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FLORIDA TODAY, Saturday, January 11, 1986 7A Hawley rivals Glenn for most Shuttle delays By Michael Lafl erty FLORIDA TODAY No. one is certain, but NASA's cancellation of Friday's Space Shuttle Columbia, launch may have put astronaut Steve Hawley into the book of unwritten records. Torrential rains, lightning and intruding ships kept Columbia and Hawley grounded for the fourth time, excluding delays in which the astronauts did not enter the Shuttle. Added to three scrubbed launches he endured two yqars ago, mission specialist Hawley now has suited up, entered a Shut tle and has. been forced to leave because of a scrub a total of seven, times.

Some NASA officials and media pundits at Kennedy Space Center have informally agreed that only John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, has been through an equal number of scrubs. "Steve's been in and out 6f that Orbiter a lot of times," NASA spokesman George Diller said. NASA spokesman Jim Mizell said, "I suspect he might not even be aware of (the potential record)," while their colleague, Jim Ball added, "1 don't think that's the kind of thing you keep track of and submit to the 'Guinness Book of World Nevertheless, Hawley, who is married to NASA astronaut Sally Ride, seems to have had a streak of bad luck. He was a crew member on the maiden voyage of the Shuttle Discovery on Aug. 30, 1984.

Before that launch, however, faulty computers and an engine that had to be replaced resulted In three scrubbed launches and a two month delay. For this, his second voyage, Hawley has been jinxed. by. stuck valves, bad weather here and at overseas landing sites and a nunv bcrof other problems resulting In four scrubbed launches; With Hawley still strapped Into Columbia Friday morning while NASA officials waited for a break In the weather, those waiting at the press and VIP sites three miles away were a mixture of humor, pathos and frustration. Ed Cain, 42, a Washington; D.C., lawyer, and his family waited for the third time this week, at the VIP site for Columbia's launch.

Cain brought his son Steve. II, to watch the Shuttle go up on his birthday, which was Monday. "We've been out here since December, January. 6, January 7, just to see one of these things Cain said. "I feel disappointed.

We've been up every day at 3 a.m. and today is awful. Barely anyone came today." At the KSC press dome, photographers have begun cutting notches Into the passes they wear as they enter and exit the Orbiter. And a drawn rendition of the Shuttle is taped lo a weather information board showing NASA's new "Jaunch configuration" a huge umbrella poised over the Orbiter. FLORIDA TODAY STEVE HAWLEY: Launches Michele Cacdiic and Bob Dirkes have been scrubbed seven to Thin i report.

times. Waiting it out rWM fmmizUKWvZS' r.ram?n,evY a Malcolm Denema'k, FLORIDA TODAY BOMB THREAT: A bomb threat forced the evacuation of Friday. Firefighters and rescue workers were summoned to 'construction workers from the Cocoa Beach Hilton on the Hilton around 1 p.m. Siblings reunited after forty years ssQcJatedEress PHILADELPHIA Twins separated for more than 40 years after their mother abandoned them were reunited Friday with a Meboume woman and other long lost siblings who sought to bring the family together. Howard Lawson of Palm Beach Gardens, hugged his twin sister, Barbara Sviben of Browns.

Mills, N.J., on arrival at Philadelphia International Airport. "It's wonderful This is the re nf Two others ended. up in the Sheltering Arms Home in Philadelphia. The mother went on to bear more daughters and a son, all of whom were temporarily or permanently given to relatives or friends who did not tell the children He circumstances of their births. 'In therpast two years.

Faulkner and her half sister, Jean Alle 38. of Pennsauken, N.J.. were able to find all the eight siblings hut lawson. All share the greatest thing that ever happened to me," said Lawson, 44. Arriving with Lawson was another sister, Helena Faulkner, a 47 year old Melbourne hair stylist who met her brother for the first time earlier this week after a newspaper article brought the widespread clan together.

"We Love You, Howard" was printed on a bright purple helium balloon that another sister, Joy Wible, 41, of Browns Mills, brought to greet her brother. It has taken years for the eight children to unravel their family history. The separation began during World War II, when, a 27 year: told soldier from Camden and his wife were arrested and charged in 1942 with deserting their four children, a boy and three girls ranging in age from 10 months to 4 years. two of the daughters, including the twin girl, were left in the same mother, though' manv have different fathers Wible said she learned only IK months ago that the woman she thought was her rnolhf was actually her aunt, and that the' woman she called her aunt was really her mother. Lawson, who movW to Florida at the age of 4 with his adopted parents, said he was told of 'the adoption when he was 8 or 9, and that he had several sisferS' In the midl'JOiis) he traveled to Philadelphia in search of his roots and went to the home of a woman he believed' was his sister.

Buf he never knocked on the door, fearing he would upset her, he said. Lawson said he, also obtained information about his father from the Army. He contacted the man he believes is his natural father, but the man said he had another family and did not want to be disturbed. Attack "beyond imagination' Rescuer found victim on road in Malabar By Linda Farrar FLORIDA TODAY Frank Harper was driving, home Nov, 22 when he spotted a woman clad only in a towel. She was handcuffed at the ankles and the wrists.

"She was in the road at the comer of Hall and McCain Road. It was morning about lOishj" said Ivy Harper, his daughter in law. The frightened woman was brought to the Harper home and made comfortable while an ant bulance was summoned. "She was very, very, weak; she was very, very pale, and could hardly speak. She had rope burns around her neck," Ivy Harper said.

VWe gave her a cup of juice and she could hardly put it to her mouth. She only took a couple of sips. "The main thing I noticed was she was terribly pale. She had dark hair and you could tell that to be so pale was not natural." The woman told the Harpers a gruesome tale that started when she was offered a ride from a man while she walked along Malabar Road in' South Brevard. The man took her to a house on Howell Road and attacked her, the victim told the Harpers.

In addition to being sexually abused, the woman said her attacker used an intravenous device to draw blood from her arms and then drank it, according to police reports. Her auacker then cuffed her wrists and ankles, and locked her in a bathroom, police said. The victim knocked out a bathroom window, fell to the ground and fled. The Harpers discovered her a short time later. "She was in our house about 20 minutes, I would say, before the ambulance came," Ivy Harper said.

"She asked us to call the person she was staying with and my mother in law took care of that. "The police didn't get here until that night. It wasn't till like 2 in the morning I know they were worried about the evidence being destroyed before they could get in there to search. At 2:37 a.m., investigators arrested the Harpers' neighbor, John Brennan Crutchley, 39, of 2180 Howell Road. He's charged with four counts of sexual battery, kidnapping, aggravated battery and possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana.

"Most people in this area are nice folks and you wouldn't have known any. different," Ivy Harper said. "It's just beyond the scope of imagination." Tennessee man befriends suspect, finds himself entangled in scheme By Phil Williams and Jim Ash FLORIDA TODAY Jackie Lee Horton set out in September for adventure with a rcajnival that had passed through his small Tennessee town. Four months later, the 31 year old man from Lexington, described as "a man who found the Lord," finds himself in the middle of a bizarre scheme with a man accused of being a rapist." 4r Horton also has been accused by the attorney of 39 year old rape suspect John Crutchley of befriending Crutchley. in the Brevard County Jail to seek information on his client.

"It's all a big mess," said Horton's mother, Dorothy, after a telephone call Friday night from her son. According to family members, Horton's unexpected adventure began when he and his nephew, 18 year old Keith Aljen Keller, joined Bizarre episode surprises neighbors of rape suspect By Jim Ash and Phil Williams FLORIDA TODAY To his neighbors, he was a reclusive, engineer who enjoyed motorcycle riding, shooting his pistol, and attending an occasional town meeting. But Friday, John Brennan Crutchley raised handcuffed wrists In apparent prayer in a Titusville courtroom in mute answer to I charges that he raped and drank the blood of a 19 year old woman. And law enforcement officials said he is being investigated for possible involvement in other crimes. "lt's a question a court should' decide," said Crutchley's neighbor, Thomas "Frank" Harper, whodis covered a shackled, bleeding, rape victim Nov.

22 stumbling along uhpaved Hall Road, which defines the rural Malabar neighborhood. "It all took' me by such Harper said. ''It's always been so quiet here no break ins. We've always been "so, happy here." A former engineer in the Government Systems Division of Hariris Corp. in Palm Bay, Crutchley is charged with kidnapping, four counts of sexual battery and one count of aggravated battery in connection with the abduction and 'rape of the woman.

He was also charged with pbs ession of more than 20 grams of marijuana. Crutchley's wife insists her husband is no. criminal, but rather the victim of the Brevard County Sheriffs Department) "They just want to persecute him," she said. A tentative trial date is set for the second week in April. Jo the neighbors, the accused, liis wife and 4 year old child are as quiet as (heir neighborhood.

The family home assessed at more than $110,000 rests on a landscaped, 2 acre lot complete with two separate living quarters, swimming pool, slide and swjing In the double carport sits a nalr of motorcycles and a red.Mfi sports car. "I thought he was quite decent, respectable fella," said nearby neighbor Vincent Glatter, 72. "He drove on his motorcycle a good deal of the time, 'and I was always out In the garden and. he would wave. "We would talk sometimes when he stopped by on his motorcycle," he said.

Glatter described Crutchley as "a warm person," easy to talk with. But to most of i his neighbors, Crutchley remains an enigma. "We never had any contact," Harper said. "I have practically no idea of him, or his wife or what they look like. "I go to church, and I thought several times that I should have stopped and asked if they would like to attend." the carnival in September.

"When, the fair came toTex ington this summer, they didn't have no jobs so they decided to go with them," Dorothy Horton said. The carnival ended up at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic in November, court records show, But trouble for Horton came Nov. 6 when he; Keller and another man were accused of hitting a man with a wooden board, strip searching him and robbing him of 25 cents behind a restaurant on'SR. AIA in Indialantic. Horton was charged with, armed robbery and false imprisonment, and held in Brevard County Jailin Titusville where he met the man accused of.

being the "vampire rapist." In jail together for about nine the pair seemed to strike up a friendship, officials said. "He was serving the Lord," his mother said. "He led this one man, John Crutchley, to the Lord. He said the man seemed to lie really sincere." On the same day that Crutch ley posted a' $50,000 bond to get himself out of jail, he ajso paid the $1,500 bond for HortoTi. officials 'said.

Horton went to live with 'Crutchley, his wife and 4 son, said Crutchley's attorney, Joe "He was a guest in our home, out of Christian good will," Crutchley's wife said. And when law enforcement officers re arrested Crutchley late Thursday and successfully. urged a judge to increase the bond to $500,000, they also picked up Hor ton for additional questioning, Mitchell said. One day later, Horton was no longer living at Crutchley's Malabar home, Mitchell said late Friday evening. "We don't know where he is' Mitchell said, speaking for himself and Crutchley's wife.

PMtt aH Linda this story. Farrar contributed to Tim Shorn. FLORIDA TODA COURT APPEARANCE: John Brennan Crutchley. center of photo, makes his initial appearance irt Titusville court, where he hears charges filed against him..

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