Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 26, 1982, Tokyo, JapanFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1982 PACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES
unconstitutional in 1972, his term was reduced tolife. Smith spent 20 years in jail.
His accomplice, Gregory Ulas Powell, alsotwice convicted, is scheduled for parole June 13.
The slain officers picked up Smith and Powellas armed-robbery suspects, but Powell pulled a
gun and disarmed them. The officers were drivento the onion field and Campbell was slain and
Hettinger and wounded as he fled.
San Diego NS 60 years old
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego NS, described
as the world's largest Navy complex, hasceleberated its 60th birthday.
The base underwent major expansion over thepast four years, including a new $18 million pier,
providing a second 35-foot water berth for heaviernew warships.
The bottom of a ship now may be cleaned and
repairs made to sonar equipment without it beingtaking it into drydock.
There are now 56,000 sailors and 103 warships
stationed at San Diego NS, which was completed in1922 as a destroyer base.
Innocent ex-prisoner sues
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) —- A man who spent
nearly nine years in prison on a murder
conviction before a prosecutor determined he was
innocent has filed a $10 million lawsuit against theattorney and Alameda County.
The suit, by Aaron Lee Owens, contends
authorities were careless and violated his civilrights when he was arrested in 1972 for the
murder of an Oakland couple during a drug-related argument.
Alameda County authories said last year thatOwens was wrongfully convicted in a case of
Owens, 38, was released last March, after an
investigation by John Taylor, a former deputydistrict attorney who prosecuted him.
helped bring about Landon's nomination as theunsuccessful Republican candidate against Presi-
dent Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936.Stauffer's son Stanley is president of Stauffer
Communications, and another son, John, is vice-
president of the company and publisher of the
Death claims boy, 9, in coma
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy
has died at Providence Hospital Child Center
after spending more than half his life in a coma.
Danny Scanlon of Portland, went into a comain 1976 after nearly drowning during an Arizona
vacation. He weighed only 23 pounds when hedied.
"I always knew he was going to die, but I
always kept hoping he would get better," said theboy's father, Daniel Scanlon.
Scanlon and his wife, Debora, kept the boy athome with them the first year after the accident,
but he was transferred to Providence inNovember 1977.
News chain founder dies
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (UPI) — Oscar S.
Stauffer, founder of an 11-state newspaper and
broadcast group and a key backer of Alf Landon's1936 bid for the presidency, has died at 95.
Stauffer reportedly suffered strokes recentlyand died in a Scottsdale hospital.
He founded Stauffer Communications Inc.,
which owns and operates 20 newspapers, twotelevision stations, nine radio stations and several
He began his journalism career with the famedWilliam Allen White at the Emporia Gazette in
Emporia, Kan.Stauffer was chairman of a committee that
Jail destroyed — no good, anyway
JERSEYVILLE, 111. (UPI) — A fire sparked
by a police car that hit a gas meter has destroyed
the Jersey County jail — but officials say the
Assistant Fire Chief Ken Clifford leans
on a crutch as he leaves a burned-outbusiness building near downtown Rose
City, Mich. Fire departments from RoseCity, Lupton and West Branch fought the
blaze, which also damaged two adjacentstructures. Gifford, a retired Detroit
firemen, uses the crutch while recoveringfrom car-accident injuries. (AP)
county needed a new one anyway.
Five prisoners were released on their own
recognizance after the fire, and five others,
including an accused murderer, were moved toanother jail.
City police were taking the sheriff's calls,
because the sheriff's department communicationsnetwork was knocked out.
Officials said the patrol car backed into themeter in a parking lot, damaging a valve and
sending gas into the jail's heating system at
main-line pressure. A boiler ruptured, touchingoff the blaze.
No action was expected against the driver."I've just barely missed that thing about a dozen
times, myself," said Lt. Bob Walkington, actingsheriff.
The jail recently was condemned by the state
Department of Corrections, primarily because it
was too small. The county had been ordered to
make extensive renovations or build a newfacility.
Movie horror too real
CHICAGO (UPI) — Joseph Wade was
watching a horror movie called "The Creeper" ina downtown theater when a rat bit him on the
Wade, 40, said he first thought he had beenkicked by the woman next to him.
When he figured out what had really happened,"the theater manager wouldn't believe him and
called the police to eject him," his attorney said.Michael Olson, a supervisor for the firm that
runs the Woods Theater, said the company will
pay for Wade's treatment at Hentotin Hospital,
which included a tetanus shot. "I can't recall thisever happening before," Olson said.
However, John Bateman, a nurse at Henrotin
for 15 years, said rat bites are commonplace.
"Rats are running like crazy in those theaters,"
TV kicked out for good
ROCK ISLAND, 111. (UPI) — Michael Mooregot mad at his TV, kicked it and threw it outside.
He cooled off and went to retrieve it later, but bythen a thief had made off with it.
"I guess it serves me right," said Moore, whoadmits he has abused his set before. "The TV got
to me again."
Moore said it was a cable local-access talk
show, not the reception on his $79 portable, that
set him off.
"There was just nothing on," Moore said.
"You get so fed up you just smack the tube. It's
the kind of thing you do all the time — you justget so upset with what's on TV."
Father arrested in son's shooting
MIAMI (UPI) — A man with a "violent
temper" shot and wounded his son and barricaded
himself on his boat for 3% hours before policetalked him into surrendering.
Police were called after the son staggered intoa beach snack bar, told the owner his father had
shot him, and collapsed.
Charles Vermillion, in his 50s, walked off his45-foot yacht with his hands up.
Police spokesman Mike Stewart said Vermil-
lion would be charged with attempted murder forthe shooting of his son, Mark "Topper"
Vermillion, in his 30s. He said the elderVermillion was "known to have a violent temper"