Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 30 percent chance of rain. The low will be in the upper 70s. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The high will be in the low 80s. Please see Page 6A for details.
Roderick M. Busby, Charleston
John D. Carroll Jr., Augusta
Rodney Cullum, Belport, N.Y.
Margaret T. Curry, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ellie Dopson, Allendale
Clara J. Forrest, Aiken
Bessie B. Hall, Washington, D.C.
Sally G. Herron, Augusta
Frances Jenkins, Aiken
Kameron S. Kasten, North Augusta
Gerald D. Loftis, Aiken
J.B. Parsons Jr., North Augusta
William E. Seawright, Marietta, Ga.
Elijah Williams, Aiken
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Ex-Con: Hoffa Buried At Giants Stadium
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa was killed because of union and underworld rivalries, and his mutilated body was buried in concrete near the end zone at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, an ex-convict says.
Donald “Tony the Greek” Francs, a self-described freelance hitman, told Playboy magazine he was supposed to kill Hoffa but was in prison when the labor leader disappeared on July 30, 1975. So others HOFFA killed him and described it to him later, Frankos said.
His account, one of many over the years purporting to reveal what happened to Hoffa, appears in November’s Playboy.
Frankos said Hoffa was shot in the forehead at a home near Detroit, his body dismembered in the basement, then stored in a freezer until his burial in the football stadium near New York.
Elvis Impersonator Executed In Slayings
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man described as 1‘Satan personified” was executed by injection early Wednesday for one of five slayings he was accused of committing.
James Paster, 44, a onetime lounge singer and Elvis Presley impersonator, was pronounced dead at 12:17 a.m.
Paster was sentenced to death for the 1980 contract killing of a 38-year-old Houston man, said Bill Zapalac, an assistant attorney general.
On Tuesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refused to grant a reprieve Defense attorneys contend jurors at Paster’s trial should have been allowed to consider evidence of his abused childhood.
F.W. de Klerk Sworn In As President
Veterans Office Draws Council Praise
Wednesday, September 20, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 231
Council, Sheriff Lectured On Crime Wave
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
A spokesman for a group of Belvedere Ridge housewives angered by a recent crime wave in their neighborhood lectured the Aiken County Council and the sheriff Tuesday night on budgeting and managing a law enforcement agency.
Glynna Joines called on Sheriff Carrol G. Heath to make better use of his deputies in catching burglars who have entered nearly IOO homes in the last six months.
At the same time, she said the council should audit the sheriff’s department to determine the most effective way to uti-
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lize taxpayers’ funds in providing the law enforcement officers needed to catch thieves.
Sheriff Heath said he was willing to sit down and discuss any improvements in law enforcement techniques that would cut the crime rate and please the residents of Belvedere Ridge.
Ms. Joines and the others live in an area that borders and in some parts falls within the North Augusta city limits, includes about 300 homes and has a main drive closed off to the public by a gate.
“I am open to anything and willing to
STORM VICTIM: The ferry Puerto Real sits beached in Puerto Rico, a victim of Hurricane Hugo. While others watch the path of the killer storm, Puerto Rico is slowly recovering.
Deal For Tipoff To A Leaky Pipe Results In Charge Of Blackmail
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
BATH — A 69-year-old Bath man was released on $5,000 bond Tuesday after appearing before Magistrate Ralph Barber on a state charge of blackmail against a utility company.
Judge Barber said Joseph O. Feagin of Flint Drive appeared in court after arrest by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent Paul (Cricket) Grant.
The state alleges that Feagin attempted to get $1,000 from the Valley Public Service Authority in exchange for information about a leak in a water line belon-ing to VPSA.
Rev. Robert L. Boone, manager of the utility, said the first call about the leak in the line came last week while he was out of town. He said the caller attempted to reach him several times afterward, then contacted the VPSA manager Monday.
‘‘The caller informed me that while hunting for yellow jackets’ nests he had found a leak in a line, leaking an enormous amount of water. He said we would never find it,” said the Rev. Boone.
The minister said the caller said he was willing ‘‘to show us where it was if we gave him $1,000.”
The VPSA manager said he contacted law enforcement officials and were told to arrange a meeting. He said this was done, and Feagin was arrested when he showed up at the site.
The Rev. Boone said after the arrest Feagin led officials to the water leak in a wooded section in the Lynwood community.
“I won’t venture to guess the size of the leak, but it will be repaired,” the minister remarked.
The VPSA manager said, “The reason I pursued the matter is every day this leak was left unrepaired 1,800 customers would have to pay for it.”
The utility official said, “Eventually, we would have found it, but if allowed to go unreported and unrepaired it would have amounted to the loss of thousands of gallons of water.”
“In addition to that cost, I didn’t like the idea of someone dipping into the pockets of 1,800 people, he added.
Bomb Suspected In Crash Of Plane Witlr 171 Aboard
By The Associated Press
PARIS — The widely-scattered wreckage of a French DC-10 jetliner that disappeared shortly after takeoff from Chad with 171 people on board was found today in a remote, rocky and sandy region of south-central Niger.
The airline said Tuesday’s crash was probably caused by a bomb. There was no immediate report of survivors. The wife of the U.S. ambassador to Chad and a Chadian Cabinet minister were among those reported on board.
Contact was lost with the Paris-bound jet less than an hour after it took off from e Chadian capital of N’Djamena after originating in the Congo.
“it, exploded at high altitude, leaving every reason to believe it was a bomb,” UTA airline spokesman Michel Friess said on French television. He said it was possible, but less likely, that a technical failure was to blame.
“It appears to have exploded in flight at high altitude,” said a Foreign Ministry spokesman, who spoke on conation of anonymity. “The pieces are widely scattered, so it didn’t crash on impact.”
On March IO, 1984, a bomb exploded on a UTA DC-8 flying the same route just before the plane was to take off from N’Djamena, injuring 25 people on board.
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sit down with anyone,” said the sheriff about finding a solution to the crime outbreak. “They do have a problem and we will cover it as best as we can.”
Heath said his department has a working agreement with the North Augusta Police Department to provide protection since part of the neighborhood is inside the city limits.
Council members approached the controversy warily, showing no desire to get into law enforcement operations, while sympathizing with the crime victims.
Referring to public outcry against skyrocketing property tax assessments, Council Chairman Carrol A. Warner indi
cated that taxes could not be increased to hire large numbers of deputies.
And he added forcefully that the council would not fall into the trap of “trying to run the sheriff’s department.”
Speaking from experience gained in recent lawsuits the sheriff brought against the council and won, the chairman informed Ms. Joines he would not venture into any more legal thickets with Heath on sheriff’s department operations.
“The Supreme Court has already ruled we can’t tell the sheriff how to run the department,” Warner said.
(Please See COUNCIL, Page 3A)
Seaboard Keeps An Eye On Hugo
Weather Watchers Unsure Of Landfall Of Killer Hurricane
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By The Associated Press
MIAMI — Disaster officials and coastal residents from Florida to North Carolina began preparing for Hurricane Hugo’s expected assault in the wake of its trail of death and destruction through the Caribbean.
While forecasters were no closer to making a firm prediction on where or when Hugo would strike the East Coast, chances of a hit late this week were steadily increasing.
Most projected paths had Hugo hitting between Cape Canaveral and Cape Hatteras, N.C., by Saturday.
But next in line to feel Hugo’s effects today were the Bahamas as the killer storm blamed in at least 25 deaths in the Caribbean brushed northeast of the chain of islands.
Hugo, packing 105 mph winds, was expected to churn on a course parallel to the islands.
“Although the indications are that it’s going to move east of the more populated areas, no one is relaxing their vigil because it can change direction,” said Bill Kalis, press secretary for the Bahamian government’s information office.
The storm’s death toll was incomplete, and officials feared it would grow as rescuers searched collapsed buildings.
Hugo’s devastation so far has left millions of dollars in damage, more than 50,000 Caribbean residents homeless and hundreds of injuries. Its winds ripped roofs from homes, flattened other houses, flipped airplanes, damaged cash crops and knocked out power and communications.
Two Coast Guard planes carrying fresh water, food and lumber arrived in Puerto Rico late Tuesday, and several other relief flights were planned today.
On Monday, the hurricane’s 125 mph winds smashed directly into Puerto Rico, where officials said 10,000 people were homeless and 25,000 were in emergency shelters. Government and voluntary relief teams from Texas to New York began
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sending supplies to the island.
The hardest-hit islands were still cut off from normal communication early today. On the tiny British island of Montserrat, officials said nearly every building was destroyed, including the only hospital on the island of 12,000 residents.
“It’s as if a bomb has been dropped in the buildings and everything has been blown out. All trees are like stubble. There’s not a flower left standing,” said Cmdr. Colin Ferbrache of the Royal Navy vessel H.M.S. Alacrity, which was stationed off Montserrat.
National Hurricane Center specialist Bob Case said late Tuesday that the eastern U.S. seaboard would feel the storm’s fringe effects of rain and some gusty winds at least through Thursday night, if Hugo stayed on its track parallel to the Bahamas.
“It appears there’s more and more a likelihood of the hurricane striking the southeastern coast during the next three to four days,” Case said.
“Each hour it continues on the track, it increases that probability.”
Forecasters today were expected to issue a hurricane watch for residents somewhere between south Florida and Cape Hatteras, N.C.
The season’s eighth hurricane, with Tropical Storm Iris trailing behind, could veer into the open Atlantic, but other weather systems probably would draw it toward the United States.
2 Wackenhut Managers Resign After Probe Uncovers Violations Of Rules
By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer
Keeping pornographic tapes and magazines at work and pulling the trigger on unloaded guns indoors cost two managers their jobs at Wackenhut Services Inc., the security contractor at Savannah River Site.
In addition, four other Wackenhut employees face punishment from a Wackenhut disciplinary board for similar ofenses.
On Sept. 6, both the fire range manager and a firearms instructor were relieved of their duties while Wackenhut investigated the pronography and “dry-firing” of weapons allegations. Both employees resigned before the
disciplinary board could act on their cases.
Wackenhut spokesman Carl Nan-drasy said today that a fellow employ*
vesigation by Wackenhut officials Sept. 5.
The offenses by the four other employees under investigation “don’t appear to be as severe” as those committed by the two who quit, Nandrasy said. He said “reprimands and ... counseling will probably be the outcome” in the remaining four cases.
He said the difference between the remaining four and the other two was
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