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Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 27, 1994, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado saturday a August 27, 1994 35 t daily/$1 sunday. Courts we did t believe the kid teen guilty in poisoning of teacher by Kathryn Sosbe Gazette Telegraph Scott Wade Matheson is guilty of intentionally poisoning his mathematics teacher by putting a highly corrosive chemical in her drinking water a jury concluded Friday after just three hours of deliberation. Matheson 17, did not react to the verdict until the jury left the courtroom. Then he cried As his Mother hugged him. Leaving the courtroom moments later Matheson seemingly dumbstruck called the verdict simply Quot a Joan Matheson said her son did not get a fair trial. Quot we re still stunned that they came Back with a verdict like this so fast Quot she said late Friday. Quot i be known my son for 17 years. I know he would never Hurt anybody like this intentionally. He never has. He a not a physically violent person. It s not in Matheson s attorney Dennis Hartley said a decision on a possible Appeal will be made after the sentencing scheduled for oct. 27. Matheson remains free on a $10,000 Bond. Prosecutor Larry Schwartz said that Quot the Bottom line is the defendant s behaviour was criminal. We thought it was a horrible Case. It was a priority since Day Schwartz said that Matheson be More of a danger to society than any one of us thought. We Only judge him by the acts that got him into the courtroom. This is a person who committed an adult crime. He just happened to be 17 at the Matheson s former mathematics teacher Barbara Lewis said she was Quot sad that s All. I can say i m sad for everyone involved in this Case. It s been an incredible ordeal. It s been an incredible ordeal for the Matheson As after five Days of testimony the jury decided Matheson knew what he was doing last december when he spiked Lewis drinking water with sodium hydroxide pellets he had taken from the chemistry lab at Cheyenne Mountain High school. Lewis suffered so much damage photos by Verllee Bennett Gazette Telegraph Cheyenne Mountain High school teacher Barbara Lewis Center is surrounded by her family from left husband ted daughter Saily May after drinking the water that she had to undergo extensive reconstructive surgery last May. The surgery included removing about 14 inches of her oesophagus and realigning and reshaping her stomach so that it could be moved from her Abdomen to her Chest cavity and reattached to the Small part of the oesophagus that remained. Several jurors contacted declined to talk about the deliberations. One juror did say that the verdict was Quot probably the easiest decision i be made in quite a while. Just say that we did t believe the the alternate juror who was not part of the deliberations said he was disappointed to be left out of the decision making process but nonetheless agreed with his fellow jurors. See 6uilty/a3 23, and son Geoff 25, after a jury Friday convicted Scott Wade Matheson of first degree assault for poisoning her. Scott Wade Matheson was found guilty of the deliberate first degree assault on his mathematics teacher Barbara Lewis. Matheson will be sentenced oct. 27 by 4th judicial District judge Jane Looney. He faces 10 to 32 years in adult prison. Scott Wade Matheson 17, cries As he talks to his Mother Joan after being convicted Friday of poisoning a teacher. Washington Linton Mitchell lower sights on health care Reform legislation Senate majority Leader George Mitchell a Maine said Friday he d Given up on sweeping health Reform this year. President Clinton signalled he too might Settle for less. A relatively modest bipartisan Senate plan gathered steam in a negotiating session Between Mitchell and three of its authors. Clinton who earlier criticized the plan sounded More receptive to the proposal. Quot i certainly Don t want to embrace an approach that will do More harm than Good and that won t achieve Mitchell our objectives. But let s see what they re studies limited doing Quot Clinton said. Complete report/a5 Reform. A Miu business/b7 City state by ciassified/c7 comics al 1 crossword Elo digest/a2 for the record/b6 home/e6 lifestyle al movies/e4 0bituaries/b6 0pinion/b4 religion al scoreboard/c4 sports cd television leg Tell lttogt/b4 lifestyle As More Church services go on line people Are staying Home to plug in and Pray al r Freedom common canons copyright ci994 weather mostly sunny today High 90. Partly Cloudy tonight Low 58./a2 Mary Kelley Gazette Telegraph Margaret Sanchez right reads Friday to her third Grade class outside at Bristol Park elementary school in an Effort to beat the heat. Part of the trick she says is Quot think Cool temperatures turning classrooms into Hothouse Gazette Telegraph heatwave temperatures have exceeded the usual daily highs every Day except three since aug. 17, the first Day of school for thousands of students. Two of the cooler Days were on a a it a Etc la pc Lumc Jcj August by Trudy Welsh Gazette Telegraph Jefferson elementary school teacher Don Heinemann checked his classroom thermometer at 3 . Quot it s a Balmy 85.6 degrees now Quot he said thursday above the hum of three medium size fans. Quot it was 88.7 at a teacher from Steele elementary school also in Colorado Springs school District 11, said her room hit 94 degrees earlier in the week. Pikes Peak area teachers and students who Quot returned to classrooms earlier than Normal this year have become firsthand experts on How the dog Days of summer have dragged on longer than Normal a and it s not their imagination. Since aug. 17, when District 11 started classes daily High temperatures have averaged eight degrees above the 30-year Normal and came close to three record highs. Falcon the Only area District starting earlier than District 11, has air conditioning in All schools. Some schools in Academy District 20 and one school in Cheyenne Mountain school District 12 have Cooling systems but most area classrooms Don t have air conditioners or swamp coolers and Many get warmer than the outdoors once they Are filled with 30 or so students. Quot the extra body heat is effective during the Winter Quot said Jim Maxwell a local official with the National weather service. Quot but it adds to the problem in the summer particularly if you have Over see classr00ms/a3 Fogleman May achieve Afa first. Military Afa Grad May soar to top Job Fogleman tapped for chief of staff by Genevieve Anton Gazette Telegraph for the first time an air Force Academy alumnus has been nominated to become air f rce clip if of staff the s4 Nice s highest military Post it j Gen. Ronald a it Zogleman a 19 53 Academy graduate who also taught history there in the Early 1970s, was named by president Clinton on Friday to succeed retiring Gen. Merrill a. Mcpeak in october. Fogleman 52, must be confirmed by the Senate. Quot these Are challenging times for the air Force As we Institute sweeping changes to the Way we organize train and equip the Force to help meet the nation s defense needs Quot Fogleman said in a statement released look Forward to contributing with the leaders of the other services the very Best we can offer after graduating from the Academy Fogleman became a fighter Pilot and served two Tours in Vietnam. He is now head of the joint service . Transportation command at Scott air Force base 111., which oversees the movement of troops and cargo around the world. In recent years his operation has assisted humanitarian Relief and peacekeeping efforts in locations such As Somalia and the former Yugoslavia. Quot there is probably no one better equipped to guide the air Force in its transition from the cold War Era to one More concerned with humanitarian and nation building efforts Quot said an air Force source at the Pentagon. Quot he s also a real Fogleman who has 31 years of service is known for building consensus and encouraging cooperation among the services which Are often at Odds Over div vying up defense dollars. Mcpeak has been a Blunt and outspoken advocate of the air Force who often irritated the other services by his attempts to take control of space programs and other shared military tasks. If confirmed Fogleman would become the 15th chief of staff of the air Force since it became a separate service in 1947. His class was the fifth to graduate from the air Force Academy and the first to spend e l four years at its current location in Colorado Springs. Cadets were initially stationed at Lowry air Force base in Aurora. Bill Richardson former president of the Academy s association of graduates said Friday that the Choice of Fogleman is a tribute to the ability of the Academy to produce outstanding air Force officers. Quot i think he will be More attuned to the issues of the air Force Academy and will understand the significance of the institution As an officer source Quot he said. Fogleman has commanded an air Force Wing and air division served four years in the Pentagon and commanded the 7th air Force in the Pacific
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