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8—The Pharot-Tribme, Logansport, Ind. Tuesday, August 26,1961 'Grandpa And Grandma' Plead Guilty To Drug Trafficking UPl Attorney Donald Alexander sits between Audrey Beaver, 63, and her husband, Luther, 74. COLUMBUS,. Ohio (UPI) - "Grandpa" and "Grandma," the unlikely drug dealing team, said they resorted to selling marijuana and LSD from their .home because their $381 monthly Social Security income was not enough to live on. Luther Beaver, 74, and his wife Audrey, 63, known as "Grandma" and "Grandpa" to their young drug customers, pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of drug trafficking. Each could receive terms of up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine at their Nov. 5 sentencing. Untjl then, they are free on bond. Following the pleas, County Common Pleas Court Judge Clifford Rader ordered a pre-sentepce report, which will include testimony from the couple's doctor that could figure in their sentences. "Their doctor's position, is, that they should not be incarcerated because of their health." said George Ellis, senior assistant prosecuting attorney for Franklin County. "I'm making no recomrnonr 1 i... (hat will be up to the judge." Ellis said the couple "looked like they v inder a -doctor's care or at least should be." "I'm not saying that they shouldn't go to jail. There were quite a few drugs on them.'' Narcotics officers confiscated 173 LSD tablets, 82 "downers" and 71 small plastic bags filled with marijuana from the Beavers' home. At the Jime of their arrest Dec. 23, the couple said they needed the money from drug sales to supplement their Social Security checks. "1 Imagine the elderly need to supplement their income," Ellis said. "Some of them work part time, but this is the first time I've heard of someone selling drugs part time. • "But $381 a month is not an awful lot to live on." The Beavers had been selling drugs for some months and their customefs were people mostly between 18 and 22 years old, who came to the couple's door to make their purchases, Ellis said. "Beaver said that he wouldn't sell to minors," Ellis said. "I don't know if that was true or not." Authorities learned about the drug operation from informants and sent two undercover officers to make purchases before the raid, Ellis said. Chapman Is Sentenced To 20 Years For John Lennon's Slaying NEW YORK (UPI) - Mark David Chapman, the self- proclaimed "Catcher in the Rye," was in a heavily guarded solitary cell today, awaiting transfer to the state prison system where he will serve a minimum 20-year sentence for killing ex-Beatle John Lennon. Chapman, 26. who pleaded guilty to the Dec. 8 slaying saying God had ordered him to confess, was kept under 24-hour guard after his sentencing Monday. He was held in the same isolated Rikers Island cell where he has been since December — a lone inmate in a unit meanl to hold up to 18 prisoners. The one-time Beatles fan was to be transferred today to the Ossining Correctional Facility, a prison that serves as an entry point for all inmates beginning sentences in the state system. Chapman clutched a copy of J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher In The Rye" throughout his sentencing in a state Supreme Court chamber in Manhattan that was packed with spectators, including a small band of Lennon fans. Chapman read a passage from the novel as his "final spoken words." Chapman — who was carrying a copy of the book when he was arrested for Lennon's shooting — has said the key to the killing of the rock idol can be found in the novel, an WASHINGTON (UPI) The bulk of the nation's nearly 600,000 postal workers are working today under a new $4.8 billion contract overwhelmingly approved by the two major postal unions. In announcing ratification of the pact, leaders of the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers, with a combined membership of 420,000, denied their members were influenced by President Reagan's hard-line stand against striking air traffic controllers. The, postal workers at one point also had threatened a strike if their demands were not met at the bargaining table. The ratification votes were announced early today by APWU general president Moe Blller and Letter Carriers' President Vincent Sombrotto. They climaxed lengthy negotiations marked by procedural disputes, the strike threat and a mix-up that almost broke up the talks in their final hours. Sombrotto said his 176,000-member union approved the contract 124,316 tO-20,856 — 85.6 percent acceptance — with a turnout of 83 percent. About three hours later, Biller announced ratification by the 240,000-member APWU. Of 186,500 ballots received, he said 110,367 yes votes had been counted and estimated the final tally would show approval by more than a 4-to-l margin. "I'm very pleased," he said. Both union leaders denied any fallout from the mass firing of 12,000 striking air controllers, even though the administration had vowed similar sanctions in the event of a postal workers walkout. "Absolutely not," Biller said when asked if the controllers' situation had had any, effect on the postal workers. "No effect whatsoever," Sombrotto termed Reagan's action "wrong" and said the president "overreacted," But he agreed it had no effect on the postal workers' balloting. The contract gives postal Pigeon-Kill Plan Criticized ANN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) — The planned pigeon-kill program may even be a little too much for downtown merchants and residents to swallow. Downtown merchants and the University of Michigan had requested the city do something to cut down on pigeon overpopulation. So officials Suijday and Monday spread corn pellets treated with poison around the campus community. But when the pigeons started dropping dead, hundreds of complaints came in to the Humane Society and city offices. "I saw him sort of wobbling up the driveway across the street and he couldn't make it," said Diane MacLean, an opponent to the pigeon-kill program. She said she found several dead pigeons and a black bird "belly up." "there's got to be a better way, particularly in a town like Ann Arbor which is supposed to have a certain amount of intellect and problem-solving ability." Susan Schurman, director of the Humane Society of Huron Valley, said her office has been - "bombarded with phone calls" from people like Ms. MacLean. Terry Sprenkel, administrator for the city which issued a permit to an, exterminating company to use the chemical Avitrol to kill the birds, said the city.has received numerous complaints. "We're concerned about that, but we've also had a number of phone calls from people who are pleased we're •doing something to take care of the pigeon problem.'' Businessmen had complained the flocks of pigeons had become a terrible and unsightly health hazard. In the past seven years, two cases of histoplasmosis. a disease contracted through pigeon droppings, have been reported. University buildings also have suffered thousands of dollars worth of damage because the droppings clog "building drainage systems, college officials said. Ms. Schurman -said her group may request a court injuuction against the use of Avitrol. "The central issue here is in what manner are we going to control the pigeon population," she said. ."We'd like them to do something that's humane. 31812th STREET • LOQANSPOBT account of a young man's troubled adolescence. ' V I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all," Chapman- read. "Thousands of little kids, and nobody's arourid —.nobody big. I mean — except me. "And I'm standing on the edge on some crazy cliff. What I have to do. I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going, I have to come out from somewhere and catch therrf That's all I'd do all day. I'd jus£ be the catcher'in the rye The words echoed in the quiet courtroom. "John, John." a young woman murmured, weeping softly. Before the sentencing, psychiatrist Daniel Schwartz, called in an effort to prove the defense contention that Chapman is insane and therefore not responsible for .the slaying, testified he believed he was the ruler of a kingdom of "little people" and could destroy them at will. Schwartz also said Chapman, who had no real control over his actions, actually became Lennon in his own mind, and decided' to destroy the real Lennon because he was "evil" and "a phony." Assistant District Attorney Allen Sullivan, disputing the defense contention of insanity, said Chapman was a publicity-seeking opportunist who killed Lennon to gain fame. Justice Dennis Edwards, calling the killing a "knowing, voluntary act," said, "There is no doubt in the court's mind that he is accountable, responsible." He also said Chapman would "benefit; 1 from psychiatric treatment. Flanked by armed guards, Chapman remained impassive as Edwards ordered him to serve 20 years to life in prison. Chapman was arrested at the Dakota apartment complex, where Lennon lived, minutes after the singer- songwriter was shot four times last December as he walked into the building with his wife, Yoko Ono. Postal Unions Ratify Contract workers ' an estimated 10.5 percent pay hike over their current average annual salary of $19,915, with raises and bonuses of $2,100 over the three years plus cpst-of-living adjustments. it provides a $300 raise and $350 bonus each year, plus a special one-time $150 bonus for ratifying the agreement within 45 days. Agreement was reached July 22 after marathon bargaining and a last-minute flareup in which Biller and Sombrotto alleged terms of a verbal agreement — already announcedto union locals and the news media — had been changed wJien put into written form. The two sides eventually returned.to the bargaining- table and reached a new agreement within hours. The mail handlers' dispute with the Postal Service is before a three-member fact- finding board snd could go to binding arbitration. The panel has until Sept. 19 to report. Now Dodge and participating dealers fight high interest rates by contributing $ 300- $ 700 back in cash. Direct from Dodge. You can keep the cash or apply it to your down payment when you buy or lease a new '81 in stock. Get S 300 back on imports. S 300 back on Omnis and 024s (except Misers.) '500 back on Aries K's. $ 500 • '700 back on trucks (except vans.) Plus: your qualifying dealer has factory incentives that can save you hundreds more on many models. '300 Rebate beat selected GM, Ford and the imports by $ 145 to $1754 in base sticker prices* even before our clearance and the Interest Fighter Program. COMMREOM PRICIJ USE STICKER PRICE* i HMETHM OODK OOHMRE OVR PRIMS RUE STICKER Munu DODIE OHII Ford EioorU 4-Dr. UHiato Chovy Ctnlier 4-Dr. Ditiun 610 4-Dr. Kbit, Sodtn DODGE MIES I COUPE Ch.«r Citation 2-Dr. Hbk. Oldtmobllo Omita 2-Dr. COHRO Buiok Skylark 2-Br. Co.p* $6127* $$146* $7137' $70tl* $5M>* $6316* $6601* $8844* $218 $1210 $1162 $ 311 $ 603 $ 848 BODGE COLT Ditiun 310 2-Dr. Kbit. Honda Record 3-Dr. Nbk. Toyota Torool 3-Or. liftbaok Mi. DODCE LORI RMBE Ml 160 PIOKBP Chotf CIO picky* Ford FIDO pickup $6213* SB488- SC9M- $5401* 008B. $$234" JMM" $6838" I 226 $1738 $ 145 $456 $ 604 We've been holding the lint on prices better than our major competitors. Maybo that's why our sales art up and theirs are down. •Base sticker price excluding title, taxes, destination charges and optional equipment. Levels of standard equipment vary. "Price comparisons based on comparably equipped pickups. tUse EPA est. mpg numbers for comparison. Your mileage may vary depending on speed, weather and trip length. Highway mileage probably lower: . * • N» ear ul.i comp.r.d +17% Must take delivery by Aug. 31,1981. See participating dealer for full details -7% - 7% I m.»ftt;0ot..|!»r laid in ••• oir d»ll( lilil rill. Chrjtkr, firi «n< tM mttrit Ml iMlydrf. Every '81 car and truck in stock is clearance priced to move! Set the deal of the year now on hi{h mileage, front-whMl-drive- ears plus Dodge St. Ro|is', Miradas, Diplomats, Ram Tough pickups and vans. CHRYSLER • FORD • LINCOLN • MERCURY • PLYMOUTH • DODGE U.S.24E..LogansportMall 722-2477 or 753-3772