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Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 20, 1994, Colorado Springs, Colorado Colorado Spring Gazette Telegraph saturday August 20, 1994 35 t daily/$1 sunday courts Bob Jackson Gazette Telegraph defense attorney Dennis Hartley describes Cheyenne Mountain High school teach Fri Barbara Lewis injuries to the jury during opening statements Friday in the trial of Scott Wade Matheson accused of poisoning Lewis. Poisoned teacher learns survival trial begins for sex student by Kathryn Sosbe Gazette Telegraph when Barbara Lewis sleeps she must sit in a nearly upright position to prevent bile and stomach fluids from collecting in her Mouth. But permanent life threatening injuries the 53-year-old teacher suffered dec. 16 after drinking poisoned water have done Little to destroy her love of teaching. Earlier this year she taught for several months with a feeding tube inserted in her stomach. Unable to Swallow her saliva she was forced to continually spit in a cup. On monday she goes Back to Cheyenne Mountain High school after spending the summer recuperating from surgery to remove her badly damaged oesophagus and reshape her stomach which was moved up to her Chest. But on Friday Lewis spent the last Day of her summer vacation on the witness stand testifying in the Case of Scott Wade Matheson 17, her former student who is accused of putting sodium hydroxide into her water bottle with the intent of causing her serious bodily harm. Matheson faces up to 33 Bob Jackson Gazette Telegraph defendant Scott Wade Ivi Atheson listens to opening statements Friday in his first degree assault trial in 4th judicial District court. Years in prison if found guilty of the first degree assault charges. His attorney Dennis Hartley argued during opening statements Friday that Matheson was merely a prankster whose mischief was quot grossly Hartley said Matheson quot was careless. That he was negligent. That he was stupid if you will but he did not mean to harm mrs. Lewis in the Way she was testified that Matheson had been her math student since the 1992-93 school year. Last fall he was assigned to Lewis Sta class which integrates geometry trigonometry and advanced algebra. Lewis said a i the class crowded with 30 students was talk Jinive and disruptive a quot the worst quot she had encountered at the High school. After the first 12 weeks Matheson was within two Points of earning an however in the last six weeks of the program his Grade had dropped to a Low on dec. 3, Matheson missed a test and because the absence was not excused he got a Zero Grade. Just before the next test on dec. 14, Lewis reminded her students to turn in their assignments and not miss the test. On dec. 14, Matheson did not come to class although Lewis saw him at school that Day she testified. She later found out he spent that period in the office waiting to talk to a coun see p0is0ning/a3gsmm judgment errors found in fire deaths no one person is to blame per visors made judgment or for the deaths of 14 ii Jez nors and the report will recon fighters who were overt Keil Amend ways to avoid such Ca he an Pivni Riino with fire . The report. Compiled by a 10-member team by an exploding wildfire near Glenwood Springs on july 6, according to a fire investigator who helped compile a report on the Blaze on storm King Mountain. But some us that interviewed about 70 people will be released monday in Denver. Complete report blast business/b6 City state by classified/c6 comics Ell crossword Elo digest/a2 for the record/b4 hoine/e7 lifestyle al movies/e5 0bituaries/b4 opinion a 12 religion al scoreboard/c4 sports cd television/e9 tellittogt/al2 Home a local Homeowner s Yard boasts a half acre of wlldflowers./e7 r Freedom common canons copyright �1994 weather partly sunny today High 78. Partly Cloudy tonight Low 56./a2 Mumm officers sentences in King beating ruled too lenient two los Angeles police officers convicted of civil rights violations in the beating of Motorist Rodney King did t get Long enough sentences a Federal appeals court ruled Friday. The three judge panel of the 9th . Circuit court of appeals based in san Francisco did not specify new sentences but standards set by the court Call for More than double the 2 /2-year prison sentences Given to sgt. Stacey Koon and officer Laurence Powell. King a Black Motorist stopped for speeding was beaten by White police in a March 1991 incident that was videotaped by a bystander. Complete report/a6 foreign . To step up the heat on Castro action follows shutting of door to refugees associated press Washington a president Clinton abruptly halted the nation s three do cad open door policy for cuban refugees Friday declaring f Idel Castro will not be allowed quot to Export his political and economic problems to the United later administration officials said the president was preparing a four Point program to quot step up the pressure quot against the Castro regime including a associated press a announcement ignored by refugees/a3 Sharp cutback of Cash remit tan cup by cuban Ameri cans to relatives in Cuba. Alarmed by a growing exodus of cubans to South Florida in rickety boats Clinton ordered the coast guard a backed up by the Navy a to interdict the refugees at sea and take them to the . Navy base at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. From there the administration Hopes to quickly relocate them to other countries in the Region. Refugees who make it to . Shores will be detained and have their cases reviewed for eligibility to remain. The administration refused to say How Long the refugees would be held or what their eventual Fate would be. Quot we will address those issues Down the line quot attorney general Janet Reno said. The sudden about face in policy was intended to prevent a recurrence of the 1980 Mariel boat lift that brought 125,000 cubans to America president Clinton Speaks to reporters Friday at the White House on the cuban refugee situation. Overwhelming schools Law enforcement and social service agencies and deepening former president Jimmy Carter s political problems. Florida gov. Lawton Chiles a Democrat who faces a Tough re election Battle in november welcomed Clinton s move and said it lessened quot the Impact of this crisis on he met with the president at the White House for More than an hour Friday. A senior White House official briefing reporters after that meeting said Clinton will Issue a statement today outlining a series of four new Steps to bring pressure to Bear against the Castro government. Clinton also will announce quot beefed up . Radio transmissions to Cuba quot a Sharp cutback of airline flights from the United states to the Island and an initiative at the United nations a . Official said. Tom Kimmell Gazette Telegraph moving on at International Hale Irwin watches his shot come out of the Sand trap on the ninth Hole his final Hole of the Day Friday. Irwin has a two round total of 15 Points allowing him to Advance to the next round today of the International at Castle Pines Golf club. See Complete Story a 1district attorney investigating allegations of fraud at dia associated press Denver a the Denver District attorney s office is investigating allegations of falsified tests fraudulent contracting and fraudulent construction practices at Denver International Airport chief Deputy District attorney Phil Par Rott said Friday. Parrott confirmed the investigation after the associated press reported that phony tests status deum and Slipshod Quality control occurred with alarming frequency during construction of dia s runways and that inspectors complained their reports about problems often went unheeded. Parrott said his investigators Are focusing on Airport buildings and where City Money was used. He added that Federal investigators Are looking into the runway complaints because Federal Money was used on those projects. Federal officials refused to comment. Parrott said his investigation involves similar allegations. Quot we have had people make allegations of falsified tests and falsified reports on construction. People have told us about fraudulent contracting practices and fraudulent construction practices quot he said. Quot at the present time we Are not ready to file charges or take it to a grand jury quot he said. Quot we Are continuing to investigate. I have assigned two of my Best investigators to the dia he said there is a statute of limitations of three years on some allegations quot but quot if it involves a false report it could be forgery and there is no statute of limitations on Briggs Gamblin spokesman for mayor Wellington Webb said he was unaware of the investigation and declined comment. However Parrott said he seedia/a3 it

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