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Panama City News Herald (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Panama City, Florida Good morning 25<the news f Herald Panama City news Herald 1986 saturday Cwa workers wait out strike deadline see Page 10a i Panama City Merida is in 40 Pajas Voi. 17, to. 31 jurors Render split decision in jailers trial Roulha Derek l. Kinner 4 staff writer ii Marianna a it was a verdict that seemed to please both sides. A six person jury deliberated Only 21 minutes before acquitting Jackson county jail guards Richard Powell and Freddie Roulhac of aggravated Battery. The jury however found both guards guilty of malpractice by a Jailer in connection \ with the Quot stringing up Quot of inmate Carson Evans in late november. Both guards admitted under oath thursday that they had handcuffed Evans 18, behind his Back and raised his arms by pulling on a Chain run from the Handcuffs Over a cell bar. However the guards said they did not intend to Hurt Evans. Evans testified thursday that he suffered pain and 14th District medical examiner William Sybers. Testifying As an expert witness said the form of restraint used would have resulted in pain but no permanent damage. Each guard would have faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted of aggravated Battery a second degree felony. The malpractice convictions Are Lackson county punishable by jail terms of up to 60 Days and fines of up to $500 and also mean the guards will be removed from office. They have been suspended without pay since they were charged in january. Roulhac and Powell also have been charged with aggravated child abuse by torture a second degree felony and malpractice by a Jailer in connection with a second alleged instance of inmate abuse. Trials on those charges1 have not been set. After the verdicts were read Friday assistant state attorney Jim Dunning told reporters that the guards acquittals on the felony charges will not change his plans for prosecuting additional cases involving guards accused of torturing inmates at the Jackson county jail. Quot it should have no effect on future cases Quot Dunning said. Quot the others involve different people different circumstances see trial 2a Powel Shultz urges replacement of Salt i Robert Burns associated press news Herald Tom needharr1 splash splash these youngsters from the first Baptist warm surf at St. Andrew state recreational Church of Lynn Haven Day care class their area this week during a class sponsored instructor and some parents enjoyed the Outing. Halifax. Nova Scotia George p. Shultz urged the soviet Union on Friday to negotiate drastic cuts in nuclear arms As a replacement lot the Salt ii treaty which he described As Quot obsolete a ratified and being violated the Secretary of state also said the Reagan administration remains hopeful that a Summit will be held later this year. Me spoke to reporters at the close of a two Day meeting of nato foreign ministers that was dominated by arms control issues. Shult said in defense of president Reagan s tentative decision to abandon Salt ii later this year which has come under criticism Quot the president is saying let us shift. To a form of restraint that looks at behaviour by the soviet Union that looks at the responsibilities the United states has and the Alliance has for the maintenance of our defensive deterrent he acknowledged that some members of the Alliance disagreed with Reagan s position including Washington s closest allies but insisted there was no serious split Quot we have a disagreement with some countries. Certainly not the foreign secretaries of Britain and Canada reiterated later Friday that their governments see sal.t2a jail privatization Bill of Dron Wiginton capital Bureau t Tallahassee county commissioners would find it More difficult to turn the Day to Day running of their jails Over to private Enterprise under a Bill that cleared the Senate and was sent to the House Friday. The Bill also addresses at least one of the concerns of the lawsuit filed by attorney general Jim Smith against Bay county and the corrections corporation of America which operates the Only privately managed maximum Security jail in the nation in Panama City. There was no debate on the Bill Friday that passed 35-0. It contains six main provisions a a private correctional officers can be certified through the state criminal Justice standards and training commission. A a an Quot extraordinary Quot or four fifths vote is required before a county commission can hire a private jail firm. It is this provision that May delay the privatization of other county jails. It was requested by the Florida sheriff s association after the Bay county commission hired Cha with a 3-2 vote. A a a contract Monitor must be hired to oversee the private jail operator. Bay county has a contract Monitor. A a a county sheriff May be designated the chief correctional officer of the county by a county ordinance. Sheriffs have traditionally been the chief correction officers but Bay county proved that statutorily they Are not the chief jailers. A a a private jail firm must be allowed Access to state criminal records. They cannot however have Access to Federal criminal records unless a Federal Law is passed allowing that. A a a correctional officer who worked for a county detention facility that is taken Over by a private entity can keep state retirement benefits if the jail is returned to Public operation within three years of the takeover. Smith filed suit earlier this month wanting the courts to Rule whether Cha guards can go on strike whether the private guards can discipline inmates and whether the guards can be state certified. The Bill passed by the Senate takes care of the certification question but the issues of a strike or punishment May have to be decided by the courts. The Bill now goes to the House for consideration. Index Bridge. .3c business. 10-11a Calendar. .2a classified. 2-14c comics. .1c court records. 3b crossword. .3c deaths and funerals. 12a editorial. .6a entertainment. 6-7d Horoscope. .1c local state. 1-3b movies. .6d opinion. .7 a police beat. .2b religion. 4-6b sports. 1-5d stocks. 11a to log. .5d weather watch. .8a quote for the Day Quot it takes a person who is wide awake to make his dream come Roger Babson Wewahitchka triplets fall in for their nation Laura Cassels 4 slate Fri or 1 neighbors Wewahitchka on 21, 1968, Derry Kerry and Sherry Hartley came into the world together. On May 23, they graduated together from Wewahitchka High school and later this year All three will join the . Army. They said they Are looking Forward to an adventure but the army s triple gain will be mom and pop Hartley s loss. Quot it will be hard to adjust having them All leave at once Quot said their Mother Pat Hartley. The triplets younger brother Gary will be the Only child left at Home. Quot we re going to be depleted Quot said their father Sherrill Hartley noting that about 10 Wewahitchka graduates have been recruited this year into military service. The triplets said they would miss their Hometown but were excited u it out trying new experiences Sherry elected medical training As an a Ray technician. She will enlist at fort Jackson. . On sept. 17, along with her Friend Karen Prange. Derry and Kerry will enlist at fort Dix. . On aug. 7 to begin flight training Quot Well be training on Gatlin guns on a cobra Kerry said. Quot Call it an aircraft weapons system Quot Derry suggested. Kerry said the Brothers became interested in flying helicopters see triplets. 2atrade lower Oil prices declining Dollar narrow deficit Tom Raum associated press Washington lower Oil prices and the effects of a declining . Dollar helped narrow the nation s Trade deficit to $12.1 billion in april its lowest level in eight months the government said Friday. Some economists suggested the decline might represent the Long awaited turning Point in a Trade deficit which last year soared to $148.5 billion. But others cautioned against too much optimism claiming the real turnabout May be several months away. The Commerce department said the Trade imbalance fell from the March level of $14.5 billion representing a decline of 16.6 percent. April s improvement was led by a 10.2 percent drop in Overall imports a which totalled $30 billion in april. This drop offset a 4.8 percent decline in exports in april to $18.0 billion. The april Trade deficit was the lowest since a $10.9 billion imbalance last August. Quot i think it is a Safe conclusion that the worst of the Trade deficit is Over. It won t get any worse and it is Likely to get better Quot said Allen Sinai chief economist for Shearson Lehman Brothers. But Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige said the april decline in imports Quot probably did not Mark a turning Point but i expect the trend to Egin to improve later in the Quot the pickup in economic growth in the United states will have to be matched by More rapid expansion abroad if . Exports Are to increase significantly Quot he added. In a separate report the Commerce department said new Homes sold in april at a brisk seasonally adjusted annual rate of 862,000 units a Down 3.5 percent from the record 893,000 rate of the month before but still 33 percent above last april s level. The report showed that the housing Boom spurred by reduced mortgage interest rates continued last month. The april Trade figures showed the Impact of both the world drop in Oil prices and efforts to stabilize the . Dollar against foreign currencies. The Dollar has fallen about 30 percent against other major currencies since a year ago. Economists claim this decline is finally beginning to show up in the monthly Trade figures. A weaker Dollar makes imports More expensive and . Exports More competitive. News Herald Mann Childs Petroleum product imports declined to $2.1 billion in april from $3.3 billion in March. In april Oil on the spot Market sold for an average Price of $14.93 a barrel compared to a $25.63 average Price from october 1985 to March 1986, according to Commerce department analysts. It was the lowest Dollar amount spent on Oil imports in a single month since june 1975. Meanwhile non Petroleum imports dropped 7.5 percent in april to $27.9 billion. The . Trade deficit with Japan remained the largest of any single nation but dropped to $4.7 billion in april from the $5.5 billion level of the month before the decline in . Exports in april included an 11.6 percent drop in farm exports to $2.1 billion and a 5.3 percent drop in exports of manufactured goods to $12.6 billion. While imports generally fell in april imports of new passenger cars from Canada and Japan in crashed a by 11.6 percent to $1.2 billion for Canadian cars and by 2.3 percent to $1.5 billion for japanese vehicles. Many economists cautioned against Reading too much into the figures. Quot it looks Good but it in to Quot said Mike Evans president of a Washington based forecasting service. He claimed that the Large drop in Oil prices masks that fact that imports Are considerably higher than they were several months ago. Quot the fact that exports went Down is not a healthy sign he added. And Lawrence Chimerine. President of Chase Econometrics another private forecasting service said Quot it s Good news but i d like to see it happen for a few More months before 1 can conclude that we be turned the Corner on the Trade the huge Trade imbalance was a major Factor cited in House debate last week on a far reaching Trade Bill that would Force the president to retaliate against nations engaging in unfair trading practices. That Bill passed overwhelmingly. President Reagan has threatened to veto the measure should it reach his desk the Commerce department also issues a separate tabulation of the Trade deficit in which month by month figures Are partially revised to reflect the fact that reports of imports often lag by several months the actual arrival of the product in this country. Under this procedure the March deficit was revised to a $12.2 billion shortfall rather than the $14.5 billion cited in the other tabulation

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