Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Final Action Set
In Impeachment Trial
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate, still divided after seven hours of closed-door debate, is ready to make a final decision in the impeachment trial of Akee L. Hastings, a Florida federal judge accused of conspiring to obtain a $150,000 payoff.
“I have a gut instinct, but I also have an obligation under the Constitution to look at the articles of impeachment,” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Thursday night following Senate deliberations.
Senators were sworn to secrecy about the seven hours of debate, but they said there was no unanimity. “There were enough people on both sides to expose the arguments,” said Sen. James A. McClure, R-Idaho.
Hastings, 53, the first black federal judge in Florida history, was accused of conspiring to obtain a $150,000 bribe, lying to a jury that acquitted him in 1983 and improper disclosure of information obtained from a court-approved wiretap.
He has been proclaiming his innocence for eight years.
Conviction on any of the charges would immediately remove him from the federal bench in Miami and take away his $89,500 judicial salary.
Winning Lotto Ticket Found In Cookie Jar
NEW YORK (AP) — Newton Hazen looked on his dresser, in his desk drawers and under his mattress before he remembered the cookie jar — which was where he’d unknowingly stuffed a $1.3 million winning Lotto ticket last year.
“I just stuck it in and forgot all about it,” said Hazell, who overcame the memory lapse to become a millionaire just four days before his ticket would have become worthless.
Hazell, a correction officer, showed up Wednesday at the lottery offices to collect his prize from the Oct. 22, 1988, drawing.
‘‘Isn’t that something? This was down to the nitty-gritty. Another week and I would have lost it,” said Hazell, of Metuchen, N.J., after a Thursday news conference announcing his sweet find.
Hazell, 58, bought the winning ticket at the Towne and Country Deli on New York City’s Staten Island, selecting the numbers 7, 9, 13, 21, 34 and 43. But he dumped the ticket into the cookie jar and never checked to see if he won.Weather
It will be fair and cold tonight with a freeze warning in effect. The low will be in the 30s. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and warmer with a high in the 60s. Please see Page 6A for details.Deaths
Matthew Blaylock, Monetta Loransia D. Bowen, Martinez Robert H. Carr, Graniteville Charles W. Greene, Schertz, Texas Lessie Hall, Summerville Leonard Tillman, North Augusta Please see Page 6A for details.Inside Today
Homes Destroyed In China Quake
Mistrial Called In DU I Case
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Friday, October 20, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 261
Bush Arrives In Quake Zone
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Death toll estimates shrank but tensions and frustrations grew as Northern California tried to regroup from a devastating earthquake and unnerving aftershocks that continued today.
President Bush flew west today to tour the area, including the collapsed Interstate 880 in Oakland and the severely damaged seaside city of Santa Cruz. He said he hoped “to take a look and to provide encouragement to people.”
Three days after the quake, the need for encouragement seemed to be
Damage estimates by the state Office of Emergency Services rose to well over $4 billion. A private economist, Frank McCormick of Bank of America in San Francisco, said damage is likely to reach $10 billion. An estimated 12,550 people were displaced, 10,000 in hard-hit Santa Cruz County, the agency said.
In some towns, residents said they were too afraid to sleep indoors because of the Earth’s unrest.
“I can’t stop shaking,” said Marcelina Toussaint, a 73-year-old resident of Watsonville, a town near the epicenter of Tuesday’s magnitude 6.9 quake and
wracked by four strong aftershocks Thursday.
“I guess I’m surviving, but I’m
A moderate aftershock, meanwhile, registered 3.9 on the Richter scale at 1:13 a.m. today, according to Rick McKenzie at the Seismographic Station at the University of California at Berkeley. It was felt north and south of San Francisco.
In Oakland, the monstrous task of uncovering cars and trucks crushed in the collapse of a lV4-mile stretch of 1-880 continued with no signs of survivors.
Lt. Kristina Wraa, of the Oakland police, said early today that 167 people were
still unaccounted for in Alameda County, which includes Oakland and several other communities. It was assumed that many of them were buried in the rubble of 1-880.
By early today, rescuers had pulled out 19 bodies from die highway wreckage.
Rescuers said they were finding fewer cars than feared under the highway, known as the Nimitz Freeway. Some credited the World Series with reducing Tuesday evening’s rush-hour traffic by drawing baseball fans to television sets.
“Maybe the World Series saved our
(See BUSH, Page 4A)
Earthquake Hits Home In Aiken
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
For some Aiken residents, the sights of destruction in the San Francisco area from Tuesday’s earthquake were especially painful because they lived there earlier in this decade.
From 1981 through 1984, Du Pont Co., the operating contractor at what was then called the Savannah River Plant, sent about 20 engineers to the Bechtel Group’s headquarters in San Francisco to supervise Bechtel’s design work on SRP’s defense waste processing facility.
“It was a very eerie feeling,” David Jett, one of the Du Pont employees, said Thursdaj of his reaction to seeing scenes of the quake’s devastation.
Jett said he and his wife “really had empathy” for the Bay City, particularly after the misery Hurricane Hugo brought South Carolina.
He found it hard to look at film of the big fire in San Francisico’s Marina District. He and his wife lived in a condominium at Fisherman’s Wharf near the Marina District and Bay Bridge. They bought groceries at a supermarket in the Marina District. They “enjoyed quite much” the time they lived there, he said.
“There were three minor earthquakes while we were there,” Jett noted. He added that he saw several skyscrapers being built during those years and was impressed by the amount of design and con
struction work that went into making them quake resistant.
One of the reasons the Marina District sustained so much damage, according to Jett, is that it is a fill area that used to be part of San Francisco Bay. When builders were raising many of the Marina Dis
trict homes and other structures 80 and 90 years ago, they “didn’t take proper protection” to minimize the effects of serious tremors.
Jett mentioned he and his wife have not been able to call friends in San Francisco because of limited long distance service
following the quake.
Dottle Koonce, wife of David Koonce, another Du Pont employee sent to Bechtel, said, “I cried all (Tuesday) night,” after learning about the earthquake. Her
(See EARTHQUAKE, Page 4A)
Upstate Lawmaker Wants Price On Drug Dealers' Heads
By The Associated Press
SPARTANBURG - State Rep. Ralph Davenport wants South Carolina to offer bounties of $10,000 for the recapture of escaped drug dealers — dead or alive — in an attempt to curb the state’s growing drug trade.
Davenport, R-Boiling Springs, said he wants his bill to give citizens the right to use whatever means necessary to recapture escaped drug dealers. That bounty policy would also apply to accused drug
dealers who are not convicted but jump bond while awaiting trial.
“They (drug dealers) are not human beings,” Davenport said. “They’re creatures ... (and) creatures need to be exterminated.”
Davenport said he is including the bounty proposal in a new “monster” bill to be introduced in the General Assembly in January.
The proposal also calls for stiffer penalities for drug traffickers, construction of five new state prisons costing an estimat
ed $150 million and the enactment of sentencing guidelines.
Davenport said he does not foresee any difficulty in getting his bill passed.
But the bounty policy proposal was criticized Thursday by a civil libertarian and a law professor.
A “recipe for disaster” is how law professor William McAninch described Davenport’s idea. McAninch, the Solomon Blatt Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, fears the bounty hunters could kill someone by
Steven Bates, executive director of the South Carolina American Civil Liberties Union, said, “I would not expect the Legislature to pass that section.”
Bates said he disagrees with an “execute the accused and try diem later” policy.
Current state law allows a citizen at night to kill someone who has committed a felony or has broken into a house.
(See UPSTATE, Page4A)
Defense Lawyers To Appeal 'Chop-Shop' Sentencing
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Defense attorneys for Aiken businessman Edward F. (Pee Wee) Willing Sr., 56, convicted of transactions involving stolen automobiles, will appeal his 11-year prison sentence to the State Supreme Court, his attorneys said.
B. Henderson Johnson also said the high court will be asked to free Willing on bond while the appeal goes through the judicial system.
Circuit Judge John H. Waller Jr., despite impassioned pleas by attorneys and friends of the salvage yard owner, imposed nine- and two-year sentences on Willing and ordered they be served consecutively.
In imposing the sentence, the judge said he had heard “from a good many people concerned” about the defendant, but the jury’s finding resolved any doubts about his guilt. He remarked to Willing, “Either you were aware or you didn’t care.”
Because the consecutive sentences exceed IO years, the Supreme Court will
have to set bond in the case.
Willing was convicted on two counts — tampering with motor vehicle serial numbers and selling illegally identified vehicles from a location known to be a “chop shop.”
He could have gotten at least 20 years and a fine of $100,000 on all counts, but Johnson and associate James E. Whittle Jr. succeeded in getting Judge Waller to throw a receiving stolen goods charge out of the four-count indictment.
During a 45-minute pre-sentence hearing, Willing told the judge, “I can promise you one thing — I’ve never stole nothing in my life.”
He then discussed his life in business, his operations at B&W Auto and Truck Parts Inc. and a tendency to “trust everybody.”
Willing noted he had built his business up over 33 years and had sent five daughters through college. He spoke with pride about his willingness to work long hours and a life that included military service. Deputy State Attorney General Pat
(See DEFENSE, Page 4A)Experts Report Major Solar Flare
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A major magnetic storm unleashed by a giant solar flare is forecast to surge about the Earth today, possibly causing power surges, radio blackouts and shimmering lights near the poles.
Sun watchers at tike National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the flare erupted on the sun Thursday morning and almost immediately saturated instruments aboard a NOAA satellite with X-rays.
Norman Cohen, a geophysical forecaster at the Space Environment Services Center run by NOAA in Boulder, Colo., said he was sending alerts to electrical utilities in Canada and in the northern United States to expect possible power surges today when a powerful magnetic storm is expected to arrive at the Earth.
Radiation from strong solar flares can affect satellites and spacecraft, but officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Thursday they evaluated the burst of energy and determined astronauts on board the orbiting space shuttle Atlantis are not in danger.
“In the orbit we’re in, at 160 miles altitude, it is no threat at all,” said Ronald D. Dittemore, a flight director at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. “We’re not concerned at all. ’
A NASA spokesman said Galileo, the probe released from Atlantis six hours after the space shuttle was launched Wednesday, was built to resist radiation much stronger than solar flares and will not be affected. Galileo is almost a quarter-million miles from Earth on its six-year journey to Jupiter.
Cohen said the solar flare generated such a strong burst of X-rays that instruments on NOAA’s GOES satellite were overwhelmed. The satellite detects the radiation up to X-12, a term used to measure X-ray flux. The flare was estimated to be an X-13.
The flare also produced a proton burst that Cohen said was about 1,000 times stronger than the flux of protons from a quiet sun.
“We measured 2,000 particles per cubic centimeter per second,” said Cohen. “A quiet sun will have 2 or 3 particles.”
CHECKING THE LIST: Residents of the Marina district of After city inspectors checked homes for safety the
San Francisco look over housing lists Thursday which dwellings were listed in categories of accessibility
determine whether or not they can return to their homes.