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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina IjKIM tO JJTTT PUBLIC LIBRARY 415 NEWBERRY ST. S. W. AIKEN, S. C 29801 A Sports Bulls Take 2-1 Playoff Lead Page IB A Quick Read Doctor Claims Firing Resulted From Praying TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A doctor who says he was fired by a hospital for praying at patients’ bedsides has filed a civil rights complaint accusing the institution of religious discrimination. Dr. Ju Woong Jung, 51, said in the complaint filed with the state Civil Rights Commission this month that he had prayed with patients for IO years while on the staff of St. Luke’s Hospital with no problems. Jung was fired in February by hospital President Frank Bartell III, who cited him for insubordination and willful neglect of duty. Hospital officials said the dismissal followed repeated warnings about praying with patients. In his complaint, the Korean-born Baptist said he fulfilled his duties to his patients and that he discussed his beliefs and prayed with patients only with their consent in order to comfort them. Traveling Swindlers Jailed In Mississippi NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A couple charged with bilking shopkeepers out of at least $300,000 from Florida to Utah have been arrested in Mississippi, an FBI agent in says. Donald Edward Hipps, 44, and Phyllis Elaine Hipps, 41, believed to be from North Carolina, were arrested Friday in Gulfport, Miss., said Nashville FBI agent Verne Gauby. “This is a significant arrest because this couple have bilked a substantial number of people all the way from Florida to Utah,” Gauby said. “The FBI became involved in 1985 and, as of right now, their total take is more than $300,000. That’s just what we know right now.’’ After their arrest in Gulfport, the couple was placed in federal custody in Biloxi, Miss., to await a court appearance, he said. He was unsure of when they would have an arraignment. Weather Cloudy, Possible Rain Mostly cloudy today with a chance of rain, high in the lower 80s. Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of thundershowers. Low 60. Please see details on Page 6A. Deaths Hannah Dyar, Anderson Mary Peebles, North Augusta Cadie E. Sweat, Gloverville Dorcie E. Morgan. AikenPlease see details on Page 6A. Inside Today Bridge..............................................5D Calendar...........................................5C Classifieds........................................3D Crossword........................................6D Cryptoquote......................................4D Dear Abby.........................................8C Local Front.......................................7A Obituaries.........................................6A Opinions...........................................ID Sports  .........................................1B Weather............................................6A --- Page 2A ISuJ GO Dogwood's Kesslin Wins Iroquois Aik* it Standard Sunday, May 14, 1989 50C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 115 Rudnick: Party Switchers Violate Trust By The Associated Press COLUMBIA — State lawmakers who switch political parties while in office should resign and run under the banner of their new party, says a House Democrat who contends defectors violate a trust to the party that helped elect them and to voters. “I don’t think that it’s right morally and ethically,” says Rep. Irene Rudnick, D-Aiken. In recent weeks, four House Democrats have defected to the Republican camp. The switches have left the Democrats with an 83-41 advantage. One more defec tion by a Democrat and Republicans, voting as a bloc, could defeat Democrats’ attempts to override a veto by Gov. Carroll Campbell. Mrs. Rudnick renewed her efforts on behalf of the bill, which requires lawmakers who switch parties to resign and run under their new party, during a House Democratic Caucus last week. A House Judiciary subcommittee tabled the measure in February and prospects for passage this session appear dim. “I think it offers a solution to those who think that they can defect from one party to the other without having to be responsible to anyone except their own individ ual consciences,” she said. But one House member who changed parties and a leading House Republican blasted Mrs. Rudnick’s bill. “My position on that would be that in South Carolina you don’t register by party when you register to vote and most voters that I know in this state elect the person on the basis of his own record and not on the basis of party,” said Rep. Terry Haskins, R-Greenville and the minority leader. “So to say that if an individual officeholder changes parties, that he has to give up the office, would be to say to those voters that you didn’t elect him, that you elected a party. And I don’t believe the people of South Carolina elect parties to office; they elect individuals.” Rep. Tom Huff of North Augusta, chairman of the House Rules Committee, was chief deputy majority whip until he defected to the GOP. “I don’t think it violates the trust,” Huff said. “Certainly, I’m from a Republican area and have been elected as a Democrat. I think a lot of the trust that the people have placed in me have been placed in me as an individual. “My change was to try to reflect what I (Please See RUDNICK, Page 5A) Jury Returns Death Penalty Against Sims By STEPHANIE WARNECKE-ADAMS Staff Writer At noon on Saturday, Mitchell C. Sims received the death penalty sentence for the second time. A seven man, five woman jury found Sims guilty Thursday of the Dec. 3,1985, murders of Christopher Leroy Zerr, 24, and Gary Dean Melke, 24, in the Hanahan Domino’s Pizza store where they worked. The sentencing portion of his trial began Friday and ended with the jury recommending death after just over an hour of deliberations Saturday morning. “I’m glad I didn’t have to make the decision,” said Dan Melke, Gary’s father. “I am glad it went the way it did, though,” he added. “They brought in tile verdict we were looking for. We know he won’t get out to do it again,” said William Zerr, Christopher’s father. Sims has also been sentenced to death in California for the Dec. IO. 1985, murder of John Harrigan, a 21-year-old Glendale Domino’s Pizza deliveryman. The trial was moved from Berkeley County to Aiken County because of extensive news coverage. In an emotional sentencing hearing, Sims’ mother, sister and half brother told that the family suffered physical, mental (Please See JURY, Page 5A) Courtesy Charleston News And Courier SIMS AND DEFENSE: An artist’s rendition shows Mitchell C. Sims (right) with his attorneys, Mitchell Lanier (top) and William Runyon. Tornadoes Schoolmates-Playmates Can Give Eyewitness Report On Them By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer WILLISTON - Andre Reed got a chance to talk about tornadoes during a weather briefing on his school’s television report last week. The eight-year-old third grader was more than just a weather forecaster — he was a celebrity of some stature because of his relationship with at least one tornado. Andre and his schoolmate-playmate Photo..................................See    Page    SA Clarence (Duke) Williams, ll, were sucked into the funnel of a twister that cut a thousand-yard swath through Williston two weeks ago. Miraculously, the storm, which did an estimated $500,000 worth of damage, didn’t kill anyone, but the two boys said they got the ride of their lives as it shredded a mobile home in which they had been playing. “It just picked us up and took us off,” said Duke, taking a break from class and sitting on a piece of playground equipment at Kelly Edwards Elementary School. “It just tore up everything, but we got up and ran,” he added. Duke and Andre were sitting in the Reed’s mobile home playing with a television game when the tornado swooped down on Halford Street shortly before 6 p.m. May 1. (Please See TORNADOES, Page 5A) Bush Calls For Ouster Of Noriega Support Pledged For New Leader By Tho Associated Proas STARKVILLE, Miss. — President Bush on Saturday urged the Panamanian people and defense forces to drive Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega “and his doberman thugs” from power and pledged support for a successor government. Bush stopped short of directly urging violence or a coup but told reporters aboard Air Force One, “I would love” to see Noriega “out of there right now.” Noriega is under indictment in this country on drug charges, but Bush said he didn’t care whether the Panamanian leader went to a nation that has an i extradition treaty with the United States. Press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said, “We know what countries are willing” to take Noriega. But an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity said there are no signs the leader is getting ready to step down. The president made his comments to reporters as U.S. troops continued flying into Panama on a mission of protection for Americans and U.S. facilities in the wake of violence that followed last week’s election. Bush has accused the Noriega regime of stealing the election from the opposition candidate, Guillermo Endara. Asked by reporters if his words could be seen as a call to revolution or violent overthrow, Bush chose not to temper the remarks. “No, I would add no words of caution. The will of the people should be implemented,” he said. Bush hedged a hypothetical question about the American military responding to request for aid from the 15,000-strong (Please See BUSH, Page 6A) NORIEGA Building Off To Surprising Spring Surge By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Spring has brought more to Aiken County and its incorporated towns than warmer temperatures, the blooming of azalea and dogwood and the urge to get out and plant a garden. It has brought a building boom — both commercial and residential — unmatched in recent years, and indications are the surge in construction may continue throughout the year. Building permit activity sheets obtained from Aiken County and the cities of Aiken and North Augusta show more than $40 million worth of new construction planned. (Please See BUILDING, Page 6A) I Building Permits In Aiken County, Aiken, North Augusta Commercial January Permits I $ Value Feb Permits ruary $ Value Mb Permits irch $ Value Af Permits 3 r 11 $ Value Aiken County 4,812,845 1,259,000 19 1766.320 7 2,915,300 23 21 Aiken 227,000 1 |90,000 3 2,086,000 2 550,304 2 North Augusta lf:' 60.000 ............... / 1 ' 8 I 93.SM 14 1,345,358 . .3 8 Residential January Permltsl $ Value Fe I: Permits iruary $ Value Mi Permits arch $ Value Af Permits > r 11 Value Aiken County 26 2.289.200 27 3,107,000 16 1,541,400 23 I 1.699.600 Aiken 25 2.421,595 37 3,482,920 50 4,965,3211 36 13.013.560 North Augusta | 2 200,000 6 539,400 *5 Ii 1,883,618^ 8 I 799,185 Note: Figures do NOT include all renovations and additions for Aiken County and Aiken. ms Staff Graphic By Sharon McLaughlin ;