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Burlington Hawk Eye (Newspaper) - March 11, 1990, Burlington, Iowa Scared straight lesson is sober for teen John Gwng Tho Hawk Eye the dangers of drunk driving Are driven Home for Chad Hutchinson background who visited wheelchair bound Randy Talbot during an encounter last week. Randy a brother Jeff Talbot left and r n. Deanne Wheeler try to elicit simple responses from Randy who was injured in an alcohol related Accident. Trauma visits May soon be la by Kevin Robbins the Hawk Eye Des Moines an older brother leans to 29-year-old Randy Talbot whose Limp body is fastened to a wheelchair. He asks Talbot to identify where he is. Talbot is silent his eyes fixed on the empty space of his surroundings. The brother asks Talbot to identify what month it is. Again silence. A this Mother died in september a a Friend recalls softly. Talbot has been told but still Calls out for her on occasion. A conspicuous clue to Talbot a situation is the tight Pink scar where on a Midsummer night in 1989 a plastic tube was poked Down his Throat to save his life. In july Talbot Rode in a car that bounced Over some tall grass in a ditch. It rolled nine times before it rested. Warm Beer spilled on the floorboard and drowned out Talbot a merry laughter. He nearly died. Nine months after he was airlifted from a mangled car in a country Field six months after waking from his coma Talbot has the mind and discipline of a Small child. A Are we in Des Moines or Newton a asks Deanne Suther a registered nurse on the sixth floor of the Younker memorial rehabilitation Center building at Iowa methodist medical Center. Talbot is silent and Suther loudly asks again. A Showa deep a Talbot Coos accenting heavily. He begins to babble about a birr Cle and recites his name with forced Effort. The older brother wheels Talbot into the Bright hallway of the head and neck injury rehabilitation Center where lunch will be fed to the Man. Eighteen year old Chad Hutchinson turns away. Education not punishment three hours earlier Hutchinson is sitting in a chair on the second floor of a red Brick building in Central Des Moines. Across from him sits to an Wheeler a juvenile court specialist for Polk county who wears her red hair Short and smokes Long cigarettes. They talk for almost an hour. A the tour today is not punishment a Wheeler tells the Iowa Central Community College freshman. A a it a Hutchinson qualified for the experimental education Early one morning during Christmas break. He and some High school friends drank Long Island teas and swapped College stories late into the flight. Hutchinson took his friends Home at 3 a m. And 30 minutes later was in jail. His blood alcohol level approached 0.21 percent a More than double the limit set for driving a car in Iowa after drinking. A you should have been unconscious a Wheeler remarks. A pretty close a Hutchinson says. The clean Cut Des Moine lesson a please turn to Page 5aby Kevin Robbins the Hawk Eye Des Moines its life and the Gamble with it. It a death and the path to it. A a it a reality in the first hand a says to an Wheeler coordinator of a Polk county punishment program that May become Law in Iowa a 98 other counties. Reality education alcohol prevention a or reap a is existential therapy for firs time offenders of Drunken driving Wheeler said. Persons Between the Ages of 16 and 21 convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated voluntarily submit to a five phase program of witnessing the devastation of mixing alcohol and automobiles. It begins in a Counselor s office. It ends in the county morgue. A these kids have the Opportunity to see to feel to near to touch to smell a said Wheeler a juvenile court ape Calist with the fifth judicial District court. A i think people Are ready to make a vivid statement that Drunken driving Isnit going to be accepted the Polk county program could become a Model for a state Law. Under the Volunteer plan Active in Polk county first time offenders take a tour of the emergency trauma units at methodist or Broa lawns medical centers in Des Moines. For two hours Veteran trauma nurses Lead the group through the emergency room facility. They Sprinkle their audience with anecdotes and explain the instruments they use to save lives. If a victim of a Drunken driving tragedy is wheeled in the tour is halted and the group stands Back. Its members watch. The second leg of the tour takes the group to the Hospital morgue where half the autopsies performed by state medi Cal examiner Thomas Bennet involve drug or alcohol abuse. A pathologist Fields questions from the group. Later each participant is required Tolar a please turn to Page 5aby Steve Sands the Hawk Eye a summer like thunderstorm broke Burlington rainfall records yesterday and left damage in its Wake. Parts of main Street looked like the Mississippi River during a late afternoon Shower while a lightning Bolt struck a 300-foot Tower near Flint Hills Golf course knocking out the radio frequency used by the Des Moines county sheriff s department. Surging water ripped up huge chunks of Asphalt on the East end of Locust Street while there was at least one report of stalled cars in a flooded City intersection. Illinois state police also reported a fatality Accident involving a Burnside. 111., Man who lost control of his vehicle on wet pavement near Carthage 111. The Rains drenched the area All Day with a pair of Gully washers at about 10 30 am. That was accompanied by Marble sized Hail and another at around 5 . By 6 ., Burlington had been doused with 1.08 inches of rain breaking the previous High of 1.04 inches set in 1901. The area was under a severe thunderstorm watch from to a m. To 6 . Raincoats should t be put away just yet. Thunderstorms Are in the forecast for today tomorrow and tuesday. Robin Marshall a clerk at or. Convenient said some cars warm a no wet Here Are the 12-hour High temperatures the 18-hour lows and 24-hour precipitation for the period that ended at 6 00 last night Hilo proc Ames 53 37 0.05 Burlington 65 56 1.08 Carroll 51 36 0.13 Cdr rods 63 45 022 Creston 60 33 0.50 Decorah 44 32 Des Moines 61 44 0.78 Dubuque 39 Iowa City 67 54 0.57 Lamoni 69 54 1.06 Mason City 46 34 Ottumwa 69 56 0.35 Sioux City 55 34 Trace Waterloo 50 38 Trace were stuck in High water yesterday at the Central and division intersection near her store after the afternoon Shower. Flooding water reached the doors of some cars splashing through the intersection she a please turn to Page 8ainside business id happenings 11c classified ads 4d midlands 1c crossword 11d opinions 4a dear abby_4c sports_1j deaths records 9a 5 supplements inside sunday March 11, 1990 the Hawk Eye Iowa a oldest newspaper forecast scattered showers and thunderstorms probable today otherwise Breezy and warm Page 2a153rd year a no. 130 Burlington Iowa 52601 120 pages a 75 cents skies dump record rain on be Iowa Pinochet yields Power amid jeers and snubs Santiago Chile a to supporters cheers and opponents cries of a murderer a right Wing Gen. Augusto Pinochet ended his last full Day in Power yesterday with a Call for National Unity behind his elected successor. Pinochet was snubbed by to foreign leaders who delayed their arrivals for today a inaugural ceremonies until he hands Over Power to Patricio Aylwin. Only three Heads of state arrived yesterday. In a taped Good Bye speech broadcast nationally on television and radio last night Pinochet called on his countrymen a to unite their forces to those of the new a the president who is Assum my Power has the right to expect from each of us a responsible attitude Quot he said standing erect in a White dress army uniform with the presidential Sash. A i want the Best for my country and i always will be ready to serve her a Pinochet said. The 74-year-old general plans to stay on As commander of the 60,000-Man army despite re quests by Aylwin that he fully retire. In 1988, a proposal to extend Pinochet a Rule to 1997 was Defeated in a referendum and the loss forced Pinochet him to Call elections last december. Aylwin a 71-year-old Christian Democrat backed by a coalition of 17 centrist and leftist parties won 55 percent of the vote. His closest challenger a former Pinochet finance minister won 29 percent. Pinochet feted visiting dignitaries in the presidential pal Ace yesterday afternoon. Those who arrived yesterday included presidents Alberto Lacalle of Uruguay Carlos Menem of Argentina and Jose Sarney of Brazil. Their visits shattered years of International political isolation for the general. Among those delaying their Pinochet a please turn to Page 8a

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