Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Assault Victim Is Rescued Safely
A 73-year-old Aiken man was robbed at knife-point, assaulted and kidnapped from his front yard Sunday, before he was safely rescued by a police officer, according to an Aiken Public Safety incident report.
David Eugene Wells of Fort Peers, Fla., who said he was working at a peach migrant camp in Edgefield, was arrested after a chase and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, strong arm rob-bery and kidnapping, the report said.
The report said Wells robbed the victim at knife-point in the Crosland Park subdivision before forcing him into a white Subaru. They drove to Julia’s Dress Shop on Laurens Street where the victim’s wife worked and obtained more money from her.
After the two drove away, the police were alerted. Major Robert Hardt of the Public Safety Department spotted the car and chased the vehicle into a field off Williams Place, the report said. Wells was arrested and charged.
The victim received a cut on his hand and a bump on his head during the chase but was otherwise unharmed, the report said.
Wells later told officers he was a migrant worker left by his crew, and that he had been living behind a church for the last three weeks, Ma jor Hardt said.
Cleveland Scrambling For Rock Hall
CLEVE LAIN D — Backers of a shrine to the likes of Elvis Presley, Little Richard and the Beatles are frantically trying to drum up enough money to build the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Wednesday is the deadline for raising the $40 million needed to build the structure, which would rise in downtown Cleveland near the Cuyahoga River by 1992.
Local promoters figure about 600,000 people would push through the turnstiles of the pyramid-shaped, glass-and-steel complex each year and spend $85 million in restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops.
Organizers canvassing corporate Cleveland for donations expect to meet the fund-raising goal in cash and pledges, said the project’s development director, John Zoilo.
“It’s gone through some rough stages. However, now it’s on firm financial footing,” Zoilo said. “We’re confident we’ll be there. We’re closing the gap every day.”
Clear skies are forecast tonight with a low in the 50s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday with a high in the 70s. Please see Page 5B for details.
Charles D. Cliett, Martinez Mary L. Eidson, Saluda Evelyn C. Koon, Warrenville John Miles, St. Albans, N.Y. Joshua Patten, Trenton Butch E. Stephens, North Augusta Please see Page 5B for details.
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Vol. 122 No. 285
Chunk Of Wall Comes Down
By The Associated Press
BERLIN — East Berlin’s mayor strode through a new breach in the Berlin Wall and shook hands with the divided city’s other mayor at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin’s radiant hub before the folly of Hitler, of world war and Cold War.
Sunday’s handshake, after three days of heady reunion for millions of Germans separated for four decades by a now-collapsing order, was as symbolic a gesture of the new era as any since East Germany’s leaders let their people go.
The country’s embattled Communist leadership, struggling with a peaceful popular revolt launched just five weeks ago, was expected to begin today to act on the sweeping democratic reforms it promised last week.
Parliament, an increasingly assertive
body though long a rubber stamp for Communist policy, was to convene today to confirm as premier a leading reformer, Dresden party chief Hans Modrow.
Also today, the party’s 163-member governing Central Committee was expected to set a date in December for an emergency party congress, at which monumental leadership and policy changes could be approved.
The meetings follow an intoxicating weekend of rediscovery for Germans.
Millions of East Germans, acting on Thursday’s opening of long-sealed borders, swarmed through the Berlin Wall and other frontier crossings into West Germany for shopping, sightseeing and celebration.
(See CHUNK, Page7A)
DOE Management Staff More Involved At SRS
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
IMPROVED PUBLIC SAFETY: The newest additions to Aiken’s expanded Department of Public Safety are now officially in operation. Please see story on page 1B.
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON —• Management practices at the Savannah River Site have fundamentally changed in recent months, a top DOE official declares, asserting that Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins and members of his staff are now taking a direct hand in management decisions at the Ai&en facility.
This is the first time SRI. operations have been closely supervised by Washington since the weapons plant was built, Undersecretary of Energy John C.Tuck said in a meeting with reporters last week.
He added that management changes at SRS will be duplicated at other DOE facilities around the country as soon as
DOE can implement them, because Watkins has concluded that tight control up and down the line is critical to rebuilding the nation’s weapons complex.
SRS manufactures tritium and plutonium, materials used in U.S. nuclear weapons. SRS reactors, which shut down last year because of safety concerns, are the nation’s sole source of tritium.
Reorganization rf SRS began last April, when an affiliate of Westinghouse Electric Corp. took over plant operations from an affilitae of E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co.
The relationship with Westinghouse, however, has been rocky from time to time.
(See DOE, Page 7A)
Lech Walesa Heads For Hero's Welcome In U.S.
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Lech Walesa heads for a hero’s welcome in Washington today as Europe echoes with the sound of sledgehammers against the Berlin Wall.
Walesa arrives with his head high and his hand out, applauded for forging the first non-Communist government in the Warsaw Pact and seeking money for its survival.
“We are building an America of the East,” but that requires billions of dollars from the West, Walesa said in an interview before leaving Poland.
Walesa’s visit will give President Bush and Congress a chance to applaud in decibels and dollars the changes that are sweeping the Soviet bloc, and that led last
week to the opening of the Berlin Wall.
There will be plenty of praise in Washington for the mustachioed electrician who rocketed to world fame in August 1980 by clambering over another wall, that around the Gdansk shipyard, where he led the strike that forged Solidarity, the first independent trade union in the Communist bloc.
Walesa is not likely to leave Washington empty-handed, as Congress and the administration hammer out a deal to send up to $989 million over three years to bolster the sweeping reforms enacted in Poland and Hungary.
After leaving Poland last Friday, Walesa’s first stop was Canada, where he was to meet today with Prime Minister Brian
Mulroney. Then he was to fly* to Washington to attend a White House reception tonight, address an AFL-CIO convention and become the first private foreign citizen in 175 years to address a joint meeting of Congress.
Before heading home, Walesa also was to visit New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Caracas, Venezuela.
Walesa, the Pole best known in the West, holds no government post, preferring to remain head of the trade union he helped create, steer through the repression of martial law and guide to control of the government.
The only previous foreigner without a government job to address Congress was the Marquis de Lafayette, who fought as
a general in the American Revolution and spoke to a joint meeting in 1824, said Ray Smock, the House historian.
All the official hoopla could be old hat for a man who won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1983, but Walesa said on the eve of his visit that one of his big worries was not having time for all the Americans who want to meet him.
“I cannot thank Americans enough, because it is physically impossible,” Walesa told The Associated Press in an interview last week in Gdansk. “Any trip to the states shorter than one month is no good.”
Uppermost in Walesa’s mind was the survival of the Solidarity government, headed by his former adviser, Tadeusz Mazo Weeki.
Silver Bluff Key Club Helps Victims
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
SILVER BLUFF — Key Club members at Silver Bluff High School have served as a catalyst for their school’s Hurricane Hugo relief efforts.
Club members have been working since Sept. 25 collecting cans of food and making weekend trips to help the victims of the storm.
Hugo, which collided with the South Carolina Lowcountry on Sept. 21, left many without food to eat or a home to return to.
“We made announcements about the needs of the people and the students and faculty members just responded,” said club co-sponsor Mary Thomas.
Through the club’s efforts, faculty members and students at Silver Bluff High have gotten involved in relief efforts.
The school sent its first load of canned goods and other supplies to McClellanville on Sept. 30, she said.
New Premier Is Named In Lebanon, Shots Fired
Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp
Only adults made the first trip to the coast because school officials did not know what the expect when they arrived.
“I just couldn’t believe the devastation,” Mrs. Thomas said of her first impressions after entering the small fishing village, which was one of the areas hardest hit by the storm. “All of the boats were up out of the water. That was their livelihood up on the banks,” she said.
“I thanked God that I had a home th go
(See SILVER BLUFF, Page 7A)
By The Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon’s new Christian president today named Moslem leader Salim Hoss as premier, entrusting him with the task of forming a united national government to end the country’s civil war.
Staccato bursts of gunfire interspersed with shell blasts resounded across the capital as the president spoke.
Police said Syrian-backed Moslem militiamen were fighting Christian army units across Beirut’s sectarian Green Line. There was no immediate report of casualties.
Hoss’ appointment puts him in a direct confrontation with Christian army commander Gen. Michel Aoun, who heads a three-man interim military cabinet that competed with Hoss’ Syrian-backed Moslem government. Aoun governs the Christian enclave north and northeast of Beirut.
President Rene Mouawad, a Maronite, made today’s announcement at his temporary office in Moslem west Beirut after three days of consultations with Parliament leaders.
Hoss, 59, a Sunni Moslem banker-
turned-politician, accepted his fourth premiership in 13 years, pledging to carry out an Arab-brokered peace accord that provides for equal power between Moslems and Christians.
After his announcement today, Mouawad, flanked by Hoss and Parliament speaker Hussein Husseini, received in audience all ambassadors to Lebanon.
“I call upon all of you to join our march toward peace,” Mouawad said in brief remarks. “We consider the Taif accord an introduction to peace and a launching pad for a new republic.
“I pledge to whole world to consolidate the unity and sovereignty of Lebanon and to rebuild its constitutional institutions.”
Mouawad urged the international community to pressure Israel into evacuating a border enclave it occupied in south Lebanon in 1985 to serve as a buffer against cross-border guerrilla raids.
He made no mention of the 40,000 Syrian troops who control 70 percent of Lebanon.
The meeting underscored the widespread international recognition of
(See NEW, Page7A)