Corbin Times Tribune in Corbin, Kentucky
4 Dec 1980

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4 Dec 1980

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Corbin Times Tribune (Newspaper) - December 4, 1980, Corbin, Kentucky Thursday december 4, 1980 / Good Evenin Sty Harbin Cumberland Falls Corbin by. / volume 88, number 285 / 15 cents a single copy / 22 pages today bizarre double slaying shocks Gray Man charged in knife deaths of Mother Kin one wounded by Craig Daniels times Tribune staff writer Knox county Man has beat arrested and charged with two counts of murder in connection with the bizarre knife slaying of his Mother and a visitor in the family a Home Early thursday at Gray. Three warrants a two charging murder and the third charging first degree assault a were issued this morning against 21-year-old Riddle Cornelius Thomas jr., according to27th District judge . Dyche m. Knox county Coroner Walter Hopper said Thomas is charged with the murder of his Mother mrs. Henry Etta s. Thomas 44, of Gray and 15-year-old William Howard Sisk of Valley station by. The assault charge stemmed from Thomas alleged stabbing of Charlotte Sisk Haynes 37, the Mother of William Sisk and also from Valley station. Dyche set Bonds for Thomas release at $100,000 each on the murder warrants and $25,000 on the assault charge. He remained lodged this morning in the Barbourville City jail. According to Hopper the incident occurred around 1 . Thursday at Henry Etta Thomas it. 1, Box 242a, Gray Home on old Barbourville Highway across from Gray elementary school. . Thomas when officials arrived the Coroner said a they found the bodies of Henry Etta Thomas and William Sisk ii the front Yard of the residence. . Thomas was arrested at the scene by Thomas was Grid Star . Thomas was touted As being one of the greatest defensive players Ever to Wear the red and White of the Corbin re hounds and was considered the key to the team that won the state championship in 1976. Thomas was selected on every All state team mentioned at the end of the 1976 season and was granted a scholarship to the University of Kentucky but left the team after Only a few weeks. Ron Cain head football coach at Somerset was one of the Many coaches who said a that Thomas boy is the greatest High school defensive player i have Ever seen. A Mimi Carter says polish crisis is serious by Mark s. Smith i associated press writer Washington a while key i officials say there is no evidence the i Kremlin has decided to launch a military strike president Carter and his top aides Are calling the soviet troop a buildup along the polish Border unprecedented and encouraging Moscow to imagine the worst if it decides to invade. In a written statement wednesday Carter said a the United states is i watching with growing concern the unprecedented buildup of soviet forces along the polish Border and the closing i of certain Frontier regions along the he added a i want All countries to know that the attitude and future policies of the United states toward the 3 soviet Union would be directly and very adversely affected by any soviet use of Force i noting soviet references to a anti socialist forces alleged to be operating within Poland a Trade unions which Are openly challenging the communist party a domination of that nation the president said a we know from postwar history that such allegations have sometimes preceded military in in Moscow the soviet a foreign ministry responded by saying that a was 117 shopping Days left m. My a Cut Aras it is known Many statements Are being made in the West that Are clearly aimed at exacerbating the situation in the polish people s Republic. As for the statement made by the president of the United states it fully and completely is on his own the soviets did not directly deny Carters claim relating to the buildup along the polish Border. Meanwhile the scope and purpose of the soviet buildup were Uncertain. Some administration sources who have been monitoring the situation closely said that the president might be overstating the Case somewhat by calling the soviet buildup these specialists said there has been no Overall pattern of reinforcement of the 21 soviet divisions in Western Russia from which strategists believe any attack on Poland would be most Likely to come. Intelligence sources meanwhile said that despite Carters reference to Border closings traffic Between East Germany and Poland has been moving freely. They said the soviets have barred Only Western military observers from a a temporary restricted zone in preparation for an an air defense exercise within the next few Days. Nevertheless Secretary of state Edmund s. Muskie said a the fact is that military preparations have proceeded and Are one Carter aide who asked not to be identified told reporters Quot there has been indication of growing soviet readiness to engaged in military intervention. And other key administration officials said privately that the potential for a soviet military move against Poland has become More worrisome with reinforcement of some Western russian divisions. A a Tow machinery is died so that if the cent Laved to Reft 9 state police and the Kitchen knife he is charged with using to kill the two was taken by police Hopper said. He said both bodies had about six knife wounds to the Chest and Back. The bodies have been sent to Louisville for autopsies. Charlotte Haynes was admitted to Southeastern Kentucky Baptist Hospital where she was listed this morning As being in stable condition according to Hospital administrator Merrill Rayburn. According to capt. Gary Goins commander of the Harlan state police Post mrs. Thomas and Sisk were pronounced dead at the scene at 1 15 . By Knox county Deputy Coroner Charles Moses. Mrs. Thomas body had five Stab wounds to the Chest and Back Siskus three wounds each to the Chest and Back. Mrs. Haynes received three knife woulds to the head one to the face and one to the Chest Goins reported. He said the scene of the murders was the living room of the House. It apparently was Thomas who carried the two bodies into the front Yard. Charlotte Haynes ran from the House after she was wounded Goins said but she had returned to the scene by the time police arrived. Dewey Engle who is mrs. Thomas Uncle and lives near her Horne told the times Tribune this morning that he believes Haynes ran to his House for help following the incident. He said he was awakened around 1 . By a single Pound on his front door. He went to the door and saw no one but today in the Tri counties mostly sunny today and Friday. Highs today in the mid 50s. Warmer Friday with highs around 60. Clear and not As cold tonight. Lows in the mid to upper 30s. Lady re hounds the lady re hounds will open their Home season thursday when they take on the Knox Central lady panthers at Gilliam gym. Game time for the varsity game is 8 . With a preliminary Between the Junior varsity teams prior to the varsity game. Christmas dinner the Goodwill Fellowship will meet at the first United methodist Church at 12 noon Friday for a covered dish Christmas dinner. The sue Bennett College choral group will present a musical program. Revival planned the Faber Baptist Church will have revival services Friday saturday and sunday with Tim kor Molt As the evangelist. Services begin nightly at 7 with an 11 . Service sunday. Called meeting the Hugh Harris Lodge no. 938 will have a called meeting at 1 . Friday for the purpose of attending the funeral and conferring graveside rites for Robert h. Teague. Chili supper the St. Camillus alumni association will sponsor a Chili supper at the sacred heart Parish Hall from 4 until 8 . Thursday. Cake Sale the Gray cub scouts no. 504 will have a cake Sale at Sammy a auction House at 8 30 . Friday. Tri county deaths Ethel Hamsun Henry Martin Henry Etta Thomas William Sisk this House on old Barbourville Highway House s owner 44-year-old Henry Etta across from Gray elementary school was Thomas and a relative visiting from Valley the scene of two fatal stabbings Early thur station 15-year-old William Howard Sisk Day. The victims were identified As the times Tribune staff photo later found blood on the door Frame. Engle said he heard a scream from a woman he believes was mrs. Thomas. He said he was called to the Thomas House by mrs. Thomas father and his brother . Engle. When he arrive Dewey Engle said the two bodies were lying in the front Yard and . Thomas was seated in a state police Cruiser. Capt. Goins said Thomas was arrested at 1 15 . By detective Lonnie Fuson and trooper Earl Nicholson. He said Thomas offered to resistance. State police were alerted to the incident at 1 04 . By Corbin City police who had received a report of an Accident at Gray. Thomas officially is a prisoner of the Knox county jail system although he is being held in the Barbourville City jail for his own Protection Goins said. He will be arraigned at 10 . Friday in Knox District court. No motive for the stabbings is known at this time Goins said. State police took statements from Thomas and Haynes however that information cannot be released at present he added. The investigation is continuing. Laurel school Board members file suits claim vote fraud Laurel county a three incumbent school Board members who were Defeated in last months election filed suit in circuit court wednesday charging their successors and the county Board of elections with flagrant violations of election Laws. The members Hargis Collins Billy Ray Turner and Foyster Cassidy filed three separate suits claiming violations tainted the election with a fraud intimidation coercion impropriety and named As defendants in the suits were the Board of elections and the winners Jack Bruner James Kennedy and Ryan Vires. The winners were sued individually by the Board members they Defeated. The members claim in their suits that election Laws were violated by election officers who permitted electioneering for the winners at the polling place. They also claim a great number of persons received assistance in voting without making the required voter assistance affidavit and that some persons received assistance without being accompanied by two election officials which is required. Collins and Turner claim in their suits that the officers violated election Laws by a allowing unauthorized and illegal none injured in school bus crash no injuries were reported when a Knox county school bus loaded with children overturned at about 7 30 . Wednesday in the Smith hollow Elam Branch area. According to Knox county superintendent James Hampton the Road shoulder gave Way As the bus rounded a curve forcing it to slide off the Bank and turn on its Side. Hampton said All children were checked at the emergency room of Knox county general Hospital. Hampton did not identify the bus Driver. Persons to be inside the polling place during balloting a allowing unauthorized persons to election Eer for winners during balloting a allowing persons to Converse with voters concerning their support of the winners inside the polls during balloting. Collins further claimed the election officers were electioneering and displaying Campaign buttons for Bruner within the polls during balloting. Bruner Defeated Collins by 66 votes. Collins charged Bruner or his supporters engaged in a wide spread plan to induce illegally numerous persons to Register and vote fraudulently or Transfer their registrations to division two when in fact they lived outside the division. The suit lists a Large number of the allegedly illegal registrants. All three suits claim More than 20 percent of the total vote cast in the three divisions was cast by persons living outside the boundaries of the divisions. The suits claim the violations were so flagrant and widespread that the vote should be declared void. The Board members ask that they retain their positions on the school Board or that the judge declare the election void and award neither the members nor the defendants the school Board posts. Suits filed in circuit court generally give Only one Side of the Story. Episcopalians Welcome vicar Tri county episcopalians this week welcomed a resident vicar to St. Johns episcopal Church in Corbin As the Rev. Lee Miller and his family prepared to move from Paris ky., to the Corbin rectory. For the past five years two in London and three in Corbin the Rev. John d. Burkhart a professor at Eastern Kentucky University has conducted a Mission Church for area episcopalians. The Rev. Or. Miller came to the ministry after a career As writer and broadcaster. He is the author of one Book and has another ready for publication his syndicated radio and television program was carried by 127 stations he has written for a number of magazines and conducted a newspaper column. A graduate of the University of North Alabama he received his master of divinity degree from the episcopal theological Seminary in Lexington. While studying for his degree he served As a minister in Winchester where he was president of the Winchester ministerial association and Active in civic affairs. The Rev. Or. Miller is profiled in who a who personalities of the South and was a recipient of the kiwanis International distinguished service award. In Paris he served several episcopal missions conducted a radio program was chairman of the Paris All Ken Rev Lee Miller Tucky City committee and a member of the Board of directors of the Paris Bourbon county chamber of Commerce. He is a rotarian. The Rev. Or. Miller and his wife Voniece Are parents of two daughters Yoni Lee and Jenny Beth. He jul conduct his first service at St. Johns at 10 30 . Sunday. There will be a welcoming reception at 11.30

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