Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Granny Beats Intruder With A Hatchet
MIAMI (AP) - A 71-year-old woman beat an intruder unconscious with a hatchet after she and her great-granddaughter were attacked by the assailant, a female acquaintance.
“She picked the wrong woman,” Elizabeth Butts said Thursday. “The only thing I hate is that I didn’t kill her.”
The intruder, identified as Terry Westbrook, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition with a fractured skull and deep facial cuts. She was in fair condition this morning, a hospital spokesman said.
She will be charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault, said Metro-Dade police Lt. Richard Carey.
Westbrook was an acquaintance of Butts’ who stopped by the four-bedroom house the woman shares with her granddaughter and 16-month-old great-granddaughter, Nicole Williams, and asked for money, saying she had just gotten out of prison, police said.
City To Rework Franchise Ordinance
During an executive session Thursday night, the Aiken City Council decided to rework a proposed power supply ordinance.
“It is taking what was in the old ordinance and cleaning it up,” said Roland Windham, city administator.
The old ordinance, which passsed first reading, was scrapped after Aiken Electric Cooperative presented an injunction preventing the city from acting on the proposal, which favored South Carolina Electric & Gas.
With the injunction overturned by the State Supreme Court on Friday, the city decided last night to rewrite the ordinance to help offset some of the co-op’s fears.
“We are going to start over with it,” Windham said.
The ordinance will face first reading during the Council’s meeting on Nov. 13. A public hearing on the ordinance will be held if it passes first reading.
Today will be clear and mostly sunny with a high in the mid-70s. Tonight will be clear with a low in the mid-40s. Saturday will be sunny and mild. Please see Page 6B for details.
Louise W. Barnes, Augusta Mrs. Norman Bates, Blackville Buna M. Beaudrot, Union Lewis F. Boatwright, Aiken James H. Owens Jr., Graniteville Dillie Phinizy, Aiken Bernard A. Stone, Jackson Wallace Waldo, Johnston John H. Walker, Greenwood Please see Page 6B for details.
Friday, October 27, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 268
/Chop Shop' Property Padlocked
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
State and Aiken County law enforcement authorities have padlocked three pieces of property owned by convicted “chop shop” operator Edward F. (Pee Wee) Willing Sr., 56, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
In addition, an automobile once driven by former House of Representatives candidate Ralph Gunter of Bath was turned over to investigators at their request, according to an investigator.
Authorities said Gunter, who claimed he had borrowed the car from Willing, was advised to surrender the vehicle since its identification number proved suspect.
An officer stressed that Gunter has not been accused of anything.
Gunter, a Republican, was a candidate in a special election for the District 84 House seat last March, which was won by Demcorat James Roland Smith.
An investigator said the car that was being driven by Gunter was on the Aiken-Augusta Highway properties of Willing when agents arrived to padlock the place.
Sheriff Carrol G. Heath said agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and his office sealed the properties at the request of the state Attorney General’s office.
Heath said the locks were put on B&W Auto and Truck Sales on Aiken-Augusta Highway, a shop behind Willing’s house
on Gregg Avenue and a metal storage building at a pond site near Eureka.
Investigator Wayne Huff with the Sheriff’s Department said the lockup is part of an ongoing investigation by his department, SLED agents and representatives of the National Auto Theft Bureau.
Huff said he was not at liberty to discuss the nature or extent of the investigation.
Willing was convicted in Aiken County General Sessions Court last week on charges that he tampered with serial numbers on a stolen vehicle and allowed a 1984 Cadillac to be interchanged with parts of a salvaged Cadillac before it was sold at B&W.
In a chop shop operation, automobile
parts are switched and reassembled in order to prevent authorities from tracking them down through serial numbers.
Willing, who is now at a state correctional systems reception and evaluation center, received consecutive sentences of nine and two years. His attorneys are planning an appeal.
The Attorney General’s office has confirmed that it has additional charges pending against Willing — all involving stolen vehicles.
Willing’s son, Edward F. Willing Jr., was convicted in March of similar offenses and sentenced to eight years and a fine of |20,000. He is free on appeal and was a key witness in the three-day trial.
Taking The Reins
Authorities For Prison Contra
NEW COMMISSIONER: Paul Tagliabue answers questions Thursday afternoon after he was elected commissioner of Football League. Please see story on Page 6A.
in Cleveland the National
By Tho Associated Press
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Police struggled to regain control of an overcrowded state prison today after a second night of riots by more than 1,000 inmates who seized hostages, set off explosions and torched buildings.
“At one point, all inmates were out of all the cell blocks,” said Ken Robinson, state Corrections Department spokesman, though not all of the 2,600 inmates were actively involved in the rioting.
At least 84 people have been injured in the rampages, including 40 Thursday night. No deaths have been reported.
About 500 state troopers, with local police and firefighters, began to retake the Camp Hill medium-security prison early today.
The officers entered through gates in prison walls, occupying areas that weren’t held by the prisoners and avoiding clashes with hostage-holding inmates. Inmates could still be seen moving about inside the fire-lit prison before dawn as state troopers moved in with care, spotlights trained on the institution from outside.
Officials had secured four cellblocks with 750 prisoners by 6 a.m., said John Palakovich, assistant to the superintendent. Six other cellblocks were still held by the inmates at dawn.
Robinson called the situation somewhat stabilized. He said, without giving details, that inmates were negotiating with authorities and that their demands shifted through the night.
Earlier, a huge fire in the education building sent flames rising IOO feet in the air and an explosion at or near a prison furniture factory rattled windows up to a mile away.
Inmates pelted firefighters with rocks. Officials said 12 of 31 prison buildings were destroyed in the fires, including two commissaries. Officials had to bring in a portable National Guard kitchen to provide meals for prisoners not involved in
the rampage. Prison officials also said eight temporary housing units used to ease overcrowding were destroyed and three of the IO cellblocks were damaged by the blazes.
“It’s total chaos. They lost control,” said a guard who was in one of the cellblocks when Thursday’s disturbance began as meals were being served at 7 p.m. “The officers were told to lock the doors and leave. We had to get out.... They said they were going to kill us.
“Last night was a riot. Tonight was war,” said the guard, a six-year staffer who refused to give his name.
The inmates seized eight hostages but released one, a prison guard, later in the night. The others were still being held this morning, Palakovich said.
The hostage holders were demanding to talk to Gov. Robert P. Casey and officials of the human rights group Amnesty International, said a state police negotiator, Cpl. Raul Ramos.
“These situations are highly unpredictable,” Ramos said.
Palakovich would not say whether the remaining hostages were guards or support staff, but said he thought they were being held in two separate cellblocks.
One guard, who wouldn’t give his name, said the disturbance could take
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Waste Dump Opening Delay Proposed
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Advisers are recommending that Energy Secretary James D. Watkins order a longer test period before opening the nation’s first permanent dump for long-lived radioactive waste from nuclear weapons plants.
The proposed changes, if accepted by Watkins, would force the Energy Department to arrange “temporary” storage of nuclear wastes for a much longer period than planned, said Leonard Slosky, one of
five members of a blue-ribbon advisory group Watkins impaneled two months ago to study the problem.
Watkins already is having trouble persuading any of seven selected states — Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee and South Carolina — to store extra nuclear weapons waste for about 2% years starting in April.
The waste had been going to Idaho, but Gov. Cecil Andrus banned further shipments Sept. I. Watkins had hoped to have
a permanent dump opened in New Mexico by now, but environmental and other problems have delayed it indefinitely.
Watkins told Congress earlier this month that he expected to start “operations demonstration” of the permanent waste dump, known as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, by September 1992. That would involve loading, shipping, unloading, depositing and retrieving drums of the nuclear waste to demonstrate that the
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inside today President To Be Part Of Ortega Dialogue
By The Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Like it or not, President Bush will be part of a dialogue with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega at today’s celebration of Costa Rican democracy, says host President Oscar Arias.
“I respect President Bush’s decision not to have a private meeting with Ortega, but there will be a dialogue among all of us around a table,” said Arias at a Thursday press conference as 19 hemispheric leaders began arriving for a two-
day “Summit of the Americas.”
“The truth is, we will be capable of sitting down to discuss a common agenda,” Arias added.
Security was tight as presidents and prime ministers began arriving Thursday under cloudy skies.
The U.S. Secret Service supervised installation of a two-inch-thick, 75-foot long sheet of bulletproof glass in front of the National Museum for Saturday’s inauguration of Democracy Plaza.
Arias implicitly equated Ortega and Bush’s status as their countries’ leaders
when he explained why he had not invited the leaders of Chile, Panama, Cuba or Haiti.
Ortega has made it clear he would like to meet with Bush, but Bush, under pressure from domestic conservatives, has refused.
If the two have an encounter, said Bush, “I’m going to be polite, charming,” but also “very firm.”
“Everybody knows we have a tense relationship,” Bush added during an internee PRESIDENT, Page 4A)
Health Facility Proposal Still In Infancy
By KEITH WARD Staff Writer
Aiken County is under consideration for an extension of University Hospital, which intends to branch out across the Savannah River.
However, the discussion of the proposed facility is still in its infancy, according to Robert M. Taylor, controller for the hospital.
“The facility could be as small as an education center, or as large as a primary care center with physicians,” he said.
Mr. Taylor corrected a previously published report that referred to the facility as an “outpatient clinic”.
“That was premature speculation from (the report.) I never said it would be a clinic, nor did Ed Gillespie, (University Hospital’s president),” he said.
The effort in Aiken County, Taylor said, is a planning effort to determine what might be the best way to serve the county’s citizens. Little has
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