European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - June 14, 1990, Darmstadt, Hesse
Thursday, June 14, 1990 THE STARS AND STRIPES ★★★ Page 3Judge removes ‘rude’ IRS agent from tax case
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A judge said an Internal Revenue Service agent was incompetent and rude in her dealings with a couple who owed
US District Judge B. Avant Edenfield on Monday removed IRS agent Sherilyn Heyward from the case of Brenda and Alan Stout, owners of a Garden City convenience store.
“The combination of incompetence and rudeness with which the Stouts were treated at the hands of Heyward and her supervisor is unacceptable,” the judge’s order said, adding that it “demonstrates the IRS’ lack of organization and respect for the taxpayers.”
The judge last month voided a search warrant he had approved for a search of the Stouts’ business. The affidavit contended Mrs. Stout was switching bank accounts in an effort to conceal assets and avoid paying $ 10,900 in back taxes.
The Stouts have complained that IRS officials gave them four different figures to satisfy the taxes. Their business was raided May 10 by six agents who took $2.46 belonging to an employee and money collected from the sale of novelty clowns by a private citizen, evidence showed.
The Stouts are now trying to sell their business to satisfy the IRS bill.
The judge said the IRS agent’s affidavit was probably intentionally misleading. While the affidavit said the Stouts owed $7,532.95 plus penalties, it did not mention that nearly $90,000 in back taxes were paid within the last year.
Heyward could not be reached for comment.
An IRS spokesman in Atlanta said the agency’s lawyers would review the order before issuing a response.16 arrested after melee erupts during flag-burning celebration
SEATTLE (UPI) — Police arrested 16 people when a celebration of a Supreme Court decision upholding the right to bum the U.S. flag turned into confrontations between supporters and opponents of the ruling.
About 200 people were involved in the demonstration Tuesday night, which was broken up about 15 minutes after it started, police said. Sixteen people were arrested, cited for failure to disperse and then released, police said.
Flags were burned near the Capitol Hill Post Office, the scene of a flag-burning demonstration last year after a flag-desecration law was implemented.
Craig Cleveland of Seattle threw water on one flag that was set ablaze and exchanged angry words with flag burners.
“It angers me terribly,” Cleveland said afterward. “If they want freedom of speech, they should go out and talk to people about their beliefs. Don’t desecrate our symbol of freedom.”
But Darius Strong of Seattle, arrested in 1989 for burning a flag minutes after the Flag Protection Act became law, said he supports the Supreme Court ruling.
“They shouldn’t pass judgment against us,” he said. “They shouldn’t say, ‘You don’t have the right to bum the flag.’ They shouldn’t punish us for what we’ve done.”
The high court ruled 5-4 Monday the Flag Protection Act of 1989 was unconstitutional because it violated the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.
Earlier Tuesday, President Bush and federal lawmakers renewed their campaign for a constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration.
Last year, the justices struck down a Texas law against flag burning, prompting Congress to pass the Flag Protection Act of 1989. Flag-burning arrests in Seattle and Washington spearheaded the federal law challenge.
The Supreme Court ruling occurred three days before Flag Day, the anniversary of the day in 1777 when Old Glory was adopted.
A demonstrator waves a blazing American flag during a rally in Seattle Tuesday night.Ship impounded after 260,000-gallon oil spill
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge ordered an oil tanker impounded Tuesday so that New Jersey, New York state and New York City can guarantee that the vessel’s owner can pay for damages resulting from last week’s 260,000-gallon oil spill.
“This order gives us the power to prevent them from moving the ship until we’re satisfied,” said Gordon Johnson, an assistant attorney general for the state of New York.
i Johnson said Govs. Jim Florio of New Jersey and Mario Cuomo of New York decided to seek the impoundment of the vessel because officials received word that the ship BT Nautilus could be ready to move as early as Wednesday from Bayonne, N.J., where it was docking last Thursday when it ran aground.
Charles Anderson, a New York City
attorney representing the 811-foot ship’s owners, Nautilus Motor Tanker Co. of London, characterized U.S. District Judge Nicholas Politan’s order as routine in maritime cases..
Anderson said the ship was under repair and no decisions have been made on moving it. He said the company’s underwriters are working on posting a bond to guarantee payment of cleanup costs.
Workers collected about 100 gallons of oil waste that washed up along a five-mile stretch of Sandy Hook beach Tuesday, including three miles of beaches where swimming is normally permitted, according to the National Parks Service. The beach was clean by 5 p.m., said parks service spokesman Manny Strumpf.
The Coast Guard has not determined
the cause of the grounding.
Navigational charts of the area where the BT Nautilus ran aground are accurate, and the accident would not have occurred if the ship had been following the proper route, said Capt. Robert North, coordinator of the cleanup.
A grand jury is to meet this week to consider charges that the tanker’s first mate, Gregory Frederick Geoffrey, 52, of New Marske, England, was operating a vessel while intoxicated, said Christopher Florentz, a spokesman for the New Jersey attorney general’s office.
The Coast Guard said tests of the captain, Albert Ainscough, and the pilot, Jim Naughton, showed no traces of drug or alcohol use.
The BT Nautilus ran aground while being docked, ripping a 30-foot-long
gash in its hull and pouring 260,000 gallons of No. 6 industrial heating oil into the Kill van Kull, a busy waterway separating Bayonne from the New York City borough of Staten Island.
Attorneys for New York and New Jersey argued that the captain and crew were “incompetent, inattentive, reckless and otherwise grossly negligent in their duties, which resulted in the general unseaworthiness of the BT Nautilus.” That condition caused the “illegal discharge of oil,” according to papers filed in federal court.
Anderson said the allegations were “totally unfounded” and noted that the cause of the investigation remained under investigation.
The spill was the fourth major one in the waterway and nearby Arthur Kill this year.
Aquino OKs ban on bridal schemes Elderly find weights
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Corazon Aquino on Wednesday signed into law a ban on schemes to use the mail to offer Filipino women as brides to foreigners.
Aquino Mid the new law, passed by Congress, prohibits “commerce in women under the guise of legitimate marriage.”
The new law, among other things, bans establishment of mail-order bride businesses and the print! distribution of material promoting such
It also declares unlawful the “solicitation or in-ucement” of Filipino women to become members any club or association whose objective is to atch women with foreign nationals for marriage tner °n a mail-order bride basis or through personal introductions for a fee.
VAy*°*atjrs ^ace a Prison sentence of six to eight $870)' °f 8,000 t0 20,000 pCS0S ($348 t0
‘The mail-order bride is a relatively new phenomenon in our society, but its perpetrators are many,” Aquino said.
“They are able to carry out their pernicious trade through the use of the media for personal profit,” she added.
“Most of the time, their victims are young women from our remote (villages) whom they lure through sweet talk and grandiose promises,” Aquino said. “Although we come by success stories every so often, most of the feedback is devastating not only to individual persons and families but also to our national pride.”
Sen. Ernesto Maceda, chief sponsor of the new law, said “the alarming rate of battered Filipino wives married to foreign nationals” through the mail-order bride business made him decide to file the bill.
The new law states that any foreign offender will be deported and barred from re-entering the country after serving a sentence and paying a fine.can pump you up
CHICAGO (AP) — You might not see many great-grandmothers down at the gym, but a study released Wednesday suggests the very old may benefit from pumping iron.
The findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are based on a study of 10 residents of a Boston nursing home, ages 86 to 96.
After an eight-week training period, most had doubled their weight-lifting ability and some had tripled or quadrupled it, the researchers said.
The researchers, led by Dr. Maria Fiatarone of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, called the study the first to examine weight training in the very old.
The findings suggest the very old can lower their risk of injury by exercising.