Tipton County Tribune (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Tipton, Indiana
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'.3ii> :a»apol 3 ;a 4bao4Twice-delayed Indianapolis 500 set
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A green flag is what everyone is waiting for. A green track is what the drivers are going to get today in the twice-delayed Indianapolis 500. E^^en the drivers may be a little gre«i after a six-day layoff.
Everyone from the 33 start^^ to ABC, which will again try to seod to millions of homes the fírst live telecast of the wcnrld’s richest race, to the expected crowd iq> to 250,000 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will breath a collective sigh wh^ the engines roar to life at 11 a.m. EST.
A green flag will also put the rocket-like cars, which qualifíed at an average speed of 210.279 mph, on a 2V^-mile oval that has not seen any serious action since May 22 — the final full-scale practice sessicm.
The $3 million race was washed away last Sunday and again on Monday before track officials, faced with
pro^peicts of continued bad weath^, made the unprecedented choice of postponing the race until today.
The forecast is for partly sunny skies with a 20 percent chance of wide scattered thundershowers, which would have no more than a tempcxrary impact on the race. Temperatures are expected in the low 80s.
The week’s inactivity has left the asphalt track without much rubber in the racing groove. The rubber, laid down by the wide, slick race tires, can help the cars adhere to the track. It can also slow them down.
“It’s real clean, it’s what we call a green racetrack,’’ A1 Unser Jr. said following Friday’s 30-minute warmup practice, limited to 120 mph.
That condititm could cause (nto-blems, particularly at the start when the cars are running close together, the turbulance from their ground effects aerodynamics giving the
drivers more to think about than just staying out of eadi other’s way.
Rick Mears, the record4etting pole-winner, said, “It would have been green on Sunday. If you remember right, it rained between (the practice on) Thursday and Sunday. It was green then. It doesn’t make a dam Mt of difference between then and today.**
“You just have to take it a little easy,** said defending champion Danny Sullivan, who will start next to Mears in the middle of the front row. “The tradi will be grem, everybody will be a little grem. It will make everybody be a little more calm at the beginning. It will make them settle down a^ get into the groove.’’
Kevin Cogan, who precipitated a crash at the start in 1982 whm his car suddenly veered sideways as the fíeld approached the flagman, said, “You really don’t know anything
about the track or the hanHHng, that’s for sure. I think the smart thing to do is to be very safe and cautious and take it easy as much as possible. The first lap isn’t that important, but it’s important to be safe.”
“It’s grm, it’s definitely green and it’s going to be voy fast at the beginning,” added Mario Andretti, the 1969 winner who is eiqpected to make an eaiiy charge after starting 30th, inside the 10th row. “Everybody has to be especially alert because the car balance will be diff»fmt than it was last Thursday and I think everybody is much in the know and expecting that Because of that I think the leaders are gmng to be in pretty good shape.
A.J. Foyt, the <mly four-time wuf ner at Indy, and also starting in the back half of the lineup, said, “It’s a long time to wait, but once we get out
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SATURDAY. MAY 31,1986 TIPTON. INDIANA 46072
Bus plunge kills 18
WALKER, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus carrying residents of a retirement home careened at high speed off a twisting mountain road and plunged into an icy, swift-running river Friday, killihg 18 people and injuring 24, authorities said.
The death toll made it the worst U.S. bus crash in nearly six years.
There was confusion over the number of people aboard the bus, and divers searched the West Fork of the Walker River for more victims.
The bus, bringing passengers back to Santa Monica, Calif., after four-day outing to Reno, was 90 miles southeast of Reno on U.S. 395 when it bounced off a fence and plunged down a 15-foot embankment into the Walker River.
It flipped over and then lodged upright on rocks with its rear ripped apart in a few feet of racing water, the California Highway Patrol said. The river is near flood stage and seven feet deep in some spots.
Mono County Sheriff’s Department investigator John Daniels said the accident apparently was caused by excessive speed and no other vehicles were involved. The condition of the driver was not im-media tely. determ ined.
The CHP initially said that 49 were aboard, but Bob Grunbaum, a spokesman for Starline Tours of Santa Fe Springs,_Calif., said the
company believed the bus was carrying 44 people, and a spc^esman at the Bally Grand Hotel in Reno, Nev., where the tour stopped, said there were 42 aboard.
“There were bodies all over the place,” said Alex McEwan, owner of the nearby Mountain Gate Lodge, who helped remove the victims. “I believe quite a few got washed out through the back when the windows popped out. A couple of the people we carried out died at the side of the road.”
One of the passengers, Valerie Webb, said she was hurled into the aisle when the bus crashed, and saw her husband, Buster, tossed out a window as people fell on t<^ of her.
“He went out the window and I thought he was floating down the river,” she said. “It was horrible not knowing where he was.” Webb later turned up among the survivor^.
Rescue workers and all available . ambulances and helic<^ters from 50 miles rushed to the scene, eight miles south of Walker in the Sierra Nevada.
More than seven hours after the 10:30 a.m. PDT accident, authorities were still searching the water downstream for more victims.
“You just don’t know which y/ay a body will go in that stuff,” Daniels said. “If they were to hit a rock, • there’s no telling where they might wind up.”
CHP Officer Michael Parish in Bridgeport, Cahf., said that in addi-timi to the 18 dead, 16 people were taken to Mono General Hospital in Bridgeport and five were airlifted to Washoe Hospital in Reno, Nev. Three <rf those flown to Reno were reported in critical ccmdition.
The passengers were mostly residents ot the Santa Mcmica Tower retirement home who had been on “a relaxation tour” due back Friday evening, said Penny Hanson, a spokeswoman for Starline Tours.
“There was a lot of blood and lot internal head injuries,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Tretteen, one of more than two doz«i Marines who helped pull the injured and dead out of windows.
The Marines, stationed at the Pickel Meadow Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center a few miles away, were called to the scene about a half-hour alter the acckleiit..
The bus l^t skid marks on the pavement and af^rently rolled two or three times before it hit the water, Tretteen said, and was “pretty well beat up with the roof caved in and the ba^ ripped up.”
Judy Sobel of Van Nuys, (}alif., was parked at the side of the road fixing a tire on her motorcycle when the bus went by. She estimated it was going 55 mph to 60 mph when it passed and said she heard the crash seconds later. She and her friends
helped pull seven people from the wredcage.
Officials could not immediately say what the speed limit was at the point where the bus left the road, but said the limit genendly drops from 55 mph to 35 mph in twisting sec-ti<Mis.
U.S. 395, the main highway between Reno and Southern California, paraUels the river as it winds through a mmmtain canyon.
The National Transpootation Safety Board dispatched a six-member investigation team to the site, according to spokesman Ira Furman in Washingtcui.
Ben Olandj, general manager for Starline, said the bus was in service less than a year and had been inspected by the CHP last October.
The worst U.S. bus crash in recent years was on June 5, 1980, when a .tour bus carrying mostly senior citizens from Dallas to Branson, Mo., plunged into a 40-foot ravine near Jasper, Ark., killing 20 people and injuring 13. >
On Feb. 18, 1981, a commuter bus crashed through a guardrail near (^uantico, Va., and down an 80-foot embankment into a creek, killing 11 people and injuring 13. On Christmas Eve, 1983, a bus carrying worshipers to a Chfistmas revival collided head-on with a truck near Devers, Texas, killing nine.peq[>le and injuring 14.
$1 billion drug ring smashed
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal indictments unsealed Friday charged 41 people with operating a $1 billion cocaine-smuggling ring that shuttled drugs from Colombia to airstrips in (reorgia, Alabama, Tennessee and northern Florida, and then to Miami for distribution.
The indictments, unseald in Atlanta, resulted from a nearly year-long undercover investigation by law officers who posed as airstrip owners interested in joining the ring, said U.S. Attorney Stephen S. Cowen.
Federal grand juries in Macon, Mobile and Birmingham, Ala., Knoxville, Tenn., and Miami also returned indictments against some of those listed in the Atlanta indictment, Cowen said.
More than 100 (tfficers arrested 30 of the 41 Thursday and seized about $6 million in property, said Ron Caf-frey of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Twenty-five people were charged with racketeering. They and 16 others also face various conspiracy and smuggling charges for allegedly importing more than 3,400 kilograms, or about four trnis, of co
caine with a wholesale value of $150 million between 1982 and 1986.
The Vice President’s Joint Task Force on Drugs reports that the cocaine had a retail value of $1 billion.
The only major shipment listed in the indictment is about 100 kilograms, or 220 pounds, of cocaine taken to Washington from Miami in December 1985. The indictment said some of the ring’s money was flown through Los Angeles to London but it gave no details.
The group is accused of arranging 11 plane trips, five of which drug agents were able to intercept, that brought cocaine from Colombia to the rural airstrips, Cowen said.
Caffrey said the smugglers shipped the drugs to the rural airstrips to avoid stepped-up law enforcement surveillance in southern Florida.
Once in the Southeast, the drugs were shipped back to Miami, believed to be the home base for natimi-wide distribution * of cocaine and home of many of the largest smugglers.
The undercover investigation, dubbed Operation Quartermaster, was developed by the Organized
Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force for the Southeast Region, headquartered in Atlanta.
Indicted were Juana McNair Smith, 22, of Rochelle;' Carlos Caraballa-Lujan, 51; Carlos
Caraballo-Sandoval, 22; Henry Caraballo-Sandoval, 22; Rolando
Zaldivar, 55; Pedro Zaldivar, 20; Miguel Zaldivar, 22; Rolandito Zaldivar, 32; Maria 2^1divar, 45; William E. Babun Jr., 24; Alvaro Quijano Verplank, 58; and Ciarlos Vasquez, 22, all of Miami.
Also John William French, 34, of Atlanta; William Leslie Dollar, 3?, of Stockbridge, Ga.; Jeffrey
Michilotti Bissel, 29, of Moses Lake, Fla.; Raul Fernando Avendano, 39, of North Miami, Fla.; Nelson De La Torre, 30, of Hollywood, Fla.; Steven Dudley Smith, 32 of Tampa, Fla.; David Anderson Burt, 32, address* unknown; C^rry Luther Burt, 56. address unknown; Jeffrey Martin Daniel, 34, address unknown; Juan Estaban Ruiz-Gomez, 41, of South Miami, Fla.; Henry Edsel Holmes,*'^ 63, of Hialeah, Fla.; Tcunmy Edsel Holmes, 40, of Opa Locka, Fla.; Ronald Seth Smith, 33, of North
Also, Richard William Renner, 39, address unknown; Samuel Klaus Burchard, 40, of Phil CampbeU, Ala.; Boyce Euzzel Glosson, 45, of Hialeah, Fla.; Thomas Randolf Drummond, 44, of Brandon, Fla.; Ronald Dwight Butler, 43, of Hollywood, Fla.; Theq;^os E.M. Nicholis, 52, address unknown; Donald Evans Gilbreth, 50, of Florence, Ala.; David Leon Snoddy, 31, of Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Also, Robert Chapman Dickerson, 34^ of Bear, Del.; Robert M. Cap-piello, 28, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Allen Ponder, 30, Miami; Ronald Ferguson, 33, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; David Ferguson, 35, of Fcxrt Lauderdale, Fla.; Melody Redding Allen, 27, of Fort McCoy, Fla.; Maurice Lester Howard, 32, of Florence, Ala.; and William Robert Bryan, 45, of St. JosefA, Tenn.
Caraballo-Lujan, Henry Edsel Holmes and Rolando Zaldivar face for operating a continuing (riminai enterprise under the so-caded “drug kin^in” statute, which carries a maximum p^uilty of life impri&Uunent without parole.
Postal official pleads guilty to payoffs
WASHINGTON (AP) — The vice chairman of the U.S. Postal Service’s board of governors pleaded gmlty Friday to taking illegal payoffs in exchange for trying to steer a $250 million postal contract to a Texas company.
Peter Voss, a businessman who was co-chairman in 1980 of Riaiald Reagan’s presidential campaign in Ohio, also pleaded guilty in a three-count felony information in U.S. District Court to embezzling money from the postal service. Prosecutors said he collected for a first-class airline ticket when he actually traveled in coach class.
Voss immediately resigned fitun the eight-member board of governors, which is expected to award the $290 million postal contract later this yw.
He fac« up to seven years_to
prison and $21,000 in fines. He will be sentenced July 24 before U.S. District Judge George H. Rever-comb.
“I’m going to stand up as straight as I can,” Voss said in a telephone interview Friday aftonoon. “It’s a new beginning. I’ll be starting all ov«r.” He said federal ¡Nrosecutors had asked him not to discuss the case.
First public word of the case came Friday when the felony information containing the three charges was unsealed in court. By pleading guilty to the three counts, Voss avoided a grand jury investigation that could have led to additional counts being filed against him.
Voss was appointed to the board of governors by Reagan in 1682. lia was elected vice chairman in Jaduary,
Aocordfaig l(tU.S.>ttarn8y Joseph
E. DiGenova and Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Lawrence Barcella Jr., Voss took from $20,000 to $25,000 in U-legal payoffs in cash and firee airline tickets in a fee-splitting arrangement with a public relations firm hired by the Texas company. Recognition Ek]uipment Inc. of Dallas, to help it win the contract for high-speed, address-reading machiróry. i
The PR firm, John Gnau Associates of Bloomfiekl Hills, Mich., was hired on Voss* recommendation, said the prosecutors. The firm has a Washington office.
Voss also arranged with the PR firm, operated by Michigan businessman John R. Gnau Jr., who was chairman of Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign in Michigan, to receive up to $L2 million if the Texas coinpanxgQt the.cginlFacUthe
there and ran a few laps, it won’t be any dilferent than any otte race.
“The track will be green, but' that’s when the track is its best and fastest I think it will stay better longer because it’s nice and deM now.”
The delay until today allowed the massive pools of mud in the infield to dry and gave track maintenance personnel a chance to clean up the colossal mess left behind by the more than 350,000 people who turned out on Sunday and another 30,000 or so vrho came out In Monday’s rain.
But it also meant that it would be nine days between the usual final practice session on May 22 and the start the race. Thus, tradi <rf-ficiaks auttKxized Friday’s unprecedented warmup.
However, only 24 starters took advantage of the opportunity to put their cars on the track.
“There was no reason to risk the
car.* We were rea<ly to go and we’ve been out enough to know what the trad; will be l^e.vdken the race starts,’* said three-time Indy champion Johnny Rutherford, who along with two-time winner Mears and threC-time winner A1 Unser did not runFtiday.
Peter Parrott, Mears’ crew chief, said, “We didn’t run because there is notldng for us to learn at these
Michael Andretti, the youngest driver in the race at 23 and the third front-row starter, did practice, but he said it wasn’t very us^ul.
“We thought we had a little ml leak (in the practice on May 22),” Andretti said. “We wanted to make sure it was fixed.
Whether they practiced or not, though, everyone was ready for the race to finally get undm: way.
“We’ve waited Irnig enough,” said 1973 winner Tom Sneva.
(I.S. cuts trade deficit
prosecutors said. Voss has known Gnau for nearly a decade, the prosecutors added.
**R was a complex scheme designed ultimate to steer the contract to REI,” DiGenova said in an interview.
Gnau was not charged, but DiGenova said the investigation initiated by the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service is continuing and* that Voss is cooperating with the government
Gnau’s 'attorney, David DuMouchel, said his cliani “didn’t know about” any illegal payments tb Voaa and that «it’s hard to believe Peter VoaS” would be involved in anything illegal. - ^
Prosecutofs said Voss will make reetituthm to the government for both the alrlires and the payoffs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lower oU prices and the effects of a declining U.S. dollar helped narrow the nation’s trade d^cit to $12.1 Mllion in April, its lowest level in ei^t months, the government said Friday.
Some economists suggested the decline might represent the long-awaited turning point in a trade deficit whi<di last year soared to $148.5 billion. But others cautioned against too much optimism, claiming the real turnabout may be several months away.
The Cmnmarce 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 — which totaled $30 billion in AprU. This (hop offset a 4.8 percent decline in exp(Nrts in A|xil to $18.0 billi<».
The A|^ trade dMi<dt was the lowest since a $10.9 billion imbalance last August.
“I think it is a safe conclusi(» that the worst the trade deficit is over. It won’t get any worse and it is likely to get better,” said Allen Sinai, (üiief economist for Shearson Lehman Brothers.
Put Commerce Secretary Malcolm Bakhrige said the April decline in imports “probaMy did not mark a turning point, but 1 expect the trend to be^ to improve later in' the year.”
“The pickup in ectmomic giowth in the United States will have to be matched by more raf^ expannon
atoroad if U.S. exports are to increase significantly,” he added.
In a separate report, the (Commerce Department said new hcxnes sold in A(^ at a brisk seasonally adjusted annual rate of 862,000 units — down 3.5 pexent from the record 893,000 rate ot the mcxith befcure but still 33 percent above last April’s level.
The report showed that the housing IxxMn spurred by reduced mortgage interest rates continued last month.
The April trade figures showed the impact QÍ both the world drop in oil prices and efforts to stablize the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies.
The dollar has fallen about 30 percent agaii^t othor major currencies since a year ago. Economists (üaim this de(dine is finally beginning to show up in the mcmthly trade figures. A weaker dollar makes imports more expensive and U.S. exports more (competitive.
Petroleum isroduct imports declined to $2.1 billion in April from $3.3 billion in March. In April, oil on th% spot market sold for an average ];Hri(ce of $14.93 a barrel, compared to a $25.63 average price from October 1965 to March 1986, according to Commerce Department analysts.
It was the lowest dollar amount spent on <m1 imports in a single m(»th since June 1975.
The U.S. trade deficit with Japan remained the largest of any single nation, but dropped to $4.7 billion in April from the $5.5 billi(m level of the month before.
Jordan gets A for volunteering
by TOM CAREY Staff Writer
SHARPSVILLE — When summer vacation starts at Tri-Central, Donna J(Nrdan .will join her two children in taking a three-m(»th break fnxn sclKxd.
Jordan, who was ixresented with a plaque Thursday in Ikmmht of her vcdunteer work with elementary students, has put in thousands <ii iKxirs of wo^ for elementary students during the past six years. Judging by the accolades foisted upon her this week, the Windfall wixnan’s eff(Nrts have w(» h«r A’s in both effort and dedicatk».
A native of Windfall, the former Donna Simms graduated from Windfall High School. After marrying Ray Jonlan, the (XMiple moved to Killeen, Texas, where he was stationed at Fort H(x>d. '
Yet while Jcxrdan said she oi-joyed living in the Lone Star State, «^there was no (]uestion Windfall was where we w«re g(^ng tolive.”
The Jordans ;moved back north, where Ray first hauled grain f(xr Donna’s father, N(Mrman Simms. Ray Jordan then began working» for Heinold Hog Market, operating markets in Tipton and Washington, Ind. before landing his present position with Heinold’s western division. As such, Ray Jordan works out of Iowa and South Dakota, making it home when he can on weekends.
While she worked for a short time in a local s(xla shop, Jordan said she began devoting her time to local children. While her husband coached Pee Wee and Little League teams, she coached Windfall girls’ softbaU teams.
She also helped coach sixth-grade girls’ basketball the first year it was offered at Windfall, and .eouiits current high school athletic start such as Tracy Watson, Lisa Dever, Linda Coffin, Missy Blackford, and Jamie Hussey among thoee ballplayers undv her (HrectkxL
President of the Windfall Elementary . School Parent-
Tea(dier Oiganizati(m for three years and the mother of two (Rob, 16, and Michele, 11), Jordan also said shedevoted time at the school. Who) the Windfall school was drawn into the Tri-Central system, she heard about school librarian Sharon Kinder’s plan to get parents involved at the facility.
Signing up, she found herself doing art de(KM*ations for classrooms, helping in Ihe printing of worksheets for classrooms, helping teachers with art work and other related projects. Working seven to eight hours a day, four days a week, Jordan usually donates about 1,200 hours a year. With Tri-Central gearing up for North Central accreditation, Jordan has put in ab(xit 1,400 to 1,500 hours this year.
“The teaching staff and faculty are really great,” J(urdan said, as they show-their appreciation !(»* the work she and the noore than 20 bther volunteers put in at the school. She also said the students are (courteous and appreciative of the volunteers’ wori;.
*«I (k»’t think there’s anything I don’t like,” she said. “I know that sounds crazy, but 1 dkm’t think I’d (diange anything.” She began work because of her chilciren and her desire to get involved in what ttiey we« doing and said she plans to stay around, “as long as I can see I ac(x>mplish something.”