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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 18, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Bender Leaves USO For Rice Page IA A Quick Read Committee Approves Marital Rape Bill COLUMBIA (AP) — A bill to make marital rape a crime is on the way to the state Senate where its sponsor predicts quick passage. State Sen. Herbert Fielding, D-Charleston, says he thinks the backing of Senate leaders will assure the bill’s approval. He also expects few problems in winning House approval and the necessary signature of Gov. Carroll Campbell. The Senate’s Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the bill Tuesday. The action came as the General Assembly began its second full week with a full slate of committee meetings. Under current law, a person cannot be charged with criminal sexual conduct — the legal term for rape — if the victim is his legal spouse, unless the couple lives apart by court order. Please see legislature story on Page 2A. Outlook Bleak In Kidnapping Case JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Multimillionaire Robert Hearin has paid $1 million in ransom and spent six anguish-filled months awaiting word on his kidnapped wife, and neighbors say it might be time to accept she’ll never return. “For fear of sounding callous, I don’t want to say that. But yet I think as time goes by, people are becoming increasingly despondent about the chances’’ of solving 73-year-old Annie Laurie Hearin’s disappearance, Julia Yandell said Tuesday. Yandall and others in Jackson’s posh Woodland Hills neighborhood have been on edge since July 26, when Mrs. Hearin was abducted from her home. FBI agents also aren’t as optimistic as they were a few months ago. Weather Expect Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 30s. Sunny skies are forecast for Thursday with a high in the mid 60s. Please see details on Page 5A. Deaths Joby $. Hough, Camden Bruce E. Murray, Aiken Please see details on Page 6A. Inside Today Bridge  .....     4C Calendar  .......  AB Classifieds  ......   2C Comics ...........    2B Crossword    5C Cryptoquote..,...............................  3C Dear Abby.... ......................2B Local Front ......  .......... Obituaries..,,  .......    6A Opinions.. ..............................  1C Sports.,* .................................—    7A Television..............  2B Weather,,,.,..,,.,.,,*.,..,,,..,.....  5A IS ge 2 9 Rioters Loot Miami Stores, Set Fires Page IB Roach Gets 15-Year Prison Sentence Wednesday, January 18,1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 16 Legislators Battle For Panel Post By TRIP DUBARD The Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA — Senior members of the House and Senate have made a race of the chairmanship of the Joint Legislative Screening Committee. Sen. Thomas Smith, a Florence Democrat, chaired the committee through some of the most controversial action of last year’s session: hearings on the qualifications of circuit judges Rodney Peeples and lawrence Richter, whose hearing ended his judicial career. But his defeat in the fall elections has created an opening at the top. Now, Sen. John Martin, D-Fairfield and the ranking senator, and Rep. John Rogers, D-Marlboro and the speaker pro tempore of the House are competing for the seat, trying to win the necessary five votes from the four House and four Senate members on the committee. The eight-member panel reviews candidates for judgeships. Rogers says he had commitments this fall from all House members and two senators to take the chairmanship, which has been held by a senator since the committee began in 1975. But those commitments, he said, eroded with senatorial courtesy when Martin entered the race, and now a vote is stalled over the question of who has authority to call the first meeting. Martin called an organizational meeting in preparation for the committee’s first screenings, set to begin Thursday. But Rep. .Malloy McEachin, D-Flor-ence, who was elected vice chairman last year and who since has been sending out notice of the hearings, cancelled the meeting and rescheduled it for Wednesday. He said the Tuesday meeting conflicted with a court-ordered appearance he had to make in his duty as an attorney. The four senators met anyway, but adjourned because the committee had no quorum. “This is the first controversy I’ve seen on calling the meeting to order,” Martin said. Since all committee members had to be re-appointed to the committee at the beginning of the new two-year legislative session Jan. IO, Martin said the committee had no officers. As the senior senator, (Please See LEGISLATORS, Page HA) Bathed In Color Graniteville Ministers Want Tough Drug Action Staff Photo By Scott Webster iOLITUDE: Chris Owensby of Aiken rides a bicycle on the beach at Hilton lead recently. By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer Ministers and citizens from the Graniteville area, particularly the New Hope area, came to the Aiken County Council meeting last night asking them to get tough on drugs. Barry T. Antley, spokesman for the Graniteville Ministerium, told council the area had endured two violent deaths and a number of thefts and burglaries because of the drug trafficking in the community. “The Rev. Ronald Coleman has been beaten and threats made on his life because of his fight against drugs,” he said. The Rev. Coleman is from the New Hope Community. The Rev. Antley told council he appreciated the recent efforts by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department, but it had not reduced the drug traffic. “It has pushed it from broad daylight to sidewalk shadows,” he said. The Rev. Antley’s biggest pitch was for an effective plan to combat the problem. “We want it in the papers,” he said. “We want an overall plan. We want results.” The Rev. Antley said he had been told by Sheriff Carrol G. Heath and Solicitor Robert J. (Bob) Harte that they would continue to fight the problem, but there was no solution and it was a unchangeable fact of life. “We can’t accept that response,” he said. “We deserve better than that.” Solicitor Harte disputed ever making the statement to the Rev. Antley. “I never said the problem in New Hope can’t be solved,” he said. “I did say it would take an extremely high effort.” Solicitor Harte also said that the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department had the same number of officers to cover all of Aiken County that the city of Aiken and North Augusta had. (Please See GRANITEVILLE, Page 11A) Council To Appeal Legal Fees Ruling The Aiken County Council voted Tuesday night to appeal a Circuit Court judge’s order to pay Sheriff Carrol G. Heath $15,038.71 to cover attorney fees in his power infringement case against the county. Heath said this morning that he was not aware that the council had decided to appeal the award and declined comment until he talked with his attorney. Judge Marion Kinon made the award in an order filed Friday in toe Aiken County Common Pleas Court. He is toe same judge who heard the case in February 1987 and ruled in favor of the county. Sheriff Heath appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court. Those favoring the appeal included District 8 Councilman Willar H. Hightower; District 7 Councilman J. Allen Brodie; District 6 Councilwoman Rosemary English; District 4 Councilman William E. (Eddie) Butler; District 3 Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie; and District I Councilwoman Kathy D. Rawls. District 2 Councilman Medwell Hill opposed filing an appeal and Chairman Carrol H. Warner abstained. District 5 Councilman Eugene A. Duckett left the meeting before toe vote was taken. Aiken attorney John W. Harte represented Sheriff Heath in the trial. Sheriff Heath filed suit in 1986 to stop what was termed an infringement on his powers as sheriff by making deputies subject to county personnel regulations. Bush Moves Closer To White House By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON — George Bush is moving out of his vice presidential mansion and closer to the White House as the countdown to his inauguration officially begins today with a trumpet fanfare, fireworks spectacular and trio of black tie dinners. The man who said he wanted to be the education president was beginning the day with a speech to 250 teachers summoned from each state for the inauguration. They were nominated by home-state officials to represent the best from America’s schools. Schedule Of Events, Page 11A In a bow to the political operation that helped him win the White House, Bush also planned to oversee the installation of his campaign manager, Lee Atwater, as chairman of the Republican Party. Bush will be sworn in as the nation’s 41st president at 11:59 a.m. EST Friday, but the five-day celebration of his inauguration begins today with an outdoor, twilight pageant at the Lincoln Memorial, complete with herald trumpets, fireworks and a flyover of Navy combat jets. As inaugural guests flooded into hotels, building to an estimated 300,000 cele brants, Bush and his wife Barbara were moving out of the official residence they’ve occupied for the last eight years on the grounds of the Naval Observatory off Massachusetts Avenue. Bush’s temporary home, until he goes to the White House on Friday, is the Blair House, the newly refurbished government guest quarters across the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Bush’s aides say the move will allow workers time to prepare the vice president’s residence for its new occupants, Dan Quayle and his family, who will move in next month after renovations. (Please See BUSH, Page ILA) Shock Reigns After Massacre At Recess By The Associated Press STOCKTON, Calif. — Children whose milles escaped the horrors of the Victim War saw their schoolyard turned to a killing field, the target of a silent Inman armed with a rifle and a pistol laring the word “victory.” After the massacre at recess, the bod-s of three Southeast Asian children ere outlined in blue on the playground Cleveland Elementary School where ey died. Two others had been dragged r teachers inside to a classroom, but so died. Twenty-nine other pupils were ounded, along with a teacher. rick Edward Purdy, 26, armed with two handguns and an AK-47 assault rifle, entered the school grounds around noontime Tuesday and fired about 60 rounds before he shot himself to death. Afterward, a large handgun and the assault rifle lay on the ground near a pool of blood and the gunman’s body. The word “victory” was written on the pistol handle. Binh said she was sitting in math class when the shooting began outside the wood-and-stucco school building. Her (Please See SHOCK, Page UA) The shooting recalls similar incidents in an affluent Chicago suburb and at a Greenwood Elementary school last year. “There was shooting all over. ... I was scared,” said sixth-grader Binh Hoang, who was born in Vietnam in 1975 in the final days of war and had never before heard gunfire. “Everybody was crying in my class.” Police said a drifter identified as Pat- CARROLL CAMPBELL: Will give State of the State address. State Condition Good, Improving Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. will spend 35 minutes tonight telling South Carolinians that the state of their state is good and improving. Gov. Campbell’s State of the State speech to the 170 members of the General Assembly will be televised at 7 p.m. on WIS-TV (Channel IO). Please see Page 2A for related story. ;