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Panama City News Herald (Newspaper) - March 31, 1990, Panama City, Florida California murderer gets reprieve i Mem Harris from wire reports san Francisco a Federal appeals judge on Friday blocked next tuesdays scheduled execution of convicted double i murderer Robert Alton a Harris who would have become the j first inmate exe c u t e d in California in 23 years. Harris convicted of shooting two teen age boys to death in 1978 to use their car in a robbery May not have had competent psychiatric help at the time of his trial said judge John Noonan of the 9th . Circuit court of appeals. His order issued after a 50-minute hearing would spare Harris the Gas chamber to allow arguments before a three judge panel of the court on whether the convict should get an evidentiary hearing. That process normally takes several months. In Sacramento attorney general John Van de ramp said he would ask the . Supreme court to lift the stay. A we would argue that ifs impossible for psychiatrists to go Back and review what other psychiatrists did years ago a said Van de ramp. Harris 37, would be the first person executed in California since 1967. He came within four Days of execution once before in 1982. A this stuns me. How Many times does this Guy have to be turned Down a said William Strider Uncle of John Mayeski one of Harris victims. Harris current Appeal filed after the . Supreme court turned him Down for the fourth time this january is based largely on examinations that concluded he had organic brain damage and other mental disorders that affected his ability to control his impulses. Harris was convicted in 1979 of killing John Mayeski and Michael Baker both 16, in san Diego in july 1978. He had abducted the boys at gunpoint from a drive in restaurant As they sat in their parked cars. He forced them to drive to a Remote area where he shot them so he could use their car in a Bank robbery. In last weeks Appeal Harris lawyers challenged the evaluation of a state mental health expert who characterized the defendant As a Sociopath incapable of remorse or rehabilitation. They also claimed that abuse in childhood and his mothers heavy drinking during her pregnancy with him exacerbated Harris mental disorders. Victims strike Moscow a More than too radiation victims of the chernobyl nuclear Accident Are on a hunger strike to protest inadequate medical care including shortages of drugs and Hospital Beds the Tass news Agency said Friday. The news Agency quoting a report in the labor daily trud said about 120 people were fasting at the Institute of medical radiology As of wednesday. The Institute is in the ukrainian City of Kharkov 400 Miles Southwest of Moscow. Another 280 radiation victims in the nearby City of Izump threatened to join the strike if their demands were not met Tass said. It did not say when the strike began. Two political groups in the Ukraine the greens movement and a group calling itself chernobyl plan to picket the republics nuclear Power stations on the fourth anniversary of the disaster according to the inter fax news Agency an affiliate of radio Moscow. On april 26,1986, a fire and explosion at the chernobyl Plant near Rev in the Ukraine killed at least 31 people. Radioactive contamination affected millions of acres of land. Nearly 100,000 people were relocated because of the poisoned environment. The weekly Moscow news reported in november that the total death toll had reached More than 250, including victims who were working at the Plant during the disaster and those who helped in the cleanup. In Rev the presidium of the camping $10.00 Inlet Beach re Park Hwy. 98 West going out of business Sale creative catering 405 e. Baldwin re. Next to Hiland Park Ela montary school 769-4869 Murday March 31st 9 00 . News in Brief Ukraine supreme soviet has designated april 26 a chernobyl tragedy Day a Tass said Friday. The legislative body earlier this month voted to phase the station out of operation Over the coming years. Deputy Premier Alexandra Biryukova said the government and the soviet Trade Union Council were discussing ways to improve medical care and social benefits for chernobyl victims including those who took part in cleaning up the radiation. Tradition ends Houston a a group that for 66 years has sold hand painted easter eggs is ceasing production on the advice of its lawyers who fear that children May eat spoiled eggs and contract botulism. The announcement by the Blue Bird Circle an organization that aids children with neurological a disorders forced the cancellation of orders for 24,000 eggs from Houston country clubs and several retail stores. For years the eggs were intricately designed with colourful decals trimmed in Gold paint and dyed in Many colors. A a we re very disappointed. The easter eggs have been one of our most fun projects but we certainly done to want to contribute to a child getting sick a said Bonnie Mcmillian easter Basket project chairwoman. Vietnamese visit Nguyen Van Chi left and other vietnamese officials visit the Vietnam veterans memorial in Washington Friday on a tour conducted by Jan Scruggs founder of the memorial and Cherie Clark right of the International Mission of Hope. Prisoner executed Sao Paulo Brazil a prisoners in a Southeastern jail held a a death lottery and executed the loser to protest overcrowding and poor living conditions police said Friday. Police inspector Rosemarie gon calves de Freitas said prisoners killed 27-year-old Marcelo de Pietro who was serving a 31-year sentence for rape and murder. A this fellow inmates strangled him with a Nylon Cord used to sew soccer balls a is. Freitas said. The killing took place thursday in the Central jail of Santo Andre an Industrial suburb of Sao Paulo. Nearly 400 inmates were locked up in the Santo Andre jail. It was built to hold 96 prisoners. In de Pietros cell 47 inmates were kept in a space intended for six. On Friday 36 inmates were transferred to other prisons to prevent further executions is. Freitas said. Doctors strike Zaragoza Spain a thousands of doctors and nurses went on strike nationwide Friday to pay homage to a colleague who was allegedly slain for helping Force terrorists on a hunger strike to eat. An estimated 3,000 doctors and nurses in this Northern City took part in a 24-hour strike and silently marched from a Hospital to the doctors residence where they left hundreds of White Flowers. A two hour work stoppage at health facilities was observed across the country. A woman shot and killed or. Ramon Munoz y Fernandez in his office tuesday in this Northern City police said. No group has claimed responsibility. Officials blame the leftist group known As Grapo which had threatened doctors who fed jailed Grapo hunger strikers. Munoz fed two convicted Grapo terrorists during a recent hunger strike aimed at pressuring the government to Stop dispersing jailed terrorists to numerous prisons. Shoes stolen Lenexa ran. A thieves who allegedly stole 57 pairs of athletic shoes from a delivery truck were slightly ahead of their time they chose a Type of shoe not yet on Sale at area stores. The 57 pairs Worth about $1,300, were taken wednesday from a truck parked behind the office of the athletes foot store in Lenexa a City of 18,000 on the perimeter of Kansas City said police detective Mike Siebers. The theft was discovered about 15 minutes after a Man went into the office to ask for a Job Siebers said. About two hours later two men walked into an athletes foot store in Kansas City ran., and asked to Exchange a pair of shoes that did no to fit. Store employees notified of the Lenexa theft recognized the shoes. Police found six More pairs of the shoes in a car in the stores parking lot but 50 pairs still Are missing. The two men were released pending further investigation. Suspect arrested new Yorr City a suspected Hitman linked to 14 murders and the attempted murder of four new York police officers Here was nabbed in Florida Friday after eluding new York City authorities for 18 months. Police arrested Ghandi Guzman 22, a columbian linked to the murder of two women in a drug related shooting in new York City in 1988 and the attempted murder of four police officers in 1987. Guzman was nabbed by police and members of the drug enforcement task Force As he drove on a state Road in Dade county said det. Lizette Williams a police spokeswoman. Guzman was a prime target of a Florida task Force program called operation re drum a murder spelled backwards a that deals exclusively with latin drug related homicides Williams said. Police said Guzman a suspected contract killer for an International cocaine ring is tied to the december 1988 murder of Soledad Carrera and her sister in Law Ilsi As six children watched in horror. He is also linked to 14 drug related murders since 1987 a All believed to be connected to the colombian cocaine Trade. Det. Louis Lianes a new York City police department spokesman said Guzman attempted to shoot four police officers from the Long Island City station House in August 1987 when he was cornered by authorities. A the pointed a gun at the officers but the weapon apparently jammed a Lianes said. A the was arrested but he jumped Juz Assam i a a a a ii \ j hours 9 . 6 . Monday saturday never before some seduced or. 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