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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Friday, January 28, 1983
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PAGE 26- Jury deliberates Local man charged with tells court he never hurt By JO ELLEN MEYERS SHARP Star Staff Reporter Greencastle, Ind. Coy R. Hub bard, charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two Putnam County men, denied Thursday "ever hurting anyone with a gun or a knife." The Putnam Circuit Court jury Orr blames U.S. for gas prices By THE ASSOCIATED PBESS Gov. Robert D. Orr said Thurs day that the Indiana Public Service Commission has been unable to control the rapidly escalating costs of natural gas, and he blames the federal government for the problem. Orr said the PSC is "incapable of controlling the upward escalation of natural gas rates." THE GOVERNOR'S comments came during the taping of WTTV television's copyrighted news program, "Report From the Statehouse." Orr said the blame, if any is warranted, lies with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates the transmission of natural gas in interstate pipelines. "The states have no control over the interstate price of gas," he said. The rapidly rising prices, which prompted a group of Hoosiers to demonstrate at the Statehouse recently and demand lowered gas rates, cause "serious hardship" for ratepayers, the governor said. ADEQUATE SUPPLIES of natu ral gas should have resulted in lower prices, he said. Orr rejected as impractical proposed legislation before the 1983 General Assembly calling for legislative approval of the governor's appointments to the three-member PSC. If enacted, the bill might discourage good candidates from accepting an appointment and could result in special sessions of the legislature called to vote on nominees, or lengthy interim appointments, he said. Hearing Continued from Page 25 and accurate transcript and were 'denied." CITY LEGAL counsel John Ryan said he believed the hearing, which will be closed to the public and media, is exempt from the state's open door law because it involves personnel issues. Some board of captains meetings regarding personnel issues have been open to the public. In some of the transcripts obtained by The Star, key elements of a conversation between Hartle and Schilling were left out of the police transcript. In one conversation, Hartle relates to Schilling a conversation he had with a suspected car thief. IN BUTLER'S transcript, Hartle is quoted as saying: ". . . Well, you're probably right' and I said, 'Yeah, cause if you file a complaint against the police, and you lose, I can guarantee ya, you'll have a lot of visitors.' He says 'I don't need that s you're out of jail, so why don't ya just take off and forget about it, and stay out of the police's way?" In the police transcript the same conversation is transcribed: "You are probably right, and I said "Yeah, but if you - - - police, when you leave I - - , I don't need that s- - I said, 'eh, you aren't hurting, you got your car back, you ." THE UNDERCOVER operation concluded in August with indictments against 39 persons accused of selling stolen vehicles to policemen posing as fences.. The charges were dismissed later because of allegations of informant misconduct. A follow-up investigation by the grand jury concluded with the decision not to refile any of the charges. Authorities seek reason for blaze at oil warehouse Indianapolis fire officials will attempt to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire that destroyed a near-Southside oil storage warehouse early Thursday morning. The fire in the Metal Working Lubricants warehouse at 1450 South Senate Avenue was reported by plant employees shortly before 4 a.m. Flames had already engulfed the building when the second alarm went out at 4:08 a.m.. Lt. Don Graston, one of the firefighters on the scene, suffered a slight arm injury and was treated and released at Wishard Memorial Hospital. Fire officials estimate between $100,000 to $200,000 in damages to the one-story wooden structure. There were were between 200 to 400 barrels of industrial oils inside when the fire began, according to firefighters. Electricity was shut off to nearby residents when the Indianapolis Power and Electric Co. shut off electricity into the warehouse. deliberated Thursday night and on into the morning, following the four-day trial. Hubbard, 32, is charged with two counts of murder and two counts of robbery and could be sentenced to four life terms in prison if convicted. Hubbard's testimony came a day' after Kenneth W. Burton. 35, told jurors he saw Hubbard shoot to death Daniel L Hassler, 20. Greencastle. and Raymond T. Atkins, 20, Cloverdale. THEIR BODIES were found July 24, 1977, in a rural Greencastle house. The shootings resulted from a dispute over illegal drugs, according to testimony. Hubbard and Burton, both of In dianapolis, were charged last July in the slayings, but Burton was granted immunity from prosecution for his testimony. Burton is serving a 20-year prison term for an unrelated Muncie Police Department again ruled as rights violator STAB STATE REPORT Muncie, Ind. For the second time in a week, a Delaware Superior Court judge has ruled that Muncie Police Department regulations violate policemen's constitutional rights. Claiming the department's policy on freedom of speech was "overbroad," Judge Richard A. Dailey Thursday prohibited the department from suspending Patrolman Steven Stanley for referring to the department's internal affairs division as "a goon squad." THE JUDGE said he issued the ruling reluctantly because he found I rT'Vri iC1 EASTGATE NORA I J25d ,FP CONSUMER PLAZA I 11 MALL (E. 86th St.) THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR- drug conviction and hopes for a reduced term for his cooperation. Hubbard was convicted in 1966 of manslaughter for his part in the torture slaying a year earlier of 16-year old Sylvia Likens in Indianapolis. He was paroled in 1970 but returned to prison after pleading guilty to an armed robbery charge in 1978. THE MOST dramatic testimony Thursday centered on Burton, not Hubbard. Janet Brown of Greenwood, who was living at Martinsville when the two Putnam County men were slain, said Burton came to her house on the day of the slayings and told her he had just murdered two men. "We had ordered a pizza and we were driving my car," Ms. Brown said. "Kenny was sweaty. He said he did something this morning. He said he killed two people. I asked him if the term "goon squad" was "not appropriate" for a policeman. Policemen have the right to criticize their department, but they should not use "intemperate" language, Dailey said. Dailey compared the relationship between police chiefs and policemen to the relationship between judges and attorneys. Police chiefs are entitled to receive support from their officers, just as judges shouldn't be unfairly criticized by attorneys, Dailey said. While Dailey said Stanley could return to work today, the judge did not set a trial date for the police January Pre-lnventory Sale 4 Great Days! January 28 through the 31st That's an additional 20 off on top of our already reduced prices. SAVE ON A GOOD SELECTION IN EVERY DEPARTMENT! murder anyone he was kidding. He said no. I asked him why. He said he went in to confiscate some drugs and guns and they came in on him or they were there." SHE SAID Burton told her he killed the men because one of them recognized him. Hubbard's attorney. Chris B. Car-ish, told jurors the immunity granted Burton "was the highest form of plea bargaining there is that benefits the criminal." Putnam County Prosecutor Del-bert H. Brewer told jurors that "two people were killed and two people were robbed. It doesn't matter who does the shooting" when two persons acted together. He said people would have to judge him for granting immunity to Burton, but "we're not talking about what Burton did. We're talking about what Coy Hubbard did." man's $250,000 damage suit against Muncie for violating his rights. EARLIER, DAILEY awarded Pa trolman Harold (Rick) Haggard $25,000 in damages. Haggard claimed he had been the "victim of political harassment in the arbitrary enforcement of department rules." Haggard's suit stemmed from two incidents. In October 1981 he was threatened with a 10-day suspension without pay for refusing to shave a goatee. He later was threatened with suspension after he criticized the department in a newspaper article. ! : I Cigarette risk lung DEAR DR. STEINCROHN: I II ask a onesentenee question: Could you please write a few words about lung cancer? Thank you. Mr. Q. DEAR MR. Q.: I'll use more than one sentence, but only a few, consid ering the scope and importance of lung cancer. Here are some of the latest words on the subject from an article in Geriatrics by Drs. Richard A. Matthay and John R. Balmes: Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in American men and the second most frequent cancer killer of American women. The average patient is a heavy cigarette smoker in the sixth or seventh decade of life. Fewer than 5 percent of patients are under 40. Evidence still incriminates tobacco smoking (especially cigarettes) as the main cause. Whether you are a man or worn an, the risk is related directly to how long you have smoked, how much, when begun, the depth of inhalation and the tar and nicotine levels in the cigarettes smoked. IN COMPARISON with non smokers, average cigarette smokers have nine- to tenfold increased risk of developing lung cancer. There are other factors such as atmospheric pollution. Among asbestos workers, one death out of five is due to lung cancer. Only about 5 percent of lung cancer patients have no symptoms. The tumor is discovered on routine chest X-ray. But other common symptoms are cough, expectoration of blood, hoarseness and other symptoms associated with the spread of the cancer. In addition to regular X-rays, examination of sputum, needle biopsy, there are such tests as radionuclide scanning, computerized tomography, endoscopy and others. Treatment depends upon the type of cancer in- Z3 HONEY CREEK PLAZA (W. 38th St.) CHERRY TREE PLAZA (E. Washington St.) FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 1983 smokers cancer TO YOUR HEALTH BY PETER J. STEINCROHN, M.D. volved: surgical resection, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunother-aphy. -What's the prognosis? That will depend upon the type of cancer. For example, the overall 5 year survival rate for squamous cell cancer is 18 percent. But 23 percent of adenocarcino-. ma patients and 13 percent with large cell cancer will be alive at 5 years. Small cell carcinoma is associated with the worst outcome only 1 to 2 percent of patients surviving 5 years. (End of statistics.) Personal question: do you smoke, Mr. Q ? McNaugh Syndicate HEALTH CAPSULES bv Mk-harl A. Petli, M.D. CAt4 4rJYfKiMS- oTheR -frtAH tennis gne You MAHi TmGS - HoU$. PAwUtfG, CARPENTRY, 6AP-OEtiG, SHoVeLIHG-, UHtcREWiNG Tops, of JARtANP eoTTLE5,PilMP-IH&YoUR SLBOW. ETc, Health Capsules gives helpful information. It is not Intended to be of a diagnostic nature. 5 5 Pi

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