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fiLL tb7)c GityI The Indianapolis Star SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 1987 Business 23-26 Obituaries 27 PAGE 21 State Air Force finds pilot's remains in plane crash 1 i'V pM l0'" j' -K "'t Sl 1 I a land said parts of the plane probably would not be removed from the site for several days because of predicted heavy snowfall. The 12-foot-deep. 120-foot-wide hole created when the plane crashed Into the dark, organic soil was covered with weather tarps and would be guarded until the site investigation recovened, officials said. Williams. 24.

who was born and raised in Memphis. was a full-time pilot assigned to the 434th Tactical Wing, a reserve unit at the Grissom base made up mostly of Indiana residents. He was assigned to Grissom in April after serving at bases in Arizona. Texas and Florida, and he was engaged to marry a Chicago woman, officials said. Williams' parents, Thomas H.

and Grace J. Williams of Jackson, said their son had received his flying "wings" In 1985 at Laughlin Air Force Base near Del Rio. Texas, after graduating in 1984 from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Colo. Williams also was assigned to fly the A-10 while at the Laughlin base, and was one of the few lieutenants chosen to demonstrate the plane's flying capabilities last summer at air shows across the nation, his parents said.

"At first I was frightful of him flying around, but everything was going well," said Mrs. Williams. Mrs. Williams said her son had wanted to be a architect, but later developed a love for flying and filled his room with model airplanes. Williams played football and basketball and participated In the choir and band in Junior high school.

He was nominated for the Air Force Academy after finishing In the top 20 percent of his class at Hamilton High School In Memphis. "He was always very mechanical-minded and very sports-minded." Mrs. Williams said. Mansur rethinks building plans By ROB SCHNEIDER STAH STAFF WRITER The need to add 1 xh blocks to the Circle Centre retail mall project has prompted Mansur Development Corp. to consider beefing up plans for one of the blocks, including construction of a 22-to 25-story apartment tower.

The company is planning three developments on the block bounded by Maryland. Meridian. Georgia and Illinois streets, Charles R. Cagann, vice president of development for Mansur, said Friday. Those developments are the renovation of the Schnull building, 102 South Meridian; construction of a 10- to 12-story office building on the southeast corner of the block: and the apartment tower project, which would be on the southwest corner of the block.

The Schnull building, built in 1863 actually is made up of four buildings, but because it is covered with a metal skin it looks like one structure. Plans call for adding two stories to the top of the building. After development, the six-story structure would be known as Printers Square and have 102.000 square feet of space available for leasing. The office building would have about 250,000 square feet of space, while the apartment tower would have 200 to 250 units, Cagann said. Cost of the three developments would be about $40 million.

Cagann said the property was acquired long before the company knew the block might be added to the, mall project. One parcel was acquired in 1982. Mansur's original plans called for the Schnull building to be renovated and the two other parcels to be used for parking for It and the Atkinson Hotel, which is at Illinois and Georgia streets. Mansur has an option to buy the Atkinson and is planning a $36 million renovation of the hotel. But as the need became evident to expand the size of the mall so it could Include additional retail space and be linked to Union Station, Mansur began studying ways to make better use of the property.

During the past several months, Mansur officials have met four or five times with mall developer Melvln Simon and Associates and the city to discuss the proposals. "If we can work It out, both parties can get what they want," Cagann said. "Not only can the mall happen, but they can. with our assistance, get at least three other projects happening as a result of this thing." The Metropolitan Development Commission on Dec. 17 gave preliminary approval to plans to include that block as well as the eastern half of the See MANSUR Page 22 STAR STAFF PHOTO ROB GOEBEL Plaza's going up As the old clock tower Union Station looms behind work on as the new Pan of a refurbished takes shape.

them, these men Union Station American Plaza scheduled for By MARK NICHOLS STAR STAFF WRITER Air Force investigators on Friday recovered the remains of a young pilot in the charred wreckage of a fighter plane that crashed in a farm field in Fulton County during training maneuvers. First Lt. Daniel Ellis Williams, the lone occupant of the plane, is believed to have died instantly Thursday when the Thunderbolt II aircraft he was flying plowed into the Fulton County field and burst into flames. The twin-engine plane was on a training mission with two other A-10 aircraft from Grissom Air Force Base near Peru, about 25 miles southeast of the crash site. Investigators still are trying to determine the cause of the crash, which occurred In an area designated by Grissom for flying drills at altitudes of 500 to 8.000 feet.

Witnesses said the three aircraft were flying In formation when Williams' plane broke away from the group. looped around and crashed. MaJ. Robert Eberle of the Air Force 434th Tactical Fighter Wing said investigators would take into account the plane's low altitude prior to the crash and the near-freezing temperatures at the time. Capt.

Jerry Thomas, a spokesman for the Air Force In Washington, said the A-10 is ranked as one of the safest two-engine aircraft In the Air Force safety standings. Firefighters fanned out across the field Friday morning, combing through crop stubble for pieces of the wreckage, while ammunitions investigators from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska Inspected the plane to determine if there was any threat from explosives aboard it. Officials said the plane carried about 900 rounds of 30mm cannon shells and explosives for the ejection seat, which was not activated. Master Sgt. Dayton P.

Strick Hendricks County Prosecutor David H. Coleman said he supported the plea arrangement because of evidence Indicating Mrs. Whistler had "an Incapacity" at the time and to avoid putting her daughter through a trial. Mrs. Whistler's estranged husband, Larry, 41, told the Judge the plea arrangement was "in Erin's best Interest." Mrs.

Whistler, whose father and sister sat with her In the courtroom, sobbed continually throughout the brief court appearance. When asked about the prosecution's evidence in the case. STAR STAFF PHOTO JERRY CLARK Woman pleads guilty, mentally ill in The plaza, located between and the Hoosier Dome, is completion in July. the shooting. Blake said he recommended her plea based on a psychiatric evaluation by Dr.

Dwight W. Schuster. The evaluation said Mrs. Whistler suffered from "a major depressive disorder" at the time of the shootings that was of such a degree that she was unable to control her actions. Blake, however, acknowledged that two other psychiatrists disagreed with that report.

One evaluation, written by Dr. Ronald H. Hull, said, "There are no Indications that the defendant was impaired in her ability to perceive reality." shootings Coleman told the judge the woman had Intended to shoot her daughter, not her son. He said Mrs. Whistler, whose husband was not living at home, had a fight with her daughter the night before the shooting.

The girl called her father and asked to come live with him. Coleman said. The next morning, the prosecutor said. Mrs. Whistler fired a rifle at her daughter, striking her in the chest.

A struggle ensued, and when Mrs. Whistler's son appeared, the gun discharged, killing him. Coleman said. 'Quality circle' is popular at school Vietnam vet and ex-priest joins local vigils for peace 1 ri By BETH ROSENBERG STAR STAFF WRITER Danville, Ind. An Avon woman accused of killing her son and wounding her daughter pleaded guilty but mentally 111 Friday as part of a plea agreement In Hendricks Circuit Court.

A tearful Linda A. Whistler, 40, told Judge Jeffrey V. Boles she was guilty of murdering her son, David, 8. and attempting to murder her daughter, Erin, 12. with a rifle last June 21.

Under the plea agreement, Mrs. Whistler would receive a sentence of 20 years for attempted murder and 30 years for mur port of the Contra rebels In Nicaragua is wrong. Although there were rumors that a counterprotest had been planned to coincide with Friday's Indianapolis peace vigil, none materialized. "We have had (only) a couple of slurs at us" In the three months the weekly vigils have been held, according to Carlton Ray, a spokesman for Indianapolis Folks Concerned About Central America. "We get a lot of honks and thumbs up" In support, he said.

When LIteky appeared at a recent demonstration in Florida, however, about 150 counterpro-testers showed up, he said. "We try to be as gentle as possible" In answering them, he added. Liteky began his water-only fast Sept. 1. 1986.

At that time, he announced he intended to stop eating until he could see "a significant expression of protest" from other Americans. The four veterans, two of whom joined the fast in mid-September, received 10,000 letters of support and were Informed about 600 different vigils and demonstrations that had been held. They stopped their fast Oct. 17. Each day now, Liteky partici der, to be served concurrently.

Boles has taken the matter under advisement, pending a presentence investigation. The Judge will announce at a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. next Friday whether he'll accept the plea agreement. If the case goes to trial. Mrs.

Whistler faces a maximum penalty of 60 years In prison and a $10,000 fine for murder, and 50 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for attempted murder. Her attorney, Harold W. Blake, told the Judge Friday that Mrs. Whistler Is suffering from "traumatic amnesia" relating to pates in a vigil on the Capitol steps. "We hold up banners, carry signs and pray for the spirit of truth to touch some members of Congress.

I believe I need to make a connection between my religion and my politics, and that's what's missing in the government today." Usually, the Indianapolis vigils are held at noon Thursdays, the same day a demonstration for an end to the war is held in Managua. Nicaragua, said Ray. whose organization was formed when several small peace groups got together. Protest against U.S. policy In Nicaragua is growing because more and more Americans have visited the country.

They come back and tell what they have seen, said William Ney, who took part In the vigil. He is a member of Midwest guest for Peace, a non-political, non-partisan organization that in December collected and shipped $300,000 in clothing, medical and school supplies, seeds and other goods to Nicara-guan war victims. Although the relief drive's organizers initially thought they'd be lucky to collect goods valued at $50,000. "It came in in carloads," Ney said. By CAROL ELROD STAR STAFF WRITER Bundled up against the snow and sleet, a band of 20 men and women gathered Friday outside the Federal Courts Building as they do every week to protest the United States' policy concerning Central America.

This time, they were Joined by one of their heroes, Charlie Lite-ky, a former priest and Vietnam War veteran who last year fasted 47 days on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to dramatize his displeasure. Three other veterans also participated in that fast. LIteky who, as a protest against U.S. policy, also renounced the Medal of Honor he was given for valor in Vietnam was in Indianapolis to give several talks. "I'm here to speak for the truth in Central America." he said.

The tall, lanky former priest and the members of Indianapolis Folks Concerned About Central America who brought him here say they believe the United States has no business meddling in the affairs of Central American countries. And. more speclfl-'cally. they say they think sup- By BARB ALBERT STAR STAFF WRITER "What Is this? What have I got to do with a Toyota plant?" teacher Mary O'Bryan questioned when she first heard of a "quality circle" at her school. But after a year of problem-solving meetings with other teachers and administrators, she has changed her mind.

"It gives me a feeling of being a decision-maker." said Miss O'Bryan of the quality circle at School 37 on the Eastslde. "We share our strengths and our weaknesses without feeling inadequate." she added. Quality circles, pioneered by Japanese manufacturing companies, are inching their way into schools. The technique brings together employees and employers to brainstorm Issues, set priorities and solve problems. School 37.

2605 East 25th Street, is the only school In IPS. and probably Marion County, that operates a quality circle, although others in IPS are considering it now. said Jill F. Rus-See QUALITY Page 22 i -II II "ill tmrr I Vietnam veteran Charlie Liteky joins protesters in their weekly vigil at the Federal Courts Building Friday. mJJm tm I.

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