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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - February 2, 1983, Blytheville, Arkansas 1 j veins Blytheville Ark. 72315 vol.88-no.a23 2scents 22pages wednesday. February 2,1983 2 sections zoning petition opposed pulled by Susan Caslin in staff writer Blytheville a due to opposition from residents a petition to rezone a North Lee Circle site from r-2 Low density residential to r-0 flexible design residential was withdrawn from the City planning commission last night. A standing room Only crowd appeared at last night s meeting prepared to Battle realtor John Logan s petition. The r-0 designation the petition said would permit Logan flexibility in design and layout of proposed lots groups of lots or Large tract development at the site. The designation allows for condominiums townhouses attached housing Cluster design and Zero lot lines. However the Battle has at least been postponed As the Petitioner rested the petition not be considered at this time. A loud round of applause greeted Logan s announcement that he wanted the petition withdrawn because of the intense opposition expressed by residents of the area. Logan hoped to build three condominiums at the vacant Sites. The petition can come before the commission again if Logan refills an application. The commission continued a Public hearing concerning rezoning a Northeast Corner of Ruddle Road from r-1 single family residential to r-2 Low density residential. Alice Gerber owner of the property at 804 Lauderdale asked for the rezoning to enable her to operate a Telephone answering service of the property. However Gerber s attorney Bill Steinsiek told the commission his client would modify her request asking for a special permit rather than rezoning. Some residents of Lauderdale Road expressed objection to issuing the s thecial permit. Commissioner Nomell mod i iii id �?�4h��ce, if viewed As a Telep Bonfi Exchange Falls under the design anon of Quot Community facilities and Public utilities Quot meaning the use is permitted subject to acquiring a special use permit. Moore said the service will not be a private business if a special permit is Given. Steinsiek explained that the service would involve no More than a group of Telephone lines in one location. When a client was not available to answer the phone at his or her residence Gerber would answer the Call. No additional equipment or traffic was expected to result from the service Gerber noted. Gerber had support from others at the meeting and in the form of residents letters to the commission. Action on the matter should be delayed Moore said since citizens were unaware that Gerber s request was to have been modified last night. However the commission voted to recommend to the City Council that the special permit be approved. Attorney Dan Ritchey represented Beaure Talbot at the hearing in Talbot s efforts to rezone a 60-by-200 foot piece of property located on South Highway 61, near memorial Park cemetery. Talbot of Pine Bluff owns the property and requested it be rezoned from medium density residential to commercial noting that land directly South of the property across an adjacent ditch is zoned commercial. Talbot hoped to sell the property to trib advertising inc. Of Lite Rock. The company plans to erect a sign at the site. Ritchey pointed out the Folly of the cemetery being zoned residential in the first place besides reiterating that the property across an adjacent ditch is commercial. He Point out that there Are few if any alternative uses for the Small piece of land an Japan trip slated Washington a . Trudy Airbus Tudor iii Paivi Bivack goes to Japan next week for talks aimed at easing Japan s restrictions on imports from the United states. Brock s office announced that he will participate in three Days of talks on the restrictions which have soured relations Between the countries and which some contend have led to a $20 billion to Ade deficit with Caslin it was standing room Only at last night s meeting of the Blytheville planning commission As a number of citizens were on hand to oppose rezoning of a North Lee Circle site. The rezoning petition was withdrawn for now due to uie intense opposition. Failure to rezone would make it even More difficult for Talbot to Seu. Ritchey said Talbot s position is Fiat the property line is at the North end of uie ditch Ratiner than the Center. He stressed to the members Melton tagged As Star witness classified comics to �,11 looking 7 selected mkt. 7 11,11 to women s 11 by Tommy Clayton in Amati writer qybf�binigr9bc, Melon i a Yum is mime a Ilia i co Penne win the prom cutting a Toni s office m the murder Case of Caruthersville businessman Harold Quot to Quot Young. Another defendent . Quot buddy Quot Cook is slated to go to trial March 7 and a third defendent suspect Michael Bell faces extradition from Missouri. Melton and Cook appeared yesterday before judge Joe Riley in Dyer county Tenn., circuit court. Lyman Ingram Dyer county assistant attorn general asked that Melton be tried separately from Cook and Bell. He said yesterday that Melton is slated to testify for the prosecution at the trial of Cook and Beu. Melton Beu and Cook a of Caruthersville Are charged in Dyer county with first degree murder conspiracy to commit murder arson and kidnapping. The charges Stem from the july 19 abduction and murder of Young 54, who owned and operated the Broadway music co. Young s body and truck were found burned july 20 near Lenox Tenn. Murder was later ruled As the cause of Young s Denaui. A Dyer county grand jury handed Down the indictments in mid december. Cook and Melton waived extradition to Tennessee. Cook was released four Days after his arrest after posting 12s,000 Bond. Melton is still jailed in lieu of $175,000 Bond. Bell is an inmate at the Missouri state Penitentiary in Jefferson City serving time on an unrelated felony conviction. Ingram said that extradition papers on Bell have been issued. Prosecutors and attorneys for Cook Are gearing up for a trial which Ingram said could last a week to 10 Days. Judge Riley yesterday granted a motion of discovery for Ingram to inspect defense evidence Quot which is permissible to be although Cook s lawyer fued a similar motion Ingram noted he will reveal uie Sute s evidence regardless of uie ruling. Botti sides have 15 Days to present the evidence for a Vic in. Iti a a in tit cd he a tili a in a to obtain some of the evidence from Missouri for the prosecution. Testimony for uie trial is expected Tobe Len Guy Ingram noted. Quot we be got Between so and 60 witnesses subpoenaed for uie of Fiat number Ingram estimated that 28 Are from Tennessee and around 30 Are from Missouri. Ingram Hopes to inspect the defense evidence and its list of witnesses later this week. In uie action to extradite Beu Scot county prosecuting attorney mute Hazel said yesterday that extradition papers from Tennessee Are at gov. Christopher Quot kit Quot Bond s office. If be signs to ice uie papers go to a judge in Jefferson City where Beu is entitled to a hearing. Hazel said such a hearing would focus mainly on we Euler Beu is uie person wanted in Tennessee. Quot i Don t anticipate any problems Wiki Melton and Beu were arrested july to and charged in Scot county with kidnapping Young and stealing his truck. Both have been jailed since that time. At an aug. 26 preliminary hearing testimony linked the pair with Young s disappearance july 19. He was last seen alive on a gravel Road Sou i of Caruti Erville. At Fiat time bout suspects denied being in the area testifying that they were working for Cook a Scot county Farmer and Hay dealer. Hazel noted that before Melton was extradited he and Melton s attorney Ray Klemp of Caruthers Vuie fued a stipulation in the Missouri kidnapping and stealing Case continuing it until the Tennessee proceedings Are completed. The stipulation was fued because a suspect in Missouri must be tried win in 180 Days and Hazel believed it might have taken longer than that for Melton to be tried in Tennessee. Of the commission that they should not allow personal opinions concerning signs to affect a decision for rezoning. Quot the Issue is not whether you Are opposed to signs Quot he explained. Quot you can t use that As a tool to Block somebody s legitimate use of their in a letter to the commission a resident near the site expressed her opposition to the rezoning giving no reasons for the opposition. Bill Stovaul jr., who has operated the cemetery since 1970, also expressed disapproval and presented the commission with an official petition signed by lot owners or relatives of. Lot owners opposing the move Stovall argued that any sign erected at the site would be adjacent to a South driveway to the cemetery and would be Quot Ghuy Quot and Talbot offered to sell the land to Stovall for $6,000 the Price offered Talbot by the advertising Agency. However Stovaul noted the site could not be used by Cobb and Purchase would not be Cost effective. Commissioner Charlie Mcfall agreed that a sign would detract from the area whue commissioner Joann Morgan noted that the site is Talbot s and is not inside the cemetery. Morgan said the commission s Job was to decide whether or not to rezone the property commercial and to determine whether aesthetics play any role in that decision. The commission finally voted 4 to 3 against recommending that the City Council rezone the make haul two recent burglaries resulted in the loss to thieves of items Worth approximately $1,500, Mississippi county sheriff s deputies said today. A burglary and theft at the residence of Albert Banks on Highway 308 need Over $500 in property. Brett Banks reported that the residence was broken into Between 4 . Saturday and 7 . Tuesday. Taken were a Vinyl covered Chrome fir Stool 9 Coffee table various lamps a Hairdryer and Crystal punch bowl set. Over $1,000 in goods were stolen from Jeff Bell s trailer at Bassett. Bell said the break in occurred Between 10 30 . Monday and 12 15 . Tuesday. Taken were a 19-Inch color Sylvania to valued at around $500, a Marlin Model 336 Caliper 30-30 Rifle with scope valued at around $150, a Marlin Model 336 Rifle with scope valued at about $150, a 12-Inch color to valued at around $200 and a 12-gauge Remington Model 1100 automatic Shotgun valued at around $250.deception alleged a theft by deception was reported yesterday to Osceola police. Jessie Crump said he loaned his Chainsaw to two individuals who asked to borrow the Chainsaw for one hour in order to Cut firewood. The men never returned but Crump located the Chainsaw yesterday discovering it had been sold. Police expect to have at least one of the suspects in custody by damages Home a fire yesterday at 2436 Peabody in Blytheville caused moderate damage to a residence owned by . Tankersley. The fire started in a Wall Heater. Firefighters were called to the site around 10 20 . And remained for about 36 robbed two Black men each around 40 years old robbed lean Nance of $60 around 5 . Tuesday according to Blytheville police. Nance told officers the duo came to her Myrtle Street Home telling her they represented a government organization which could pay the woman s natural Gas Bills for four months. After she let them in police said one of the men grabbed her around the neck and took uie Money. Police said the woman was not injured. George r. Fain or. Courier news general manager Fain takes in reins Blytheville George r. Fain or. Of Greenville s. C., has been named general manager of the courier news. As such he will be chief executive officer of the newspaper Park newspapers inc., new owners of the paper announced today. Fain comes to Blytheville from Greenville where he was marketing director of the Greenville news Piedmont. A native of Hendersonville n. C., he is a graduate of Davidson College Davidson n. C., and until 1980 was publisher of the times news in Hendersonville a paper owned by the new York times. He has been named Henderson Ville s Man of the year and Boss of the year and is a past president of the Hendersonville United Way. He has served As a lieutenant in the army and was a director of the North Carolina press association. He s been Active in the presbyterian Church and in the Hendersonville sheltered workshop and salvation army. Fain is married and the father of two children Christopher 11, and Beth 8. He arrived in Blytheville today and will assume his new duties violence 3rd suspect held it Christopher Shawn Smith of i we i i i i i View w Christopher Shawn Smith of Blytheville today became the third suspect arraigned on felony theft charges stemming from the Jan. 24 theft of boats motors trailers and tools from Gene Narx s Carolyn Street Home in Blytheville. James Jackson and Robert Lee Barnett had been arraigned on similar charges Friday in Blytheville municipal court. Police said Fiat a of uie stolen items have been reported Jim Leatherwood of Ward Lane in Blytheville reported to police tuesday the theft of $60 in Cash from his Home. He believed the theft occurred sunday. No signs of forced entry were found by police. Construction upbeat a the nation by the associated press economic reports Are pointing to a recovery from the Long recession and a series of Oil Price reductions by major . Refiners could provide an added lift. In separate reports tuesday uie Commerce department said construction spent in december Rose 1.4 percent while factory orders for new manufactured goods jumped 4.8 percent. Construction spending for a of last year was Down 3.8 percent from 1961 uie biggest drop since 1943. Factory orders in 1962 dropped 6.4 percent uie biggest decline since 1949. Texaco inc. Announced that its refining operation had reduced by $1 a barrel uie Price it offers for Domestic crude Oil. That move fou owed a Simar reduction monday by Gulf of corp. And was quickly fou owed by several Ouier refers. Wiliam Randol a securities a Nti Lyst it the invest nist firn it fit Baton cup. In new York said he expected uie average world of Price to Fau about $4 a barrel by uie end of february. The average Price currently is about $33 a barrel. T. Boone Pickens jr., chairman of Mesa Petroleum co., said he expected a smaller decline in crude for ices. A $4-a-barrel Cut in . Of prices would mean Quot serious Quot problems for the Domestic Oil business Pickens said tuesday in a Telephone interview. The Price reductions by . Refiners were Only part of a growing list of evidence that of prices worldwide Are due for a drop of at least a couple of Duars. In other economic developments a citing High unemployment uie salvation army opened soup kitchens at four locations in Phu Adelphia for uie first time in 50 years. Quot we feel Unis is a Way of helping Quot said maj. Alice Stehly director of family services. Quot there Are a lot of people who Are living in the streets or even in their Homes who Don t have adequate a Treasury officials said tuesday the Reagan administration has settled on a 5 percent surcharge on personal and corporate income taxes As part of a standby tax package proposed in the president s new budget. The officials said the administration has rejected an alternative plan for a 1 percent surcharge on taxable i Cortie because it would impose an unfair Burden on lower income Snow possible tonight should in mostly Cloudy and colder. A slight Chance of Snow flurries tonight exists for All but the South Section of Arkansas. Thursday should bring decreasing cloudiness with cold. Temperatures. Low temperatures tonight Are to be in the teens to the North and in the 208 thit inv a Mph so cilia be in the upper Zos to the North and mid 40s to the South. Thursday cold party Cloudy. Friday partly Cloudy cold. Saturday partly Cloudy cold. Sunday partly Cloudy cold. Thursday s Agri out logic drying potential Low with evaporation less than .10 Inch lowest relative humidity 60 percent or higher 3 hours or Leas Sunshine. Sunset today s . Sunrise thursday 7 06a.m. The following figures were provided by Northeast research and Extension Center in Keiser and Are based on data collected daily at . Lastu hews precipitauon-.44 inches High temperature so degrees Low temature�?38 degree 8 . Temperature�?40 degrees 2-Inch High soil temp.�?51 degrees 2-Inch Low Sou Imp. 45 degrees 4-Inch High Sou temp. 50 degrees 4nch kit a Sou temp. 45 degree station All comedy Gaithersburg my. A listeners to radio station wok can get their funny Bones tickled 24 hours a Day says general manager Robert e. Cobbins whose programming Rule is Quot if it s funny it gets on the the All comedy station went on the air monday to the sounds of Abbott and costello s famous Quot who s on first Quot routine. Cobbins has been collecting comedy tapes and albums for 18 years. The station uses material from classic comedy acts along with modern routines by Richard Pryor George Carlin and the Monty Python troupe. Listeners themselves will Supply some of the material during Call in shows. Some broadcasting Industry observers scoffed at the idea of an All humor station Bui club iii ainu iwo partners Are betting a million dollars they will get the last hoping los Angeles a Steven Spielberg nominated three times previously for a directors Guild of America award but never a Winner is hoping this will be his year with "e.t., the he faces Strong Competition since other nominees include Taylor Hackford for Quot an officer and a gentleman Quot Wolfgang Petersen for Quot Das Boot Quot Sydney Polack for Quot Tootsie Quot and Richard Atten Borough for the Winner win be named March 12 at awards dinners held simultaneously in los Angeles and new York. None of uie nominees has won the award before. By the associated press violence spread today in a strike by Independent truckers that has left one teamsters Union Driver dead and 16 people injured with dozens of trucks damaged by bullets rocks and firebombs. As the shutdown called by the Independent truckers association entered its third Day gunfire crackled again in several areas with four truckers wounded by snipers during the night in Ohio and one Driver beaten in Connecticut. Marvin Hickman the Leader of Ohio s striking owner operators blamed the violence on Quot sickos Quot and while there have been reports of violence directed at truckers in 26 states the vandalism has been the heaviest in the East with nearly 100 incidents reported in Pennsylvania More than 40 in Michigan and dozens in Ohio. In Connecticut police in Southington said a trucker who had pulled onto a shoulder of interstate 84 to rest was treated at a Hospital after he was beaten by two men. In Cheshire conn., four people were arrested after a Volley of shots was fired at a tractor trailer on route 7 in Norwalk. There were no injuries police said but the truck was heavily damaged. While the violence has reduced truck traffic in Many states especially at night retailers and the Federal government reported Little effect on shipping although some grocers warned of spot shortages if the strike continues. The strike which began in most areas monday was called to protest scheduled increases in the feral fuel tax and Highway user fees that the truckers say will drive them out of business. Dole confirmed Washington a Elizabeth h. Dole has won unanimous Senate confirmation to become Secretary of transportation making her the first woman in president Reagan s Cabinet. Mrs. Dole the wife of sen. Robert j. Dole r-kan., replaces Drew Lewis who spent his last Day on the Job tuesday. She was confirmed on a 97-0 vote tuesday with three senators absent. Quot some will suggest that she was appointed because she is a woman Quot her husband told the Senate. Quot for uie sceptics i believe she will demonstrate in a matter of weeks or months that the president nominated her because she was qualified because she understood Public service and Only incidentally because of her

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