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Robesonian (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Lumberton, North Carolina Saturday january 101998 the Robeson an volume xxxix no 314 pages 36 serving Robeson county since 1870 1998 newspaper holdings inc All rights reserved 35 cents daily 75 cents sunday Walters Mother tipped police Donnie Byers staff writer Lake View so the Mother of a Fairmont teenager accused of shooting a hardens employee to death said Friday she told police where her son could be found Lynette Walters gave a Brief interview from the doorsteps of her Home at Lake View Mobile Home Park off heritage drive she said her son Travis Walters 17 Carne to her Home on tuesday morning in a panic she said he told her he had shot someone and begged her not to Call police but she did Call police is Wal ters said i tried to raise him to be responsible she said i wanted him to own up to what he did Travis Walter was arrested tuesday afternoon As he sat on the porch at his grandmothers House in Nichols he had a bus ticket and in his pocket he told police he was minutes away from leaving i tried to raise him to be responsible i wanted him to own up to what he did Lynette Walters for Washington do police say Travis Walters fatally shot Betty Jane Oxendine 18 of route 1 Rowland at am tuesday during a robbery at the hardens on West fifth Street Oxendine worked there As a supervisor she was buried in Maxton on Friday Walters has been charged with first degree murder armed robbery and Possession of a stolen firearm police say they found a 9mm pistol they believe was used in the shoot ing at is Walters Home see tipped Page 8a staff photo by Steve Humbert a Wreath hangs on the locked doors at the hardens restau rant on West fifth Street Betty Jane Oxendine was fatally shot tuesday during a robbery at the restaurant Hoke officials getting leads Dealership donates land sheriff Wayne Byrd recommends parents keep Small children under close supervision Raeford a investigators said they had dozens of leads Friday on the Man who kidnapped and murdered a 5ycarold Hoke county girl but still no detailed description of the suspect until the person is captured sheriff Wayne Bird warned parents to protect their children if i had a daughter or a Small child i would keep her very close right now especially in Public Byrd said that is what 1 would advise every Parent to do right now sheriffs deputies said they were getting up to 30 Calls every hour Fri Day about the possible location of Scott Witten staff writer Lumberton the Lum ber River conservancy has gotten a Little closer to its goal of protecting land adjacent to the lumber River state Park this week the Conser Vancy was Given the deed to 546 acres fronting the lumber River Lumberton Nordlin Colomer Cury donated the land at the rear of the dealerships property a portion of Stevens Park can be seen from the Riverbank we Felt the land will go to a very Good cause said Bill Wright a dealer with Lumberton Ford we Are for anything that will help improve the lumber River Wright presented the deed to a member of the conservancy on wednesday in hoping that one Day i will be Able to get into a boat and go All the Way Down to fair Bluff Wright said this donation is another step toward that county deals with Mercury theft what began As a breaking at an abandoned Plant has turned into a possibility of widespread Mercury contamination Texarkana Ark a a couple of teenagers made the coolest of finds after breaking into an abandoned Neon Plant last month a shiny Silver liquid that looked neat when it beaded up on their arms they just had to share it with their friends now weeks later the county is dealing with widespread Mercury contamination that has sent two people to the Hospital closed a Gro cery1 store and forced seven families from their Homes its very enticing it looks neat and people think its harmless and want to play with it but it can be very Nasty said Donna Garland a spokeswoman for the Agency for toxic substances and disease registry in Atlanta since dec 30 when one of the teenagers who took part in the breaking was treated for possible Mercury poisoning at a Hospital emergency officials have been try ing to Trace the 2 pints of the heavy Metal that were taken from the cites old Neon sign Plant every few Days More alarmed parents Call to say they have a problem we Felt the land will go to a very Good cause Bill Wright the conservancy was established in 1989 the year that 106 Miles of the lumber River was designated As a state Park since that time More than l100 acres have been donated to the conservancy according to its chairman and president m can Gibson the conservancy is a nonprofit corporation organized to receive deductible donations of land adjacent to the River Gibson said the land Given to the conservancy cannot be developed or used for commercial purposes it was gracious of them to do Nate that land Gibson said it helps us tie in More land on the lumber River that can be protected for future generations Bill Wright of Lumberton Ford River conservancy look at an by staff photo by Steve Humbert right and Carr Gibson president of the lumber area along the River that the Dealership donated to the conserva balloonist quest ends with a tear associated press photo balloonist Dave Melton is loaded onto a Gurney at University Hospital in Albuquerque no Friday Yeso map two balloonist parachuted into a Cactus studded pasture Friday after a tear doomed their Rounth world quest just an hour after launch the Pilot less balloon Laden with explosive fuel floated East for about eight hours before Landing in Texas Dick Rutan and Dave Melton hoping to become the first to Fly nonstop round the world in a bal Loon parachuted in 45 Mph winds Friday morning they landed a Quarter mile apart about 13 Miles Southeast of the town of Vaughn Rutan 59 hit Cactus and suffered bloody puncture wounds All Over his nose and Cheeks he was still pulling Cactus Needles from his face hours later Melton 39 hit the Only wire Fence in the wide open area and later was hospitalized in serious Condi Tion with a dislocated hip and ankle he was curled up on the ground he was in pain said Vaughn police chief or Romo who saw the pair Parachute he cussed us out saying it Hurt the flight was going Fine until All of a sudden there was this Boom Rutan said at a news con Ference Dave looked at me and said were in trouble Rutan said they considered trying to land but surface winds were too Strong we were airborne in something that was highly suspect heavily Laden with fuel and Dave and i came to the realization we have to aban Don this thing he said the Federal aviation administration had ordered All aircraft to stay Clear of the 170foot unmanned balloon which ended up draped Over some Trees near Gainesville about 45 Miles North of Dallas before coming to a Stop the bal Loon touched Down and sparked a Small fire which was extinguished it was unclear if the fire was caused by a propane tank earlier Friday the North Ameri see Page 8a the Brown truck spotted at the time Brittany Locklear was abducted wednesday morning while she was waiting for a school bus the girls body was found thurs Day in a drainage ditch three Miles from her Home More than 500 peo ple had volunteered to help with the search Byrd could not say How the child was killed or whether she had been sexually molested we wont know anything until she has been examined by the state medical examiner he said the examination was being per formed Friday in Chapel Hill the results were not immediately Avail Able Byrd said Fri and state Bureau of investigation agents and other authorities have compiled leads based on the evidence found interviews see leads Page 8a Toomer cited by Raleigh a Algie Toomer was cited for contempt by a House committee Friday after he re fused for the second time to appear and answer questions about his si00000 settlement with the state the Hoase select committee on personnel review also cited two officials of the police benevolent association and j Michael Mcguin Ness Boomers attorney because its lawyers could be called As witnesses the committee asked the state attorney generals office to seek an order from a Wake county Superior court judge to enforce the contempt citation but the attorney generals of fice late Friday told the committee if would not represent it i dont know who we go to for help rep Carolyn Russell the committee chairwoman said Fri Day the attorney generals of fice is charged with representing state agencies i dont know Why they would not help we can go on our own but we arc a state Agency and i do not know Why they would not help she said Mcguinness in a letter delivered to Russell late thursday said Boomers subpoena was defective he also argued the two Aba officials were working under his direction so their testimony would Vio late the attorney client privilege this really bothers me that you arc treated in this manner Russell told the committee it bothers me deeply personally the subpoenas arc valid said Jan Peuschel the panels lawyer the technicalities mentioned in the letter in my opinion Are just an attempt not to appear before the committee the committee agreed unanimously to seek a Superior court judges order for a hearing before the pane at which Toomer and his representatives could argue Why they refused to Honor the subpoenas if the committee finds they did not have Good reason for the refusal it could ask a judge to jail or Fine them for contempt the Aba fully supports the decisions and positions advocated by or Boomers Legal counsel Jef Frey r Fluck president of the Aba said in a prepared statement the Aba welcomes a judicial Examina Tion of the positions of All parties Index classified3b deaths2a editorial4a sport Sib weather8a Powers files for third commission term today sunny skies and highs in the up per 50s West wind 5 to 10 Mph tonight Clear Low in the mid 30s Sunrise tomorrow Sun Sci tomorrow see Mercury Page 7a Virginia Johnson peace Quinton a James w Hester a Hamlet Edward Earl Smit Lumberton Tommie does Caxton Georgia Ella Locklear Laurinburg Brittany Lynn Naoyee Undis staff writer lumber ton commissioner Gary Powers filed Friday for re election to a third term As the District 6 representative on the county Board of com missioners pow ers was the Only person to make the trip to the Powers Board of Klec Lions on by thrown Road on Friday Powers 42 said the boards planning Tor the new Landfill has been the most important accomplishment 10 which he has contributed beginning about six years Ato Powers said from each household in the upset Astle in escrow for the purpose of pay i for the Landfill that planning Ilie count the headache of coming up with million in one year for the pro Jeci he said i think that was Good planning on the county part Powers and 1 was part of that Powers began his first fou year term As District it commissioner in Rafiei completing his first term he had a fou year break in service Anil was reelected in 1994 he said ise univ the Best i can do i Fosdyc the pc ple Oonk the peo see Finks Page 8a

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