Pennsylvania Towanda Daily Review in Towanda, Pennsylvania 30 May 1986
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Daily Review (Newspaper) - May 30, 1986, Towanda, PennsylvaniaMain line murderer slated for execution Bird lifts celtics Over rockets Page eight my partly sunny saturday Cloudy Complete weather on Pape 2 chuckle Bachelor someone who does t have to leave a party when they Start to have a Good time. 106th year no. 42,180 Friday May 30, 1986 25 cents Warden takes aim at Media reports looking Over a disputed daily review editorial at a Public meeting regarding the proposed Bradford county prison. Daily review photo by John Thomas by . Donahue in addition to unveiling the tentative stalling plans for the proposed Bradford county prison Warden Thomas Powers last night gave his Side of the Issue pertaining to Media reports of the planning stages of the facility. Powers said that the statement made in local news Media reports to the fact that the Public was kept in the dark about decisions made in relation to the proposed prison were a a slap in the face to me personally and to those that had worked on the he told the full House assembled at the Bradford county communications Center that he had spoken to numerous civic groups As Well As holding several open Public meetings on the Issue in an attempt to get Public input into the project. Quot i was the one that opened the doors to the prison to the press and Public a said Powers adding that he does no to know what else can be done to get the proposed facility before the Public. A everything has been Well covered in the Media. We done to have anything to hide a said Powers. A i am proud of the operation and of the people working another question raised in the Media that was addressed by Powers was that of overbuilding the facility for current requirements. Quot we Aren t building anything lavish we Are just trying to build within constitutional requirements Quot he said adding that he finds it hard to believe that the current prison is not being sued in Federal court. Powers said the proposed prison will have a single cell capacity of 69, with a a double bunking capability of 104. He pointed out that current prison population is approximately 40. He said there is a need for the space especially the cells designated for female prisoners. He said it is difficult to project the number of female prisoners that will be incarcerated in the future but that the current system of sending women prisoners toothed counties is unacceptable see Page three proposed jail s staffing analysis by sue Corle a budget estimate and preliminary staffing analysis for a proposed new jail for Bradford county were presented at a meeting of the county prison Board held yesterday. All members except for District attorney Daniel j. Barrett were in attendance at this meeting. The current Cost estimate for the proposed new prison stands at $3.8 million. Commissioner Robert Horton notes this does not include engineering costs. Judge Jeffrey a. Smith prison Board chairman notes that this estimate contains Only an increase in Cost escalation due to a three month delay in the anticipated Date for receipt of bids for the project. He said it contains no other increases above the costs earlier projected. The project estimate presented by representatives of John m. Kostecky or. And associates is broken Down As follows site development site development construction the current site being considered being designated As site a pc a located across the Road from the county Manor beside Mill Creek $292,000 see a prison a Page seven american doctor chernobyl death toll now at 23 Moscow apr an american doctor helping treat victims said thursday that 23 people have died from the chernobyl nuclear disaster 55 Are seriously ill in Moscow and he expects to find severe radiation cases on a visit to Kiev the total of deaths is two higher than the latest figure announced by soviet officials. Or. Robert p. Gale a specialist in Bone marrow transplants said in a Telephone interview that a few More deaths Are expected among 14 patients critically ill with radiation sickness in a Moscow Hospital but the Outlook is Good for the others classified As serious. He said he would travel this weekend to chernobyl and Kiev the ukrainian capital 80 Miles South of the nuclear Power Plant where he will visit hospitals caring for radiation patients. About 50 people initially diag nosed As seriously injured Are hospitalized in the Kiev area he said some because they apparently were too ill to move. He said he had not been told of any deaths in Kiev. Gale said he would collect information in the Ukraine for a report on the Long term consequences of the april 26 reactor explosion and fire which poured out a huge Cloud of radioactivity that spread Over Europe and worked its Way around the world the doctor said he hoped to put together a statement outlining the Cia and Asa chiefs Appeal to news Crews to cooperate in keeping intelligence secrets Washington apr the directors of the Cia and the National Security Agency shifted gears thursday and appealed for news organizations to cooperate in efforts to Stem intelligence leaks they claim have Cost both human lives and billions of taxpayer dollars. Cia director William Casey and Asa Whiet it. Gen. William Odom in a unique joint interview at Cia Headquarters played Down their recent threats of criminal prosecution against news organizations and even backed slightly Oil a warning they had issued Only the night before to reporters covering the espionage trial of former Asa communications expert Ronald Pelton Casey Odom and Casey a Deputy Robert m. Gates agreed to the interview with the associated press in Gates words Quot to lower the noise level turn Down the volume and have a serious a we Haven to made ourselves always As Clear As we might be Quot Casey said a and i think that certainly the press has been very hysterical about the thing saying we re trying to tear up the first amendment and scuttle the Freedom of the press. We re not trying Todo the intelligence officials appealed to reporters working on stories which involve intelligence gathering techniques to Call the Cia for guidance on which details might risk lives or Compromise expensive information gathering equipment. Quot we re saying that you can write about the whole Range of National Security issues without revealing unique fragile National intelligence sources a Gates said Casey and Odom said they were led to take their extraordinary actions of the last several weeks because Odom said a a series of recent signals intelligence Leal s Over the last six months is the most serious we can remember in a Long Long Casey added. A every method we have of obtaining intelligence our agents our relationships with other intelligence services our photographic our electronic our communications capabilities have been damaged a a a this is costing the taxpayers billions and Bil Lions of dollars and More importantly americans and our National Security Are at risk we can t permit this to continue he said a speeders May Cost states big Bucks Washington apr millions of motorists Are ignoring the 55 mph Speed limit according to the Federal Highway administration and 10 states Are facing loss of Federal Highway Money for failing to crack Down on them. Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole informed the governors of Arizona and Vermont this week she plans to withhold up to 10 percent of their non interstate Road building assistance because More than half of the states Drivers Are ignoring the Speed limit. But the Federal Highway administration says Maryland new Hampshire and Rhode Island also Are close to losing Highway Money and that five other states barely meet the Federal Standard for compliance. The actions against Arizona and Vermont culminate Long negotiations and formal proceed Ings before a transportation department administrative Law judge. None of the other cases have gotten that far along. Under Federal Law states must Monitor their roadways to determine How Many people abide by the Speed limit. If More than 50 percent of the motorists exceed the 55 mph Speed limit a after certain adjustments Are allowed because of pos sible speedometer variations and other factors a the government May withhold up to 10 percent of the states Federal Highway funds. According to 1985 statistics submitted to the Federal Highway administration at least four of every 10 Drivers were found to exceed the posted 55 mph Speed limit in 37 of the 50 states. Virginia 29.6 percent and West Virginia 26.5 percent were the Only states to show that fewer than 30 percent of their Drivers were speeding. Health implications of the Accident that would gain the approval of the soviet Academy of sciences the . National institutes of health and the International Bone marrow registry he represents. He said the death toll of 23 in eluded the two men killed at the time of the Accident in flu plants no. 4 reactor. Court picks counsel for Deaver probe Washington apr a Federal court on thursday chose new York attorney Whitney North Seymour or. As an Independent counsel to investigate the lobbying activities of former presidential aide Michael k Deaver. Seymour a former . Attorney in new York City from 1970 to 1973, will probe allegations that Deaver violated conflict of interest Laws after he left the White House to represent foreign and Domestic clients. The appointment was announced by judges George e. Mackinnon Lewis r. Morgan and Walter r Mansfield sitting As a special court established by the ethics in government act. The Post watergate Law provides for an Independent investigation of top Federal officials or former officials who Are accused of wrong doing to avoid the potential conflict of an administration investigating its chief officers. Deaver former Deputy chief of staff to the president has lobbied for the government of Canada and Rockwell International corp., among others. He helped Canada obtain a $5 billion joint Effort with the United states to combat acid rain although president Reagan initially resisted the idea. He lobbied on behalf of Rockwell for the Sale of additional 1 1 bombers to the air Force. Former Federal officials Are permanently banned from representing anyone before the government on particular matter in which they were a personally and substantially involved separate provisions also bar former Federal officials for specified periods of time from having contacts with their former agencies and from dealing with issues once under the sex officials Domain. Each violation can Lead to a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $10,000 Fine the Justice department acting secretly As required by the Law filed a request with the court on May 22 requesting the counsel the department acted after conducting a preliminary inquiry. Previously however Deaver and five democratic senators called for the Independent counsel provisions to be triggered. Michael k. Daverda sees similarities Between county Case and supreme court rulings the United states supreme court recently dismissed two Pennsylvania cases that were brought before it following a trial court s dismissal according to Bradford county District attorney Daniel j. Barrett the cases were procedurally similar to the Scott Wheeler Case which was dismissed by judge Harold Fink in Towanda in september 1983. Wheeler had been charged with criminal homicide but was cleared on All counts in a dismissal handed Down by visiting judge Harold Fink of Potter county. Judge Fink who was presiding Over a non jury trial being held in Bradford county court ruled following presentation of the prosecutions chief Case that a the quantum and Quality of evidence presented by the prosecution were not enough to convince the court beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime of involuntary manslaughter had been committed. He added that if the alleged crime did not Rise to that degree of Homi cide it could not Rise to a higher degree of third degree homicide. These were the counts included in the general charge of criminal homicide which the court was being asked to consider in this Case. It had been alleged by the prosecution that the Canton re 2 Many a eight month old daughter Trish had died As the result of injuries caused when she was allegedly violently shaken by her father w Hile in his sole custody it was judge Fink s finding that Wheeler was a a caring father who sadly and unfortunately Shook his child while taking her to get clean clothing a her head a unfortunately hitting the Wall a in dismissing the criminal homicide count lodged against Wheeler judge Fink sustained a motion which had been made by wheelers attorney t Max Hall of Williamsport. The prosecution was represented by then District attorney Leonard Frawley or the county a present District attorney Daniel Barrett relates that the cases heard recently by the . Supreme court were dismissed after the Commonwealth had presented its evidence. The court in dismissing the cases ruled that the Commonwealth had failed to present enough evidence to establish a Case on which a conviction could be based District attorney Barrett said he further explains the Commonwealth appealed concluding that the judge s decision dismissing the Case at that Point was in error of Law. If a defendant is found not guilty the double jeopardy clause of the . Constitution prevents bringing the defendant to trial again in situations where a Case is dismissed for reasons other than the finding of not guilty the prosecution can sometimes Appeal following visiting judge Harold Finks dismissal of the Wheeler Case attorney Frawley filed an Appeal which the Superior court of Pennsylvania dismissed District attorney Barrett relates that after taking office in january 1984, he decided not to seek Lurther appeals of the dismissal of the Wheeler Case. A since the double jeopardy clause would prevent a re trial if the judge heard evidence from both sides of the Case and found the defendant not guilty it would seem illogical to make a dismissal of this sort reversible a concluded District attorney Barrett if a judge really wanted to dismiss the Case and Felt that he would find the defendant not guilty head simply let the Case go to verdict rather than dismissing it preliminarily then he would t have to worry about the Appeal the District attorney stated District attorney Barrett notes that at the same time the Wheeler Case was decided two similar cases were heard by the supreme court of Pennsylvania which reversed the Superior court and held that the cases could be re tried the defendants then look their cases to the United states supreme court arguing that the United states Constitution would prevent a re trial of situations the United states supreme court agreed Why District attorney decided not to seek further appeals of 1983 criminal homicide Case dismissed in Bradford county court
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