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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - February 19, 1988, Blytheville, ArkansasCourier news Blytheville Ark Friday february 19,1988 -pages4-Day forecast by the associated press Cloudy. Highs 40s-50s, lows 20s-30s. Sav partly Cloudy. Highs monday partly Cloudy. Highs 40s-50s, lows 20s-30s tuesday partly Cloudy. Highs 40s-50s, lows 20s-30s. A i Agri us took saturday Agri Outlook by the associated press Low drying potential Satur toy with evaporation around 0.05 Inch. Lowest relative humidity 55 to 65 percent Satur Tey with 6 to 9 hours of system on Way out of state by the associated press the upper level disturbance that kept some parts of Arkansas wet for the last few Days will finally move out of state according to the National weather service. The rain was to end this morning and with skies Clearing this afternoon. Today s highs were to reach the 40s and 50s. Tonight s lows will be in the 20s North to the 40s, South. Saturday will be partly Cloudy with warmer temperatures. Then sunday through tuesday will be partly Cloudy with Cool Day time temperatures and cold night time temperatures. Light rain fell on Arkansas thursday. It will continue this morning in the North and Northeast sections. Light Snow fell in the extreme Northwest part of the state Early this morning. This is one of those unusual Snow Falls in that the air temperature is in the upper 30s. High temperatures thursday ranged from a Cool 38 at Harrison to a mild 54 at al Dorado. During the night temperatures remained nearly constant. The overnight lows were in the upper 30s to mid 40s.nation rain drenches South Snow widely scattered by the associated press heavy rain spread across the South today touching off High water alerts while Snow was widely scattered in the Plains and West and Southern California had High winds. A drenching rain fell in Northern Florida. Rain spread across Alabama Georgia and South Carolina and prompted flood warnings in sections of Southeast Louisiana. Flash flood watches were issued in sections of Southeast Mississippi Southern and Central al Agama and the Florida Panhandle. A narrow band of rain and Snow extended from Northeast Oklahoma across Southeast Kansas and West Central Missouri. Rain and Mountain Snow dotted Eastern Arizona and Western new Mexico. Strong winds developed across much of Southern California. High wind warnings were posted for much of the Region warning of gusts of 60 to 70mph. Today s forecast called for rain widespread from the Middle Mississippi Valley across the Tennessee and Ohio valleys into the mid Atlantic states and Carolinas showers and thunderstorms from the Central Gulf coast across Georgia and Northern Florida Snow Over Southwest Michigan and Northern sections of Illinois and Indiana and rain and Mountain Snow showers across Southeast Arizona and Southern new Mexico. Highs were expected to be in the 30s from the Dakotas across the upper Mississippi Valley to the great lakes and across portions of Illinois Indiana Northern Maine and the Central Rockies 60s and 70s Over California Southwest Arizona South Texas the Central Gulf coast Region Northern Florida Southern Georgia and coastal South Carolina 80s in Central and Southern Florida and 40s to 50s across most of the rest of the nation. Temperatures around the nation at 2 . Est ranged from Zero at Craig colo., to 74 degrees at key West Fla. Suspected killer of parents due Back in Arkansas today Paxton 111. A an Arkansas sheriff hoped to Complete extradition from Illinois today of a Man who is charged with capital murder in the slayings of his parents. Monroe county sheriff Larry Morris said that James Branch iii 39, of Clarendon waived extradition thursday during a hearing before Champaign county 111., circuit judge William Roberts. Branch was then returned to the Champaign county jail Morris said. Morris said he hoped that Branch a whom he said Nas a history of mental problems a would be taken to the state Hospital in Little Rock for observation. Branch was arrested at Paxton on capital murder warrants from Arkansas on feb. 11. A bloodstained .44-caliber revolver was found in the trunk of the car he had been driving. Quot he had a map on him and he was heading for Chicago. But we Don t know Why Quot Illinois state s attorney Don w. Weber said thursday. The bodies of James Branch jr., 63, and his wife Agirtha Branch 58, were discovered shortly after 9 . Feb. 10., when authorities noticed the elder Branch had failed to show at a meeting of the City housing authority of which he was a member. Today in Arkansas teen Cli arged wit i murder conspiracy Jonesboro Ark. A authorities charged a 14-year-old boy with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the feb. 3 knifing death of a Jones Boro Man. Municipal judge Bill Webster health steroid drugs pose problems by Peter . Dear or. Gott i took steroids for asthma. When i stopped the drugs my adrenal glands stopped functioning. I have nausea and shaking spells have lost 22 pounds in three months and am in bed most of the time. Will this get better dear Reader it May not get better if your disorder is due to adrenal insufficiency. Steroids such As cortisone and pred Isone Are wondrous drugs that Block the body s inflammatory response hence they Are useful in treating myriad diseases including asthma and autoimmune self allergy disorders. There is a Trade off Long term use of steroids produces alterations in body chemistry leading to Brittle Bones easy infection diabetes and cataracts to name just a few complications. The adrenal glands form natural Cor Tisone like substances Small quantities of which Are necessary for life. Because of a mechanism called biofeedback the adrenal glands will cease producing cortisone when the substance is Given by Pill or injection. Problems can ensue when the Medicine is abruptly discontinued without giving the adrenal glands time enough to recover to Start producing their own cortisone. This is the reason that doctors will gradually wean patients off the drug. In people who have taken steroids for More than a few Days the dose of Medicine must be tapered. As less and less Medicine enters the body the adrenal glands Are stimulated to produce More and More natural cortisone. Possibly in your Case the steroids were stopped too quickly. Consequently you Are now cortisone deficient because your adrenal glands have not Bren permitted to begin functioning. Without any steroids in your system you could become quite ill. I suggest that you Cus cuss the situation with your doctor. He or she May choose to administer steroids once again and then under careful monitoring taper the dose. As an alternative a blood test will show if your adrenal glands Are malfunctioning. Be informed about prescription dips Send for or got s new health report consumer tips on medicines. For your copy Send $1 and your name and address to . Box 91369, Cleveland of 44101-3369. Be sure to mention the title �1988, newspaper Enterprise Assn. Link wind Dampol Jowers installed roof Asphalt fibreglass shingles Power vents i free estimates expert installation use our convenient credit plan a Lythi Vii Lui 763-6277 in 2 Large a private rooms officers who entered the couple s one Story Frame Home found Branch s body Clad in pyjamas in a hallway leading to his wife s bedroom. Mrs. Branch s body was found in her bed Morris said. Branch had been shot twice in the Back and his wife once each in the and Chest Morris said Branch was arrested in Paxton after the family s car which was missing from the House became stuck in Snow in the Illinois City. The sheriff said the younger Branch had no Job lived with his rents and had repeatedly been hospitalized for mental problems. Quot i be been sheriff for 16 years and i be carried him to the Hospital Many Many times the state Hospital and the a Hospital Quot Morris said last week. Quot we had a lot of trouble with him Over the years Quot Branch s arraignment was scheduled for tuesday but was rescheduled after he appeared a coherent during a hearing. Roberts ordered medication by injection for Branch who had refused to take his medication orally officials said. Quot he was coherent when he waived extradition Quot Weber said. 4th draft of proposed initiated act on ethics readied for delivery to a after a hearing thursday ruled that probable cause existed for charging Timothy Andrew Quot Andy Quot Curtis 14, of Jonesboro in the knifing death of Billy Eugene Pearson 22. Curtis was sent to the state Hospital for an examination. Jonesboro police detective Gary Etter testified that a knife recovered at Curtis Home last week was determined by the state crime lab to contain human blood Curtis brother Mark Curtis 16, of Jonesboro and Perry Greer 17, of Harrisburg have also been charged in the death. Greer told officers that he and Andy Curtis stabbed Pearson in the neck and Throat the detective testified Mark Curtis planned the crime with Greer Etter said during a feb. 10 hearing before Webster. Police Quot received information.,. That Andy had a knife Quot on feb. 3 when Pearson accompanied the three teens from his Home along Railroad tracks where he was killed Etter said. The detective said Pearson s body was dragged into a Brushy area and covered with tree limbs hacked from Trees. Mark Curtis Quot insinuated Andy was More involved than we were led to believe Quot initially Etter told Webster. Quot Perry said he and Andy pulled Billy s body into a Brushy area Quot after the stabbing Etter said. Officers developed information that the victim s Wallet and watch were taken and thrown away after the slaying because Quot they wanted to make it look like a robbery Quot Etter said. Greer told police two knives were used and both were recovered in the Curtis trailer Etter said. The knife which the crime lab said bore blood belonged to Andy Curtis Etter said because Quot Andy said it was his knife at the last hearing Quot Andy Curtis had been held in the consolidated youth services youth Home for action of the Craighead county juvenile court on thursday before investigators developed the evidence regarding Andy Curtis Hospital May win re certification Little Rock a Federal officials have re certified one part of the state Hospital As being eligible for Federal medicaid and medicare reimbursements and a Hospital official thinks the rest of the Hospital May follow or Roy Ragsdill the Hospital s chief executive officer told the state Hospital Board on thursday that Federal health care financing administration officials said wednesday the Hospital s adolescent unit was re certified. The Hyfa cited problems with record keeping and patient care at the Hospital and declared it ineligible to receive Federal medicaid and medicare reimbursements. Last year Hyfa officials inspected the adolescent unit and indicated that unit would be re certified the re certification documents Are in the mail Flag still said. Ragsdill told the Board that he would ask the Ofca to inspect the rest of the Hospital. Ii Quot i it s time to tan up ten sessions $2000 safari tans401 no. Bfoqdwoy--763j>067 \ Little Rock a gov. Bill Clinton is hoping to get his fourth draft of a proposed initiated act for ethics legislation to attorney general Steve Clark today. Before a petition drive can begin to get the proposed ethics Law on the ballot Clark must approve a popular name and ballot title for the item. Supporters must submit petitions with the signatures of 55,084 registered voters by july 8 in order to get the item on the nov. 8 general election ballot. Clinton had made today his deadline to get the paperwork to the attorney general Mike Gauldin Clinton s press Secretary said copies of the prop Sal had been sent to an Ifield number of sponsors and main supporters of House Bill 1032. That Bill was approved by the state House of representatives but rejected by the Senate in a special legislative session called to consider an ethics Bill for lobbyists and Public officials. The session ended feb 5 with no such Law Clinton said the initiated act would be based on hb1032. Which was a to aimed version of the proposal produced by a code of ethics commission appointed by the governor last june. Rep. Bynum Gibson a der Mott a Lead sponsor of hb1032, and Scott Trotter of lobby watch a coalition of citizen s groups that support stronger ethics Laws were the Only people who would confirm that they had received the draft. Trotter declined to comment Gibson said he had not compared the version he received to the House Bill. But Gibson believed the document was Quot in order. It s of. In most respects it follows what we agreed was the Bottom counting the popular name and Baudot Gibson said the document was 21 pages Long. When asked about Clinton s Friday deadline Gibson said there Quot in t any thing magic about Friday if it does t get in Friday then it will be monday or rep. Jodie Mahony ii Del Dorado had not yet seen any of the drafts thursday but said Clinton should t have any trouble making today s deadline. Mahony said that at this Point he would oily ask for changes if he Felt the proposal were Quot More onerous that what the governor promised the from his discussions with Bratton Mahony said he believed it was not. Train deaths probe testimony at hearing describes armed mystery Man near trades Benton Ark. A a Man who shot at a policeman May have killed two teen agers who were run Over by a train a Friend of the boys testified at a prosecutor s hearing. Matt Blevins said thursday that he last saw Kevin Ives 17, and Don Henry 16, about five hours before a Union Pacific train ran Over the boys As they Lay Side by Side on tracks near the Arkansas 111 crossing. State medical examiner or. Fahmy Malak who is scheduled to testify monday ruled the deaths accidental. Malak said after1-49 feasibility study under Way Texarkana Ark a the Federal department of transportation has approved a feasibility study for a $1,7 billion interstate Highway linking Shreveport and Kansas City interstate 49 would provide a North South link from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada and would run through Arkansas near the Western Edge of the state. The Highway would be almost exactly Halfway Between interstate 35 in Oklahoma and interstate 55 in Eastern Arkansas rep. Jim Chapman a Texas announced the department s approval of the study for the 503-mile-Long Highway at a press conference thursday at the Tex Arkana regional Airport. He said the department would make an official announcement in a few Days. Included in the Highway route would be a four Lane Section of . 71 now under construction in Northwestern Arkansas. Chapman said the 1-49 project was approved by Congress in 1973, but Little had been done with the project until recently. The department s approval of the updated feasibility study opens the Way for final approval of funding by Congress. Quot we have taken a giant step Forward toward making 1-49 a reality Quot Chapman said. Quot we have got this support for this proposal and have tie right people in the right places to make it the Highway would run 16.8 Miles through Texas in the Tex Arkana area. Autopsies that Ives and Henry were in a deep marijuana induced sleep when the train hit them at about 4 25 . Last aug. 23. Among the 42 witnesses who Are to testify during the hearing Are medical experts who doubt Malak s findings. The parents of Ives and Henry have pressed for re examination of the Case. Blevins said he had smoked one or two marijuana cigarettes with at Allen s vehicle shattering the lights. Earlier that night Bryant police had received a report that a Man fitting the same description had jumped out of a vehicle on Arkansas 111 and pointed a gun at some other youth pleads Ives and Henry the night of their Ifield a a ppe Ives and Henry would have been deaths but he testified that the did not appear to be Intorica seniors at Bryant High school. Railroad Crew members said the boys did not move when the train repeatedly sounded its whistle. Deputy prosecutor Richard Garrett went to the crossing monday night and said watching a train pass through was frightening. That he said made him doubt Malak s conclusion. Blevins testified thursday that he had seen both boys a couple of times on the Day before their death and had met them at a commuter parking lot in Bryant. Blevins said Henry had called Ives from Blevins Home earlier that Day to make plans to go Hunting Quot to spotlight Deer Quot and spend the night together. Blevins said he had heard rumours about the boys deaths being connected to drug dealers but that he believes a person who shot at Bryant officer Danny Allen killed the youths. Quot if some Guy s crazy Enos to shoot at a cop i believe he did it Quot Blevins said. Allen said he was on patrol about 5 . On aug. 17 about two Miles from the Railroad crossing when he saw a Man walking toward a nearby neighbourhood. Allen said he turned on the emergency lights of his patrol unit and the Man immediately fired a pistol guilty to Cli Arges of robbery murder Cincinnati a Scott Summerville 17, of Little Rock Ark., has been sentenced to from 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to the aggravated murder of Harlan Berry 29, of Cincinnati during a robbery May 17. The sentence was part of a plea bargaining agreement in which Summerville pleaded guilty in Exchange for a 20-years-to-life sentence instead of 30-years-to-life. Because Summerville is a juvenile he was not eligible for the death penalty under Ohio Law chief assistant Hamilton county prosecutor Joseph deters said thursday. Summerville was described by deters As a drifter who had met Berry in a bar several hours before the killing. Berry was a truck Driver who had a pocketful of Money from a paycheck he had just cashed. Deters said. Jewelry watch clock Meacham s jewelry Plaia shopping 763-6521 a fit fade a a venom Holt rental and i Awn service 931 so. Division Blytheville Ark. Rent it a contractors Home owners equipment we rent cars pm. 763-3739 Nite 763-s010 k 25&Quot Diagonal with Remote control $0000 or 0 with Trade no Money Down on $20 a per month Zenith Var with Only Remote control per month no Money Down $1957 modal Vries to Quality to amp appliance 318 n. 5th-Blytheville, Ark. 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