 at the time, and a female companion at a downtown hotel room during the 1988 convention.
“I needed to talk to him to size him up to see if he was OK for the program,” Slaton said. “I felt the young man fit in, but I had to be sure of his attitude.”
A telephone call to Lowe’s agent in Los Angeles late Saturday was not immediately returned.
Lowe remains the subject of a civil lawsuit brought by Miss Parsons’ mother, Lena Arlene Wilson.
Beach 'Pollution' Attracts A Crowd
NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) -For once, a report of beach pollution sent bathers running toward the ocean instead of away from it.
More chan $200 in small bills embedded in sea weed washed up on the shore Friday morning, said Tony Cavalier, chief of the North Wildwood municipal beach patrol.
City employees and visitors at the crowded beach scurried along the water, poking through the seaweed in search of the money.
It was like watching one of those TV shows,” he said. “Everyone was running through the water, rooting through the seaweed.”
Beach officials speculated that money dropped over a period of time by bathers accumulated on the ocean bottom, and was kicked up by the surf in a storm Thursday evening.
Cavalier said municipal workers cleaning the beach with tractors were the first to notice the money. As they jumped off their tractors to search for the bills, curious beach-goers began to watch them, and immediately joined in the search.
Today will be partly cloudy and hot with a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the 90s. There is a 20 percent chance of evening thunderstorms, with lows in the 70s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 90s.
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Fun Day Attracts Participants
Sunday, July 30, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 181
Rapist Up For Parole: Officials Opposed To Hearing
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
A 43-year-old Pelion man, implicated in nearly a dozen rapes and convicted in five of them, will get a parole hearing next month despite serving less than eight years of a life plus 160-year sentence.
The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon services, in a letter mailed last week, informed prosecutors, law enforcement agencies and the victims of Benny Allen Hall it will consider Hall’s release at a hearing Aug. 30.
Bennish Brown, a spokesman for the State Department of Corrections, said Hall, who is serving time at Manning Correctional Institution, became eligible for parole in July.
Hall, a former construction worker with a long record of criminal offenses, has been behind bars since his 1981 convictions for rape, kidnapping and assault and battery in Aiken and Lexington counties.
Besides those crimes, Hall has a record that goes back to 1969 and includes armed robbery and escape, according to state penal system records.
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor Donald V. (Donnie) Myers said Friday that he “definitely will oppose” the parole board’s allowing Hall to be released from the state penal system.
“This man needs to be kept in jail for a long time,” said Myers, who prosecuted and won four rape charges, a kidnapping count and an aggravated assault and battery charge against Hall.
Second Circuit Solicitor Robert J. Harte, whose office convicted Hall of one rape count in Aiken County, was out of town Saturday and unavailable for comment.
Hall’s sentences, imposed by Circuit Judges Walter Bristow and Rodney A Peeples, included life for the kidnapping, 120 years for four rapes in Lexington, IO years for assault and battery in Iiexing-ton and 30 years for rape in Aiken County.
Aiken County Sheriff’s Department investigator E. L. (Bo) Rearden and Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend, who in 1981 was an investigator with the sheriff’s department, were among those who apprehended Hall and tied him to the series of rapes.
Saturday, Rearden said, “It’s unreal
that a man with this magnitude of time to serve would be even considered for parole. He said he and Mrs. Townsend plan to appear before the parole board and oppose Hall’s release.
Recounting the series of rapes in 1981, Rearden said because of the pattern that emerged law enforcement authorities suspected that the rapist of two Aiken County women and those in Uxington and Richland were being committed by one individual.
“We figured he was coming off the interstate,” said Rearden.
But it was by chance, the investigator said, that the big break in the case came. That occurred after the rape of a 14-year-old Aiken girl who was picked up while
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Party Chief Jaruzelski Steps Down
I f Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
DOWNTOWN AIKE.J: Aiken s downtown merchants and community leaders are discussion how new developments will affect their businesses.
Merchants, Committees Working To Keep Area Healthy
By KIM MCNEELY Staff Writer
Through development committees, Aiken’s downtown merchants and community leaders hope to save the historic downtown shopping district.
Concern over the construction of the new Aiken Mall and development on the south side has prompted downtown merchants to discuss how this will affect their businesses.
Downtown merchants, however, don’t all agree there is any immediate need for concern now, or when the new mall opens.
Jeannie Farmer of Julia’s said, “Some people can find what they want without going downtown.” She said that Julia’s puts a lot of pride in their service.
' There are many people who don’t care for malls. They don’t like the impersonal approach that many stores have that are in a mall situation,” said Mrs. Farmer, “It’s almost self-serve.”
Mrs. Farmer also said that Julia’s may not have to worry about competition from the mall since Julia’s
stock is quite different from what other stores have to offer.
Since many stores in the downtown area are specialty shops, do the owners of these stores have to worry about competition from stores in the Aiken Mall.’ Anne Smith of Four Generations, an antique store, said, “I think the new mall will be great, wonderful for everybody, but I don’t think it will have anything to do with my business. My store is more personalized.”
One merchant, Sandhill Station’s Ann Grooms, is convinced that the store’s stock and low prices will keep customers coming back. “We pride ourselves on the fact that we have lots of unique, individual things, and we think our prices are excellent,” she said.
She said the stores at the mall might charge more for items in order to pay their rent.
“We are hoping that it is not going to affect us that much,” Ms. Grooms said. “I think anybody is going to go see new and different things, but in the long run
(Please See GOING, Page 10A)
New Polish Party Leader Caps Comeback....................Page 10A
By The Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland — President Wojciech Jaruzelski resigned Saturday as Communist Party chief and was replaced by the outgoing prime minister, Mieczyslaw F. Rakowski, who has become a champion of conservative elements in the party In another apparent victory for party conservatives, two hard-liners were named to the ruling Politburo in a .shakeup that came on the last day of a Communist Party plenum.
Four of the 18 Politburo members and five of the nine party secretaries — most reformers or linked to Jaruzelski — were dropped.
Party spokesman Janusz Bisztyga called the move a drive for “new faces. ”
In addition to quitting as party chief, Jaruzelski also resigned from the Politburo and _— ___
the policy-setting Central Committee in JARUZELSKI what appeared to be an effort to show total commitment to the presidency.
Jaruzelski had promised to resign as party chief, a post he held since 1981, if he became president. He was elected July 19 to the position, created as part of reforms agreed to in talks this year between Communist authorities and the Solidarity trade union movement.
As president, Jaruzelski has control of the military and foreign policy matters and will choose a prime minister to head the government.
The official news agency PAP said the gathering of the party Central Committed and party deputies of parliament elected Rakowski 171 to 41 to replace Jaruzelski. Bisztyga said Rakowski was the only candidate.
The selection of the 62-year-old Rakowski culminated a remarkable political rise by the politician, who joined the Politburo only in December 1987 after having been dropped from the government in 1985, along with several other hard-liners.
“The party is in a difficult situation, but I believe I have support from thousands of party members,” Rakowski told state television later. “I am aware of the importance of the job, and I believe that we can find a way out of this difficult situation.”
Rakowski has been sharply criticized for the way he handled the economy during his nine months as prime minister.
But despite triple-digit inflation, food shortages and his plan to rise food prices Aug. I, Rakowski was believed to have gathered support from hard-liners and party members fearful of the growing influence of Solidarity.Free Enterprise System On Display At Market
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Dr. Domy Adriano, hopping from stove top to counter top, sees his new business as a good way to get his family involved in the free enterprise system.
Saturday morning the Adriano family, with pop doing most of the cooking, was out early at Pop’s Flea and Farmers Market to serve oriental-style meals.
In his primary job, Dr. Adriano is an environmental scientist, working for the University of Georgia at the Savannah River Site. His field of work is ground water pollution.
Tom Clarke, an executive with market owner Wyatt Development Co., said the Adriano family is a good example of the free enterprise system at work and the values of entrepreneurship.
“Can you believe a scientist doing this kind of thing?” asked Clarke. “This is what America is all about.”
Dr. Adriano, who has worked at the Savannah River Ecology laboratory for 15 years, said, “This is for my wife and children. I enjoy doing this kind of thing with my family.”
(Please See FREE, Page I0A)
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN: Shoppers at Pop's Flea and Farmers Market take a look at some of the goods for sale in the outside portion of the market, which opened Friday.