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f town A V..j,?,7- .-. ,-' ' .'' ' :; THE COURIER-JOURNAL. MONDAY. JANUARY 13. 1992 B3 Indiana girl tortured, $Iain; 2 girls charged '. By DEBORAH YETTER ;-Staff Writer Police have charged two teen-age girls from Southern Indiana with murder in the apparent torture slaying of a 12-year-old girl ,"whose burned body was found beside a rural road north of ;-Madison, Ind , Saturday. ; Police arrested the pair early yesterday, about 15 hours after two hunters found the body be-; lieved to be that of Shanda Re-nee Sharer of New Albany, Ind., ;about 10:45 a.m. Saturday. ';.! The girl had died of burns and ; smoke inhalation after apparent-fly being doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire, said Dr. I George R. Nichols, Kentucky's ; chief medical examiner, who performed the autopsy yesterday at ;the request of Southern Indiana police. V The girl, whose wrists and arises had been bound, had knife Juts on her legs and she had tieen beaten with a blunt object, Nichols said. Describing the child's death as 'gruesome," he said she was apparently alive when she was set ;n fire. She had severe burns over labout half of her body, he said. 'I Nichols said he was awaiting 'Rental records to make a positive ; identification. I ' Charged with murder are Mary 'laurine Tackett, 17, of Madison nd Melinda D. Loveless, 16, of Ifiev Albany. Both will be tried as ; adults under Indiana law, said ;Euy M. Townsend, the prosecuting attorney for Jefferson and ; "Switzerland counties in Southern Indiana. I Tackett and Loveless are being jield without bond in the Jeffer- son County, Ind., Jail. They appeared in Jefferson Circuit Court 'Yesterday before Judge Ted R. Todd; pleas of not guilty were ; intered on their behalf. The trial date for Loveless is June 23; Tackett's is June 25. Lawyers were appointed to represent them. The prosecutor, saying he Ivanted to avoid pre-trial publicity that might prejudice potential ' jurors, declined to give any fur ther details of the case or to speculate on a motive. Tackett and Loveless were arrested in New Albany about 2:30 a.m. yesterday after an investigation by Indiana State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department. Their arrest followed a hearing about 1 a.m. at the judge's home to obtain arrest and search warrants. Police used the search warrant to seize a car from Loveless' home, which was being searched for evidence, state police Sgt. Curtis Wells said. Wells declined to say anything more because the case is still under investigation; other people may have been involved, he said. He did say that Shanda's father, Stephen M. Sharer, of Jef-fersonville, Ind., and her mother, Jacqueline R. Ott, of New Albany, are "torn up" over their daughter's death. Both declined to talk to a reporter yesterday. Shanda's father reported her missing about 1:45 p.m. Saturday, said Lt. John Haas of the Clark County (Ind.) police. Haas said the missing-person report wasn't available yesterday and he didn't know when her family had reported seeing her last. Police said they believe the girl died late Friday or early Saturday. Shanda's survivors, besides her parents, include her stepmother, Sharon Sharer of Jeffer-sonville; a sister, Paije M. Board-man of New Albany; a stepbrother, Larry Dale James of Jeffer-sonville; a stepsister, Sandy DeWeese of Jeffersonville; her grandparents, Donald and JoAnn Kerr of Sellersburg, Betty Sharer of Louisville, Maloy and Nedra Sharer of Frankfort, Ky., and Jack and Mildred Watkins of Raleigh, N. C; and her stepgrand-parents, Maurice and Lana Hos-kinson of Jeffersonville and Gerald and Carolyn York of Brownsville, Ky. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in New Albany, with burial in Big Spring (Ky.) Cemetery. Visitation will be at Kraft Funeral Home, New Albany, from noon to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Baptist group will give money to Swiss school By KEVIN BAKER Staff Writer A national group of moderate Southern Baptists will give $96,000 to a theological school in Switzerland whose funding had been cut off by the more conservative Southern Baptist Convention. The donation from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is only the first of many that moderate leaders expect from their members. The donations will eventually make up for $365,000 cut off by the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board last month, said the Rev. John Hewett of Asheville, N. C, moderator of the fellowship's coordinating council. The executive board of the Cooperative Fellowship decided to provide the money during a meeting in Dallas that ended Saturday. The Atlanta-based fellowship was organized last year after fundamentalists took over the 15-million-member denomination. Moderates said they felt left out of leadership roles in the denomination. The conservative mission board cut off funding for the seminary, in Ruschlikon, Switzerland, partly because Glenn Hinson, a professor of church history from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, was teaching there for a four-month term. The conservative-dominated board sees Hinson as too lib- Collision kills 70-year-old Stanford woman South-Central Kentucky Bureau STANFORD, Ky. A 70-year-old wbjnan died after a two-vehicle crash in Stanford that also injured at least one of the drivers, state police said. Coldie Haslage of Stanford was pwjnounced dead at Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford at 10:35 a.m., about an hour after the accident, pofice said. Haslage was a passenger in a car driyen by George Caudill, 73, of Stanford. Caudill pulled onto U.S. 150 "and into the path of a van driven iy May Greene, 57, of Crab Orchard, police said. 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Hewett said two top officials of the Foreign Mission Board resigned last Monday in protest of efforts to deny money to the seminary: Isam Ballenger, the board's vice president for Europe, Africa and the Middle East; and Keith Parker, area director for Europe. The $96,000 represents about 10 percent of Ruschlikon's budget. Hewett said this amount "simply reflects gifts from individuals through Dec. 31." "We're going to raise much more than the $365,000 that Ruschlikon lost," he said. He said January figures will include pledges from the Virginia state convention for $100,000, from the North Carolina state convention for $30,000, and from his church, the First Baptist Church of Asheville, for $20,000. In other business Saturday, the moderates' fellowship voted to offer employment in Europe to missionaries who meet its criteria. "The money now going to the seminary is paying salaries. Now, any missionary that works for Southern Baptist agencies could go to work for the fellowship if they chose to do that," said Reba Cobb of Louisville, a Kentucky representative to the fellowship. "We have, for so long, felt almost helpless in the Convention. It felt very good to be a Baptist on Saturday . . . We're going to be helping missionaries work in Europe. That's one of the main reasons Baptists get together, to send missionaries," Cobb said. Information for this story was also gathered by The Associated Press. Lexington debaters take 5 trophies Special to The Courier-Journal LEXINGTON, Ky. Final exams kept key members from both schools home, but Henry Clay and Lafayette debate squads still captured five trophies at the 27th annual Dayton (Ohio) Open at Fairmont High School over the weekend. Henry Clay seniors Andy Barr and Stephen Chen reached the semifinals of the two-day, eight- round event before dropping a 4-1 decision and finishing third. Barr was named Most Valuable Speaker. Chen placed fourth among individuals, and Lafayette sophomore Tucker Max placed seventh. Lafayette freshmen Kunte Hayes, Ben Conrad, Allison Shearer and Emily York reached the semifinals of the junior varsity four-person division before losing 3-0 and placing third. Police officer charged with plotting theft Associated Press PADUCAH, Ky. Paducah police have arrested one of their own, who is accused of planning a burglary at a pizzeria. Officer Donald G. Hill was arrested Saturday night and charged with theft of more than $100 and conspiracy to commit a burglary. Hill, 26, was suspected of stealing a hand gun from a Paducah home, said Sgt. Steve Haines, a police spokesman. That sparked an investigation, and undercover police contacted Hill several times, Haines said. Hill allegedly urged two others to burglarize a Pizza Inn and provided maps of the restaurant's layout. 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